digital transformation

The road to digital transformation requires efficiency, productivity, agility and speed. Your organization has made big strides in optimizing, integrating and modernizing your infrastructure, architectures, applications, processes and policies so as to achieve operational excellence and enable continual innovation. You are able to maintain security and compliance, support current infrastructure and applications, as well as provide resources for new developmental workloads. Share with us how you did it, and what you’re going to do next. Everyone else’s future plans may depend on it.

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Evaluation Criteria

This category showcases organizations that have successfully addressed IT challenges and delivered business value to effectively compete as a digital enterprise.

it optimization

Your organization has moved away from proprietary infrastructure and restrictive vendors, and migrated to secure, modern, open source, and standardized solutions. You can participate in the digital economy without starting from scratch because you’ve embraced new digital trends and bridged legacy systems with modern applications and cloud services. Your business model reflects your modern IT processes through an open and transparent culture. You’ve aligned development and operations for seamless and continuous innovation. Show us your path, so that others may follow.

Evaluation Criteria

This category showcases the most outstanding transition from legacy IT to becoming a self-service leader and business partner in the digital world.

enterprise integration

The nature of integration has moved from connecting different software applications, services, APIs, data, and devices to automating business processes and providing the right information in the right place and at the right time. Despite the shift, you are able to support distributed and adaptable integration across multiple teams within your organization, and even that of your customers and partners. Your business runs like a well-oiled machine, your management console gives you ultimate power and keeps your people productive.

Tell us: How do you keep things working so seamlessly?

Evaluation Criteria

This category showcases the project that best represents the value of agile integration.

cloud infrastructure

With an open hybrid cloud infrastructure, your IT organization is better serving your business by delivering more agile and flexible solutions. At the same time, you’re protecting business assets and preparing for the future by securing your infrastructure and cloud development. You’ve closed the gap between the needs of your business and the expectations of what IT can deliver. Developers and technologists work together to create tools for building and managing public and private clouds. This is now part of your daily routine. And you have the results to prove its value. Tell us how your organization is collaborating to build the kind of cloud that your business needs to thrive.

Evaluation Criteria

This category showcases a collaborative public, private, or open hybrid cloud deployment.

modern application development

Increasingly complicated applications—and demands for faster development—are putting even more pressure on infrastructure, IT teams, and processes. But you’ve reduced friction between development and operations, simplified application deployment, and accelerated delivery cycles. You’re now using microservices, containers, and/or DevOps processes to free yourself from maintaining old, physical environments and optimize cost. You’re able to manage and secure your apps consistently across multiple environments—physical, virtual, and both private and public cloud environments. All of this allows you to deliver value to the line of business and your customers faster. Share your journey of building a modern application infrastructure.

Evaluation Criteria

This category showcases agile methodologies and organizations that have most successfully illustrates superior overall performance in creating, maintaining, and deploying successful business applications.

The Open Source Way

Open source is more than a development model. It designates a broad set of values, like open exchange, collaborative participation, rapid prototyping, transparency, meritocracy, and community development. This is what we call the open source way. You’re using open source projects, products, or initiatives, and you’re creating a culture that supports collaboration. This gives your business the agility and flexibility needed to compete in today’s digital economy. You’re using open source projects as the basis of critical technology deployments and are using open source technologies to rapidly develop your cloud, big data, and DevOps initiatives.

Suggested technology (but not limited to):

Evaluation Criteria

This category showcases organizations that are leading innovation by building an open source culture, contributing to community projects, and using open source technology to support a broad range of applications and business services.

Note: The categories above do not reflect the number of awards that will be distributed. The judging panel will present up to a maximum of two awards per Forum event depending on the quality of nominations received.