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Meet our .NEXT Europe Customer Award Finalists!

By Julie O'Brien

For our upcoming .NEXT Europe conference in Copenhagen we are excited to recognize some of the most innovative companies, IT leaders, and technology teams in the industry. Here’s a sneak peek at the finalists for our awards that represent this year’s outstanding cloud trailblazers, cloud transformers, DevOps rockstars, and .heart givers. We were impressed by the strong submissions this year!

Cloud Trailblazer Award Finalists

This award recognizes a senior executive who has demonstrated excellence in technology leadership through innovation in the datacenter. This senior executive is an innovator who inspires IT teams to challenge the status quo and embrace innovation to fuel the business, drive down costs, and reduce complexity—all while improving overall productivity.

  • FBD Insurance - Enda Kyne, CTO
    Enda Kyne has been the CTO at FBD Insurance, a highly regulated general insurance business, for almost three years with his primary focus on moving from a legacy policy administration system to a new Oracle based solution and completing a significant multi-year investment in upgrading their technology platform and cyber security solutions.
  • JM Finn - Jon Cosson, CIO
    Jon Cosson has a firm strategy to replace its previous solution with Nutanix and has already planned to implement AHV across the board. He has consistently shown a passion to make HCI the core of their business and reduce hypervisor costs. By moving to AHV, they are looking to embrace the full strategy with Flow.
  • Kaneka - Syed Ahmad Syed idrus Alhabshi, Plant General Manager
    HCI enables Kaneka to assign higher level experts to handle more innovative tasks, including designing new services for the purpose of increasing IT capabilities. It’s a ‘Transformation by IT’ approach in action. HCI enables Kaneka to reduce operational hassles through greater efficiency with system operation automation.

Cloud Transformers Award Finalists

The Cloud Transformers Award honors a team that has helped elevate and evolve their organization through innovation in the datacenter, with demonstrable resulting benefits in customer experience, operational savings, or increased availability and efficiency.

  • SMA Solar Technology AG 
    In 2016 SMA suffered from bad performance and scalability, high complexity issues and huge administrative efforts. SMA looked for a new datacenter approach to address these issues and found a perfect match with Nutanix. With hyperconvergence at the core of its datacenter, SMA was able to virtualize big SQL Server instances which previously ran on bare metal. Since then their environment has doubled in size without the need for continued oversight giving them better operational savings, greater availability of the customer portal, and better customer service.
  • Cirrus, an ITG company
    Using their choice of technology partners, Cirrus was able to quickly and securely roll out IoT use cases. In the end they were able to minimize the cost, effort and time required for their end-to-end IoT solution. This gave Cirrus faster provisioning for connecting and managing distributed IoT devices and gateways with added security.
  • JamboPay
    This organization supports students from less fortunate families with school fees and helps to build classrooms. They also have a donation site for sick people who are not able to pay their hospital bills.

DevOps Rockstar Award Finalists

Breaking down silos between Infrastructure, Ops and Development teams requires collaboration, insight, agility and supporting technology. This award honors teams who are working together to accelerate the development and roll out of applications. These innovators have found efficient and effective ways to remove friction between teams and collaborate in the spirit of driving digital transformation.

  • Millennium Management
    Their IT team has deployed containers, stateless compute and higher-stack functions including orchestration and application blueprints. They’ve also standardized on a common model for operational functions such as capacity management, app rationalization and service delivery.
  • Hamburger Pensionsverwaltung
    The IT team at Hamburger Pensionsverwaltung set a goal to bring the organization to the forefront of digitization—and that started with simplifying their datacenter and optimizing internal processes. The journey began with developing desktop virtualization, and expanded to simplifying database management with Nutanix Era. With Era on board, the team was able to drastically simplify database management quickly and set themselves up for greater flexibility in the future.
  • Warba Bank
    Warba Bank had several project silos in project management, development, infrastructure, security and application support. The bank took a DevOps and automation approach to get a better grasp on their business requirements and application metrics after each live deployment. Warba Bank took a stronger focus on their customers, automated code management, testing, integration, artifacts security, micro-services, containers and orchestration.

.heart Giving Back Award Finalists

As businesses embrace enterprise cloud in transforming their datacenters we want to honor those companies that are simultaneously making a positive impact on their communities and the world. At Nutanix, we believe strongly in the power of diversity to contribute to innovation and satisfaction in the workplace. This award recognizes a socially responsible organization that has dedicated time, resources, and energy toward programs and diversity initiatives that fosters a passion for technology and education in everyone.

  • Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship
    Since its founding, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship has established the concept of social responsibility and spreading the culture of giving through communication with members of the local community in remote and poor areas. As a result, ICT has been able to launch a large number of campaigns to help families and individuals suffering from poverty and hunger.
  • Vodafone Group Services
    Vodafone created the Vodafone Foundation, a CSR initiative that has existed for 28 years in 27 chapters across the world. Every year Vodafone Foundation invests 40 million pounds to a variety of initiatives that give back to the community and make a difference in the world. The current projects Vodafone is working on include mobilizing maternal health, instant network emergency response for natural disasters, delivering digital content through ‘instant schools,’ supporting domestic abuse victims through specially adapted tech that enables enhanced access to police, and connecting more girls to mobile devices.
  • Cadence Design Systems
    The Cadence Cares program has three primary goals: to find meaningful opportunities to connect employees with the community, support the future of innovation by promoting science, technology, engineering, and math among young people (especially women), and to support goodwill in the community. In total, their employees have volunteered over 20,000 hours in the community annually through these programs to benefit over 800 charities across 16 countries.

Special thanks to our esteemed panel of judges: Tony Lock, Director of Engagement & Distinguished Analyst at Freeform Dynamics, Bjorn Van Reet, Chief Information Officer at Kinepolis Group, Wendy M. Pfeiffer, Chief Information Officer at Nutanix, and Sylvain Siou, Senior Director EMEA, Systems Engineering at Nutanix.

Please join us at .NEXT to honor these innovators when we announce the winners at the evening keynote on Wednesday, October 9th. For more details on the full conference agenda, please visit the .NEXT Conference website.

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