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Best API Management or API Security Solution

Recognizes the best solution that creates a centralized API architecture that makes the process of making, securing, deploying and managing high-performance interfaces significantly simpler and more consistent.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Developer Engagement – Does the platform help you effectively engage with your API customers, developer and partners
  • Documentation – does the platform provide an easy way to read the documentation, enabling developers
  • Monetization – capability to monetize your API
  • Analytics and Statistics – Does it give you insights into how people use your API?
  • Range and Ease of Deployment – Is it flexible and support a range of deployment options
  • Security – How secure is the API’s data? Does it provide for secure identity and access management?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Overall performance – Is the platform reliable, scalable and redundant?

Best Artificial Intelligence Enabled Solution

Recognizes the product, tool, or solution best able to augment human intelligence and better automate decision support tasks. The winning solution incorporates machine and deep learning algorithms into their everyday functionality and may include solutions that solve a specific problem or a variety of functions. The category is open to API, SaaS and hardware solutions. Examples may include but are not limited to visual, data analysis (structured and unstructured text, images, audio, video, etc.) decision making by understanding a user's personality, tone, and emotion; and translation between languages (including speech).

Judges will be looking for:

  • Platform flexibility and accessibility - Is the solution made available through the delivery platforms appropriate to the target audience and use?
  • Relevance to a target audience -Does the product effectively solve a specific market need?
  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of the audience?
  • Content depth and accuracy - Are the measures and metrics appropriate for measuring and understanding content consumption, activity, and overall use? Does this product address the depth of information required to serve the audience?
  • Reasoning and personalized recommendations - How well does the tool understand/ interpret a user's personality, tone, and emotion?
  • Learn - How well does the system grow subject matter expertise in your apps/ systems? To what extent does the system get smarter over time? Does the system have the ability to improve itself over time?
  • Interoperability - Where appropriate, can this product be integrated with other relevant systems or can the content or data within the product be exported?
  • Data analysis – How well does the solution interpret structured and unstructured text, images, audio, video, etc.? To what degree does the AI interpret data?
  • Automation of functions - how well does the solution save the user time and energy, making their job more straightforward, allowing employees to work more efficiently and productively? How well does the AI have the ability to do things humans can't do? Ho
  • Usability - Can the user quickly and efficiently interact with the product features to achieve their desired result or retrieve reports or gain access? How well does the system enable human experts to provide input on training or data?

Best Billing & Subscription Management Solution

Recognizes the best solution to help companies manage all aspects of the subscription lifecycle. Subscription management includes onboarding, assisted or unassisted subscription sales, pricing and packaging, recurring billing, auto-renewing, paywall management, invoicing, reporting, and financial management.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Implementation – How easily and quickly can the solution be implemented?
  • Administrative tools – How robust are the administrative tools?
  • Ease of use – How well does the product allow users to achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use?
  • Global support – How well does the solution support multiple languages, currencies, etc.?
  • Integration – How easily does the solution integrate with other systems?
  • Reporting and analysis of data – How robust are the dashboards and reports for analysis?
  • Scalability – Does the solution have the ability to scale up or down?
  • Security – How robust are the security features?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Business Model – how well does the solution support sophisticated business models that include one-time, subscription, and usage-based billing?
  • Functionality of key attributes – Do the key attributes function as described?

Best Business Information or Data Delivery Solution

Recognizes the best information solution that helps business professionals with their daily job functions including strategy, business development, sales, marketing, research or other corporate functions. Solutions could include business and industry news, market research, business directories, company/ industry information, executive profiles, financial data, analyst reports, vertical segment information, competitive intelligence, etc.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Platform flexibility & accessibility - Is the solution made available through the delivery platforms appropriate for the target audience?
  • Interoperability - Where appropriate can this product be integrated with other relevant systems?
  • Usability - Can the user easily and efficiently interact with the product features to achieve their desired result?
  • Content depth and accuracy - Is the content accurate and timely for the stated use case? Does this product address the depth of information required to serve the audience?
  • Customization or personalization - Is the level of customization/personalization appropriate to the audience and use case presented?
  • Data security/ integrity – How well protected is sensitive user data (employee related data, usage data, compliance data, financial data, etc.) from unauthorized access? Are sufficient data backup procedures in place or available? 
  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of the audience and use case indicated in previous criteria?
  • Relevance to target audience - Does the product effectively solve a specific market need?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?

Best Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Solution

Recognizes the best cloud platform for collecting, storing, managing and interpreting data from many business activities. Can include but is not limited to finance, inventory management, HR functions, product planning, purchasing, manufacturing, and service delivery.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Implementation – How easily and quickly can the solution be implemented?
  • Customization – Strength of customization capabilities
  • Ease of use – How well does the product allow users to achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Reporting and analysis of data – How robust are the dashboards and reports for analysis?
  • Functionality of key attributes – Do the key attributes function as described?
  • Interoperability/ APIs - Can this product be integrated with other relevant systems?
  • Ecosystem - How broad a third-party ecosystem does the ERP have?
  • Mobile Functionality - Is the tool available on mobile devices? How easy is it to use while on the go, or view on a small screen?

Best Collaboration Solution

Recognizes the best application that aids collaboration, communication, filesharing and the process of problem solving for teams working together over geographic distances.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Security – How robust is the security of infrastructure?
  • Storage efficiencies – Does the infrastructure provide efficient storage capabilities?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Ease of use – How well does the product allow users to achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use?
  • Scalability – How well can the solution scale up and down?
  • Reliability – How reliable is the infrastructure?
  • Integration with other systems – How well does the solution integrate into the current infrastructure?
  • Implementation – How easily and quickly can the solution be implemented?
  • Flexibility of deployment – How well does the solution reach any work, in any location, on any device, over all networks?
  • Functionality of key attributes – Do the key attributes function as described?

