2016 Shortlist

 

CLOUD COMPUTING

Best Virtualisation Product

Instart Logic - Nanovisor
NaviSite Desktop as a Service (DaaS)
Oracle Ravello
Red Hat virtualization 4
Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect

Best Cloud Service

Box
BT Global Services - Cloud of Clouds
Fedr8 - Application Analytics Suite
Oracle Cloud at Customer
RedHat - Red Hat OpenShift
Sumerian Capacity Planner
Veritas Resiliency Platform
VMWare - vCloud Air

Best Cloud Security Product

Alert Logic - Cloud Insight
AVG Technologies - AVG CloudCare
CensorNet - CensorNet Unified Security Service
Instart Logic - AppShield
MIRACL - Authentication-as-a-Service platform
Panda Security - Adaptive Defense 360
Trend Micro - Trend Micro Deep Security
WhiteHat Security - WhiteHat Sentinel

Best Cloud Computing Provider

CloudMargin
Egress Software Technologies - Egress Switch
FinancialForce - FinancialForce ERP
Hyve Managed Hosting - Managed Hosting Service
NaviSite
Oracle - Oracle Cloud
Salesforce - Salesforce Lightning Experience for Sales Cloud

BUSINESS SOFTWARE

Best Business Application

Box - Box Shuttle
Chef - Habitat
Egnyte Connect
FinancialForce Financial Management
IFS Applications 9
Coupa Expense Management

Best Software-as-a-Service Provider

Appttus Intelligent Cloud
Egnyte Connect
Impartner
LogMeIn
PCA Predict
Polycom RealPresence Clariti
Sumerian Capacity Planning as a Service
Xero

Best Business Software Provider

B60
Chef Software
NetSuite
Parker Software
Xero

Best Business Intelligence Vendor

Exasol
Hortonworks
Splunk

SECURITY

Best SMB Security Product

Barracuda NextGen Firewall
F-Secure Corporation
Galaxkey Platform
LastPass Enterprise
Panda Security Endpoint Protection Plus

Best Enterprise Security Product

Arbor Networks - Arbor Cloud
Digital Guardian Data Protection Platform
Kaspersky Lab Security for Enterprises
Rapid7 - Nexpose
Resilient, an IBM Company - The Resilient Incident Response Platform
Symantec Data Loss Prevention (DLP)
Trend Micro Deep Discovery
VMWare NSX

Security Innovation of the Year

Dell Data Protection - Threat Defense and Dell Data Protection
Egress Software Technologies - Egress Switch
ForgeRock Identity Platform
Instart Logic Bot Or Not
Resilient, an IBM Company - Resilient Incident Visualisation
Symantec Validation and ID Protection (VIP)
Webroot SecureAnywhere Business - Endpoint Protection

Best Business Security Provider

Arbor Networks
Kaspersky Lab
Rapid7
IBM Security
Symantec
Whitehat Security

INFRASTRUCTURE

Best Business Continuity Firm

Databarracks - Cloud-to-Cloud Continuity
Datto's Total Data Protection Platform
Quest
Hyve Managed Hosting
Veeam Software - Veeam Availability Suite v9
Zerto - Zerto Virtual Replication

Best Business Storage

Kaminario - Kaminario K2
Nexsan - UNITY
NetApp SolidFire
Nutanix Enterprise Cloud
Scality RING 6.0
Tintri VMstore T5000 All-Flash Series
Zadara - The Zadara Storage Cloud

BUSINESS MOBILITY

Best Mobile Security Product

F-Secure Corporation - Freedome for Business
Galaxkey Mobile
Lookout Mobile Endpoint Security
Toshiba Mobile Zero Client

Best Mobile App for Business

Carii
Jive Software - Jive Daily
Mitel MiTeam
LogMeIn join.me
Xero Touch

Best Business Laptop

Dell Latitude 13 7000 (7370)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga
Toshiba Portégé Z20t-C
Poss: Panasonic

MOVERS AND SHAKERS

Customer Project of the Year

Mastercard for Qkr! with Masterpass

Mastercard introduced wagamama to Qkr! - a mobile payment app that lets customers see their order and pay, or split the bill, with other diners instantly from their phone. The app eliminates the 12-minute cycle between asking for the bill and paying for it, so customers using Qkr! can leave whenever they are ready. The success of the app has driven other restaurants to adopt it including Carluccio's, ASK Italian, Young's Pubs and Zizzi, with more on the way.

Oracle and The Prince's Trust

In 2015, The Prince's Trust kicked off "Project Insight" - a three-year digital transformation project with the goal of reaching more young people that need it's help and delivering more effective services to those already enrolled.

By working with Oracle, the Trust was not only able to match young people to relevant programmes more accurately and ensure those programmes were filled, but it was also able to engage with more young people through the launch of a new online portal.

Using BI tools, the Trust was also able to improve how it tracked users' progress; from initial contact through to their move into work, education, and training.

At the heart of Project Insight was an Oracle CRM system (nicknamed Frontline) which allowed The Trust to improve engagement by being able to better understand its audience.

In addition, the redesigned user-friendly web and mobile site provided yet more insights into users.

In the 6 months since launch in November:

• Over 28,000 enquiries were processed through Frontline
•66% of new enquiries came through the new online or mobile platform
•62% of enquiries were immediately signed up for a programme or assessment straight away
•66% of assessments have been successfully matched to a programme

Over the same period, The Trust's website has experienced:
• A 14% boost in page views
• 9% more submissions via its 'Get in touch' form compared to the same period in the previous year, and a 40% increase via mobile.

