Launched! This season's prestigious EuroCloud Awards were kicked-off at events in Manchester (8 April) and London (10 April), courtesy of our hosts and sponsor Baker Tilly.
The categories have been expanded! After consultations across Europe we have divided the Best Cloud Offering into 2 separate Awards for Best SaaS Offering and Best IaaS/PaaS Offering to make it a more balanced and interesting competition (and remove from the judges the dilemma of comparing very different classes of service). We have also split the Best Start-Up category into 2 separate Awards, both for companies active in (any) market 3 years or less, but Start-Up: Most Innovative is looking for the neat, awesome and elegant innovation where Start-Up: Best Business Potential is looking through a hard-headed commercial lens where the business characteristics can trump technology. (But will they?)
Two further categories complete the Catalogue of Contemporary Cloud Champs: Best Public Sector Case Study is looking for the best example of delivering Cloud's benefits to Public Sector stakeholders and institutions. Then, we take our attention away from vendors and in Best Business Impact we are looking for User stories which reveal a highly significant impact to business outcomes of employing one or multiple Cloud Services. The 'user' is the prize-winner in this category, but inevitably it is likely to be vendors that urge the user to come forward and apply for the prize.
To read more details, terms, conditions and register for the 2014 EuroCloud Awards Programme, follow this link to our Awards Pages!
In addition to our generous Hosts and Sponsor Baker Tilly we have 3 media sponsors this year to whom we are indebted for making the Awards such a promotional showcase for the entrants. CompareTheCloud who have been great friends to EuroCloud are joining Diginomica and Cloud-Channel.TV making an attractive set of different media channels on which to shout a bit about the achievement of UK Cloud.
A few things to remember:
2014 Events Calendar
The EuroCloud UK schedule of networking events is now published. These events have grown considerably in size, popularity and content over the last 12 months but still retain their successful, friendly and relaxed networking atmosphere. Take a look at the forward calendar and book your place at the next event Events Page. Our events are free to our member organisations and non-members are most welcome with tickets available at a very friendly price. There are still some sponsorship opportunities, although of course limited by the number of events we run. Please contact the Secretary for details.
EuroCloud Congress 2013 took place in Luxembourg on 15-16 October. As last year, the programme included policy makers and industry speakers from across Europe, with many of the continent's brightest cloud entrepreneurs. Registration for 2014 opens in May.
Registration will include admission to the EuroCloud Awards Gala, when we will discover the European winners of this high-profile contest. More at EuroCloudCongress.org.
EuroCloud UK is a diverse vendor community of cloud computing and application providers of all sizes combining their expertise, experience and insight to promote the adoption of "the Cloud" within the UK, leading to better solutions for our customers.
Click here if you are interested in joining EuroCloud UK.
EuroCloud UK is part of the EuroCloud network of national communities, each established to encourage and promote the interests and benefits of cloud computing and software-as-a-service (SaaS) within their own countries and across Europe. EuroCloud exists to enable knowledge sharing, networking and alliances within the European industry, to act as its collective voice, and to raise visibility and make the case to European business for SaaS and cloud.
The cloud model stands for global reach, ecosystem partnerships and integration. Our goal in developing EuroCloud is to promote SaaS and cloud services and applications across Europe and encourage its take up. EuroCloud will be an accelerator of business, of technological relationships and application integration. It will represent the cloud industry in Europe -- taking into account local differences -- and be an excellent platform for exchanges with America or Asia,”
Pierre-José Billotte, Founder and Honorary President, EuroCloud Europe