Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Industry Awards

Showcasing globally the most outstanding organizational achievements through the application of Operational Excellence programs.

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About the Awards & How to Enter

 

The Awards will be held in conjunction with the Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit, BTOES 2020 in the beautiful Venetian Ballroom on March 25, 2020 at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando™

The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards have been established to showcase globally the most outstanding organizational achievements through the application of Operational Excellence programs.  

The focus of this elite awards program is to demonstrate to the global business community the real results, which organizations achieve through the successful implementation of Operational Excellence.

The Awards will be held in conjunction with the Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit, BTOES20 on March 25, 2020 in the Venetian Ballroom at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando™

The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards are open to all organizations, both private and public sector, across the globe, which have implemented Operational Excellence programs to deliver outstanding business results.

There is no minimum requirement or restriction on the scale of the Operational Excellence project.  Each entry will be judged on the merits of the program implementation and results achieved against the organization’s strategic objectives. 

You can submit multiple entries and multiple entries per category also. You can also submit the same entry into multiple categories if it is highly relevant.

This is your opportunity to win recognition on a global platform for the great work that you and your Operational Excellence colleagues are delivering for your organisation. 

Please do take some time to read through the information, and on how you can enter your projects for this elite Awards program.

Please also click here to familiarise yourself with the online entry form.  

How to enter the 2020 Organizational Awards

How to enter the 2018 Project Awards

How to Enter The Personality Awards

Please do take the time to read the Entry Guidelines & Rules section for each award category, the Criteria for the Judging Panel, and the Tips for Improving Your Entries to ensure you smooth entry for this prestigious Awards program.  

We look forward to receiving your entry submission the deadline date. 

Please do contact us at awards@proqis.com if you require any further assistance.

Make these Awards a priority now to ensure that you do not miss out on this great opportunity.

How To Enter

Entries must be submitted through our online entry form. 

Entry Deadline

The early bird deadline is 11.59pm (PST) on Friday, September 27, 2019
The final deadline is 11.59pm (PST) on Friday, November 29, 2019.  

Price of Entry

$295 if received before Friday, September 27, 2019

$395 if received before Friday, November 29, 2019.  

Key Dates

January 20, 2020:         Awards Shortlist & CEO of the Year Announced

March 25, 2020:             Awards Ceremony & Winners Announced   


The 2019 Awards Program Highlights Video

The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards have been established to showcase globally the most outstanding organizational achievements through the application of Operational Excellence programs.  

The focus of this elite awards program is to demonstrate to the global business community the real results, which organizations achieve through the successful implementation of Operational Excellence.

The 2019 Awards will be held in conjunction with the Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit on March 25, 2020 in the Tuscan Grand Ballroom at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando™

The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards are open to all organizations, both private and public sector, across the globe, which have implemented Operational Excellence programs to deliver outstanding business results.

There are 12 Project Awards Categories

  • Best Achievement in Cultural Transformation & Sustainability to deliver a high performing Enterprise Excellence culture.
  • Best Achievement in Operational Excellence to deliver an outstanding Business Expansion and Revenue Growth.
  • Best Achievement in Operational Excellence to deliver an outstanding Customer Experience Excellence.
  • Best Achievement in Operational Excellence to deliver Business Transformation
  • Best Achievement in Operational Excellence to deliver Digital Transformation
  • Best Achievement in Operational Excellence to deliver an outstanding Value Creation or Innovation Execution project
  • Best Achievement in Technology Enabled Process Automation (Robotic Process Automation, Machine Learning, Cognitive Learning, Blockchain etc)
  • Best Achievement in Data Analytics enabling Operational Excellence
  • Best Achievement in Visual Management
  • Best Achievement in Cloud Infrastructure enabling Operational Excellence
  • Best Achievement in Virtual Reality to drive Operational Excellence programs
  • Best Operational Excellence project under 90 days

 

Access 2018 Award Winning Entries

Access the award-winning entries from the 2019 awards program. These are the actual winning entries and will give you a good feel for what constitutes a winning entry. 

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Main Entry Document

Each entry to the Project Categories of The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards should be for one project.

Entries will be required to complete the online entry form outlining the information about the project.

You can submit multiple entries and multiple entries per category also. You can also submit the same entry into multiple categories if it is highly relevant.

Entries must be for work that was carried out in the main during the period 2018-2020. It is not necessary that the project has been started or fully completed during this period. 

Below is the information required, this is how you will be scored – i.e. this is what the judging are looking for. So it is important to ensure that your four-page main entry document is covering all the information required.

  • The strategic objectives and scope of the Operational Excellence project - Ensure you link this to the organizational strategy, to show strategic relevance.

