About The Awards
Celebrating Outstanding Organizational Achievements
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The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards were established to showcase globally the most outstanding Business Transformation & Operational Excellence achievements.
The focus of this elite awards program is to demonstrate to the global business community the real results organizations achieve through the successful implementation of Digital Transformation & Operational Excellence.
The Awards will be held in conjunction with the Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit.
The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards are open to all organizations, both private and public sector, across the globe, which have implemented Digital Transformation or Operational Excellence programs to deliver outstanding business results.
Access 2019 Award Winning Entries
Access the award-winning entries from the 2019 awards program. These are the actual winning entries and will give you a good feel for what constitutes a winning entry.
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About the Awards & How to Enter
The Awards will be held in conjunction with the Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit.
The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards were established to showcase globally the most outstanding Digital Transformation & Operational Excellence achievements.
The focus of this elite awards program is to demonstrate to the global business community the real results organizations achieve through the successful implementation of Business Transformation & Operational Excellence.
The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards are open to all organizations, private and public sector, across the globe, that have implemented Business Transformation & Operational Excellence programs to deliver outstanding business results.
There is no minimum requirement or restriction on the scale of the Digital Transformation or Operational Excellence project. Each entry will be judged on the merits of the program implementation and the results achieved against the organization’s strategic objectives.
You can also submit multiple entries per category. You can also submit the same entry into multiple categories if it is highly relevant.
This is your opportunity to win recognition on a global platform for the great work that you and your Digital Transformation & Operational Excellence colleagues are delivering for your organisation.
Please do take some time to read through the information, and on how you can enter your projects for this elite Awards program.
Please read the Entry Guidelines & Rules section for each award category, the Criteria for the Judging Panel, and the Tips for Improving Your Entries to ensure your smooth entry for this prestigious Awards program.
November 25, 2022 – Awards Entries Close
January 17, 2023 – Awards Shortlist Announced
March 22, 2023 – Awards Ceremony & Winners Announced
Early Bird Price: $195 for registrations, before September 30, 2022. You can still submit your award entries by November 25, 2022. Registration is just payment for the categories you intend to submit entries for. You can edit, adjust, and then submit your entries all the way up to November 25, 2022.
$295 for registrations, after September 30, 2022. You can submit it by November 25, 2022.
We look forward to receiving your entry submitted by the deadline date.
Please do contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you require any further assistance.
Registration will open on June 6, 2022. At this moment you can register your interest in the 2023 awards, and we will email you as soon registration opens.
The Awards Categories
11 Project Awards:
- Best Achievement in Cultural Transformation & Sustainability to deliver a high performing Enterprise Excellence culture.
- Best Achievement in Operational Excellence to deliver Business Transformation
- Best Achievement in Operational Excellence to deliver Digital Transformation
- Best Achievement in Operational Excellence to deliver an outstanding Value Creation or Innovation Execution project
- Best Achievement in Operational Excellence to deliver an outstanding Customer Experience Excellence
- Best Achievement in Process Automation (RPA, Intelligent Automation, Digital Process Automation, Machine Learning, Cognitive Learning, Blockchain etc)
- Best Achievement in Data Analytics enabling Operational Excellence
- Best Achievement in an Enterprise Architecture program
- Best Achievement in a Process Mining program
- Best Achievement in a Business Process Management Program
- Best Achievement in an IT Infrastructure & Cloud Program
- Most Outstanding Digital Transformation Workplace Program
The Platinum Award
The Platinum Award cannot be entered for. The winner will be selected by the judges from best entry across the project categories.
- The Platinum Award for Best Project at the Digital Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards.
Lifetime Achievement Award
The following Award cannot be entered for. The winner will be selected by our panel of judges.
Awards - Who can enter and how to enter
Best Practises for your Main Entry Document
The main entry document must contain a 250-word synopsis at the beginning of the document and be no longer than four pages of A4. It should outline the following information on the activity:
The Main Entry Document is your pitch – so your entry should all be in this one document.
The 250-word synopsis – is a judges’ aid – it allows them to get a summary understanding of your entry and is a useful tool for you to guide them to the key components (i.e. significant results) within your entry.
These guidelines are your aid to stay focused and to the point. The reason we keep it to four pages is to keep it relevant. Judges do not want to read excessive descriptions; they want a succinct entry and the key facts.
Read the guidelines thoroughly
Ensure you are following the guidelines specifically based on the category you are applying for – don’t have any information gaps where you could lose points – remember your entry will work it way through the ranks on its score. It’s absolutely crucial that you pay strict attention to detail here, as there are subtle differences that can easily be overlooked.
