The following nine categories are designed to allow Systems Integrators and Solution VARs to show their skill in delivering business solutions for their customers. The judges will be looking for entries that show a real understanding of the customer’s requirements and the ability to deliver solutions to specification and time scale while meeting or exceeding agreed goals.
SME Solution of the Year
The SMB category recognises IT solutions provided to organisations with less than 250 employees. The judges will be looking for solutions that have transformed the business. This could be by enabling a different go to market strategy, completely redesigning their processes and operations or even enabling them to move into another business sector.
The judges will be looking to see how the solution provider engaged with their customer to understand what they wanted to achieve, what advice they gave as to what was possible, how they implemented the solution and most importantly what were the results.
Enterprise Solution of the Year
This category recognises solutions for larger organisations that have transformed their operations, process or go to market strategy.
In particular the judges will be looking for the skill the solutions provider has shown throughout the whole project from initial discussions through to completion.
It is important to highlight how the solution provider engaged with their customer to understand what they wanted to achieve, what advice they gave as to what was possible, how they implemented the solution and most importantly what were the results.
Datacentre Solution of the Year
Datacentres are going through an enormous change at present particularly with the implementation of Virtualisation technologies.
This category recognises these changes and is designed for solution providers who have redesigned a customer data centre or implemented a new technology within a datacentre. The judges will be looking not just at how well the solution was implemented but also at the effect it has had on the operations of the customer.
Vertical Solution of the Year
A large number of solutions nowadays are termed 'vertical' because they are designed to support an organisation that operates in a specific market segment.
This category recognises the way that solution providers have to understand the peculiarities of a specific market segment to design solutions that will improve the operations of their customer.
In particular the judges will be looking at how well the solution provider understood the special characteristics of the client’s industry and how they tailored the solution to meet those requirements.
Government Solution of the Year
Almost half of all IT solutions across Europe are implemented within local and central government as well as government agencies. This category recognises the great work done by the channel on behalf of their government clients.
The judges will be looking for solutions particularly tailored to meet the demands of the local or central government department or agency.
Managed Service Solution of the Year
Many solutions today are delivered as a managed service so this award recognises excellence in these managed services.
The managed service could range from a Managed Support Service, where the solution provider is supporting IT infrastructure and applications as a complete managed service, to any hosted or Cloud based IT service that delivers a complete solution as a managed service instead of on-premise based solution.
The judges will be looking for how the solution meets the needs of the customer and how the service level agreements are monitored and guaranteed.
Mobility/Communications Solution of the Year
Mobility is one of the strongest factors driving the deployment of IT in organisations. This award category recognises how the solution provider has helped a larger organisation to empower their mobile workforce. The judges will particularly focus on the scalability of the project and how the solution provider design, planned and implemented the solution.
Storage/Information Management Solution of the Year
Organisations of all sizes now handle huge amounts of data on a regular basis. This can be everything from email messages to large scale content including video and multi-media.
This award category recognises solutions that improve the creation, management, storage and availability of this content.
In particular the judges will be looking for solutions that have had a major impact on the organisations ability to handle current levels and the anticipated growth..
Networking/Security Solution of the Year
The local and wide area network is now at the heart of the delivery of all types of solutions and is becoming more important year by year as solutions become more sophisticated utilising multi-media content and delivering it to wherever the user is located to whichever device they are using.
This award category recognises excellence in network design and provision with special attention from the judges at how the solution provider has secured that network both at access control and for validity of the data passing over the network.