SaaS Product of the Year
Software as a service (SaaS) has become a common delivery model for many business applications, including accounting, collaboration, CRM, ERP, invoicing, HR management, content management and service desk management. This category is for new SaaS products that push the boundaries of functionality and usability, allowing enterprise users to easily access vital corporate information from anywhere, on any device.
IaaS/PaaS Product of the Year
Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) allow IT Directors to outsource management of their IT systems, allowing them to focus on business innovation rather than keeping the lights on, and providing flexible capacity for periods of high demand. This category is for IaaS and PaaS cloud providers that supply these resources on-demand from their large pools installed in data centres, as well as the products that underpin these services.
Enterprise Software Product of the Year
The best new application or upgrade for core business systems, enabling IT departments to work more efficiently, gain more business insight or drive innovation. This could include CRM, ERP, business intelligence, database, enterprise asset management, content management or performance monitoring products, as well as personal productivity tools from office suites to widgets, delivered in-house or in a hybrid deployment.
Networking Product of the Year
With data growth posing one of the most significant challenges for organisations today, there has never been a more urgent need for powerful, robust, cost-effective networks. From routers and switches to WiFi controllers and small cells, this category is for the hardware and software products that are enabling the cloud and mobile revolutions that are sweeping the industry, and laying the groundwork for the Internet of Things.
Security Product of the Year
The security arms race is intensifying, with IT professionals struggling to cope with increasingly targeted attacks, new challenges posed by the proliferation of personal devices and the perennial issue of integrating security into business initiatives and into technology. This category showcases the best new hardware and software products – from firewalls and security suites to monitoring and management products, and content filtering and compliance assessment to disaster recovery and back-up solutions.
Mobile (hardware) Product of the Year
The consumerisation of IT is seeing a flood of new devices enter the enterprise, from smartphones and tablets to ruggedised laptops and ultrabooks. This category is for the gadgets that succeed in appealing to end users, providing the functionality and usability they need, while meeting the security requirements of enterprise IT departments, enabling organisations to implement bring-your-own-device policies and flexible working schemes.
Storage/Big Data Product of the Year
With data volumes continuing to grow exponentially and Big Data – near real-time analytics of corporate information – promising significant business advantages, the pressure for storage innovation has never been greater. This category will highlight the best storage products, from SANs and SSDs to management software.
Virtualisation Product of the Year
Data centre consolidation, cloud computing, energy-efficient IT and other innovation could not happen without virtualisation. The next generation of virtualisation promises equally significant change to the way IT is delivered. This category will showcase the best of a new wave of virtualisation products, from new hypervisors and virtual appliances to management software, regardless of whether they support server, desktop, network, storage or even mobile virtualisation.