Innovation through Cloud in Enterprise Awards to Honor Companies with Transformative Cloud Strategies | Press Release

Award Nominations Are Open; Seeking Companies That Have Unlocked New Opportunity, Value Through Cloud

SAN FRANCISCO and DALLAS, June 27, 2013 — Companies with documented success in cloud computing deployments are being nominated for the first-annual Innovation through Cloud in Enterprise (ICE) Awards, produced by Cloud Connect and Everest Group and taking place at Cloud Connect, held October 21-23 in Chicago.  For more information or to submit a nomination, visit:

The ICE Awards will recognize companies with demonstrated success in leveraging cloud computing to do more than reduce costs. Winners will have transformed business processes and unlocked new value by successfully implementing cloud strategies.

The awards are produced through a collaboration between Cloud Connect and Everest Group. Everest Group is an an advisory and research firm on global services and business transformation through cloud computing. Cloud Connect is a global cloud computing conference and exhibition focused on implementation use cases with annual events in Silicon Valley, Chicago, Mumbai and Shanghai.

The ICE Awards will select winners across a range of industry sectors, including consumer goods and retail, financial services, healthcare and media and entertainment. Additionally, a “Viewer’s Choice” award winner will be selected from among conference attendees via social media at the event in Chicago.

Award Criteria

Qualifying organizations must have at least 2,500 employees with operations in North America or Europe that are consumers of cloud services. Service providers and vendors are encouraged to apply on behalf of their clients and customers. The cloud solution should have resulted in one or more of the following:

  • Striking business impact in terms of revenue, costs, pricing, reduced time to market
  • Notable technology transformation leading to process simplification, new feature functionality, flexibility, business agility
  • Significant positive effects on stakeholders, improved customer satisfaction, improved collaboration, reduced resource consumption footprint
  • Achievement of organizational transformation

Companies meeting the criteria should complete the online application. There is no fee to apply. The deadline for submission is 9 p.m. EST, July 26, 2013. Finalists will be announced on August 16, and winners will be invited to share their stories at Cloud Connect Chicago via video and selected main-stage presentations, with details to be announced.

Supporting Quotes

“Our goal is to identify and highlight the most compelling and transformative use cases for cloud computing in the enterprise. The ICE awards gives us an opportunity to collect and share best practices, so that the business agility value of cloud can be better understood and implemented across an array of industry segments.”

— Eric Simonson, managing partner, research, Everest Group

“We’ve seen cloud emerge as much more than an opportunity for cost compression. By launching the first annual ICE Awards at Cloud Connect, in partnership with Everest Group, we are giving enterprises concrete examples of how they can achieve profound and sustainable competitive advantage through the adoption of cloud strategies.”

— Steve Wylie, general manager of Cloud Connect

About Everest Group

Everest Group is an advisor to business leaders on the next generation of global services serving Global 1000 firms. Through practical consulting, original research and industry resource services, Everest Group helps clients maximize value from delivery strategies, talent and sourcing models, technologies and management approaches.

About Cloud Connect

Cloud Connect, produced by UBM Tech, is the defining event of the cloud computing industry. As both a conference and an exhibition, Cloud Connect’s goal is to chart the course of cloud computing’s development by bringing together enterprise IT professionals, developers, infrastructure and service providers and cloud computing innovators. UBM Tech has produced cloud events that define and frame cloud computing discussions since June 2008, including Cloud Summit Executive and Enterprise Cloud Summit at Interop. Cloud Connect is a one-of-a-kind event that encompasses the entire cloud computing ecosystem featuring a full conference program, IT & Developer workshops and an expo.

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