Best Content Management Platform

Recognizes the best tool, platform or service that allows users to sort through vast amounts of content and present it in a meaningful and organized way. Solutions allow users to arrange, display, collect, organize, co-create, share and manipulate content.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Automation - How well does the platform let you automate certain activities?
  • Extensibility and integration - How easy is it for an enterprise to enhance the platform and/or plug it into existing content creation/distribution platforms?
  • Collaboration - How well does the platform allow you to collaborate with other curators or co-create content?
  • Platform curation flexibility - Is the platform capable of curating anything with a URL or is it limited to a few different tools?  
  • Usability - Can the user easily achieve their desired results?
  • Customization / personalization - Is the level of customization appropriate to the audience? Since personalization can mean more than customization, I would ask this in a different way, or add a new question like: Can the platform be customized to meet th
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Share - Does the platform make it easy to share and manipulate content?
  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of the audience?

Best Content Search & Discovery Solution

Recognizes the best search technology that delivers added context to end users and drives a more productive, intuitive search experience by leveraging ontologies, taxonomies, semantic analytics, text data mining and industry or application specific concepts across data, text, geography and time for both structured and unstructured content sets. The category includes enterprise search, insight engines, knowledge discovery, enhanced discoverability, and cognitive computing.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Relevance to target audience - Does the product effectively solve a specific market need?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Usability - Can the user easily and efficiently interact with the product features to achieve their desired result?
  • Search results display - Does the product offer options in terms of how results can be displayed?
  • Taxonomies – Is the product able to leverage taxonomies to drive search relevance and offer users refinement and filtering capabilities?
  • Search results relevance - Does the product delivery offer superior search relevance compared to its competitors?
  • Flexibility & accessibility - Is the product optimized to be used on various platforms? Can the platform deliver various types of content?
  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of the audience and use case indicated? (Consider: multi-language support, stemming, truncation, and other advanced search features, etc.)
  • Faceted search capabilities - Does the system allow you to explore information by applying multiple filters?
  • Customization / personalization - Is the level of customization/personalization appropriate to the audience and use case presented?
  • Content set and data Integration - Is the solution easy to integrate with a range of content and datasets?

Best Corporate / Enterprise Learning Solution

Recognizes the best platform, service or provider that supports the efforts of organizations (business, government, academia) to educate employees about specific knowledge that aids in the successful execution of an employee's job. Includes applications that educate on internal processes, practices, expectations and objectives of workplace assignments. The successful platform helps organizations train, develop, and engage their staff from onboarding through talent development, coaching and mentoring, often offering certifications and/or badges for completion.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Career ladder - Does the solution offer suggestions for related learning?
  • Assessment - To what extent are the assessment tools useful and functional for the user?
  • Customization - Is the learning solution customizable for different types of content areas, courses, user needs and education outcomes?
  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of the users?
  • Feedback - Do learners with diverse learning styles and abilities receive appropriate feedback and reinforcement in the process of building their skills and strategies?
  • Innovation - Does the solution incorporate recent research on learning, innovative approaches to learning, or access to new tools with high student interest?
  • Integration - Does it provide straightforward methods for bringing in curriculum, third-party content, social media tools, internal data or standards information?
  • Platform flexibility - Is the solution optimized to be used on various platforms (e.g. desktop, tablet, mobile, broadcast) and deliver various types of content (text, images, audio, video)?
  • Positive impact - Could use of the solution produce a positive impact on course development and implementation and/or the learning process?
  • Reports - Will the solution produce useful reports for the organization and the user?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Usability - How easily and efficiently can the user interact with the product features and the content to achieve their desired result?

Best Customer Data Platform (CDP) Solution

Recognizes the Best CDP marketer-managed system that offers a persistent, unified customer database that is accessible to other systems. The winning CDP should create a comprehensive view of each customer by capturing data from multiple systems, linking information related to the same customer, and storing the information to track behavior over time. The CDP contains personal identifiers used to target marketing messages and track individual-level marketing results, offering marketing teams relevant insights needed to run marketing campaigns.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Reporting and analytics – How robust are the native tools for reporting results? How well does the CDP support/ integrate third party tools?
  • Data Collection – How robust is the data that the CDP can natively collect? How well is Audience/ behavioral data captured?   
  • Scale of Data - What is the scale of data that can be ingested/ orchestrated on an ongoing basis? What support does the CDP have for programmatically ingesting data from different data sources?
  • Persistent IDs - How well does the system associate old and new data for a customer/visitor when there is a change in the associated identifier (email address, phone number, account ID, etc.)? How well does the CDP create and maintain a persistantID at th
  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of the audience?
  • Innovation – Is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Data latency – how quickly does the data get manipulated within the CDP?
  • Data Extensibility - At what point does the CDP begin creating a record for an individual and what mechanism is used to create this record?"
  • Data Science - in what ways does the CDP incorporate data science concepts like machine learning and automatic optimization? 
  • Ease of Use - Can the user easily achieve their desired results?
  • Export and Import - how well does the CDP import and export data out of its platform? How many methodologies are available to the marketer to do so?

Best Customer Service Solution

Recognizes the best tool, platform, or service that helps businesses enhance their customer service and support. Includes help-desk services, live chat, social media tools, technology enabled service providers, etc. Note that it is helpful to provide solution access to the judges during the review period for this category.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Ease of use –How well does the product or service allow users to achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use?
  • Implementation – How easily, cheaply, and quickly can the solution be implemented?
  • Integration of data sources – How easily and quickly does the solution integrate with other data sources?
  • Functionality of key attributes – Do the key attributes function as described?
  • Reporting and analysis of data – How robust are the dashboards and reports for data analysis?
  • Support – What level of support does the tool provide?
  • Overall performance – Does the solution perform at adequate speed, security, scalability, and reliability? Is it able to site statistics proving speed, security and reliability?
  • Mobile – Does the product provide support for mobile web and mobile SDKs for app integrations?
  • Visually aesthetic – Is the application’s visual design beautiful, innovative, and appealing to the user?

Best Customer Success Management Solution

Recognizes the best solution for managing customer development, upselling opportunities, improving retention rates and reducing churn.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Implementation – How easily and quickly can the solution be implemented?
  • Overall performance – Does the solution perform at adequate speed, security, and reliability?
  • Reporting and analysis of data – How robust are the dashboards and reports for data analysis?
  • Support – What level of support does the tool provide?
  • Visually aesthetic – Is the application’s visual design beautiful, innovative, and appealing to the user?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Integration of data sources/ peer solutions – How easily and quickly does the solution integrate with other data sources/ solutions?
  • Functionality of key attributes – Do the key attributes function as described?
  • Ease of use – How well does the product allow users to achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use?

