5 September 2023

Remote community serving tech trio takes home prestigious award against big businesses

| Chisa Hasegawa
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From left to right: Darren Spencer is a man with white hair and white beard wearing glasses, a white button down shirt, dark grey pants and brown chelsea boots. Siddeq Mohammed is a man with shirt black hair and beard, wearing glasses, a dark blue button down, chestnut brown jacket, whitish-grey pants and brown shoes. Damien Bueno is a man with sort dirty blonde hair, wearing a white button down, grey jacket, dark wash jeans and black shoes. Glenn Gregory is a man with short brown hair and beard, wearing glasses, black shirt, blue jacket, dark grey pants and brown shoes.

The My Pathway trio took home the SAP Best Run Fast Growth Business award against Australian and New Zealand organisations. Left to right: Darren Spencer, Siddeq Mohammed, Damien Bueno (SAP ANZ president and managing director), Glenn Gregory.

A CAPE York-based social and economic development organisation has beaten some of the Trans Tasman’s largest corporations to take home a prestigious tech award.

My Pathway’s three-person business systems received an Award for Best Run Fast Growth Business at the SAP ANZ Awards.

The company was recognised for its unique data collection and reporting system that is allowing client-facing staff to invest more time in their community.

My Pathway business systems analyst Glenn Gregory said it was the improved outcomes for community and staff that stood out in their pitch.

“Integrating SAP software to draw on multiple internal and external data sources has transformed how we do business,” he said.

The integration has significantly reduced the time required for staff to manage their budgets, compliance and performance reporting, said My Pathway chief financial officer Darren Spencer.

“We work with several partners to deliver programs that are funded by Australians. It’s imperative we are accountable, transparent and making sure the investment is effective,” he said.

“In the past this has consumed considerable resources for reporting and administration.”

My Pathway delivers employment services, training, business mentoring, community projects and facility service in remote Australian communities.

They support job seekers and facilitate community programs, as well as fund regional and remote enterprise development through their not-for-profit organisation, Community Owned Enterprises.

“The system that’s been created benefits our business, the communities where we work and extracts greater value from taxpayer-funded programs.

It’s a win-win-win scenario,” Mr Spencer said.

The Fast Growth Business award was a new category added to the annual awards, reflecting the uniqueness of the business systems project.

“This year’s nominations demonstrate the critical role that technology has in helping our customers achieve their business goals and enable future growth by delivering meaningful business results, customer and employee experience, and community impact,” said president and managing director SAP ANZ Damien Bueno.

Mr Spencer says the team’s next goal is to help other businesses to leverage SAP.

“The next step will be to explore how we might support other community-focused organisations to improve their information flows by using SAP solutions. We have proven our capability but would be far more accessible than the larger business advisory groups,” he said.

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