The fifth annual cloud conference and awards December 11, 2014 - San Francisco
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Award Categories

  1. Fastest growing cloud computing company:
    Judges will consider both the dollar and percentage increases year over year in selecting finalists. Award for the cloud computing company showing the largest year over year revenue growth for its most current fiscal year. It would be expected cloud computing sources of revenue represent the majority of revenue/growth.
    - Applicants for this category will be judged based on the percentage of revenue growth achieved for the most recent 2 full fiscal years available.
    - Describe what your company does, its strategy, size, etc.
    - Provide a summary of revenue for the past 2 years.
    - How many employees do you have?
    - Consideration will also be given to the nature of the Company's business and cloud computing revenue sources in relation to other sources of revenue if the entry is not a pure cloud computing provider.
    - Pre-finalists will be asked to submit tax returns or financial statements supporting revenue numbers for the past 2 years for verification. (any sensitive financial information will remain confidential and not be disclosed.)
  2. Overall most innovative Cloud Computing Provider award: Award to the company offering the most outstanding cloud computing solution, measured by technical innovation, marketability, and likelihood to be a market leader in their field.
    - Describe what your company does, its strategy, size, etc.
    - What is your breakthrough cloud computing innovation?
    - What is unique about your product or service offering? How is it different from competitive products?
    - Does your service define a disruptively new way to generate revenue through extensive partnering with other cloud providers?
    - Does your service radically changes the conversation with large enterprises?
    - Who is the market for your product and how big of a market is it?
    - Why are your customers buying and recommending your product?
    - Has your technology been recognized publicly (publications, awards, user testimonies, etc.)?
  3. Most promising start-up cloud provider:
    Award to a start-up company (under 3 years in business and less than 100 employees) with commercially available cloud computing products or services expected to revolutionize cloud computing.
    - Describe what your company does, its strategy, size, etc.
    - Provide a summary of revenue, gross profit and net income for the past 2 years.
    - How many employees do you have?
    - What is your breakthrough cloud computing innovation?
    - What is unique about your product or service offering?
    - Who is the market for your product and how big of a market is it?
    - How strong is your ability to monetize your cloud offering?
    - Who is your customer base - commercial or consumer?
    - Do you have any third party validation over your product/service?
    - How likely is your product to achieve substantial market acceptance and growth?
    - Who is your management team/advisors?
  4. Exceptional Enterprise Cloud User:
    Award for the Company in any industry who has successfully leveraged cloud computing technology to transform their business or revolutionize their IT processes.
    - Describe what your company does.
    - How have you applied cloud computing technology to transform your business?
    - Are you using public, private or hybrid technologies?
    - What have been the benefits to your organization? New product offerings? Cost savings? Alliances?

Useful Information

When submitting your nomination, please take the time to consider the following key questions:

  • Which problem does your Cloud product or service solve?
  • Why is you solution different to any other existing solution?
  • Does your solution provide relief for any regulatory requirements?
  • Will your solution revolutionize the enterprise / public sector?
  • Why are your customers buying and recommending your product?
  • How big is your market?
  • Who are your competitors?

Our judges take guidance from the above fundamentals, rating each nomination in line to how best they relate:

  • The vision and the mission of the company
  • Competitive advantage relative to current and evolving set of competitors
  • Functionality, Design and usability, of the product / solution
  • Market entry and Market potential
  • Business and earnings model
  • Achievements to-date
  • List of clients, collaborations, testimonials, product patents etc
  • Likelihood of long-term success and scalability
The UP 2011 Advisory Board has the right to refuse entry to companies, teams or products that do not fulfill the criteria, or, if it is otherwise justified; also it reserves the right to reject the participation of any particular entry.
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