Best DevOps Tool

Recognizes the best tool for supporting collaboration between Development and Operations. Can include tools for logging, performance monitoring and measurement, automation, security, configuration management, testing, collaboration, release management, database management, deployment, event managers, alerting and other software development tools.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Tool integrations/extension and plug-ins - Does tool allow integration with other tools in this space? Does tool support scripting for integration/ does tool offer or allow plug-ins? Does tool offer a set of APIs for extension/expansion?
  • Continuous Integration - Does the tool provide CI?
  • Configurability – How well does the system manage the configurations of large numbers of servers?
  • Compliance/Governance
  • Security- How well does the solution safeguard the entire DevOps environment?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Reliability
  • Measurement and Analytics - Does the tool capture performance metrics or enable business intelligence?
  • Automated Testing - Does the tool support/enable automated testing?
  • Responsiveness and performance - Does the tool cause unnatural slowdown or wait cycles for developers? Does the tool all both set and ad-hoc query and response? Can the tool build a continuing stack of responses and reports?
  • Dashboard and reporting - Are dashboards flexible or fixed? Can dashboards integrate into other display systems? Is reporting capable of being changed to meet set requirements? Can multiple elements be integrated into a unified report? Is the dashboard UI
  • Planning and Collaboration features Can results be shared among peers?  Does tool allow predictions or what-if scenario testing?  Does tool allow “preview” of changes before release? Does tool require or limit access by roles or by seats?
  • Monitoring and alerting – How robust are the monitoring and alerting features?

Best eCommerce Solution

Recognizes the best software solution designed to facilitate the purchase of products and services online. Includes credit card processing systems, personalization tools, shopping carts, comparison bots, order forms, delivery/shipping management systems, etc.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Ease of use – How well does the product allow users to achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use?
  • Functionality of key attributes – Do the key attributes function as described?
  • Hosting – Is the information secure and appropriately backed up? What is the uptime percentage and monitoring support?
  • Management and administrative tools – How easily can you manage your products, customers, etc.?
  • Reporting and analysis of data – How robust are the dashboards and reports for data analysis?
  • Visually aesthetic – Is the application’s visual design beautiful, innovative, and appealing to the user?
  • Security – does the solution have the necessary security to mitigate risk.

Best Emerging Technology

Recognizes best emerging technology product, tool or solution that is solving a big problem, changing the status quo and opening up new opportunities. Products must be less than three years old or has put out a new version that includes new technology that is disruptive and/ or relatively underdeveloped in potential.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Radical Novelty – Are there features not previously observed in systems? Are there new inventions, patents or business methods that support the novelty? These features should be clearly articulated with examples of the disruption to the market.
  • Ease of use – How well does the product allow users to achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use. The goals should be clearly defined for the targeted market with an examples of new user methods for adopt
  • Disruption – The potential to disrupt the market in the future by creating new technology, new delivery methods, new business models or new audience/user community.
  • Prominent Impact – To what degree does the technology represent progressive developments within a field for competitive advantage, extensive adoption and market reach.
  • Functionality of key attributes – Do the key attributes function as described? Does the functionality support the attributes in new or disruptive ways?

Best Financial Management Solution

Recognizes the best software solution that automates business accounting and money management including accounts payable/receivable, general ledger, budgeting, resource allocation, reporting, etc.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Implementation – How easily and quickly can the solution be implemented?
  • Disparate data sources - How well does the solution pull from disparate data sources?
  • Ease of use – How well does the product allow users to achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use?
  • Global support – How well does the solution support multiple languages, currencies, etc.?
  • Manipulation of data – How well does the solution allow for manipulation of data for reporting?
  • Mobile access – Is the tool available on mobile devices? How easy is it to use while on the go/ to view on a small screen?
  • APIs/Integration - How extensive the public API?
  • Reporting and analysis of data – How robust are the dashboards and reports for analysis?
  • Visually aesthetic – Is the application’s visual design beautiful, innovative, and appealing to the user?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Functionality of key attributes – Do the key attributes function as described?

Best FinTech Solution

Recognizes the best solution to make financial services more efficient by demonstrating an incremental or radical/disruptive innovation development of applications, processes, products or business models in the financial services industry, expanding business and consumer options for investing, saving, and conducting transactions, competing with banks selling financial service solutions for money transfer, lending, investments, and payments. This can include but is not limited to financing, insurance, investments, payments, advisory, security, etc.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Customization or personalization - Is the level of customization/personalization appropriate to the audience and use case presented?
  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of the audience?
  • Platform Flexibility & Accessibility - Is the solution made available through the delivery platforms appropriate for the target audience?
  • Relevance to target audience - Does the product effectively solve a specific market need? Does the product transform a market sector? Does it enable a traditional financial institution to enter this market space through an outsourced solution?
  • Usability - Can the user easily and efficiently interact with the product features to achieve their desired result?
  • Security – does the solution have the necessary security to mitigate risk.
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Interoperability - Where appropriate can this product be integrated with other relevant systems?

Best Human Capital or Talent Management Solution

Recognizes the best solution that automates any aspect of human resources management and talent acquisition, including HRIS, benefits administration, recruiting, payroll, and performance appraisal.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Ease of use – How well does the product allow users to achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use?
  • Manipulation of data – How well does the solution allow for manipulation of data for reporting?
  • Integrations - does the solution integrate have the ability to easily integrate with other solutions?
  • Implementation – How easily and quickly can the solution be implemented?
  • Visually aesthetic – Is the application’s visual design beautiful, innovative, and appealing to the user?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Reporting and analysis of data – How robust are the dashboards and reports for analysis?
  • Functionality of key attributes – Do the key attributes function as described?
  • Disparate data sources - How well does the solution pull from disparate data sources?
  • Global support – How well does the solution support multiple languages, currencies, etc.?

