Lo­cal busi­ness wins com­mu­nity award

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY BUSINESS -

QIT PLUS was awarded the 2014 Com­mu­nity iAward for their suit of prod­ucts for dis­as­ter man­age­ment.

The 2014 Com­mu­nity iAward, hosted by part­ners Aus­tralian Com­puter So­ci­ety, Aus­tralian In­for­ma­tion In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion and Pearcey Foun­da­tion, is pre­sented to the ICT so­lu­tion that best sup­ports, pro­motes or en­cour­ages so­cial in­clu­sion or com­mu­nity co­he­sion.

QIT Plus, a soft­ware de­vel­op­ment com­pany in Cannonvale, won the award for their Guardian in­ci­dent man­age­ment suite.

The flag­ship pro­gram, Guardian Con­trol Cen­tre, is used widely through­out Aus­tralia for man­ag­ing a multi-agency re­sponse to a dis­as­ter of any scale with min­i­mal de­pen­den­cies.

The sys­tem was de­vel­oped in the Whit­sun­days in late 2007 and in­cor­po­rates the value of lo­cal property data and maps as well as al­low­ing in­ter­ac­tion for all agencies in­volved in re­sponse and re­cov­ery.

Guardian Con­trol Cen­tre has en­abled QIT Plus to ex­pand the prod­uct suite to sup­port a broader range of ne­ces­si­ties with the tar­get to pro­vide a pack­age to aid all le- vels from the ini­tial re­quest to state lo­gis­tics and back to a suc­cess­ful res­o­lu­tion.

Co-own­ers and di­rec­tors Phil Glin­de­nann and Chris Madsen were over the moon to win the award.

“We’re one of the very few small businesses that are in­no­vat­ing to that level so I feel very proud that the work we’re do­ing from a de­vel­op­ment point of view, from a small busi­ness in Queens­land is ac­tu­ally stand­ing up against those other big com­pa­nies,” said Ms Madsen.

Mr Glin­de­nann and Ms Madsen wanted their busi­ness mod­ule to tar­get all ar­eas of dis­as­ter man­age­ment.

“Dis­as­ter man­age­ment is as much a pas­sion as it is a job, you do this be­cause you want people to be well pre­pared …We want to take the whole mes­sage to a big­ger scale,” said Ms Madsen.

The co-own­ers hope to take Guardian to the rest of Aus­tralia and even­tu­ally world­wide and have al­ready met at the Mi­crosoft Head­quar­ters in Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton twice.

WIN­NERS: QIT Plus staff Andrew Sander, Leon Storey, Pete Richards with (front row) co-own­ers/di­rec­tors Chris Madsen and Phil Glin­de­nann.

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