Innovation Awards - Category Descriptions

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Category descriptions for the awards program

One winner will be recognized in each of the following categories: Pioneer, Go Beyond, and Visionary Leadership. In addition to these categories, the top nominations will be judged in a special Innovator of the Year category, which will recognize one winner from the US Public Sector and one winner from each of the following three global geographies: Americas, APAC, and EMEA.

  • Pioneer: Innovative small and midsize companies (100-1,000 employees) that have transformed IT into a competitive asset, enabling their organizations to drive and respond quickly to business growth, while doing more with less for cost-efficient operation. Lower TCO and increased agility have allowed these companies to drive product/service innovation, get to market more quickly than competitors, and capitalize on opportunities by expanding into new markets.
  • Go Beyond: Customers with an eye on cloud services innovation have challenged the status quo, successfully leveraging private, public and hybrid cloud resources to speed service delivery, improve efficiency and transform IT cost centers into platforms for growth and success.
  • Visionary Leadership (Game Changers): Visionary Leadership highlights the people who have broken down barriers between IT and the business/organization, turning technology innovation into a major driver of success. These visionaries have embraced innovations such as clustering and flash to deliver greater impact, faster. Respected by people inside and outside their organizations, these individuals are viewed as true innovators.