Best IoT or IoT Enablement Solution

Recognizes the best solution that offers advanced connectivity of devices, systems and services. Includes management use of IoT.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Actionable analysis – How well does the solution access and analyze relevant data that provides the foundation for specific actions?
  • Functionality of key attributes – Do the key attributes function as described?
  • Network connectivity – Does the solution support a range of networking interfaces and protocols to provide the necessary connectivity?
  • Normalization of Data – How well does the solution reduce the data to its canonical form?
  • Security – Does the solution have the necessary security to mitigate risk?
  • Networking - how well does the IoT solution work across a wide geography and differing levels of communication infrastructure?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Ease of use – How well does the product allow users to achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use?
  • Visually aesthetic – Is the application’s visual design beautiful, innovative, and visually appealing to the user?

Best New CRM Solution

Recognizes the best software solution designed to expand a company's knowledge about, and relationship with, its current or potential customers and/or partners. Includes CRM, PRM, SFA, marketing automation, personalization products and services. Product must be 5 years old or younger.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Implementation – How easily and quickly can the solution be implemented?
  • Integration of data sources – How easily and quickly does the solution integrate with other data sources?
  • Mobile access – Is the tool available on mobile devices? How easy is it to use while on the go/ to view on a small screen?
  • Overall performance – Does the solution perform at adequate speed, security, and reliability?
  • Reporting and analysis of data – How robust are the dashboards and reports for analysis?
  • Speed of updates – Does the solution provide timely and speedy updates?
  • Visually aesthetic – Is the application’s visual design beautiful, innovative, and visually appealing to the user?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Ease of use – How well does the product allow users to achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use?
  • Functionality of key attributes – Do the key attributes function as described?

Best Payments Solution

Recognizes the best solution for passing authorization, payments, and settlement data between a merchant’s website and the merchant’s processor. Category includes digital payment products.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Reporting – the ability and ease to report transaction data
  • Security - Does the solution have the necessary security to mitigate risk?
  • Overall performance – Does the solution perform at adequate speed, security, and reliability?
  • Interoperability - Can this product be integrated with other relevant systems?
  • Ease of use – How well does the product allow users to achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use
  • Currency Support – Can the solution support multiple currencies?
  • Billing – does the solution provide adequate billing options
  • Innovation – Is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?

Best Project Management Solution

Recognizes the best business solution that automates any aspect of managing project-based business activities. Includes estimation and planning, scheduling, cost control and budget management, resource allocation, collaboration, etc.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Functionality of key attributes – Do the key attributes function as described?
  • Collaboration capabilities – How well can project members collaborate seamlessly on any device, regardless of location?
  • Document management – How well does the tool allow you to share files and documents with other project team members?
  • Innovation – Is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Task management – how well does the solution allow users to define a task, assigning it, create a deadline and ensuring completion?
  • Reporting and analysis of data – How robust are the dashboards and reports for analysis?
  • Overall performance - How well does the solution rank with regards to overall speed, security, and reliability?
  • Implementation – How easily and quickly can the solution be implemented?
  • Ease of use – How well does the product allow users to achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use?

Best Social Media Marketing Tool

Recognizes the best solution for managing and monitoring social media campaigns, building and engaging customers, and collecting and analyzing data, across multiple social networks.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Reporting and analysis of data – How robust are the dashboards and reports for analysis?
  • Robustness of publishing features – How easy to use are the publishing features? How fast are they?
  • Monitoring and tracking of activity – How well does the solution monitor and track various types of social activity?
  • Implementation – How easily and quickly can the solution be implemented?
  • Engagement capabilities – How well does the solution allow users to effectively engage with prospects, customers, and other networks?
  • Ease of use – How well does the product allow users to achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use?
  • Campaign management - How well does the solution allow you to manage social media campaigns?
  • Innovation – Is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?

Best Vendor Management System (VMS) Platform

Recognizes the best solution that optimizes and manages any aspect of contingent workforces, services procurement, human resources and talent acquisition including: HRIS, benefits administration, recruiting, payroll, supplier management, workforce optimization, and performance appraisals.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Mobile – Does the solution have a mobile application and is it easy to use?
  • Differentiation – Is the solution using technology, strategies, processes, or anything else that is truly differentiated (i.e., not replicable, or not easily replicable from the competition)?
  • Reporting and analysis of data – How robust are the dashboards and reports for analysis? How easily can they be manipulated and shared?
  • Global support – How well does the solution support multiple languages, currencies, localization for cultural requirements, etc.?
  • Scalability – Is the solution easily scalable? How easily can additional modules, such as statement of work, be added to the original architecture (e.g., contingent workforce)? Does the solution easily integrate with other solutions?
  • Intuitiveness – How well does the solution allow users to achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use?
  • Adoption – How easily and quickly can the solution be implemented? Will the tools’ adoption help drive compliance measures for contingent workers?
  • Functionality of key attributes – Do the key attributes function as described?

Data & Analytics Categories

Best Big Data Reporting & Analytics Solution

Recognizes the best solution for reporting and analyzing actionable intelligence from massive data sets containing a variety of data types.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Ease of use –How well does the product allow users to achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Security and auditing – How robust are the security and auditing features?
  • Reporting and Analytics – How robust are the dashboards and reports for analysis? Does it provide interactive analysis, reporting and visualization?
  • Manipulation of data – How well does the solution allow for manipulation of data for reporting?
  • Functionality of key attributes – Do the key attributes function as described?
  • Data management – How well does the solution provide insight into the quality of the data?
  • Collaboration – How easily can you share dashboards and reports, and/or integrate into other formats / platforms / reporting tools?
  • Integration – Can the solution easily integrate data from a variety of sources?

Best Big Data Tools & Platforms

Recognizes the best platform for enabling organizations in developing, deploying, operating and managing a big data infrastructure/environment.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Scalability – How well can the system adapt to increased demand or size of data?
  • Data I/O performance – How quickly and reliably is the data transferred to/from devices or resources?
  • Ease of use – How well does the product allow users to achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use?
  • Functionality of key attributes – Do the key attributes function as described?
  • Implementation – How easily and quickly can the solution be implemented?
  • Performance management – How well does the platform allow you to track, monitor and drive performance?
  • Real-time processing – Does the platform or tool have the ability to process the data and produce results within certain time constraints?
  • Flexibility- How flexible is the tool/platform for re-factoring the data schema over time?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?

