Presented for innovative new hardware or software products, or generally-available IT services, which make the biggest contribution to business technology or to IT in general.
Presented for innovative new hardware or software products, or generally-available IT services, which make the biggest contribution to business technology or to IT in general. Entries can be submitted by IT vendors nominating their customers or themselves, from companies/public bodies or individuals wishing to recognise their own organisations’ efforts.
A product or innovation is classified as an application, service, device, or technology which is widely available; normally (but not necessarily) for a monthly or one-off charge. Bespoke projects can be entered as long as they use a technology which can be easily extended to other customers. Free internet consumer services, mobile apps and embedded technology applications are eligible – see the categories below.
We are looking to recognise achievement in the development, sales and implementation of new technologies released during the past 12 months that have a substantial base in the UK or where the product or service is marketed within the UK.
There is also a special category for innovative products from organisations whose headquarters and development capability is in the UK.
The awards in this category will be judged against four key criteria:
Entrants should provide a maximum 500-word explanation for how they meet each of the four criteria, plus a maximum 250-word summary of why they believe they should win this award.
Each entry, therefore, requires:
Project overview (80 words), which can be used for PR purposes
Four sections detailing achievements (up to 500 words each) against each of the four criteria above
A summary statement (up to 250 words)
Has the product introduced new or leading-edge technologies, created different ways of working, or novel approaches that benefit its users?
Can the team demonstrate significant commercial success for the product during the past 12 months?
Is there evidence of customers using the product to improve their operations and that they would recommend the product, or service, to others?
Degree to which the product support is carried out in the UK
Whilst non-UK products are not precluded, the degree to which the entry is developed, managed and supported in the UK is an important factor for the UK IT Industry Awards.
Technology excellence categories include:
Awarded to an innovative development and/or application of Artificial Intelligence that is realising new potential in AI. As one of the hottest topics in technology, this significant new category to the IT Awards for 2023 will showcase impact and innovation in areas such as machine learning, natural language processing and process automation.
Awarded to a product or service that has delivered measurable benefit to end users in either a single, large organisation or for a variety of organisations through any mix of private or public cloud offerings.
Awarded to an innovative new development or service that delivers a new class of solution or type of benefit. This category does not need to demonstrate 12 months’ worth of results before being submitted as it is intended to allow UK inventiveness to be showcased through these Awards however, products should at least be able to showcase some early measurable results.
Awarded to a technological innovation that reduces the effects of IT development, usage and disposal on the environment, saving energy and resources which translates into lower carbon emissions. Resources may be recycled to bring business benefits and minimise cost at all stages of IT product development. This category will showcase Green Technology Innovations from businesses to act more responsibly under the 3R's of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Awarded to an innovative new product or service that has delivered measurable benefit for customers in areas such as data centres, networking, systems management, server hardware and software, storage, application development, IT support or other business infrastructure applications.
Awarded to an innovative new product or service that has delivered measurable benefit for business users or customers in a range of areas such as ecommerce, artificial intelligence, machine learning, automation, robotic process, automation, 5G, edge computing, augmented reality, virtual reality, e-learning, hosting, web performance, communications, blockchain or web services.
Awarded to an innovative new product or service that has delivered measurable benefit for customers in areas such as IT security, data protection, information management, risk management, business continuity, cybersecurity or disaster recovery.