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A Night to Remember: The 23rd Annual Laureates Medal Ceremony & Gala Awards Evening

June 29, 2011, Susan Domagalski -

Several months ago, Saba nominated eight customers for various categories within the prestigious Computerworld Honors Program. This program brings together the world's foremost information Technology leaders to recognize the achievements of those around the world who have used Technology to promote positive societal change. This year, the program received over 700 nomination applications; of all the candidates, Computerworld selected four Saba customers as Laureates (semi-finalists)! These customers include: the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Education South Australia, HOPE Project, and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This was the first time that we participated in this program.

Entering the venue.

All Laureates were selected after a rigorous application and review process by a panel of judges made up of IT executives and Computerworld editors. In addition to the prestige of being named a laureate, our customers’ case studies are now available in the Honors Program's Global Archives at and are housed in over 350 universities, museums and research institutions around the world. These documents will serve as great examples of innovation for generations of leaders to come.

Last week, I attended the 23rd Annual Laureates Medal Ceremony & Gala Awards Evening to honor the laureates at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. I was honored to attend this beautiful black-tie event in such a breathtaking location.

The Gala Floor. (Image courtesy of Computerworld Honors Program).

Our customer from the IRS and I sat together and enjoyed the evening’s highlights. From a National Guard ceremony to keynotes from executives at VMware and Wyse, it was a night to remember with the “who’s who” of Technology.

At the event, it was announced that the Department of Education South Australia (DECS) was a finalist in the Digital Access category. Of the 20 customers nominated in this category, only four were named finalists! This is a tremendous achievement for DECS. On behalf of Saba, I’d like to send the entire DECS team huge congratulations! We’re proud of all of our laureate winners!

Please see below to learn about the laureate semi-finalists in more detail:


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) submitted for its Virtual Learning Environment, which provides an agency-wide platform for training, continued professional education, meetings and collaboration, creating a more informed workforce to serve taxpayers.

  • Category: Collaboration
    • This category recognizes organizations for the innovative use of IT to promote knowledge-sharing and enable collaboration across organizations, industries, countries and/or continents.

Department of Education South Australia (DECS) submitted for the Saba Centra Project, a real-time Web Conferencing and collaboration platform that offers remote students an interactive, dynamic, and cost-effective education through their PCs.

  • Category: Digital Access
    • The Digital Access category recognizes organizations for the innovative application of IT to extend the distribution of digital information and web access to previously underserved populations.

The HOPE Project (HIV Online Provider Education) submitted for web-based initiatives that support interactive and dynamic virtual conferences, education programs and consultations with medical teams and researchers around the world.

  • Category: Health
    • This category recognizes organizations for the innovative use of IT to better healthcare by improving access, affordability, safety, quality of patient care, and availability of treatment.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) submitted for the HHS University Learning Platform. This application unifies HHS agencies on a common Learning platform to meet cross-agency needs while delivering efficient, user-friendly enrollment and Learning functions as well as collaboration and conferencing tools.

  • Category: Emerging Technology
    • Emerging Technology recognizes organizations for the bold and innovative creation or use of leading-edge and largely unproven Technology to advance programs and services that benefit humanity.

Receive further details about the Computerworld Honors Program, here. View the press release from Computerworld about the June 20, 2011 event, here.