V3 has announced its Technology Awards 2014 shortlist, and online voting is now open.
The shortlist was hotly contested this year, so thanks to all those who entered, and well done to those firms and individuals who made it onto the 2014 shortlist – the team of experts faced an incredibly tough job this year, whittling down the entries. The full shortlist is published below.
We're now asking readers to vote online to decide the winners. The shortlist features 29 awards, such as best business tablet, best SMB security product and technology innovator of the year, across six categories including business software, cloud computing, and movers and shakers.
You can cast your votes here. You do not have to vote for every award, just those where your expertise and experience applies.
Voting is open now and closes at 5pm on Wednesday 22 October 2014. The results will be announced at a reception at The May Fair Hotel in London on Friday, 28 November and will appear in a special online report on the V3 site.
Good luck to all the nominees!
V3 TECHNOLOGY AWARDS 2014 SHORTLIST
Best business smartphone
Asus ZenFone 6
Samsung Galaxy S5
Motorola Moto G
Microsoft Devices Lumia 530
Silent Circle and Geeksphone Blackphone
Best business tablet
Asus Transformer Book T100
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Lenovo ThinkPad 10
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1
Best business laptop
Toshiba Portégé Z30
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
Acer TravelMate B115P
Panasonic Toughbook CF-53
Best mobile app for business
Citrix XenMobile 9
Good Technology Good Collaboration Suite
Box for Mobile
Best business application
Oracle HCM Cloud
Best business intelligence vendor
Best software-as-a-service provider
Best enterprise software firm
Best business communications provider
Virgin Media Business
Best network equipment firm
Best video conferencing product
Blue Jeans Network
Polycom RealPresence Immersive Studio
Best business storage
EMC XtremIO 3.0 Flash Storage Array
Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3 Series - Application-Engineered Storage
NETGEAR ReadyNAS Desktop Series
Intel Solid-State Drive Pro 2500 Series
Tegile IntelliFlash HA2800 Array
Best Internet of Things solutions provider
Best SMB security product
Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security
F-Secure Protection Service for Business
WatchGuard Firebox T10
AdaptiveMobile Enterprise Mobile Security Management
AlienVault USM 4.5
Kaspersky Small Office Security
Best enterprise security product
FireEye Threat Prevention Platform
Trend Micro Deep Discovery
BT Assure Threat Monitoring
CyberArk Privileged Threat Analytics
Lancope StealthWatch System
Websense TRITON Enterprise
Best mobile security product
Blue Coat Mobile Device Security Service
Good Technology Good Collaboration Suite
Security innovation of the year
Samsung KNOX integration into the next version of Android
FireEye discovering zero-day advanced attacks
BT Assure Analytics software, new data analysis and visualisation web-based suite
Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit to counter the emerging threat of zero-day exploits
iboss Network Security advanced behavioural analysis capabilities
Best business security provider
McAfee, part of Intel Security
Best virtualisation product
Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform
Veeam Backup & Replication v7
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization
KEMP Technologies KEMP Condor
Best cloud service
iland Cloud Infrastructure Service
Oracle Data Cloud
Rackspace Managed Cloud
NCONNECT Cloud Telephony
Silver Peak Unity
Best cloud security product
Okta Identity and Access Management as a Service
Blue Coat Global Cloud Infrastructure
Trend Micro Deep Security
CipherCloud Open Platform
Veracode Cloud-Based Platform
Skyhigh Networks Cloud Security Software
Best cloud storage
Egnyte Storage Sync
Best cloud computing provider
Skyscape Cloud Services
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
Acquisition of the year
Zayo Group/Geo Networks
Technology project of the year
Innovation and Digital Enterprise Alliance London, a collaboration between Cisco, DC Thomson and UCL
Intel and the Michael J. Fox Foundation collaboration to improve research and treatment for Parkinson's disease
Kaspersky Lab's Global Research and Analysis Team discovery, analysis and containment of The Mask/Careto malware
Superfast Cornwall investment partnership of the EU, BT and Cornwall Council
Customer project of the year
Box/Peterborough City Council: Box provided all 1,400 local authority employees at Peterborough City Council with secure and mobile access to the platform as part of a wider mobility strategy to enable staff to work anywhere they want. The deal has seen savings in ICT budgets and is allowing the council to move out of its existing onsite data centre.
SAP/Plan International: Child welfare organisation Plan International, which employs 10,000 staff and uses more than 6,000 volunteers, needed a better way to monitor and manage their resources in a single view via a stable global platform that would support common processes. It chose SAP SuccessFactors for cost reduction, agility, efficiency and talent management.
EnterpriseDB/People's Postcode Lottery: People's Postcode Lottery needed to update its core lottery system to lower costs and support an increase in transactions. It chose to adopt an open source-based stack with EDB's Postgres Plus Advanced Server database and Red Hat JBoss Fuse, and has reduced operational costs by 25 percent.
EMC/Lotus F1 Team: In light of the most radical rule changes ever seen in Formula 1, the Lotus F1 Team rebuilt its entire IT infrastructure. Tackling its 80 percent data growth in the past two years, the team deployed two VCE Vblock Systems, EMC Atmos and EMC's Syncplicity, enabling Lotus F1 to innovate more easily, quickly, securely and cost efficiently.
