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Computer Weekly European User Awards: Categories

Kayleigh Bateman

The Computer Weekly European User Awards honours IT professionals across Europe that have excelled in their approach to using technology.

There are no entry fees required to enter the Computer Weekly European User Awards. 

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A panel of independent judges will review entries in the following categories.

Best Big Data, BI & Analytics Project of the Year

Recognises innovation through the use of data analytics and information management. For instance, entries could demonstrate innovation in areas such as business intelligence, data analytics and big data management.

Applicants could also enter if their business has shown innovation in database and data management, including big data, content management, business intelligence / analytics and data warehousing projects to improve efficiency and achieve cost savings. Other examples of entries include master data management integration and data quality governance strategies.

Best Business Applications Project of the Year

Recogises innovation through the use of business applications. For instance, entries could demonstrate innovation in areas such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM) and supply chain management (SCM) or industry-specific applications.

Applicants could enter projects that include customer experience management, software development, e-commerce or digital business, as well as initiatives using open source software. 

Best Cloud Project of the Year

Recognises a European organisation that has achieved significant return on investment for an innovative cloud-based initiative, through cost savings, new business opportunities, revenue growth, better service delivery and/or overall efficiency and agility improvements. The winner may have created a private cloud, hybrid cloud strategy or relied on cloud computing as a means for transforming IT service delivery within the organisation.

Best Data Centre Project of the Year

Recognises innovation in the use of datacentre technologies, virtualisation, and its ecosystem of products. For instance, entries could demonstrate innovation in areas such as server consolidation, disaster recovery,  datacentre deployment or use of private cloud. Applicants could also enter if their business has shown innovation surrounding the use of backup power/power distribution, datacentre cooling techniques and systems management.

Other examples of entries include clustering for high availability and high performance computing (HPC), datacentre capacity planning and the use of desktop virtualisation platforms to improve business efficiency.

Best Mobile Computing Project of the Year

Recognises innovation with mobile computing including mobile communication, hardware and software.

Entries could include wireless, networks, applications, mobile working, mobile apps, and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies. Projects could also include challenges overcome, such as issues with security, mobile data communication and portability.

Best Networking Project of the Year

Recognises innovation in network design and implementation, and the use of networking applications to improve businesses.

For instance, entries for this awards topic could demonstrate innovation in areas such as unified communications implementation, unified network fabric, optimisation of 10 Gigabit Ethernet or implementation of FCoE. Other noteworthy projects would include networking methods for low latency, private cloud network designs, network convergence for provisioning, network automation and management, innovation in WAN and WLAN design or converged wired and wireless networks.

Other examples of entries include demonstration of a successful energy management project through networking technologies, improvement in bandwidth, or innovation through video networking and delivery.

Best Private Sector Project of the Year

Recognises a European private sector organisation that has used new or innovative ways to deliver measurable business benefits through the implementation of IT. The winning project will demonstrate more than simply successful use of a new product, but instead show how IT has supported or enabled significant change and improvement for the business.

Best Public Sector Project of the Year

Recognises a European public sector organisation that has used new or innovative ways to deliver measurable benefits in public services through the implementation of IT. The winning project will demonstrate more than simply successful use of a new product, but instead show how IT has supported or enabled significant change and improvement in public service delivery.

Best Security Project of the Year

Recognises innovation in information security and IT risk management. Entries could demonstrate innovation in areas such as reduction in cyber crime and overall losses, corporate security, physical security, risk management, data security, data protection & privacy, or a clear description of how IT has been utilised to improve business or service security. Applicants could also enter if their business has shown security innovation surrounding IT applications, such as new software or intranet protection strategies. Entries are also encouraged to give examples of any security sector standards or security codes of practice that have been implemented to create a safer/more effective working environment.

Other examples of entries include data protection strategies, business continuity, cloud security, Endpoint and NAC protection.

Best Storage Project of the Year

Recognises innovation in data storage projects that show evidence of improving storage efficiency and effectiveness. Entries could demonstrate innovation in areas such as backup, disaster recovery strategies, cloud storage and the use of virtual storage. Applicants could also enter if their business has shown innovation in storage for virtual server environments, storage virtualisation and storage for internal cloud projects. Other examples of entries include the use of disk systems, flash, improvements to storage management and storage compliance.

Please refer to the main awards site for further information about the other awards topics running throughout 2014/15.

Any questions about the Computer Weekly European User Awards please contact us at CWUserAwards@techtarget.com.

 


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