Enlist the help of your Comms Department
It is so obvious when a good, trained writer has helped to put the entry together - judges love to read well-written entries, and in many cases, a well-written entry is more likely to win as it drives interest, and reads easily.
View your Entry as a 10 minute pitch opportunity or case study
You have to impress the judges, and you will probably at the outset get 10 or so minutes of their attention - If you impress them, then they will give you more time as they consider how to score your entry, and be more considerate on their scoring – that’s human nature! Impress them, and they will fight your corner when it comes to debating the winners.
Keep it concise and relevant
Even if you are left with a free quarter page after all the key information has been supplied, don’t be tempted to fill the space with irrevelant information. Many award wins come from entries with word counts well below the requirement. Blank space on a page can be very attractive to a judge working through dozens of applications!
Let the results do the talking
This awards program is about results – cost reductions, sales growth, productivity improvement, etc, etc – give us the facts. Litter your entries with facts, clear charts, and a clean presentation, and you are bound to do so much better for it.
Get a colleague to proof-read
Make sure that your entry makes good sense to an external reader, which is what the judges will be. An employee may not tell you exactly like it is, and you need someone slightly removed to ensure this is the case. This will de-internalise your document, and make sure that it makes sense!
A clear structure
Ensure your document is clearly laid out for the judges to make short work of your case study - make images clear and informative, try to avoid rambling, keep the facts at the forefront. Ensure the document is neat, and the writing flows easily - no text boxes all over the place!
Tips for Improving your Entries
We apologise if some of these sound like common sense.
- Read the guidelines thoroughly – don’t have any information gaps where you could lose points – remember your entry will work it way through the ranks on its score.
- Follow the guidelines – this makes it easier for the judges to find the information they need and to compare entries.
- Understanding the categories and their distinct entry requirements.
- Select the best – so ensure that you have selected your best achievements.
- Don't exceed the maximum limit for materials, (e.g. Main Entry Document 4 pages), for each part of your entry – this will only result in potential disqualification.
- Keep to the point, concise and relevant; don't elaborate unless it will truly enhance your entry. Even if you are left with a free quarter page after all the key information has been supplied, don’t be tempted to fill the space with irrelevant information. Our award team have work many programs, and they regularly see award-winning entries, which are shorter that the pagination allowed.
- Enlist the help of your Comms Department – it is so obvious when a good trained writer has helped to put the entry together - judges love to read well-written entries.
- Seek an objective opinion – ask colleagues from another division to give you their honest opinion on your draft entry.
- View your Entry as a 10 minute pitch opportunity or case study
- Let the results do the talking.
- View your Entry as a 10-minute pitch opportunity – you have to impress those judges. You will at the outset get 10 minutes of their attention and if you have impressed them, then they will give you more time as they consider how to score your entry – that’s human nature!
- Let the results do the talking – this awards program is about results – cost reductions, sales growth, productivity improvement, etc, etc – give them the facts.
- Get a colleague to proof-read – not one of your team members but someone from another department or your partner to make that your entry makes good sense to an external reader, which is what the judges will be.
- Think about the right category for your entry – ensure that your entry is submitted for the category where it stands the best chance of winning.
- Ensure that you cross reference charts, graphs, reports, etc. from your supporting materials to the relevant point in your entry form.
- Avoid classic mistakes such as spelling and bad grammar.
- Don't try to bend the rules – this only irritates the judges and you run the risk that your entry being disqualified.
Common Pitfalls We See In Entries to Avoid.
- Very poor presentation of the facts.
- Too much irrelevant material.
- Links that do not lead to the right information.
- Blinded by too much data and not enough narrative.
- Not concise, relevant and to the point.
- No mention of the customer benefit?
- Too long – they broke the rules.
- Did not select the best materials to submit.
Key Terms & Conditions
The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards reserve the right to publish details from award winners and shortlisted entries. Supporting materials may be supplied in confidence and the responsibility for advising The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards of any confidentiality restraints imposed shall lie with the company making an entry. The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards shall not be held liable for any failure by the company submitting an entry to supply such confidentiality details.
Shortlisted organizations are required to attend the Awards Ceremony. Attendance is compulsory, so please only submit your application if you are able to attend the awards.
All Project category winners are required to participate in the Award Winners Panels with Q&A that will take place on the morning after the awards ceremony. You will not be expected to divulge any confidential data, facts or figures.
In the event your organization becomes a finalist or a winner of a Digital Transformation & Operational Excellence Award, you consent to your organization's name being used in marketing for the awards program, either by BTOES directly, or by a third party member of the media covering the awards program and/or awards ceremony.
All finalists are required to produce a Poster Board presentation in an infographic format, 40" * 40" telling the story of their project/program. These will be displayed to all attendees at BTOES.
