Categories

The SVC Awards 2017 feature 30 categories, providing a wide range of options for organisations and individuals involved in the IT industry to participate


END USER AWARDS

All entries must demonstrate tangible benefits either in terms of cost savings or efficiency gains for the end-user concerned. Particular attention will be paid to examples of exemplary customer service in the delivery of the project.


Open to any specific data storage related project implemented in any organisation of any size in EMEA.

Project categories entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • What was the driving force behind the project – what business or technology challenge needed to be addressed?
  • How did the solution address the challenges and were there any particularly innovative aspects that made it stand out?
  • What major challenges were faced during the project and how were they overcome?
  • What tangible benefits has the organisation seen as a result of the project's implementation?



Open to any ICT project that has incorporated/implemented one or more digital technologies to transform a business model and provide new revenue and value-producing opportunities.

Project categories entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • What was the driving force behind the project – what business or technology challenge needed to be addressed?
  • How did the solution address the challenges and were there any particularly innovative aspects that made it stand out?
  • What major challenges were faced during the project and how were they overcome?
  • What tangible benefits has the organisation seen as a result of the project's implementation?



Open to any implementation of a cloud-based project (public cloud, private cloud or hybrid cloud) in any organisation of any size in EMEA.

Project categories entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • What was the driving force behind the project – what business or technology challenge needed to be addressed?
  • How did the solution address the challenges and were there any particularly innovative aspects that made it stand out?
  • What major challenges were faced during the project and how were they overcome?
  • What tangible benefits has the organisation seen as a result of the project's implementation?



Open to any implementation of a project (public cloud, private cloud or hybrid cloud) based on a set of hyper-converged products/solutions in any organisation of any size in EMEA.

Project categories entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • What was the driving force behind the project – what business or technology challenge needed to be addressed?
  • How did the solution address the challenges and were there any particularly innovative aspects that made it stand out?
  • What major challenges were faced during the project and how were they overcome?
  • What tangible benefits has the organisation seen as a result of the project's implementation?


CHANNEL AWARDS


Open to any Managed Services Provider operating in the storage, virtualisation and/or cloud technologies market in the EMEA region.

Entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • How long has this organisation been involved in the IT services and solutions market in EMEA?
  • Are there any key projects delivered in the last year that demonstrate this candidate's suitability for the award?
  • What key vendor and industry accreditations does the nominee hold?
  • What endorsements does that nominee have from their customers and/or their technology partners?
  • Please highlight any particular aspects of customer services delivered as part of the program(s).



Open to any IT vendor's channel program in the storage, virtualisation and/or cloud technologies market introduced in the EMEA market during 2017 that has made a significant difference to the vendor's and their channel partners business in terms of storage revenue increases, improved customer satisfaction or market awareness.

Entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • How long has this organisation been involved in the IT services and solutions market in EMEA?
  • Are there any key projects delivered in the last year that demonstrate this candidate's suitability for the award?
  • What key vendor and industry accreditations does the nominee hold?
  • What endorsements does that nominee have from their customers and/or their technology partners?
  • Please highlight any particular aspects of customer services delivered as part of the program(s).



Open to any IT system reseller, distributor, MSP or systems integrator who has introduced a distinctive or innovative vendor specific or vendor independent program of their own design/specification to boost sales and/or improve customer service in EMEA.

Entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • How long has this organisation been involved in the IT services and solutions market in EMEA?
  • Are there any key projects delivered in the last year that demonstrate this candidate's suitability for the award?
  • What key vendor and industry accreditations does the nominee hold?
  • What endorsements does that nominee have from their customers and/or their technology partners?
  • Please highlight any particular aspects of customer services delivered as part of the program(s).



Open to any IT vendor or reseller/business partner delivering end-user customer service in the UK or EMEA markets. Entries must be accompanied by a minimum of THREE customer testimonials (in English) attesting to the high level of customer service delivered that sets the entrant apart from their competition.

Entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • How long has this organisation been involved in the IT services and solutions market in EMEA?
  • Are there any key projects delivered in the last year that demonstrate this candidate's suitability for the award?
  • What key vendor and industry accreditations does the nominee hold?
  • What endorsements does that nominee have from their customers and/or their technology partners?
  • Please highlight any particular aspects of customer services delivered as part of the program(s).



Open to any senior individual working within any organisation manufacturing, selling and/or supporting the storage, digitalisation and/or cloud sectors in the EMEA market that has made a significant contribution to his or her employer's business or that of their partners or customers.

Entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • How long has this organisation been involved in the IT services and solutions market in EMEA?
  • Are there any key projects delivered in the last year that demonstrate this candidate's suitability for the award?
  • What key vendor and industry accreditations does the nominee hold?
  • What endorsements does that nominee have from their customers and/or their technology partners?
  • Please highlight any particular aspects of customer services delivered as part of the program(s).


