Friday, 25 February 2011

Awards season isn' t just for Hollywood

SPVA has won a major US Award for the Joint Personnel Administration System
SPVA has won a major award at the prestigious 2011 ‘Human Capital Management in Defence’ (HCMD) awards held in Arlington, Virginia USA. We were the only organisation nominated from outside the USA and went on to win the main award for the implementation of the Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) System for our Armed Forces.

SPVA came top in the ‘Best Implementation of an Enterprise Technology System’ category. This recognises the best program implementation of a human resources IT system aimed at streamlining a specific HR process in order to drive down costs and improve efficiency and productivity.

The award recognises the success of the outsourcing relationship within SPVA between the Ministry of Defence and HP Enterprise Services that started in November 1997, and included the successful introduction of JPA in 2006. JPA has revolutionised Armed Forces’ pay and personnel functions in the UK, bringing together the Royal Navy, Army and RAF onto one system, allowing users to update details themselves and providing one dedicated contact centre for help and support. It has delivered savings to the MOD in excess of £200 million in its first three years of operation.

In addition to SPVA, nominations came from offices and programs from across the US Federal Government, representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, the IRS, Dept. of Energy, the National Park Service and the US Postal Service.

This success follows two other impressive awards received last year by SPVA and HP. At the 'Shared Services Outsourcing Network 2010 Industry Awards, in Edinburgh during May, we first won the 'Best Mature Outsourced Services Delivery' award and then went on to beat organisations from across Europe, the Middle-East and Africa to win the highest accolade of the night -the 'Winner of Winners' award.

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