IT contest heats up as 10 companies battle for business painkiller

While most business awards look for the best companies in their respective fields, Greentree's Game On competition is after something a little different: those with big potential hindered by system “pain points”.

The entries have been whittled down to 10 finalists and with the help of public votes, the judges will decide which company will win up to $250,000 worth of Greentree business software and services.

Greentree chief executive Peter Dickinson said choosing the finalists from the dozens of entries was a tough call for him and fellow judges, including Tangible Media director Mike Hutcheson.

“While their work is diverse, they share common issues of running outdated, non-integrated systems. They all want better visibility of their performance, and are confident they can grow stronger with better computing power.”

The 10 Kiwi companies that will battle it out for the ultimate business painkiller are:

BGH GROUP: A Bay of Plenty-based business that has supplied engineering products for over 50 years. One of its companies Hose Supplies NZ Ltd, has recently been pumping oil from the stricken container ship Rena.

DIRECTIONZ: When you see a road sign telling you where to go, there’s a good chance it’s been installed by this Auckland firm.

GEMCO CONSTRUCTION: This major Hawke’s Bay business is currently working on the region’s largest building project: the museum and art gallery in Napier.

HARDING TRAFFIC: Traffic control, car parking – even the lights on airport runways – this Auckland business is focused on keeping people moving.

HARREX GROUP: More than just accountancy – this innovative Invercargill finance and strategy firm’s motto is “Turning Southland business on its head”.

KAURI NZ: If you’re a wine lover, that glass of pinot probably matured in a barrel supplied by this Wellington-based importer of vintners’ products and food ingredients.

NZ CONTROLS: Many major production lines function with the help of this Auckland firm, which specialises in innovative electrical and software design, engineering and development.

PARMCO APPLIANCES: Ready, steady, cook! This Auckland business supplies technological excellence in the kitchen.

RESOLVE GROUP: Auckland’s harbour bridge is safer and less congested, thanks to the movable median barrier designed by this company, specialists in solving tricky transport problems.

SMAIL & CO: As Christchurch rebuilds, this locally-based manufacturer and importer of bathroom products will be heavily involved, but says its current system is a long-drop, when it needs an en-suite!

Public votes (see count for 50 percent of each entrant’s final score. The winner will be announced on December 7.

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