By submitting and paying for your application you confirm you have reviewed the Terms & Conditions for entries, and agree to be bound by them. Furthermore, you confirm that all information contained within each entry is 100% accurate.
The Judging Panel
The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards are being judged by an independent panel of esteemed experts in Operational Excellence.
The panel will be led by a Chairman of the Judges, who is a leading and highly regarded expert in Operational Excellence.
To be a member of the judging panel, Judges need to satisfy the following criteria:
Judges need to satisfy the following criteria:
- Hold a leadership level position or equivalent within their organization.
- Their organization is considered as one of the leading Operational Excellence deployers in their sector. Accessed by our Advisory Board and our research findings.
- They were willing to sign and comply with strict codes of confidentiality.
If you are interested in being considered as a member of the judging panel, please click here to apply.
Judging Rules of Conduct
Judging will be undertaken by an independent panel of judges appointed by The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards who will be bound by a confidentiality agreement that bans them from externally discussing information from entries.
We operate a strict non-conflict judging code to avoid industry sector conflict. A judge working in the financial services sector may not judge categories, which have entries from organizations in the financial services sector.
Hence, any judge who has a potential conflict of interest with an entry will not be allowed to judge that entry.
Sponsoring organizations will not be allowed to get involved with or have access to the judging process at shortlisting or in winner’s selections. They will only be aware of information in the public domain.
8-10 judges will score in the shortlisting stage in order to identify which entries are going to the final stage.
Judges may move entries between categories if deemed to be unsuitable for the category entered, but appropriate for another. Awards will be made solely at the discretion of the judges, and their decision is final.
Once we have shortlisted then another 8-10 judges will score those finalists so we are gathering the views of 16-20 judges to get the scores for the finalists and identify the winners.
Previous CEO of the Year Award Winner
Previous winner of the prestigious CEO of the Year Award, Mark Pigott (CEO, PACCAR, 1997-2013) has been highlighted as one of the nation's leading CEOs by Forbes magazine, in their annual listing of the top ten CEOs in the country.
Under Mark Pigott's leadership as Chairman and CEO, Paccar delivered a 1,700 percent total return to shareholders. Pigott's focus on quality and innovation resulted in Paccar receiving many J.D. Power and Associates Awards for highest customer satisfaction as well as International Truck of the Year Awards.
Background on The Platinum Award
The Platinum Award is given by the judges to the most outstanding business achievement from all the entries received in each of the two main award segments, organizational and project.
The winner of the award, in the view of the judging panel, has realized the most outstanding achievement through the application of Operational Excellence methodologies.
The Platinum Award Judging Process
After the judges have completed the second stage of judging (the selection of winners for each category) they are asked to nominate one or two entries that are, in their opinion, the best in the program.
If the nominated entries have won their category, then they are included in the debate to consider which organization should win the Platinum Award.
The judges then discuss the merits of each of the nominated entries. At the close of the discuss, each judge nominates their choice for the Platinum Award and the votes are counted to select the winner.
The Platinum Award is the last award to be given out at the ceremony. All the category winners realize that they have a chance to get it and there is a hush of silence as all wait to hear which organization is going to collect the ultimate award of the whole program.
The previous winner was New York Presbyterian Hospital and the case study for this is available on request.
Is Your Team / Organization a Potential Winner? Apply Now
Did your organisation achieve outstanding business results through the use of Operational Excellence?
Did your teams execute an Operational Excellence project that delivered outstanding business results?
Does your organization want to received recognition globally amongst your peers for your outstanding results achieve through the application of Operational Excellence projects.
If you and your team achieved something amazing, you should apply and get the industry recognition your deserve.
Benefits of WINNING
Demonstrate to the global business community - and your CEOs - the real results you and your team achieved through the successful implementation of Operational Excellence projects & programs.
Positioning your organization as best in class AND committed to outstanding Operational Excellence achievement.
Being shortlisted or an award winner will gain your global recognition with extended exposure thought out the entire year.
Our special award winners logo can be placed on your website and marketing materials to inform your stakeholders of your commitment to Operational Excellence.
Attract the best industry talent.
The best industry talent is attracted to the best-in-class organizations. Award winners experience an influx of applications from other progressive executives.
Being in line for that coveted promotion you were seeking
Being shortlisted or an award winner will help you gain that extra recognition and visibility with your leadership team.
By demonstrating the outstanding business results achieved through your deployment of Operational Excellence, you can expect to achieve greater funding from your leaders, shareholders and board.
Proof of outstanding business processes and driving continuous improvement to every corner of your business, and achieving Operational Excellence, will open doors to new business and new contracts.
Our 350,000 global subscriber base of executives around the world will hear about your achievements.