Best Business Intelligence Reporting & Analytics Solution

Recognizes the best solution for reporting and analyzing data into useful information for business purposes.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Usability - Can the end user easily and efficiently interact with the product features to achieve their desired result, including report development?
  • Platform flexibility & accessibility - Is the solution made available through the delivery platforms appropriate for the target audience?
  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of the audience and use case indicated in previous criteria?
  • Data security/ integrity – How well protected is sensitive user data (employee related data, usage data, compliance data, financial data, etc.) from unauthorized access? Are sufficient data backup procedures in place or available? 
  • Interoperability - Where appropriate, how easily can this product be integrated with other relevant systems?
  • Relevance to target audience -Does the product effectively solve a specific market need?
  • Mobile device support - Can the solution render reports on mobile devised?
  • Governance and Metadata Management – Does it provide a robust way to capture, store, and reuse of metadata?
  • Self-service Data Preparation – Does it allow business analysts to perform data preparation and analysis without having to rely on IT?
  • Data Source Connectivity – How many difference data sources can it connect to?
  • Content depth and accuracy - Is the content accurate and timely for the stated use case? Does this product address the depth of information required to serve the audience?
  • Customization or personalization - Is the level of customization/personalization appropriate to the audience and use case presented?

Best Business Intelligence Tools & Platforms

Recognizes the best platform for enabling enterprises to build BI into their applications by providing analysis, information delivery and platform integration.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Data performance – How quickly and reliably is the data transferred to/from devices or resources?
  • Ease of use – How well does the product allow users to achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use?
  • Functionality of key attributes – Do the key attributes function as described?
  • Implementation – How easily and quickly can the solution be implemented?
  • Integration – Can the solution easily integrate data from a variety of sources?
  • Performance management – How well does the platform allow you to track, monitor and drive performance?
  • Scalability – Is the infrastructure scalable?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?

Best Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS)

Recognizes the best solution designed to integrate disparate applications, operating systems, data, and/or business processes used within an organization in order to simplify and automate their use and eliminate silos of information and functionality through dashboards or other approaches.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Data validation – How much visibility does the solution provide into the data quality?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Security – does the solution have the necessary security to mitigate risk.
  • Range of connectors – The range of applications, files, databases and web services the solution can connect to
  • Configurability - How configurable is the solution?
  • Customization – Is the solution customizable?
  • Product capabilities – Does the solution provide capabilities including bulk data movement, data federation/virtualization, data replication, and / or big data focus?
  • Development tools –How robust and easy to use are the development tools?
  • Implementation – How easily and quickly can the solution be implemented?
  • Range of deployment options – is a range of deployment options offered? For example, on premise, Cloud, virtualized, hybrid, etc.

Advertising, Sales & Marketing Categories

Best Account Based Marketing Tool or Solution

Recognizes the best tool or solution that aids businesses to focus sales and marketing resources on a clearly defined set of targeted accounts within a specific market.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Integrations – Does the solution have capabilities beyond the essentials via tight integrations with partners?
  • Customization/Personalization – How well does the product allow you to create personalized, branded messaging?
  • Engagement – How strong is the product’s ability to engage target accounts across various channels?
  • Insights – How strong is the product’s ability to gather insights into target accounts?
  • Revenue Measurement – How well does the product measure revenue impact on target accounts?
  • Segmentation – How well does the product help identify the target market segments and accounts?
  • Scalability - Does the solution have the ability to scale up and down?
  • Reporting and Analytics – How robust are the dashboards and reports for analysis?

Best Ad Management Platform

Recognizes the best platform that helps companies manage their advertising. The platform may include integrated planning, execution and attribution.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Analytics - How well does the solution provide analytics in regards to ad performance and provide real-time reporting and notification?
  • Budget/cost management – How well does the solution manage budget, bidding, price optimization for campaigns
  • Customization - How customizable is the solution to meet various customer needs?
  • Feature set - Does the solution have a deep set of features that appropriately meet the needs of its customers?
  • Integration - How well does the solution integrate with third-party applications, such as ad networks, social sites, e-commerce sites, etc.?
  • Mobile - How strong are the features for execution or follow up in the mobile application or via the mobile site?
  • Significance of innovation - How significant is the technological innovation of the solution?
  • Targeting - How well does the solution identify and target specific customer segments and engage decision makers?
  • Technology - How current is the technology of the solution in regards to real-time graphic display of data, metrics and results appropriate for internal client use?
  • Usability & UI - How easy is the solution to figure out and use? Can the user easily and efficiently interact with the product features? How easy is it for the user to achieve their desired result?
  • Video - How strong are the video advertising features for execution or follow up?
  • Workflow - How well is the solution embedded in the customers' workflow, organizing, creating and distributing ads and providing preconfigured reports, dashboards and metrics?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?

Best Content Marketing and Analytics Solution

Recognizes the best solution for creating compelling and engaging content, distributing that content in a targeted manner across various media, and providing content and data analytics that help providers understand content utilization and performance data.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Content depth and accuracy - Are the measures and metrics appropriate for measuring and understanding content consumption, activity and overall use? Does this product address the depth of information required to serve the audience?
  • Usability - Can the user easily and efficiently interact with the product features to achieve their desired result or retrieve reports or gain access?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Customization or personalization -Can the tool/platform be customized for each user and/ or demonstrate desired/needed analytics and reports?
  • Workflow - How well is the solution embedded in the customers' workflow?
  • Segmentation - How well does the solution allow users to segment contacts? How well does the solution identify customer segments and engage them with their content interests?
  • Integration – How well does the product integrate with other marketing apps (CRM, website analytics, etc.)
  • Distribution - How well does the solution disseminate content across multiple channels?
  • Platform flexibility and accessibility - Is the solution made available through the delivery platforms appropriate to the target audience and use?
  • Content curation - How well does the product facilitate discovery and procurement of custom content, or how well does the platform hire/manage freelancer and/or license existing, external content?