Polycom/Evelina London Children's Hospital: Using Polycom video-conferencing technology, cardiology consultants at Evelina London Children's Hospital can share high-quality ultrasound images of hearts during cardiac surgery, enabling them to provide their expert opinion in real time. This project has been successful in more than 150 operations since it launched eleven months ago.
Blue Coat/Marston's Telecoms: Marston's Telecoms deployed Blue Coat’s PacketShaper network traffic manager across 1,700 properties as part of its rollout of free WiFi across its pubs. Blue Coat Premier Partner Open Reality played a crucial role in the success of the installation, and Marston's Telecoms is saving between £300,000-£500,000 annually.
Intralinks/WorldPay: WorldPay needed a secure collaboration solution that could be deployed globally to all employees and could support strict regulatory requirements. It deployed Intralinks VIA Enterprise for all 3,000 employees, enabling them to sync, share, collaborate, store, archive and dispose of files in line with company policies.
Technology hero of the year
Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com: During the past year, under Benioff's direction, Salesforce.com has expanded throughout Europe, with a huge office expansion in London, a new Salesforce.com office in the heart of Paris, expanded premises in Munich and new offices in Berlin. Salesforce.com will also open its UK-based European data centre in October and a further two European data centres, in France and Germany in 2015. Benioff also created the Salesforce.com Foundation, which is based on a simple idea: leverage Salesforce.com's people, technology and resources to help improve communities around the world. The 1/1/1 model – one percent each of volunteer time, product and equity – has been copied by many companies.
Barrie Hadfield, founder and CTO at Workshare: As a true tech champion driving a number of innovations in the past year, Hadfield’s history stems in technology entrepreneurship, founding three technology companies, all providing employment opportunities for UK employees and generating cumulative revenues of more than $350m. As CTO Barrie has spearheaded the innovation for Workshare products over the past 12 months, with a massive 37 product releases across Workshare desktop, mobile, and online channels. While continuing to innovate and drive the Workshare product releases, Hadfield also made it his prerogative to use his technology and leadership skills to help the community. In March 2014, Hadfield led a Workshare Corporate and Social Responsibility project alongside Tower Hamlets Council, which aimed to teach young people how to code using Raspberry Pi computers.
Jaime Blasco, AlienVault Labs director: The AlienVault Labs team of security experts, led by renowned Labs director Jaime Blasco, constantly monitors, analyses, reverse engineers and reports on sophisticated zero-day threats including malware, botnets, phishing campaigns and more. Some recent discoveries are that of the Archie exploit kit and the fact that hackers were exploiting IE to expose security flaws on a huge scale. The knowledge that comes from Blasco and his labs team provides AlienVault's more than 11,000 Unified Security Management customers with threat intelligence that they can use on a daily basis to detect and mitigate breaches. Mid-sized organisations typically do not have the resource, financial or personnel, to monitor, analyse or detect sophisticated zero-day threats including malware, botnets, phishing campaigns and more. Therefore, Blasco is their "hero", putting this information into the hands of those practitioners.
Claire Vyvyan, VP of Enterprise Solutions for Dell EMEA: In a male-dominated industry, Vyvyan has excelled in her profession with senior positions in companies including Microsoft and Compaq. Having spent nearly three-and-a-half years as one of only three general managers and executive directors on Dell's senior management team in the UK, Vyvyan also sits on the board of directors for Dell Corporation in the UK. She is committed to addressing the current gender imbalance that still exists today. During London Technology Week, Vyvyan was a panellist for the 'Bridging the Gender Gap in Technology' debate, and was also involved in the Little Miss Geek ICT School takeover on International Women's Day. Vyvyan also supported the development of Dell's own solution to this problem through the company's 'IT is not for Geeks' and 'Powering Transformation' programmes.
Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of Malwarebytes: At the age of 24, Kleczynski is the CEO of a security software company which protects hundreds of millions of consumers and thousands of businesses from the latest and most nefarious criminal cyber threats. His passion began at 14, when Kleczynski created software to remove malware from his family computer, and in 2008 Malwarebytes officially launched as a free tool. Since starting the company at the age of 18, Kleczynski has built Malwarebytes into a world-class organisation with more than 120 employees on three continents and more than 300 million downloads. The firm recently took $30m in growth funding to help take it to the next level. His original belief to build a product that 'keeps fighting malware hard' is still evident in everything Malwarebytes does, and he is personally dedicated to hiring the very best research and development talent to achieve this.
Technology innovator of the year
Salesforce Wear enterprise apps for wearables developer kit
Infosys Edge pay-as-you-use platform
F5 Networks Synthesis architecture for software-defined application services
Silver Peak Unity intelligent wide-area network fabric
Anaplan Hyperblock app ecosystem
Product of the year
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c
Asus Transformer Book T100
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Motorola Moto G
Intel wants to get inside your car, despite missing out on mobile
'We'll keep fighting to fight to keep the web free and open,' claim EFF
Breached in March by the same attackers, claim 'insiders'
And all for less than £150, according to Keith