Awards - Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards Book
"It was an honor for Avis Budget Group to win Best Organizational Achievement in Lean Enterprise Improvement in the first year of our Lean Six Sigma deployment. The award process was thorough and it gave Avis Budget Group a tremendous platform to demonstrate the success our young Performance Excellence deployment has achieved. The $40 million of verifiable hard-dollar savings ABG’s Performance Excellence team was able to achieve in its first year was a key deliverable of the company’s annual strategic plan."
Vice President Performance Excellence Deployment Leader, Avis Budget Group
"It has been an honor to accept the award for Best Achievement of Organizational Business Improvement in Healthcare this year. The award has allowed SSFHS to increase the credibility of its Lean Six Sigma Program within its own system and in the communities it serves. The award shows our customers and competitors that we are committed to excel and progressing steadily as we improve the quality of care for our patients."
Regional CEO, Sisters of St. Francis Health Services, Inc. – Northern Indiana Region
"We are extremely excited to have received this recognition for Best Emerging Business Improvement. I believe this terrific award recognizes that customers can depend on our ability to live our mission statement every day with on time delivery, lowest industry turn times, customer service of exceptional value, service and products of the highest quality. Also, I'd like to compliment the organizers for their excellent recognition program."
President and Chief Executive Officer of PAS Technologies
"I was very pleased to accept the award of Best Project Achievement in Business Enabling Processes on Delphi's behalf. It was especially gratifying to receive external validation from a diverse and global audience that included contingents from some of our key customers and competitors."
Global Director of Customer Satisfaction, Delphi Gas Engine Management Systems
"It was an exceptional moment when we first learned BMO Financial Group was the recipient of three Global Six Sigma and Business Improvement Awards. Theses awards are truly attributable to all the hard work and dedication of our employees across North America. Lean Six Sigma has enabled BMO Product Operations to significantly improve our customer service and organizational cost management in today's challenging economic environment. We are determined to intensify our commitment to Lean Six Sigma business improvements as we continue to deliver great customer experiences."
P. Eng, MBA, Deployment Leader and Master Black Belt, BMO Financial Group
"Capital One has received multiple awards through our participation in the Global Six Sigma Award Program, including most recently the 2008 Platinum Award for Process Excellence Project and the Best Project Achievement in Innovation or Product Development. This prestigious external recognition is a great confirmation of the exceptional business results delivered by our associates."
Sr. Vice President, Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Capital One Bank
Just Some of Our Past Winners
PACCAR, BMO, Sonoco, AVIS, Providence Health and Services, Miami Children’s Hospital, Distributed Learning Directorate, US Army, PHH Arval, Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, Providence Health and Services, Volt Workforce Solutions, Temple-Inland, Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, WNS Global Services, Wipro, ADC Telecommunications, Capital One Bank, Deutsche Bank, Fairfield Medical Center, Firstsource Solutions, Humana, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company, IBM Corporation, Los Angeles County & USC Medical Center, Medco Health Solutions, Merck & Co, Monsanto Company, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Pershing, PHH Arval, Raytheon, Scottish Power Energy Retail, Sisters of Saint Francis Health Services, TD Bank Financial Group, United Airlines, Vanguard, Wyndham Consumer Finance. BMO Financial Group, Capital One Bank, Avis Budget Group, PAS Technologies Tocquigny, Sisters of Saint Francis Health Services, Infosys BPO, Delphi Powertrain Systems, Capital One Bank, United Airlines, Sonoco, myGolfDNA, ALSAC /St Jude Children’s Research Hospital Imperial Bank of Commerce, Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, Deutsche Bank, Firstsource Solutions, Lonmin, OCBC Bank, Prestolite Electric, Satyam BPO, Teradyne, Toyota Financial Services, TRW Automotive, United Services Automobile Association . University Health Network, US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, ANZ, Borusan Power Systems, British American Tobacco, Group Service Delivery Canadian.
The Global Operational Excellence Awards Gala Event
The winning Awards will be presented at The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards Gala Event will take place in the beautiful Tuscan Ballroom on March 20, 2019 at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando™
Pedigree of the Awards Program
This awards program started back in 2006, as The Global Six Sigma Awards and took place in conjunction with the Global Lean Six Sigma and Business Improvement Summit, and quickly became the industry’s most prestigious program. This was not only due to its size, but importantly due to the two-step scoring & judging ratification process, a strict policy to avoid no conflicts of interest, and a confidentiality agreement that judges sign-up to, which still exists in today awards.
BTOES has taken over this elite awards program and have taken it into the new age of Operational Excellence focused not just on Lean Six Sigma and incremental improvements at the operational level, but also strongly aligned with strategy execution, value creation, customer experience, and business transformation to create the future.