Revamped UK Cloud Awards 2020 now open for entries

Organisations have until 20 March to enter into 20 categories celebrating the best in cloud success

The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) and Cloud Pro are excited to announce that the seventh annual UK Cloud Awards is open for business - with a revamped list of categories and a new location.

Aiming to celebrate the very best successes in digital transformation, diversity, innovation and customer experience, the 2020 UK Cloud Awards is seeking entries for its 20 new-look categories.

Organisations have between now and 20 March to submit an entry to the 2020 UK Cloud Awards through its website, with the shortlist announced on 28 April. The final awards ceremony will then be hosted on 4 June at the Brewery, in London.

"Back for a seventh year, the UK Cloud Awards continue to evolve," said CEO of CIF, Alex Hilton. "We have completely reshaped them, with a fantastic new location and twenty transformational awards that reflect the pace of change and innovation in the UK industry.

"Our emphasis for 2020 is recognising people, projects and innovative companies that are making an impact with their customers. We are thrilled to continue to be involved with shaping the cloud industry."

The awards are no longer broken down based on category and subcategory and have been expanded from the 17 categories organisations could enter last year.

This beefed-up list in 2020 includes project-based awards for excellence in particular areas, such as FinTech Project of the Year, Big Data/Analytics Project of the Year, and DevOps Project of the Year.

There will also be awards recognising cloud innovation, including Cloud Product Innovation of the Year and Cloud security Innovation of the Year.

All entries will be assessed and scrutinised by a panel of expert judges, spearheaded up returning head judge Jez Back, managing director of Erebus Technology Consulting.

Joining him are a string of recognised experts including chief technology advocate with Splunk, Andi Mann and industry analyst Jon Collins, among other widely-recognised industry figures.

"I am delighted to be back once again as Chair of Judges, for what really has become one of the most credible, stand-out events in the UK's thriving cloud industry," Back said. "This year the awards are bigger than ever, with a new list of twenty categories available to enter, covering AI, DevOps, partnerships, cloud project implementation and more.

"We aim to celebrate diversity and talent, and through the UK Cloud Awards recognise the leading figures at the forefront of this innovation."

The full list of award categories are as follows:

  • Cloud Product Innovation of the Year
  • Cloud Security Innovation of the Year
  • Cloud Collaboration Platform of the Year
  • SaaS Implementation Project of the Year
  • Internet of Things Project of the Year
  • FinTech Project of the Year
  • Big Data/Analytics Project of the Year
  • Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence Project of the Year
  • DevOps Project of the Year
  • Public Sector Project of the Year
  • Enterprise Project of the Year
  • SMB Project of the Year
  • Digital Transformation Project of the Year
  • Cloud Start Up Company of the Year
  • Cloud Growth Business of the Year
  • Cloud Technology Positive Action Award of the Year
  • Cloud Team of the Year
  • Cloud Channel Partner of the Year
  • Cloud Leader of the Year
  • Newcomer of the Year

"The UK Cloud Awards have gone from strength to strength since their creation," said Dennis group editor and editorial director of B2B, Maggie Holland.

I remain as excited about the event and everything it stands for now as I was from day one. As a journalist writing about cloud computing, I get to see first-hand just how much talent and innovation this industry has to offer.

"Yet, as a judge, I am always still surprised and delighted by how the bar keeps on being raised.

"I can't wait to see the entries for this year's awards and to be able to help those shortlisted and the winners, as well as the great and good of the cloud industry, celebrate that success at the awards event night itself."

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