EuroCloud UK Awards 2015

 

EuroCloud UK Awards 2015 

2015 marks the 6th consecutive year of the European Cloud Industry's Premier Awards Programme - the Pan-European EuroCloud Awards. With 5 strong years behind us we have taken some time out this year to consult among the 29 country EuroClouds, listen to our UK competitors and winners and make some changes to improve the format, the classes and the way we move from National to European arenas.  As Cloud evolves, so we recognise it becomes necessary to adapt to reflect reality (how people perceive the Cloud) and make an exciting and worthwhile competition more relevant, more attractive and more valued.

Why Are Awards Important?

In the Cloud world we need to differentiate, promote awareness, inspire confidence and engage with customers and prospects - But it goes wider than that - we need to inspire staff, attract and retain talent, show strength, success and "the right stuff". People like winners, they like dealing with, working for, the company of winners.  And it gives you something else positive to maintain a dialogue with your entire eco-system to say "We are proud of what we do, we are winners - thanks to you." EuroCloud Awards is the dream ticket.

Introducing EuroCloud's G-Cloud Awards!

EuroCloud is a committed supporter of the UK G-Cloud - the framework and Digital Marketplace to facilitate hi-impact, lo-ceremony procurement of Cloud solutions by the public sector.  This year we want to celebrate achievement in this uniquely British Cloud market by selecting winners of two special G-Cloud categories.  Part of the benefit of the G-Cloud Awards will be to generate case-studies to help G-Cloud suppliers and public sector consumers of Information Technology see the ways in which successful Cloud deployment is achieved and produces the benefits that are the life-force behind our Cloud - and the envy of Europe!

Because the UK is the only enlightened country in Europe with a G-Cloud, there is no European competition to which the winners may graduate. So we shall crown our winners with a special prize, each receive a case of English Champagne (and I use that term illegally for dramatic effect), so they may hold their own Gala celebration over the summer for their teams.  

These G-Cloud Awards have been sponsored by: 

           

EuroCloud - The coveted UK Award and the Pan-European Champion of Champions
 
The 6 Euro-Category winners (there are 2 UK-only awards this year, the G-Cloud Awards) have the choice to take their UK success and compete at the European Championship in Barcelona at the Gala Dinner, part of the EuroCloud European Congress on 7th October, 2015.  This is one of the changes we have introduced this year having listened to past winners - not all of whom have a territory where a European title is a marketing imperative - so this year for the first time you choose whether to commit to the European competition once you know the results of the UK competition. (Seems fair, I don't know why we didn't do this before?!)  

Being now wholly in our control, entry to the EuroCloud UK Awards is free-of-charge and is open to all eligible cloud vendors operating in the UK. There is no requirement to be a member of EuroCloud. The closing date for entries is (midnight)  Sunday 31st May 2015 and the UK winners will be announced at a special EuroCloud UK summer-party event on 2nd July 2015.  The full list of categories and the detailed rules are referenced below.

Winners of the UK Awards who wish to participate in the European Championship: we need you to take an active role in the Awards Gala, for if there were no competitors there would be no Gala! If you wish to take up your place on the starting grid in Barcelona there is the modest investment of entry to the EuroCloud Congress and a participation fee of €500 raised by the organisers of the event.  To go forward into the European Championship a simplified competition entry submission is needed, winners going forward into Europe will need to transpose their submission into a simple format (in English) identical to those used across the other nations to make fair a competition enjoyed by so many countries where they are obliged to translate their submissions.  Far easier for us than them!     

 

To enter, please read the terms, conditions and requirements for entry and then complete the online application form to register your company for the Awards. You will then receive a confirmation email with a request for submission of your completed entry for each category you have selected.  

Best Cloud Service for Horizontal Markets

For: Cloud Service Providers

Cloud Services that can be used in different market segments like ERP, CRM, IaaS etc.

 

Criteria:

  • General Quality, Professionalism and Completeness of the application

  • USP, Creativity and Originality of the Cloud Service

  • Scalability according to Customer demands

  • Data Exchange Capabilities and Compatabilities

  • Security and Privacy characteristics in relation to customer data sensitivity and compliance

  • Judge’s Individual Assessment Criteria

 

Best Cloud Service for Vertical Markets

For: Cloud Service Providers

Cloud Services which are designed as Tools supporting companies in vertical markets, e.g. in Logistics, Agriculture, Chemical Industries etc.