Best Marketing Automation Solution

Recognizes the best solution for automating, managing, and deploying marketing campaigns to customers, prospects, and/or partners.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Lead management – How well does the solution provide for lead generation, scoring, grading, assignment, nurturing, etc.
  • Reporting and Analytics – How robust are the dashboards and reports for analysis?
  • Implementation – How easily and quickly can the solution be implemented?
  • Integration – How easily and quickly does the solution integrate with other systems, website, etc.?
  • Forms and landing pages – Does the product have the ability to build custom forms and landing pages? Does it automatically set up trigger notifications?
  • Dynamic content – Does the product allow you to customize the buying experience by displaying content dramatically based on who is viewing your site?
  • Email marketing – How robust is the solutions ability to send relevant messages to a targeted audience in a timely manner?
  • Ease of deployment - How easy and quickly can the user deploy the solution?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?

Best Sales & Marketing Intelligence Solution

Recognizes the best sales & marketing intelligence solution, which empowers sales and marketing professionals with key data, insights and analytics to help drive business development and target potential sales prospects. Solutions may include B2B data, prospect databases, contact information, sales analytics and other tools used by sales and marketing professionals to more effectively uncover and target new opportunities within their existing customer base.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Usability and UI - How easy is it for the user to achieve their desired result? Is it mobile friendly?
  • Analytics - How well does the solution provide analytics?
  • Campaign creation - How easy is it to create outbound marketing campaigns?
  • Customization - How customizable is the solution to meet various customer needs?
  • Feature set - Does the solution have a deep set of features that appropriately meet the needs of its customers?
  • Integration - How well does the solution integrate with third-party platforms that would be used in lead generation?
  • Lead augmentation - How well does the solution append missing or additional information to a lead or data file, either from its own data set or from a third-party provider?
  • Lead management - How well does the solution manage multi-channel lead generation campaigns?
  • Targeting - How well does the solution identify, score and target specific customer segments and pass on top leads?
  • Workflow - How well is the solution embedded in the customers' workflow?
  • Innovation – Is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Lead management/ reporting - How quickly and efficiently can the solution respond and deliver relevant data/information for lead generation?

Best Sales Enablement Platform

Recognizes the best sales enablement platform, which equips sales teams with the right content and information for any interaction with a potential buyer through document automation and helps progress and accelerate the sales cycle. Sales enablement platforms may include content management solutions that allow sales teams to access all relevant and marketing-approved collateral from a central location, personalize materials for specific buyers and interactions, and uncovers data-backed insights into how that content is consumed.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Outcomes – Rate the application on the stated business outcomes. Does it deliver on its promise of a compelling value proposition to customers and end users?
  • Alignment - How well does the platform align marketing in sales in terms of sales content initiatives? How well does the platform provide marketing with data and information on how to iterate and improve sales content?
  • Analytics and reporting features - How well does the solution provide analytics and data-backed insight into content usage and effectiveness?
  • Collaboration features - How easy is it for sales reps to collaborate with others on presentations and pitches to buyers? What content annotation and mark-up tools are available to reps?
  • Compliance features - Does the platform ensure that content remains compliant when used within heavily regulated industries?
  • Customization/personalization features - How well does the platform enable sales reps to customize content based for specific interactions and individuals while ensuring that the content remains on-brand and updated?
  • Distribution features - How many ways does the platform allow the rep to distribute content to a buyer? How robust and innovative are the distribution methods available to the rep?
  • Integration features - How well does the platform integrate with third-party platforms that would be used in a buying cycle? Such platforms include CRM, content creation, marketing automation, and other content repositories solutions.
  • Permission protocols - How easy is it to set up permissions and authorization rules prior to content being approved?
  • Technological advancement – Does the application make appropriate of advanced technologies to deliver a superior experience to the customer?
  • Usability and UX - How easy is it for the user to achieve their desired result? Is it mobile friendly?
  • Version control - How easy is it to locate and find prior versions of content?
  • Workflow features - How well is the solution embedded in the customers' workflow? Does the platform exist within other environments that sales reps used most often (e.g. Salesforce, email platforms)?
  • Feedback and coaching features - Does the platform allow for sales teams to provide feedback and coaching on presentation and pitch preparation, either through video or other annotation featured?

Vertical Market Categories

Best Compliance Solution

Recognizes the best compliance solution providing audit, risk and compliance solutions and/or expert insights that enable businesses to connect regulatory developments with internal policy systems, organizational risks and controls, and regulatory training.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Content depth and accuracy - Does this product address the depth of information required to serve the audience?
  • Customization - Is the level of customization appropriate to the audience and use case presented?
  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of the audience? 
  • Interoperability - Where appropriate with respect to the audience and use case, can this product be integrated with other relevant systems?
  • Relevance to target audience -Does the product effectively solve a specific market need?
  • Platform flexibility and accessibility - Is the solution made available through the delivery platforms appropriate to the target audience?
  • Significance of innovation - Is the solution likely to cause significant change for its users?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Audit Trail Management - What level of audit trail is maintained?
  • Regulatory Support – How well does the system support regulatory requirements?
  • Usability - Can the user easily and efficiently interact with the product features to achieve their desired result?

Best Event Technology Solution

Recognizes the best solution for managing the production and execution for events. Includes registration, payment processing, sponsor and attendee management, event marketing, reporting, event program, budgeting, etc.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Implementation – How easily and quickly can the solution be implemented?
  • Integration of data sources – How easily and quickly does the solution integrate with other data sources?
  • Overall performance – Does the solution perform at adequate speed, security, and reliability?
  • Scalability – Does the solution have the ability to scale up or down?
  • Ease of use – How well does the product allow users to achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use?
  • Customization – Does the solution provide easy and speedy customization capabilities?
  • Visually aesthetic – Is the application’s visual design beautiful, innovative, and appealing to the user?
  • Mobile - how well does it work on mobile?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Functionality of key attributes – Do the key attributes function as described?
  • Reporting and analysis of data – How robust are the dashboards and reports for data analysis?