TECHNOLOGY AWARDS - Infrastructure


Open to any solution that's primary design is to enable data backup and restore or long-term archiving.

Entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • What are your product's / solution's key distinguishing features and/or USP?
  • What tangible impact has your product/solution had on the market and your customers?
  • What are the major differentiators between your product/solution and those of your primary competitors?
  • Please supply any supportive quotes and/or case study materials to demonstrate the value of this product/solution to your customers/partners.
All products must have started shipping in EMEA before 1st August 2017



Open to any solution that's design is to enable cloud-based data backup and restore or long-term archiving via a service offering.

Entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • What are your product's / solution's key distinguishing features and/or USP?
  • What tangible impact has your product/solution had on the market and your customers?
  • What are the major differentiators between your product/solution and those of your primary competitors?
  • Please supply any supportive quotes and/or case study materials to demonstrate the value of this product/solution to your customers/partners.
All products must have started shipping in EMEA before 1st August 2017



Open to any storage solution that can be classified as using SSD/Flash or NVMe to store and protect IT data and information.

Entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • What are your product's / solution's key distinguishing features and/or USP?
  • What tangible impact has your product/solution had on the market and your customers?
  • What are the major differentiators between your product/solution and those of your primary competitors?
  • Please supply any supportive quotes and/or case study materials to demonstrate the value of this product/solution to your customers/partners.
All products must have started shipping in EMEA before 1st August 2017



Open to any system management solution that delivers effective and comprehensive storage resource management in either single or multi-vendor environments.

Entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • What are your product's / solution's key distinguishing features and/or USP?
  • What tangible impact has your product/solution had on the market and your customers?
  • What are the major differentiators between your product/solution and those of your primary competitors?
  • Please supply any supportive quotes and/or case study materials to demonstrate the value of this product/solution to your customers/partners.
All products must have started shipping in EMEA before 1st August 2017



Open to any product that delivers a ‘software-defined- storage model' or any ‘object storage' product or solution.

Entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • What are your product's / solution's key distinguishing features and/or USP?
  • What tangible impact has your product/solution had on the market and your customers?
  • What are the major differentiators between your product/solution and those of your primary competitors?
  • Please supply any supportive quotes and/or case study materials to demonstrate the value of this product/solution to your customers/partners.
All products must have started shipping in EMEA before 1st August 2017



Open to any solution that enables a ‘software defined' set of solutions normally associated with traditional non-physical infrastructure deployments such as networks, application servers etc.. (excludes storage).

Entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • What are your product's / solution's key distinguishing features and/or USP?
  • What tangible impact has your product/solution had on the market and your customers?
  • What are the major differentiators between your product/solution and those of your primary competitors?
  • Please supply any supportive quotes and/or case study materials to demonstrate the value of this product/solution to your customers/partners.
All products must have started shipping in EMEA before 1st August 2017



Open to any single or multi-vendor solution that delivers on the promise of an architecture that tightly integrates compute, storage, networking and virtualisation resources for the client.

Entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • What are your product's / solution's key distinguishing features and/or USP?
  • What tangible impact has your product/solution had on the market and your customers?
  • What are the major differentiators between your product/solution and those of your primary competitors?
  • Please supply any supportive quotes and/or case study materials to demonstrate the value of this product/solution to your customers/partners.
All products must have started shipping in EMEA before 1st August 2017


TECHNOLOGY AWARDS - Cloud


Open to any product/solution that delivers or contributes to effective Infrastructure-as-a-Service implementations for users of private and/or public cloud environments.

Entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • What are your product's / solution's key distinguishing features and/or USP?
  • What tangible impact has your product/solution had on the market and your customers?
  • What are the major differentiators between your product/solution and those of your primary competitors?
  • Please supply any supportive quotes and/or case study materials to demonstrate the value of this product/solution to your customers/partners.
All products must have started shipping in EMEA before 1st August 2017



Open to any product/solution that delivers or contributes to effective Platform-as-a-Service implementations for users of private and/or public cloud environments.

Entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • What are your product's / solution's key distinguishing features and/or USP?
  • What tangible impact has your product/solution had on the market and your customers?
  • What are the major differentiators between your product/solution and those of your primary competitors?
  • Please supply any supportive quotes and/or case study materials to demonstrate the value of this product/solution to your customers/partners.
All products must have started shipping in EMEA before 1st August 2017



Open to any product/solution that delivers or contributes to effective Software-as-a-Service implementations for users of private and/or public cloud environments.

Entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • What are your product's / solution's key distinguishing features and/or USP?
  • What tangible impact has your product/solution had on the market and your customers?
  • What are the major differentiators between your product/solution and those of your primary competitors?
  • Please supply any supportive quotes and/or case study materials to demonstrate the value of this product/solution to your customers/partners.
All products must have started shipping in EMEA before 1st August 2017



Open to any product/solution that is specifically designed to enable the securing of data within private and/or public cloud environments.

Entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • What are your product's / solution's key distinguishing features and/or USP?
  • What tangible impact has your product/solution had on the market and your customers?
  • What are the major differentiators between your product/solution and those of your primary competitors?
  • Please supply any supportive quotes and/or case study materials to demonstrate the value of this product/solution to your customers/partners.
All products must have started shipping in EMEA before 1st August 2017



Open to any product/solution that delivers or contributes to effective Cloud management or orchestration for users and/or providers of private and/or public cloud environments.

Entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • What are your product's / solution's key distinguishing features and/or USP?
  • What tangible impact has your product/solution had on the market and your customers?
  • What are the major differentiators between your product/solution and those of your primary competitors?
  • Please supply any supportive quotes and/or case study materials to demonstrate the value of this product/solution to your customers/partners.
All products must have started shipping in EMEA before 1st August 2017



Open to any company/organisation offering hosting and/or co-location services to end-users and/or service providers in the EMEA market.

Entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • What are your product's / solution's key distinguishing features and/or USP?
  • What tangible impact has your product/solution had on the market and your customers?
  • What are the major differentiators between your product/solution and those of your primary competitors?
  • Please supply any supportive quotes and/or case study materials to demonstrate the value of this product/solution to your customers/partners.
All products must have started shipping in EMEA before 1st August 2017


COMPANY AWARDS

Storage Company of the Year

Awards Category Sponsor


Open to any company supplying a broad range of storage products and services in the EMEA Market.

Entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • How long has this organisation or individual been involved in the IT services and solutions market in EMEA?
  • Are there any key projects delivered in the last year that demonstrate this candidate's suitability for the award?
  • What key vendor and industry accreditations does the nominee hold?
  • What endorsements does that nominee have from their customers and/or their technology partners?



Open to any company supplying a wide range of cloud services or products in the EMEA Market.

Entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • How long has this organisation or individual been involved in the IT services and solutions market in EMEA?
  • Are there any key projects delivered in the last year that demonstrate this candidate's suitability for the award?
  • What key vendor and industry accreditations does the nominee hold?
  • What endorsements does that nominee have from their customers and/or their technology partners?



Open to any company supplying a clearly defined Hyper-converged product set in the EMEA Market.

Entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • How long has this organisation or individual been involved in the IT services and solutions market in EMEA?
  • Are there any key projects delivered in the last year that demonstrate this candidate's suitability for the award?
  • What key vendor and industry accreditations does the nominee hold?
  • What endorsements does that nominee have from their customers and/or their technology partners?



Open to any company supplying a clearly defined set of digitalisation services and or products in the EMEA Market.

Entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • How long has this organisation or individual been involved in the IT services and solutions market in EMEA?
  • Are there any key projects delivered in the last year that demonstrate this candidate's suitability for the award?
  • What key vendor and industry accreditations does the nominee hold?
  • What endorsements does that nominee have from their customers and/or their technology partners?


INNOVATION AWARDS (Introduced after 1st June 2016)


Open to any company that has introduced an innovative and/or unique storage service, product, technology, sales program, or project since 1st June 2016 in the EMEA market.

Entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • How long has this organisation been involved in the IT services and solutions market in EMEA?
  • Are there any key projects delivered since 1st June 2016 that demonstrate the innovation's suitability for the award?
  • What key vendor and industry accreditations does the nominee hold?
  • What endorsements does that nominee have from their customers and/or their technology partners?



Open to any company that has introduced an innovative and/or unique public, private or hybrid cloud service, product, technology, sales program, or project since 1st June 2016 in the EMEA market.

Entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • How long has this organisation been involved in the IT services and solutions market in EMEA?
  • Are there any key projects delivered since 1st June 2016 that demonstrate the innovation's suitability for the award?
  • What key vendor and industry accreditations does the nominee hold?
  • What endorsements does that nominee have from their customers and/or their technology partners?



Open to any company that has introduced an innovative and/or unique hyper-convergence service, product, technology, sales program, or project since 1st June 2016 in the EMEA market.

Entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • How long has this organisation been involved in the IT services and solutions market in EMEA?
  • Are there any key projects delivered since 1st June 2016 that demonstrate the innovation's suitability for the award?
  • What key vendor and industry accreditations does the nominee hold?
  • What endorsements does that nominee have from their customers and/or their technology partners?



Open to any company that has introduced an innovative and/or unique digitalisation service, product, technology, sales program, or project since 1st June 2016 in the EMEA market.

Entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • How long has this organisation been involved in the IT services and solutions market in EMEA?
  • Are there any key projects delivered since 1st June 2016 that demonstrate the innovation's suitability for the award?
  • What key vendor and industry accreditations does the nominee hold?
  • What endorsements does that nominee have from their customers and/or their technology partners?


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Key Dates

Nominations open 24 July
Nomination Extension 15 September
Shortlist Announcement 29 September
Voting opens 2 October
Voting closes 3 November
Awards Ceremony 23 November