Polytech wins Microsoft award

Otago Polytechnic has won a Microsoft Innovation Award for a resource which makes performance data easily accessible for all staff.

The polytechnic business solutions manager Gayle Reihana said its "performance portal" enabled schools and service areas to quickly and accurately gauge their performance.

"Nowadays, organisations constantly put data into systems, and yet when it's needed quickly it can seem so hard to extract the information required.

"The performance portal has really changed that at Otago Polytechnic," Ms Reihana said.

The performance portal was awarded the Microsoft Award for "Innovation in Integrating Everything for the Organisation". Judges said they were impressed by the polytechnic's pragmatic approach.

Polytechnic chief executive Phil Ker said he was delighted the initiative had received national acclaim.

"Our performance portalhas vastly improved the transparency of our performance data," he said.