The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2003-05-20T13:15:00Z Positive accolades for Positive IT 2003-05-20T13:15:00Z positive-accolades-for-positive-it The new Minister for Western Sydney, the Hon Diane Beamer today presented Australian software developer and marketer, Positive IT Solutions Pty Limited, with two awards from the Department of Information Technology & Management's agency, Office of Western Sydney. The companys e-tivity workplace automation product won the prestigious Most Outstanding IT product award and its managing director, Phil Jones, was named Entrepreneur of the Year. Since it was established in 2001, the company has signed about $80 million in contracts, expanded its workforce from 34 to 60 and doubled its leased premises. E-tivity, introduced to the market in January 2003, is the first product of its type to provide the advanced features of the Microsoft .Net framework for time collection, time and attendance, award interpretation, job costing and rostering/scheduling. Microsoft spokesperson, Shuk Chan, said Positive had been an early adopter of the new Microsoft technology. "Positive has utilised many of the features of the new platform, such as remoting, that will deliver the product anywhere in the world via the Internet. We congratulate Postive on this achievement one that has certainly raised the bar for its competitors." The e-tivity product is targeted at major corporations wanting a centralised solution that can be delivered to many sites around the country through either their intranets or via the Internet. It can be delivered to any Internet-based device Notebook, PC, PDA, mobile phone anywhere in the world. Employees can act on vital information anywhere and at anytime from any smart device. Phil Jones said the company had invested heavily in e-tivity. "Our development effort began in March 2001 and since that date we have invested more than 30 resource years of development labour. The support we have received from Microsoft has made this all worthwhile. By using the Internet and Microsoft .Net together we have enabled our software application to more easily work together with other applications." Commenting on the companys win in the Most Outstanding IT Product category, Mr Jones said: This is true recognition for the hard work and immense skill of all the team at Positive. The e-tivity product is already increasingly recognised in the marketplace with sales momentum. The award now acknowledges the technical competency of the product. He went on to say that his own Entrepreneur of the Year is a reflection of the backing and support of a very dedicated team. There is no way anyone wins this type of award alone. This team deserves the accolades. I just steer the ship, point it in a direction and then rely on the engine room to get us there. The prestigious award is recognition for the many times our ship hit a reef and the team just got back up, restarted the motor and continued. -- ends -- About Positive IT Solutions Website: Positive IT Solutions Pty Limited was formed in April 2001 to manage and market various IT interests of Positive Group Holdings (which was formed in March 1979). The company is focused on providing leading converging technologies in the Time Control and Workforce Automation market. Workforce automation products developed by the Positive team are successfully running in over 1500 sites worldwide. Customers include Kmart, McDonalds, Dominos Pizza, Sydney Turf Club, Telstra Stadium, Sydney Cricket Ground and Football Stadium, Aquatic Centre, Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre, Vic Arts, QLD Performing Arts, Jupiters Casino, Canberra Casino, Strandbags, and many others. Positive IT Solutions provides products for the following market sectors: retail, health, service sector, hospitality, government and manufacturing. About the Office of Western Sydney Website: The Office of Western Sydney (OWS) works with industry, government and the community to improve social development, environmental priorities and the knowledge economy in western Sydney. It is driving key initiatives in technology diffusion, career pathways and sustainable environmental management. To foster job creation and connect the region to growth and development opportunities, OWS co-sponsors: training and apprenticeships, research and development, industry awards, seminars and conferences. About the OWS Awards There were hundreds of nominations from businesses for the 2003 Office of Western Sydney Awards. The region boasts a $58 billion economy, making it the third largest economy in Australia behind the rest of Sydney and Melbourne. Now in their fifth year and held annually, the OWS Awards, according to the former Minister for Western Sydney, Mr Kim Yeadon, are recognised at a national and international level.