The UK Cloud Awards have launched this week just ahead of the biggest cloud event on the planet — AWS Re:Invent. The award winners are announced next May, so this week was about getting everyone ready by announcing the categories and the judging panel. Organisations are encouraged to start working on their submissions in advance of the February deadline as time flies and it’s prestigious to win any category.
An Experienced Cloudsoft Judge
Steve Chambers, our COO at Cloudsoft, has been doing cloud before AWS even got in the game, working for the early visionaries Andreessen and Horowitz in 2002 at Loudcloud, where he lead the modernisation of the Cabinet Offices’ direct.gov.uk — early in the game!
Steve has also recently contributed to the cloud sections of the new VeriSM, which itself is a new framework and approach for customer-focused, end-to-end outcomes through a blended approach to service management, in the digital era. The first publication in the VeriSM series has, to date, been published in over 50 countries globally.
Steve’s background in cloud is varied and deep, having built private clouds and helped startups “do” public cloud. He is a multi-certified AWS Professional, and has used frameworks such as Well-Architected Framework and Cloud Adoption Framework with all shapes and sizes of organisations.
Steve has also co-hosted the Disruptive Live and Compare the Cloud programs and covered topics such as The Great Multicloud Debate and DevOps with some great guests.
At Cloudsoft Steve is regularly involved with customers using our cloud software and services and has a keen eye for what customers really value — and what is often misleading! Steve plans to bring this customer-centric perspective to his role on the judging panel for the 2019 UK Cloud Awards taking place in London.
6 Years of UK Cloud Awards
Now in their 6th year, the UK Cloud Awards were established to recognise innovation and excellence in the cloud industry. To keep pace with the changes within the industry, the Awards and categories have been further developed to represent the significant factors of growth in cloud innovation over the years.
The 2019 awards look to showcase and recognise the impact of AI/ML, DevOps and the increasing diversity of talent and the formation of ecosystems. Entries are now open and cover categories representing the public and private sector, technology providers, MSP’s, software enterprises and many more organisations with a myriad of sought after accolades.
Who will win “best digital transformation project”, “best cloud platform” or “best cloud enabled end user experience”?
With past winners including ServiceNow, Deloitte, Workday, Freshdesk, Natterbox, Ensono and UK Fast, the awards will attract the very best organisations wanting to share the ways they are innovating in the Cloud.
Coupled with an eminent judging panel headed up by cloud expert Jez Back, Cloudsoft are delighted to be involved and Steve can’t wait to learn more about the entrants and the projects and products they have delivered.
You can find a full list of the categories you may wish to enter on the website here, or read more on the launch of the UK Cloud Awards here.
Entries must be submitted by 22nd February to be eligible for entry. Get going, folks!