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Hydro Media wins prize for usability on hydro.com

November 20, 2002, 00:00 CET

Hydro Media has been awarded The Rosing Prize for Usability by The Norwegian Computer Society, for its work on Hydro's corporate Internet site.

Hydro Media has been awarded The Rosing Prize for Usability by The Norwegian Computer Society, for its work on Hydro's corporate Internet site.

The Rosing Prize for Usability for 2002 has been awarded to Hydro Media and its partners Halogen, Accenture and Interwoven, for the development of Hydro's new website located at www.hydro.com.

The annual prize is awarded to the software product, website or other IT application which best demonstrates outstanding usability. In awarding the prize to Hydro Media, the judges stated that the developers "had expressed a desire to achieve groundbreaking design, information architecture and focus on usability", and that the winner "has consciously adopted a user-oriented approach to meet its goal -- and achieved this admirably."


"Very welcome"

"This is very welcome. It is an important recognition of one of our main project ambitions," says Ole Johan Sagafos, Vice President from Corporate Communications. "Our intention was to make the site as user-friendly as possible in order to make Hydro, and the products we stand for, more easily accessible," says Sagafos, who was the internal client for the new website development.

Hydro Media's Siri Skauge was Project Manager for the Hydro.com redesign process, which extended over 18 months. She adds that Hydro IS Partner was also a major contributor to the new site, which was relaunched on June 13 this year.

Sagafos adds: "We believe that we have achieved our goals, and it is very satisfying to achieve recognition from others. The website re-design was a major project, and naturally there was a temptation to use an external supplier. But we chose to do things differently, and the prize recognizes the fine work of our in-house specialists and the partners we have used."

The prize is the latest in a series of recent awards and accolades received by Hydro's communications units. In addition to being praised for its good use of language in the annual report, and for its excellent Investor Relations activities, the company has also scored highly in Yankelovich's news and communications rankings.