Award Categories 2017

The deadline to submit nominations for the Datacloud Awards is 15th March 2017
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Data Centre Leadership Award (Award will be given by the Judges Panel)

This year, these Awards will be given by the Judges Panel to the leader of a company nominated for one of the other Awards.

Excellence in Data Centre Service Award

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Data centre services and infrastructure are the essential enabler for all businesses. Service providers offering data infrastructure are gaining significant credibility offering dedicated services providing IT flexibility and scalability. The capability to host business applications and services is highly dependent upon the ability to deliver innovative infrastructure offerings, service wrappers and solution integration.

The judges are looking to identify a business that provides excellence in data centre services and infrastructure. The Award will recognize a Company, Internal Division or functional team with a demonstrable track record established in the last 18 months that can be used as an exemplar to the global data centre industry.

Criteria:

  1. Who built the data centre? How do your data centre services deliver excellence? Provide evidence/examples
  2. What makes your operation innovative or market leading?
  3. What benefits do your customers achieve in using your excellent data centre services?

Data Centres Community Impact Award

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Data centres have a reputation for being secretive and inaccessible, hidden behind security fencing with blank walls that give no information about what goes on inside. While this is necessary, it doesn’t prevent those who operate these facilities from engaging with the local community. In fact data centres often occupy old industrial sites, located in communities suffering from challenges like high unemployment so there is plenty of scope for the industry to make a positive contribution and this award recognises organisations or individuals who have delivered a tangible social benefit. There are many ways in which this might happen: a new data centre may drive an upgrade in local connectivity; operators might establish a local apprenticeship programme, introduce a waste heat reuse scheme or contribute to local charitable initiatives. In short we are looking for an operator, team or individual who has made a positive community contribution. The judges anticipate that candidates will provide some contextual information that sets the scene.

Criteria:

  1. What were you trying to achieve? Provide a clear overview of the initiative, programme, or approach including its objectives
  2. Explain how it was delivered and managed. Was it a one-off or ongoing initiative? Were there any lessons learned? What challenges did you have to overcome?
  3. Provide evidence of the measurable benefits that the project delivered and how it meets CSR requirements.

Data Centre Cutting Edge Breakthrough

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The Data Centre Cutting Edge Breakthrough award seeks to recognise innovation in the data centre that makes a real difference to either the delivery of service or the efficiency of the operation. The award may be for a technological breakthrough, but could equally be for a new way of automating a previously manual process or the introduction of a new skill that brings benefit to the data centre operation.

Criteria:

  1. The breakthrough must have brought demonstrable benefit in either customer experience, operational savings or increased availability. The benefits must be fully explained.
  2. The breakthrough must be different. It must be new, not only to the organisation, but to the industry.
  3. The breakthrough must have been conceived by the organisation, and not by a third party, and the outcome of its introduction must be demonstrable and measurable.

Data Centre Above and Beyond Award

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This award recognises an individual (or a team of individuals) who has gone that bit further for their company and/or their customers. The scope is very broad: eligible entrants could have delivered a difficult project to time and budget or added value to a service over and above that envisaged in the contract. Alternatively they might have demonstrated initiative in the face of adversity, helped to prevent or mitigate the impacts of a disaster of some kind or had the persistence and commitment to stick with something through thick and thin until they saw it through. Their achievement could have been played out on a small stage - eg for a single site SME - or a large one – for a global corporate.

In summary, we are looking for a person (or team) who has risen to a challenge of some kind and demonstrated dedication, initiative and leadership beyond the call of duty.

Criteria:
The judges anticipate that entrants will provide some context and describe briefly how the challenge came about and then they will mark submissions against three specific criteria. The three criteria against which your submission will be marked are:

  1. w did you go about it? What did you do?
  2. In what way did your actions go beyond the call of duty? How did you demonstrate leadership, innovative thinking or initiative?
  3. What was the outcome? What difference did you make?

Although not a requirement, do include feedback if you are able to share it.

Data Centre Location Award

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This award recognizes the importance of location in the evaluation of data centre investment. It is primarily aimed at (but not restricted to) organisations such as regional authorities or inward investment agencies. The judges are looking for an organisation, team, or individual who has gone that extra distance to make their region or city attractive as a location of choice for data centre operators and cloud services providers. Candidates should be able to demonstrate that they have made a tangible impact on the competitiveness of their location. This could include streamlining planning or permitting, upgrading access to connectivity and power or promotion of good practice. In short, candidates should be able to show that they have taken steps to provide an environment in which data centre operators and cloud services providers can flourish.

Criteria:

  1. Explain why data centre/cloud investment is important to your region or location.
  2. Outline the efforts you have made to ensure that your location is attractive to operators and cloud services providers. (Approaches could relate to physical infrastructure, available skills, energy, taxation. If it has been a learning process explain how you have adopted what you have learned in your strategy).
  3. Explain why your location is uniquely competitive.