VMWare and London Capital Group

London Capital Group (LCG) is a leading provider of online trading services, offering a wide variety of financial trading products and platforms across the spread betting market.

It has to provide a constantly-available service to its customers but was running the business on a complex network based on legacy equipment, which was causing stability issues and service outages. When the Board decided that it needed to launch a new financial trading platform, the IT team knew that the current network could not support this, both from an availability and security perspective.

By investing in VMware NSX this year, LCG has replaced its old physical network with a reliable, agile and secure virtual network which has enabled it to launch the new state-of-the-art trading platform for its customers, on time and budget. This has delivered an instant competitive advantage and improved revenue opportunities for the business.

Enabling micro-segmentation through NSX also means that the LCG can now ensure customer data including financial details, remains secure and compliant, meeting Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulations in the UK and the impending enforcement of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Moving forward, LCG is looking to further its investment in VMware. Blair Wright, CIO, London Capital Group comments: "With VMware NSX, the business knows we can keep internal and customer data safe and secure. It has also made our trading platform more robust and given us the ability to provide global 24/7 service for the full market week."

Instart Logic and Office Depot

While evaluating new technologies, the Innovation team described the performance boosts with Instart Logic as a "no brainer." However, a greater realization came as the team began to understand Instart Logic's architecturally unique approach. The Innovation Center realized that, because of the platform's ability to understand the user's device and browser, they could use this technology to deliver an image-rich, personalized user experience without having to compromise web performance or load speeds. As Office Depot Europe started to experience increased mobile traffic, they faced the problem of congested and constricted cellular connections. Instart Logic became an essential cornerstone of building a mobile first business, where image resizing and SmartVision played a huge role in reducing file sizes. Office Depot Europe would've suffered the unfortunate effects of poor mobile performance on shopping cart sizes, bounce rates, and conversions. Luckily, they also switched to Instart Logic for mobile delivery and are now seeing metrics that are better than ever.

In addition to agility and performance, what Office Depot Europe found in switching to Instart Logic was genuine partnership. The Office Depot Web Security Team recounts several times when they faced assaults by botnets and relied closely on the Instart Logic team to take ownership over the issue until it had been completely resolved. Michael Lazer, Head of Web Security remarked that "It's one thing to have a Web Application Firewall, but the value Instart Logic provides our customers is protection; the value they provide to me is peace of mind.


Arcus Global and Peterborough City Council

Peterborough City Council have developed an innovative Strategy that utilises the best of breed cloud technology from vendors that aren't traditionally visible in the public sector to enable the council's wide and varied transformation programme.

Working with Arcus the council have redesigned the complete digital journey from residents accessing the council through Salesforce Communities, the contact centre having access to customer records in the Service Cloud CRM and rebuilding back office applications on the Force.com platform. This is the first fully joined up digital strategy in the country that fully replaces back office systems and consolidates them onto a single platform rather than try to integrate to legacy systems.

In rebuilding the back office systems Peterborough designed an application that works and operates in the way staff want it to, to deliver services as efficiently as possible, rather than the vendor dictate how the software will work.
By utilising the single platform the council now has complete access to data across Communities, Service Cloud and Force.com allowing the council to be a truly data driven authority by breaking down the traditional departmental data silo's and making truly corporate decisions.

The approach has seen the council migrate away from traditional on premise Microsoft applications and roll-out Google apps, Box, Okta, Transversal and Informatica. The council has migrated its legacy on-premise server estate to AWS.

Peterborough City Council is redefining the model for public sector and has been globally recognised through winning awards for World's Smartest City and City on a Cloud.

Silver Peak and Interroll; re-architecting its WAN

Interroll, a provider of high-quality core products for internal logistics, became frustrated with the complexity of MPLS and the unpredictable performance of cloud applications it caused. As such, it turned to Silver Peak to re-architect its WAN. Headquartered in Switzerland, Interroll continues to run an MPLS network, but is now augmenting MPLS with broadband to connect 13 production facilities, 18 sales offices and 1,800 employees across the UK, Asia-Pacific, and North America. Engineers and designers in those locations work with customers to design and develop new products. Editing and moving CAD files across the WAN is an essential part of that process.

As Interroll grew, transferring large design files proved increasingly impractical. Interroll wanted to centralise its application services, including AutoCAD, and work on improving centralised SAP access from far places in private, regional data centres. However, that would require an estimated five times increase in MPLS band¬width. Interroll had also embraced SaaS and IaaS offerings, which made directing the cloud traffic across the MPLS backbone impractical; consuming even more MPLS bandwidth and further impacting cloud application performance.

With Silver Peak, Interroll reshaped how it delivers applications. AutoCAD now performs as well across the internet as it does on a local system and the company's Visio drawings in SharePoint can be viewed, opened, and edited quickly and easily. Office 365 performance also significantly improved. This was all accomplished without requiring an increase in bandwidth. Interroll can now make the most of internet connectivity, the most economical source of connectivity available.

Technology Innovator of the Year

Bullitt Group for the Cat S60 smartphone
Chef Software
Nutanix for the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud
Scality for Scality S3 Server
VocaLink
Volta Data Centres

Product of the Year

Cat S60
Chef Habitat
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
LogMeIn - Rescue Lens
MariaDB MaxScale
Nexthink V6
Obi Worldphone MV1