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The UK Cloud Awards returns for 2019
CIF and Cloud Pro launch their sixth annual awards to recognise and celebrate innovation across the UK cloud industry
The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) and Cloud Pro have announced the return of the UK Cloud Awards for 2019. Set to take place at County Hall South Bank in London on 16 May next year, the awards will showcase the leading vendors, customers and individuals who are setting the benchmark in the UK cloud industry and beyond.
After five successful years, the UK Cloud Awards have been established as the premier recognition of innovation and excellence in the cloud industry. The Awards have constantly evolved since their founding to keep pace with changes in the industry, and this year is no exception, with new categories focused on the impact of AI/ML, DevOps and increasing diversity of talent, and the formation of ecosystems.
Entries to the awards can now be submitted via the website and submissions must be completed before close of business on 22 February 2019 to be eligible.
The shortlist and ultimate winners will be agreed by a panel of highly-regarded, independent judges, with cloud expert Jez Back assuming the role of head judge this year for the first time. The judging panel, which consists of a number of new names, are all industry luminaries in the field of cloud computing, including analysts, consultants, CIOs, academics and venture capitalists.
Commenting on the awards, Jez Back, Head Judge of the UK Cloud Awards, said: “The UK Cloud Awards have rightly earned their spot as one of the most credible and innovative events in the awards calendar, so I am delighted to assume the mantle as head judge this year. To ensure that we can keep pace with the industry we have included new categories focused on next generation technologies, such as AI, and emerging techniques such as DevOps. We also wish to look to the future, so have introduced a new individual category to showcase the diversity and emerging talent of our future leaders by creating Best Cloud Newcomer.”
Alex Hilton, CEO of the Cloud Industry Forum, added: “The UK Cloud Awards celebrate all the innovation this industry can offer and the whole event, from the number of attendees to the number of nominations, grows year-on-year. The Awards’ popularity owes much to our stringent and entirely independent judging process, designed to ensure that we can really identify the best of the best. 2018 was a record year for the UK Cloud Awards, and I have no doubt that we can raise the bar again this year.”
The award categories are as follows:
BEST IN CLASS
- Most Innovative Enterprise Product
- Most Innovative SMB Product
- Best Cloud Platform Solution
- Cyber or Security Product or Service
- Best FinTech Product or Service
- Best Data Management Product or Service
- Best AI/ML Enabled Product or Service
- Best Cloud Enabled End User Experience
BEST DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION PROJECTS
- Public Sector Project/3rd Sector Project
- Private Sector Enterprise Project
- Private Sector SMB Project
- Best DevOps & Function as a Service Implementation
BEST IN-CLASS CLOUD SERVICE PROVIDER
- Best Cloud Service Provider
- Best Cloud Managed Service Provider
- Cloud Migration Partner/Technical Collaboration Project
- Best Newcomer of the Year
- Cloud Visionary of the Year