African Data Centre Location Award

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This award recognizes the importance of location in the evaluation of data centre investment in Africa. It is primarily aimed at (but not restricted to) organisations such as regional authorities or inward investment agencies. The judges are looking for an organisation, team, or individual who has gone that extra distance to make their region or city in Africa attractive as a location of choice for data centre operators and cloud services providers. Candidates should be able to demonstrate that they have made a tangible impact on the competitiveness of their location in Africa. This could include streamlining planning or permitting, upgrading access to connectivity and power or promotion of good practice. In short, candidates should be able to show that they have taken steps to provide an environment in which data centre operators and cloud services providers can flourish throughout the continent.

Criteria:

  1. Explain why data centre/cloud investment is important to your region or location.
  2. Outline the efforts you have made to ensure that your location is attractive to operators and cloud services providers. (Approaches could relate to physical infrastructure, available skills, energy, taxation. If it has been a learning process explain how you have adopted what you have learned in your strategy).
  3. Explain why your location is uniquely competitive.

Best Energy Solution Award

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Although much has been achieved, energy efficiency and sustainable energy usage are still one of the most important goals for a data centre both from a business and an environmental perspective.

The judges are looking to identify a business that has significantly demonstrated the use of a disruptive energy innovation.

This innovation could be a new technology, a new way of applying existing technology, or an original or inventive approach to solving energy problems within the data centre environment. The scope is therefore quite broad and includes both technology and process.

The award will recognise a facility, a team or an individual with a demonstrable track record of implementing an innovative approach during the last 12 months.

Ideally the initiative should be capable of providing an exemplar of innovation in energy management to the global datacentre industry.

Criteria:

  1. What were the challenges faced and how were they overcome?
  2. Describe briefly the innovation achieved and best in class processes used in driving energy efficiency that resonates across the entire sector because of its impact.
  3. Demonstrate why the energy solution is fundamentally different from others and its environmental benefits.

Excellence in Connectivity for Data Centres Award

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This award recognizes the critical impact that ultra-high scale, ultra-high availability connectivity has in today’s cloud market in a data centre environment. With data demands mushrooming almost exponentially, the ability to scale with user demand is vital. This capability must be matched by very high levels of service reliability and availability – all at an economic cost that delivers excellence to the user. Judges will consider real-world, cutting edge, high-scale, high availability connectivity for data centres that has delivered an outstanding and innovative impact during the past 12 to18 months to target users locally, regionally or internationally with a footprint in EMEA.

Eligible solutions can be delivered by providers including cable, dark fibre, data centre, system integrators, IXPs and licensed public operators.

Criteria:

  1. Provide evidence of quantifiable, proven ability to deliver innovative, ultra-high scale connectivity demanded by today’s cloud users
  2. Describe how you meet or exceed the most stringent user demand for availability and latency
  3. Demonstrate the delivery of excellent business effectiveness, cost effectiveness, business agility and high levels of customer experience to users

Cloud Leadership Award (Award will be given by the Judges Panel)

This year, these Awards will be given by the Judges Panel to the leader of a company nominated for one of the other Awards.

Excellence in Cloud Service Award

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This award recognises proven achievements and innovations in the launch of cloud services to users across any geography, but with a major footprint in EMEA. Any cloud service is eligible - regardless if it is private, hybrid or public. Here are many views of what constitutes a cloud as long as it delivers cloud-scale impact for the users and permanent uptime user experience. This award does not seek to define cloud but to recognise achievements and thought leadership in the development and operation of excellent cloud services.

Criteria:

  1. What is excellent about your cloud service that you are able to cloud-scale and deliver permanent uptime since you launched it? Provide evidence / examples.
  2. What was the demand that your cloud service was designed to fulfil? How does it scale? Why is it different from other cloud services?
  3. This award recognises thought leadership as well as achievement. How can you deliver this aspiration with your cloud service?

Cloud Community Impact Award

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Virtualized, digital technologies are increasingly bringing benefits to individuals and communities in every part of the world. These benefits are very diverse such as access to education and knowledge; better healthcare; improving business and economic activity and helping to reduce the impact of climate change. While recognizing the incredible impact that these innovations have on communities, this award focuses on organizations, companies and individuals that have made exceptional efforts to have a major impact on a community in the aftermath of emergencies such as earthquakes, floods, war zones, terrorist actions etc. The judges will take particular note of particularly those entries that exhibit highly innovative and impactful uses of cloud / digital technology to save lives, alleviate suffering and/ or maintain/ protect people/ property demonstrated ideally with a case study and where possible quantified with metrics.