Best Financial & Market Data Solution

Recognizes the Best Financial & Market Data Solution designed for professionals in the financial and capital markets industries. Nominees may submit solutions that provide financial, market data and related information for market practitioners. Includes real-time data services, reference data solutions, or historical data, financial news services, market analysis & research, credit services, capital markets, commodities & energy, foreign exchange, fixed income and/or merger and acquisition information.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of the audience?
  • Content depth and accuracy - Is the content accurate and timely for the stated use case? Does this product address the depth of information required to serve the audience?
  • Customization or personalization - Is the level of customization/personalization appropriate to the audience and use case presented?
  • Interoperability - Where appropriate can this product be integrated with other relevant systems and can the content and/or data within the product be exported?
  • Relevance to target audience - Does the product effectively solve a specific market need?
  • Usability - Can the user easily and efficiently interact with the product features to achieve their desired result?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Platform Flexibility & Accessibility - Is the solution made available through the delivery platforms appropriate for the target audience?

Best Healthcare Technology Solution

Recognizes the best solution for improving care quality, patient safety, efficiency, medical information and/or data exchange to healthcare professionals or consumers. Population health or fee-for-value solutions include the development of new payment and care models, care coordination, readmission management, med adherence, health optimization/wellness, telemedicine, and innovations in disease management.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Overall performance – How reliable is the solution and how optimal is the speed for the given use case?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Ease of use – How well does the product allow users to achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use?
  • Functionality of key attributes – Do the key attributes function as described?
  • Implementation – How easily and quickly can the solution be implemented, as compared with similar offerings?
  • Overall impact on costs – Does the solution have a positive impact costs?
  • Security – does the solution have the necessary security to mitigate risk.
  • Workflow improvement – How well does the solution integrate into and/or improve existing workflows?

Best Legal Solution

Recognizes the best information-based solution designed for the legal professional. Nominees may submit solutions that provide access to legal research information, business & practice performance / productivity / development tools, as well as litigation support, workflow, and e-discovery solutions.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Content depth and accuracy - Is the content accurate and timely for the stated use case? Does this product address the depth of information required to serve the audience?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Customization or personalization - Is the level of customization/personalization appropriate to the audience and use case presented?
  • Feature set - Does the feature set incorporated within this product appropriately meet the needs of the audience and use case indicated in previous criteria?
  • Interoperability - Where appropriate with respect to the audience and use case, can this product be integrated with other relevant systems OR can the content and/or data within the product be exported?
  • Platform flexibility and accessibility - Is the solution made available through the delivery platforms appropriate to the target audience?
  • Relevance to target audience - Does the product effectively solve a specific market need?
  • Auditability - what audit trail tools are available to system administrators?
  • Usability - Can the user easily and efficiently interact with the product features to achieve their desired result?

Best Manufacturing Solution

Recognizes the best solution for managing the manufacturing supply chain. Includes planning, scheduling, monitoring, managing, analyzing, reporting, etc.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Accounting – management of the financial transactions and operations
  • Demand planning and forecasting - ability to keep on top of anticipated demand and ensure there is enough supply to satisfy customer needs
  • Inventory Management
  • Material requirements planning – ability to automate the front end of the production process
  • Quality control
  • Product life cycle management – ability to organize all manufacturing information around to the designing, producing, supporting and disposing of manufactured goods
  • Production planning and scheduling – Ability to create production schedules, including reviewing inventory levels, tracking lead times and making build-versus-buy decisions.
  • Purchasing – ability to source, track, and manage orders from the various vendors and suppliers they deal with.
  • Scalability – How well can the solution scale up and down?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?

Mobile Application Categories

Best Mobile Development Solution

Recognizes the best tool or resource for designing, creating or testing mobile applications. Includes programming language, toolkits, diagnostic programs, IDE, applet and plug-in development tools, database development programs, etc.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Ease of use – How well does the product allow users to achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use?
  • Functionality of key attributes – Do the key attributes function as described?
  • Maintainability –Does the solution have the ability to analyze, test, and change aspects as needed?
  • Portability – Does the solution have the ability to adapt to different environments includes building, transferring and reinstalling programs?
  • Range of platforms covered – Does the solution have the ability to develop for a large range of mobile platforms and devices?
  • Usability – How easy is it to understand, learn and operate the tool or resource?
  • Agility – Can the solution make frequent updates and provide rapid response to change requests?
  • Deployment – How easy is it to deploy an app built with the product on multiple platforms.
  • Native APIs - How well does the tool work with native APIs?
  • Performances and monitoring – How the product support performances monitoring and crashes report.

Network & Systems Categories

Best Blockchain or Blockchain Enabled Solution

Recognizes the best solution for facilitating secure online transactions, where some digital ledger records transactions across many computers in such a way that the registered transactions cannot be altered retroactively. Can include applications and solutions, middleware and services and infrastructures and protocols, etc.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Data Integrity - Records are guaranteed to be cryptographically secure, with no possibility of bad actors threatening data integrity.
  • Decentralization – The ability to store data across its network.
  • Permissions Control
  • Scalability - The ability to secure trillions of transactions or records without compromising the networks synchronization, security, accessibility or data integrity.
  • Security - Support for data encryption and the management and enforcement of complex permission settings for participants and third parties.

Best Cloud Management Solution

Recognizes the best solution that ensures cloud computing resources are working optimally. This can include performance monitoring, application management, security and compliance, storage, and disaster recovery.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Customization - Does the solution allow enough customization to meet customer needs?
  • Scalability – Does the solution have the ability to scale up or down?
  • Reporting and Analytics – How robust are the dashboards and reports for analysis?
  • Application management – Does the solution provide the necessary application monitoring, alerting, configuration management, and disaster recovery tools?
  • Ease of use – How well does the product allow users to achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use?
  • Implementation – How easily and quickly can the solution be implemented?
  • Interoperability – Does the solution provide application interoperability across multiple providers?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Functionality of key attributes – Do the key attributes function as described?

