V3 has announced the winners of its prestigious Technology Awards 2012, as voted by its readership of IT professionals.
The winners were revealed at an awards ceremony in London on 30 November. As well as a sumptuous meal and champagne reception, guests were treated to a talk from Iain Standen, chief executive of the Bletchley Park Trust, giving a fascinating insight into the heritage of the World War II code-breaking site, and the current projects it has underway.
The awards were hotly contested this year, with almost 300 entries from more than 100 companies.
Among the winners were Samsung, which swept the board with four awards, including the Product of the Year gong for the Galaxy S3, and Google which notched up three awards, getting the nod from V3 readers as Cloud Computing Provider 2012, Best Software as a Service Provider and Best Enterprise Hosting Company.
Oracle was also a popular choice for with V3 readers, being chosen as Best Business Intelligence Vendor and winning Best Business Storage for its StorageTek SL150 modular tape library.
Also getting a brace of awards was Yammer, which scooped the gongs for Best Business Social Media Product and Best Acquisition for its deal with Microsoft.
Kaspersky Lab was rewarded for a great year’s work by receiving the coveted Technology Hero of the Year award, which went to its chief executive Eugene Kaspersky for the discovery of the Flame malware, and the award for Best Mobile Management Software for its Kaspersky ONE University Security product.
Security was one of the most hotly-contested areas of the V3 awards this year, with over 50 nominations received across the two main security categories. McAfee fought off stiff competition to be crowned Best Business Security Provider, while Trend Micro’s SecureCloud was chosen as Best Cloud Security Product.
EMC was selected as Best Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Company for the second year running by our readers, and on the business software side, SAS picked up the gong for Best Business Application for its Visual Analytics product.
Bletchley Park received the award for Technology Charity of the Year, a richly deserved reward for the work the organisation is doing to keep historical British code-breaking efforts alive. Technology Project of the Year went to the Raspberry Pi Foundation, for its bare-bones computer that has seen huge demand since its release at the start of 2012.
Congratulations to our winners, and to all the firms and individuals who made it on to the 2012 shortlist.
The list of winners is published below.
Category: Business Software
Best business application
SAS Visual Analytics
Best business intelligence vendor
Best business social media product
Yammer Enterprise Social Network
Enterprise software firm 2012
Category: Infrastructure and Security
Best business security provider
Best disaster recovery/business continuity company
Best network equipment firm
Best enterprise hosting company
Category: Business Mobility
Best business smartphone
Samsung Galaxy Note
Best business tablet
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Best business mobile provider
Best mobile management software
Kaspersky Lab Kaspersky ONE Universal Security
Category: Office Equipment
Best business laptop
Lenovo ThinkPad X220
Best business desktop
Dell OptiPlex 9010 All-in-One
Best business printer
HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus e-All-in-One
Best business storage
Oracle StorageTek SL150 Modular Tape Library
Category: Cloud Computing
Best virtualisation product
Best software as a service provider
Best cloud security product
Trend Micro SecureCloud
Cloud computing provider 2012
Category: Movers and Shakers
Technology event of the year
Technology charity of the year
Bletchley Park Trust
Technology hero of the year
Eugene Kaspersky, CEO Kaspersky Lab - Discovery of Flame malware
Technology project of the year
Raspberry Pi Foundation - Raspberry Pi
Technology innovator of the year
Product of the year
Samsung Galaxy SIII
Turn to page two for the full shortlist for the V3 Technology Awards 2012.
Madeline Bennett is editor of V3 and The INQUIRER. Previously, she was editor of IT Week. Prior to becoming a journalist, Madeline was an English teacher at a London secondary school. Madeline is a regular technology commentator on TV and radio, including Sky, BBC and CNN.