All companies in the evolving cloud ecosystem – from solutions providers and enablers to startups and market leaders – are eligible to apply for The Cloudys. In the cloud, the traditional distinction between developer, vendor, provider and partner are blurred. Therefore, normal categories are out; innovation is in – no matter where it's coming from.
What Are The Cloudys Categories?
Most Innovative Cloud Service
Compute? Storage? DRaaS? UCaaS? These are but a few of the services that cloud computing companies offer today. But not all are created equally. If your cloud offer takes an innovative approach to solving customer problems, increasing efficiencies or improving business outcomes, then this category is for you. This award will honor up to three organizations with the most disruptive and impactful cloud services.
Most Innovative Cloud Customer Deployment
The returns that customers enjoy with cloud computing cannot be denied. Customers say cloud technology allows them to introduce innovation into their organizations more quickly, cheaply and effectively than before. Some, in fact, say their deployments have completely transformed their organizations. If you have a customer case study or success story to share, then this category is for you. This award will go to organizations whose customer solutions employ the most innovative approach to achieve the greatest impact for their customers.
Most Innovative Cloud Partner Business Model
Reseller. Provider. Builder. Aggregator. Integrator. There are a lot of different ways companies can design and deliver cloud technology. And cloud partners are not limiting themselves to just one. If your company has built an innovative cloud practice, this category is for you. This award will honor companies who have cleverly defined a cloud business and scaled it to new heights.
Most Innovative Cloud Best Practice
Cloud technology demands new disciplines. Think “five nines” network reliability, impenetrable security and unlimited scalability, just to name a few. If you build data centers, offer bullet-proof reliability or optimize computing resources like an Indy 500 pit crew, then you no doubt have perfected the science of operational best practices and this category is for you. This award will single out companies for their innovation in process excellence to deliver quality customers can depend on.
Most Innovative Cloud Enablement Tools
Delivering reliable and effective business-class cloud services requires design, procurement, integration, migration and management. If your company has created services or tools that ease cloud creation, delivery and operations for cloud partners or their customers, this category is for you. This award will honor organizations with the most innovative cloud enablement offers.
What's The Process?
Applications will be accepted through July 18, 2014. A judging panel of Channel Partners editors will select the winners in each category. There is no fee to apply for the Cloudys.