Best Digital Process Automation Solution

Recognizes the best solution that creates process applications to automate complex workflows and digital business processes for application development and deployment professionals.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Process/workflow automation - How well does the solution build process applications and automate complex workflows?
  • Business rules and decision management - Does the solution provide a business rules and decision management capability to support the automation of digital business processes?
  • Forms creation/management - Does the solution easily create forms, customize the design, enable integrations, and quickly deploy via an intuitive user interface?
  • Mobile support - Does the solution allow for deployment of process applications to mobile devices for business/IT professionals?
  • Interoperability with other applications/environments - Does the solution integrate and connect with business applications or environments?
  • Pre-built process applications - Does the solution provide a range of pre-built process applications to automate business processes more quickly?
  • Governance and Compliance - How well does the solution support governance of the automated processes and ensure compliance with regulations?
  • Analytics - Does the solution have analytics and reporting capabilities on process performance?
  • Innovation – Is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?

Best IT Management Solution

Recognizes the best IT management solution that allows IT departments to manage all their systems, devices and applications. Includes cloud based, on-premise, or hybrid solutions.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Scalability - How well can the solution scale up and down?
  • Ability to connect data and documents.
  • Ability to perform maintenance and quality assurance - Does the solution provide adequate maintenance measures?
  • Ease of use - – How well does the product allow users to achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use?
  • Security - How secure is the tool? Are there adequate security measures? How robust is the security of infrastructure? Does it provide for secure identity and access management?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Automation of workflows - - How well does the platform let you automate certain activities? How well does the solution improve workflow? Does the solution have the ability to automate workflow of frameworks specific to IT service support?

Best Network Security Solution

Recognizes the best solution for preventing and monitoring unauthorized access, misuse, modification, or denial of a computer network and network-accessible resources. Includes firewall, intrusion prevention and detection, unified threat management, VPN, etc.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Functionality of key attributes – Do the key attributes function as described?
  • Implementation – How easily and quickly can the solution be implemented?
  • Monitoring and control – How well does the solution perform URL filtering, web application monitoring, anti-virus and anti-malware scanning, etc.?
  • Network protection – How well does the solution detect network attack traffic?
  • Robustness of firewall – How robust is the firewall?
  • VPN connection – Can you connect to multiple sites securely using the VPN? From remote locations? For purpose of management?
  • Innovation – Is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Ease of use – How well does the product allow users to achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use?

Best Platform as a Service

Recognizes the best platform as a service (PaaS) that increases the speed of development of applications, reduces cost of development, automates deployment, and provides flexibility and scalability. This includes enablement capabilities.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Ease / speed of provisioning – Can the platform be easily and quickly prepared and equipped for use?
  • Innovation – Is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Support – What level of support is provided for the development teams?
  • Scalability – Can the solution easily scale up and down?
  • Programmable user interface – Does the solution have the ability to construct flexible user interfaces?
  • Programming language support - What programming languages are supported?
  • Integration – Can the platform integrate with web services and databases via common standards?
  • Customization – How easy is it to create, configure and deploy the service without requiring programming expertise?
  • Multi-tenant architecture – Is the platform multi-tenant? Can multiple concurrent users utilize the same development application?

Best Software Defined Infrastructure

Recognizes the best technical computing infrastructure entirely under the control of software with no operator or human intervention.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Innovation – Is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  •  David - Security should be bigger than just encryption. Is encryption at rest and in flight even used? One could more broadly look for security features and differentiators from competition.
  • Security- How secure is the encryption, authentication, and/or password and identity protection features? 
  • Scalability - Can the solution easily scale up and down?
  • Efficiency
  • Deployment – How easy is it to deploy the software defined infrastructure?
  • Customization or personalization - Is the level of customization/personalization appropriate to the audience and use case presented?
  • Agility – Can the solution make frequent updates and provide rapid response to change requests?

Best Storage & Backup Solution

Recognizes the best solution for storing and/or backing up data. Includes block storage, file storage, backup, archive, disaster recovery, and encryption.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Speed of performance – Can the solution quickly prep and transfer files?
  • Access – Does the solution allow for easy access to backed-up files?
  • Implementation – How easily and quickly can the solution be implemented?
  • Reliability – Is the solution reliable?
  • Restoring capabilities – How robust are the capability for restoring files?
  • Security - How secure is the encryption, authentication, and/or password and identity protection features?
  • Storage maintenance – Does the solution provide adequate storage maintenance?
  • Innovation – Is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Scalability – Can the solution easily scale up and down? Does it do deduplication and/or compression?

Information Security Categories

Best Endpoint Security Management Solution

Recognizes the best solution that requires endpoint devices to comply with specific criteria before granted access to network resources. Includes antivirus, antispyware, personal firewall, host intrusion prevention, file/disk encryption, endpoint DLP, etc.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Speed of performance – Does the solution quickly scan, identify and eliminate threats?
  • Security – How well does the solution stop targeted attacks and advanced threats?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Supported Platforms – is the solution supported by a wide range of server and device platforms?
  • Reporting – Is the reporting clear and effective?
  • Integration –How easy is it to integrate the solution with other solutions?
  • Implementation – How easily and quickly can the solution be implemented?
  • Functionality of key attributes – Do the key attributes function as described?
  • Endpoint control – How robust are the tools to ensure endpoints comply with policy?
  • Ease of use – How well does the product allow users to achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use?

Best Identity & Access Security Solution

Recognizes the best solution that enables the right individuals to access the right resources at the right times and for the right reasons. Includes Identity Governance, Single Sign-On, Authentication & Authorization Management, and Directory solutions.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Integration – How well does the solution integration with established infrastructures?
  • Implementation – How easily and quickly can the solution be implemented?
  • Functionality of key attributes – Do the key attributes function as described?
  • Reporting and auditing – Does the solution have advanced reporting and auditing capabilities?
  • Administrative tools – Are the administrative tools robust?
  • Access security – How well does the solution secure corporate resources from a variety of less secure access points (i.e. mobile devices)?
  • Scalability – Can the solution easily scale up and down?
  • Innovation – is the product using cutting edge technology, strategies, ideas or features?
  • Ease of use – How well does the product allow users to achieve goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use?

"Overall" Business Technology Categories

Best Overall Business Technology Solution

The Best Overall Business Technology solution is awarded to the product that receives the highest scores of all of the products, from both rounds of judging. Every nominated product is automatically entered into this category at no additional cost, and the winner will be announced at the CODiE Award Winner Announcement in San Francisco, in June 2019.