 

Criteria:

  • General Quality, Professionalism and Completeness of the application

  • USP, Creativity and Originality of the Cloud Service

  • Scalability according to Customer demands

  • Data Exchange Capabilities and Compatabilities

  • Security and Privacy characteristics in relation to customer data sensitivity and compliance

  • Judge’s Individual Assessment Criteria



Best Cloud Service provided by a Start Up 

For: Cloud Service Providers

Here the focus is on Cloud Services of successful Start Ups as Cloud Service Providers. Start Ups defined as on the market no longer than 3 years.

 

Criteria:

  • General Quality, Professionalism and Completeness of the application

  • USP, Creativity and Originality of the Cloud Service

  • Specific Customer benefits

  • Goto Market Realization and Growth rate

  • Scalability according to Customer demands

  • Data Exchange Capabilities and Compatabilities

  • Security and Privacy characteristics in relation to customer data sensitivity and compliance

  • Judge’s Individual Assessment Criteria



Best Cloud Migration Service

For: Consultancies, integrators, value-added service providers 

Rewarding organisations who have achieved excellence in bringing customers to the Cloud

 

Criteria:

  • General Quality, Professionalism and Completeness of the application

  • Approved Methodology

  • Tools for transformation and migration 

  • Professionalism in execution

  • Judge’s Individual Assessment Criteria

 

 

Best Business Impact Achieved Through Cloud Services Deployment

For: USER organisations

A USER organisation will be the winner of this award, often helped, promoted and sponsored by the vendor or integrator supplying the service

 

Criteria:

  • General Quality, Professionalism and Completeness of the application

  • Quantitative measures: Eg. Percentage of cost saving 

  • Achieved Competitive Advantage or Efficiency Gains

  • Judge’s Individual Assessment Criteria



Best Cloud Facilitated Innovation

For: Organisations deploying New Lines of Business               

Cloud facilitated innovation (probably) by Non-IT Companies as a future oriented extension of their market portfolio (IoT, Industry 4.0, Smart Energy, Smart Healthcare, Mobility and Automotive, etc.)

 

Criteria:

  • General Quality, Professionalism and Completeness of the application

  • USP, Creativity and Originality of the Cloud Service

  • Addressed to future topics and trends

  • How big a Paradigm-Changer or How far Out-of-the-Box

  • Judge’s Individual Assessment Criteria



G-Cloud Outstanding Newcomer Award

For: Vendors with a first inclusion of SERVICE on G-Cloud framework in 12 months to 1 April 15 - so G5 or G6. Company can be on prior iterations but service should be substantially different from any earlier service.

The purposes of the award are to showcase and publicise G-Cloud to encourage interest in areas of Public Sector not embracing G-Cloud and to provide a beacon to vendors to see the efficacy of G-Cloud.  For this reason it is a condition of entry that the submission confers permission to publish any material on our website (with full accreditation). 

Criteria:

The offering which, in the opinion of the judges, shows the greatest potential for fulfilling the objectives of G-Cloud. Eg: reducing cost, improving deployment timescales, improving efficiency, efficacy and utility. Together with the judge’s individual assessment criteria.

This Award has been sponsored by Rowallan G-Cloud Service, assisting new vendors in UK and overseas to achieve, monitor and optimise their G-Cloud listing. 

G-Cloud Outstanding Success Story

For: Vendor of any service or offering in any lot where the transaction related to the success story took place through G-Cloud (any version, any year)

The purposes of the award are to showcase and publicise G-Cloud to encourage interest in areas of Public Sector not embracing G-Cloud and to provide a beacon to vendors to see the efficacy of G-Cloud.  For this reason it is a condition of entry that the submission confers permission to publish any material on our website (with full accreditation). 

Criteria:

The offering which, in the opinion of the judges, shows the outstanding contribution to public sector consumption of IT facilitated by G-Cloud. Judges will look for evidence of innovation, agility of deployment, value for money achieved, time to deliver, citizen (user, taxpayer, beneficiary) benefit and all and any benefits, advances and advantages put forward by the entry team.

This Award has been sponsored by InfoSaaS a Cloud vendor successfully delivering Software as a Service which automates a methodology developed from many years of assisting organisations in successfully achieving their information security objectives and ISO27001 certifications.

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