1. Quick information:
Basic qualifying criteria for nominations:
- IT projects directed by IT managers at user companies and individual IT users are eligible.
- Vendors, resellers and VARs can enter on behalf of a customer, but the customer must be available for comment if announced as a winner. The IT user must be available for interview by Computer Weekly for an article about their winning project.
- User companies that wish to remain anonymous are not qualified to enter.
- All winning projects will be followed up with an in depth case study for Computer Weekly. The case study may refer to other vendors included in the user's environment if relevant to the project.
Hosted by Computer Weekly and SearchServerVirtualization.com, the Best of VMworld Europe Users Awards will take place during VMworld Europe, in Barcelona, Spain.
A team of expert, independent judges will evaluate the nominations. IT projects that are directed by IT managers, at user companies or individual IT users, will only be considered.
Winners are showcased on Computer Weekly through in-depth case studies in addition to receiving certificates at a ceremony in Barcelona.
There is no entry fee required to enter the Best of VMworld Europe User Awards.
*Best mobility or desktop virtualisation project
*Best private/hybrid cloud project
*Best virtualisation and cloud infrastructure project
*Best security or data protection project
*Best agility and automation project (DevOps)
*Best of show (most innovative)
* The Best of Show category will be determined by a judging panel; please do not submit an entry for this category.
3. Entry forms:
Customers, peers, resellers, VARs or vendors are invited to submit user case studies. Vendors, resellers and VARs should alert their customers to the awards, if they opt to submit on their behalf, as the customer will need to be available for comment if announced as a winner. The IT user must be available for interview by Computer Weekly for an article about their winning project.
Nominations must include the following information:
- Your name
- Your corporate email address
- IT project owner’s company name and location
- Name of IT project owner (this person should be able to answer technical questions about the project, following submission of the form, and must be available for interview by Computer Weekly for an article about their winning project.)
- IT project owner email
- Any relevant technical configuration or specification information where it helps judges to assess your entry.
4. Judging process and judging criteria:
A panel of independent judges, based in Europe, will review the nominations. Nominating companies may not be able to contact the judges but they must provide contact details of the IT project manager so that the judges can get further detail on the submissions if necessary.
In addition to a winner, judges are entitled to choose a runner-up if appropriate.
Judges will be using the following criteria to assess entries, and you should ensure that your 800-word summary explains how your entry meets as many of the following goals as are appropriate:
- Overall innovation
- Improving system performance
- Reducing costs
- Improving management capabilities
- New use in marketplace
- Improving overall business processes/efficiencies
5. Awards presentation and coverage:
Winners will be announced during a ceremony at VMworld Europe and profiled in case studies on Computer Weekly.
Any questions about the VMworld Europe User Awards please contact Caroline Donnelly at: firstname.lastname@example.org