Criteria:

  1. How significant was /is the humanitarian benefit of the product or service innovation in terms of delivering the greatest good to the largest number of people? (Need quantifiable facts to back up)
  2. How globally applicable is the innovation and how widely has it been deployed?
  3. What is the potential for further applications of the innovation in the future? Can it be extended and used for other humanitarian purposes?

This award could be given to a provider and end user as a joint award

Cloud Technical Breakthrough Award

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The Judges are seeking the best of the best cloud technology, products, applications, prototypes, and projects that deliver “breakthrough” customer benefits. The Award highlights the most innovative game changing products and applications available today, prototypes coming soon, and projects in the making.

Criteria:

  1. Describe the unique innovation provided by the product, application, prototype or project.
  2. Demonstrate the quantifiable benefits
  3. Does the technology have the potential to reach a significant market? Explain how.

Best Use of Cloud in a Major Enterprise Award

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ICT technological advances for digital enterprises to be created. This requires a new breed of cloud services that are able to cloud scale, regardless if we talk about private, hybrid or public clouds.This award recognises individuals or teams who have gone that bit further for their company and/or their customers to cloud scale. The scope is very broad: eligible entrants could have delivered a difficult cloud project to time and budget or added value to a cloud service or SaaS enablement over and above that envisaged in the contract.

Alternatively they might have demonstrated initiative in the face of adversity, helped to prevent or mitigate the impacts of a disaster of some kind or had the persistence and commitment to stick with something through thick and thin until they saw it through. Their achievement could have been played out on a global cloud offering or a small stage in the cloud too.

In summary, we are looking for someone who has risen to a challenge of some kind and demonstrated dedication, initiative and leadership beyond the call of duty.

Criteria:

The judges anticipate that entrants will provide some context and describe briefly how the challenge came about and then they will mark submissions against three specific criteria.
The three criteria against which your submission will be marked are:

  1. What have been the key issues and challenges? How did you overcome these?
  2. How did you took the lead?
  3. What results were achieved?

This award could be given to a provider and end user as a joint award

Cloud New Service Award

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Cloud services are being developed at an increasing rate globally, delivering cloud-scale impact. This award is designed to recognise a Cloud Service Provider, offering private, hybrid or public cloud services in 2016. The award will be given to Cloud Service Provider that demonstrates innovation, awareness of its community impact, integrated thinking and can show how the cloud services developed meet current and future needs at cloud scale.

Criteria:

  1. What innovations have you introduced/are you introducing to deliver cloud scale? What´s new?
  2. Explain how your cloud services accommodate changing IT needs and create an impact in your business community?
  3. Explain why you believe your cloud services should win this award. Why is it special?

Best Deployment of IoT Award

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The Internet of Things will be a disruptive force as universal connectivity generates massive data across almost every aspect of commerce and technology. This Award showcases innovative projects that use today’s data-driven technologies to shape new forces for tomorrow. The purpose of this award is to recognise an organisation that has, through the deployment of IoT, brought benefit either to their own organisation, entity (eg a smart city) or to their customers. The IoT may not be restricted to the data centre and may be deployed elsewhere in the organisation.

Criteria:

  1. The innovation using the IoT must bring demonstrable benefit to either the organisation, entity or its customers. Demonstrate the delivery of excellent business effectiveness, cost effectiveness, business agility and high levels of customer experience to users.
  2. The innovation must be new and unique to the organisation. The innovation and its deployment must be fully described and how it is imaginative and remarkable.
  3. Describe how the innovation qualifies as IoT and why IoT was the most appropriate way in which to realise the benefit.

Young Technical Leader of the Year Award

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The lack of critical skills in the work force continues to be one of the greatest challenges faced by the overall Data Centre and Cloud industry. With the ever changing skill requirements and speed of technological developments, engaging and developing young talent to fuel the industry’s growth is essential. The Young Technical Leader of the Year Award seeks to recognise a young person's skills and contribution towards the further development of our industry.

The awardee should be an individual who has demonstrated a track record of achievement in their chosen area of expertise and has gained company and/or industry recognition for their accomplishments despite their limited time in the industry.

Criteria:

Eligibility: The entrant must be aged 30 years or under at 1st May, 2017 and hold a qualified degree or technical certification in a STEM-based discipline (ie. Computer Science, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, etc) or be studying for completion for this type of degree/certification by 1st June, 2017.

The judges anticipate the entrants will describe briefly an industry initiative, project, business service or development to which the young leader drove or was a high-value contributor. Initiatives may have been realised within the company or organisation where the applicant works or for industry recognised associations, committees, standards boards, etc. The submission will then be evaluated against the following:

  1. How significant was the leadership role or contribution made by the entrant to the success of the initiative? Describe demonstrated abilities to problem solve, manage people, skills or processes and/or contribute technical expertise.
  2. In what ways did the entrant display innovative, strategic or critical thinking that set their contribution apart from others?
  3. Provide two references which support the demonstration of the entrant’s contribution.