  • The Operational Excellence project implementation process and timeline

  • The size of the project challenge, use of creative tools, and any organizational development.

  • The impact of the Operational Excellence project - Detail the customer benefit and/or value generation.

  • The business results of Operational Excellence project - All results must be shown in percentage terms, not absolute values. Where this is not appropriate, raw data will be accepted. There should be evidence of financial business results – earnings/ sales revenues/margins but the judges will also take into account the strategic relevance of the results achieved and the value generation.

Supporting Materials

Entrants may supply supporting materials to provide further insight to the Operational Excellence deployment. These materials must be no longer than two pages of A4 and should only contain sample material from the deployment. Typically they may include examples of internal documentation, organograms, internal and expert reports.

Entries do not need to have supporting materials but if you do include them do cross reference them within your main entry document so that the judges are actively encouraged to read them.

We used to allow more pagination for supporting materials but the judges found that generally there was too much material supplied that was not directly pertinent to the entry and thus were less than enthusiastic about reading through it.

Support documents can be supplied in confidence, please mark this on the supporting document, and they will be destroyed after view. 

Award Finalist Entries

Access the award finalist entries from the 2019 awards program. These are the actual winning entries and will give you a good feel for what constitutes a winning entry. 

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Criteria for the Judging Panel

The judges will consider the following criteria when grading all entries:

  1. Strategic Relevance: how does the Operational Excellence project fit in with the organization’s strategic objectives
  2. Value Generation: how significant to the organization was the value generated from the business excellence project
  3. Customer Benefit: the beneficial impact of the project results on customers
  4. Implementation: the quality of the implementation process
  5. Leadership Engagement: the level of senior management involvement and
  6. Organizational Learning: how did the organization develop as a result of the business excellence project.  
  7. Creative Use of Tools: how innovative was the project deployment

 

The Scoring Matrix is as follows:

Strategic Relevance

 

Score 1-3 - Operational Excellence does not factor strongly within the organizational strategy

 

Score 4-6 - Operational Excellence plays a reasonable role within organizational strategy

 

Score 7-10 - Operational Excellence has a key role within the organizational strategy

Value Generation

 

Score 1-3 - Results not that impressive

 

Score 4-6 - Results fairly impressive

 

Score 7-10 Results very to exceedingly Impressive

Customer Benefit

 

Score 1-3 - No strong evidence of customer benefit

 

Score 4-6 - Entry shows reasonable level of customer benefit

 

Score 7-10- Evident that there has been significant customer benefit

Implementation

 

Score 1-3 - Implementation process is not impressive

 

Score 4-6 - Implementation process is to a reasonable standard

 

Score 7-10 - Implemenation process is of an impressive standard

Organizational Learning

 

Score 1-3  - No clear signs of organizational development through Operational Excellence

 

Score 4-6 - Entry shows reasonable levels of organziational development through Operational Excellence

 

Score 7-10 - Evident that there has been significant organizational development though Operational Excellence

Creative Use of Tools

 

Score 1-3 - Project deployment shows little or no evidence of being innovative

 

Score 4-6 - Project deployment shows reasonable evidence of being innovative

 

Score 7-10 - Project deployment shows significant evidence of being innovative

 

Awards Finalist Entry Summaries

View the summaries, links to articles and the entries for our Award Finalists & Winners from the 2019 awards program. These are the actual entries and will give you a good feel for what constitutes a finalist & winning entry.

 
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Best Practises for your Main Entry Document

The main entry document must contain a 250-word synopsis at the beginning of the document and be no longer that four pages of A4. It should outline the following information on the Operational Excellence activity:

The Main Entry Document is your pitch – so your entry should all be in this one document. 

The 250-word synopsis – is a judges’ aid – it allows them to get a summary understanding of your entry and is a useful tool for you to guide them to the key components (i.e. significant results) within your entry. 

These guidelines are your aid to stay focused and to the point. The reason we keep it to four pages is to keep it relevant. Judges do not want to read excessive descriptions; they want a succinct entry and the key facts.

Read the guidelines thoroughly

Ensure you are following the guidelines specifically based on the category you are applying for – don’t have any information gaps where you could lose points – remember your entry will work it way through the ranks on its score. It’s absolutely crucial that you pay strict attention to detail here, as there are subtle differences that can easily be overlooked. 

Enlist the help of your Comms Department

It is so obvious when a good, trained writer has helped to put the entry together  - judges love to read well-written entries, and in many cases, a well-written entry is more likely to win as it drives interest, and reads easily. 

View your Entry as a 10 minute pitch opportunity or case study

You have to impress the judges, and you will probably at the outset get 10 or so minutes of their attention - If you impress them, then they will give you more time as they consider how to score your entry, and be more considerate on their scoring – that’s human nature! Impress them, and they will fight your corner when it comes to debating the winners.

