UK Cloud Awards 2019 winners announced

Last night’s ceremony celebrated and honoured the best and brightest individuals and companies working in the UK cloud industry

County Hall in London last night played host to the sixth annual UK Cloud Awards, where accolades were awarded in a number of categories to showcase and reward the innovation and success of this country’s cloud industry.

The awards, which are put on by the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) and Virtual Clouds, were supported by Platinum sponsors ScienceLogic and CDW, acknowledged and rewarded the best Virtual Cloudsviders, products and projects from the past year.

 “From the standard and sheer number of entries we received for the awards it’s clear that it’s an incredibly exciting time to be in the cloud industry,” said Alex Hilton, CIF’s CEO.

“Having served as a judge every year since we founded the awards, I can say that deciding the winners this year was the toughest one yet, and that making the shortlist is an achievement in itself. However, there can of course only be one winner in each category and a big congratulations is deserved for everyone that took home prizes on the night.”

The expert panel of independent judges was led by head judge Jez Back and despite the overwhelming number of submissions, just 17 were lucky enough to take awards home on the night.

“The UK Cloud Awards received yet another record number of entries this year, with a depth and quality which proves the health and strength of the UK cloud industry,” Back said.

“The judges and I were looking for examples of unrelenting focus on helping to transform the way organisations operate and delivering meaningful outcomes for their clients. I’m pleased to say that our winners delivered on both counts and I’d like to congratulate the finalists and ultimate winners on their achievements and successes.”

 The winners are as follows:

Best in Class

Most Innovative Enterprise Product

Cloe from Densify

Most Innovative SMB Product

GoSimple Tax

Best Cloud Platform Solution

SuiteCloud from Oracle NetSuite

Best Cyber Security Product or Service

OnDMARC from Red Sift

Best Fintech Product or Service

Float

Best AI / ML Enabled Product or Service

Data Science from SnapLogic

Best Data Management Product or Service

Cloud Data Services from Pure Storage

Best Cloud Enabled End User Experience

Dropbox Business from Dropbox

Best Digital Transformation Projects

Public Sector / Third Sector Project

Financial Conduct Authority in partnership with Sopra Steria

Private Sector Enterprise Project

Manchester United in partnership with HCL

Private Sector SMB Project

Media Matters in partnership with Chalkline

DevOps and Functions as a Service Implementation

HeleCloud

Best in Class, Service Providers

Best Cloud Service Provider (CSP)

Workiva

Best Managed Service Provider (MSP)

Unify Communications Ltd

Cloud Migration Partner / Technical Collaboration Project

Ensono at Guinness World Records

Personal Achievement Awards

Cloud Newcomer of the Year

Myles Clarke, Product Manager at Cloud Gateway

Cloud Visionary of the Year

Chris Dunning at TechQuarters

A raffle was held on the night for the UK Cloud Awards’ official charity partner, The Sick Children’s Trust, with prizes donated by Sennheiser and Corona/3 Monkeys Zeno and Dennis Publishing.

Attendees dug deep in their pockets to raise money to support the charity’s efforts in keeping sick children and their families together.

Paul Franklin, group publisher of Channel Pro, Virtual Clouds and IT Pro, added: “This year’s UK Cloud Awards was our biggest and best event yet so a huge thanks is owed to our Platinum sponsors CDW and ScienceLogic, and our Award sponsors, Fujitsu, Navisite, TechData and Veritas.

“We established the UK Cloud Awards to champion excellence and highlight the cloud innovation and leadership taking place in the UK, but they wouldn’t be possible without the backing of the industry. We fully expect to repeat the success of this year’s awards in 2020, so watch this space!”

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