Keep it concise and relevant

Even if you are left with a free quarter page after all the key information has been supplied, don’t be tempted to fill the space with irrevelant information. Many awards wins come from entries with word counts well below the requirement. Blank space on a space can be very attractive to a judge working through dozens of applications! 

Let the results do the talking

This awards program is about results – cost reductions, sales growth, productivity improvement, etc, etc – give us the facts. Litter your entries with facts, clear charts, and a clean presentation, and you are bound to do so much better for it.

Get a colleague to proof-read 

Make sure that your entry makes good sense to an external reader, which is what the judges will be. An employee may not tell you exactly like it is, and you need someone slightly removed to ensure this is the case. This will de-internalise your document, and make sure that it makes sense!

A clear structure

Ensure your document is clearly laid out for the judges to make short work of your case study - make images clear and informative, try to avoid rambling, keep the facts at the forefront. Ensure the document is neat, and the writing flows easily - no text boxes all over the place!

Access The Awards Book Of Night

Access The Awards Book Of Night

The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards Book Of The Night will feature a large number of the award finalists in each of the categories.

View the 87 pages of articles from our Award Finalists & Winners from the 2019 awards program. These are the articles will give you a good feel for what constitutes a fnalist & winning entry.

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Tips for Improving your Entries

 We apologise is some of these sound like common sense.

  • Read the guidelines thoroughly – don’t have any information gaps where you could lose points – remember your entry will work it way through the ranks on its score.
  • Follow the guidelines – this makes it easier for the judges to find the information they need and to compare entries.
  • Understanding the categories and their distinct entry requirements.
  • Select the best – so ensure that you have selected your best achievements.
  • Don't exceed the maximum limit for materials, (e.g. Main Entry Document 4 pages), for each part of your entry – this will only result in potential disqualification.
  • Keep to the point, concise and relevant; don't elaborate unless it will truly enhance your entry. Even if you are left with a free quarter page after all the key information has been supplied, don’t be tempted to fill the space with irrelevant information.  Our award team have work many programs, and they regularly see award-winning entries, which are shorter that the pagination allowed.
  • Enlist the help of your Comms Department – it is so obvious when a good trained writer has helped to put the entry together  - judges love to read well-written entries.
  • Seek an objective opinion – ask colleagues from another division to give you their honest opinion on your draft entry.
  • View your Entry as a 10 minute pitch opportunity or case study
  • Let the results do the talking.
  • View your Entry as a 10-minute pitch opportunity – you have to impress those judges. You will at the outset get 10 minutes of their attention and if you have impressed them, then they will give you more time as they consider how to score your entry – that’s human nature!
  • Let the results do the talking – this awards program is about results – cost reductions, sales growth, productivity improvement, etc, etc – give them the facts.
  • Get a colleague to proof-read – not one of your team members but someone from another department or your partner to make that your entry makes good sense to an external reader, which is what the judges will be.
  • Think about the right category for your entry – ensure that your entry is submitted for the category where it stands the best chance of winning.
  • Ensure that you cross reference charts, graphs, reports, etc. from your supporting materials to the relevant point in your entry form.
  • Avoid classic mistakes such as spelling and bad grammar.
  • Don't try to bend the rules – this only irritates the judges and you run the risk that your entry being disqualified.  

 

Award Entry Posters

View a selection of Award Finalist Poster Presentations from the 2019 awards program.  

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Common Pitfalls We See In Entries to Avoid.

  • Very poor presentation of the facts.
  • Too much irrelevant material.
  • Links that do not lead to the right information.
  • Blinded by too much data and not enough narrative.
  • Not concise, relevant and to the point.
  • No mention of the customer benefit?
  • Too long – they broke the rules.
  • Did not select the best materials to submit.

The BTOES 2019 Highlights Video

The best moments of the Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit & Industry Awards, the largest-scale leadership level event in Operational Excellence!

This event defines the ecosystem and is where the industry leaders gather to create the future. 

It brings together the best and brightest individuals & organizations from across key sectors to engage, network, benchmark and discuss the key challenges and future trends within Operational Excellence, Lean, Six Sigma and Agile and its application & impact on Business Transformation, Innovation Execution, Agility, Customer Experience, Value Creation, Strategy and the very important challenges surrounding Leadership & Cultural Transformation. 

BTOES Keynotes have included: The White House Office of the President, Amazon, Disney, Google, Facebook, Ikea, Goodyear, Siemens, Nokia, Verizon, General Motors, Intel, Johnson Controls, GE, Lego, AstraZeneca,  MassMutual, Wells Fargo, Morningstar and many more...