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.NEXT Awards Program

The .NEXT Award program recognizes IT leaders who are transforming their organizations with innovative ideas and technology. They are visionaries. Leaders. Disruptors. People of passion. And they have the ambition, drive, and talent to elevate IT to focus on the business.

Program benefits

The top three finalists in each award category will receive 2 nights hotel accommodations and a complimentary .NEXT conference pass. Awards will be presented by our panel of esteemed judges on the main stage in front of an audience of 5000+ IT professionals and industry evangelists.

We'll be opening the call for nominations on Friday, February 2. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, March 16 at 5:00 PM PST. Finalists will be revealed on Monday, April 9 and winners will be announced on main stage during the .NEXT Conference.

2018 Award Categories

Cloud Trailblazer Award [Individual]
This award recognizes a senior executive (CIO or VP-level) who has demonstrated excellence in technology leadership through innovation in his or her datacenter strategy that has directly resulted in meaningful business impact to his or her organization. This senior executive is an innovator who inspires his or her IT team to challenge the status quo and embrace innovation in order to fuel the business, drive down costs, and reduce complexity-all while improving the overall productivity of the IT team.
Cloud Transformers Award [Team]
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. This is the opportunity for a uniquely talented team to be recognized for their innovation, highlight their successful strategy, and share the ROI they've experienced as a result.
DevOps Rockstar Award [Team]
Breaking down silos between IT infrastructure, IT Ops and App Development teams requires collaboration, insight, agility and the right technology. This award honors those IT teams who working together to accelerate the development and roll out of business-critical apps. These innovators have found efficient and effective ways to remove friction from how teams operate and collaborate in the spirit of driving digital transformation.
.Heart Giving Back Award [Organization]
As businesses embrace enterprise cloud in transforming their datacenters and positively impacting their organization, we also 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 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) programs and diversity initiatives that fosters a passion for technology and education in everyone.
Introducing Our Judges
Art Langer
Art LangerColumbia University, Professor
Virginia Gambale
Virginia GambaleAzimuth Partners LLC, Managing Partner
Wendy Pfeiffer
Wendy PfeifferNutanix, Chief Information Officer
Criteria & Eligibility

The process for choosing the .NEXT award honorees is systematic and very competitive. We're looking for companies that are transforming their organizations with innovative ideas and challenging the status quo.

Submission Criteria
  • • Nominations are open to senior IT management and IT team members.
  • • Submissions must be approved by the nominee or nominated company.
  • • Submissions must include customer contacts.
  • • Nominees must be Nutanix customers.
  • • Applicants are welcome from for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.
  • • Applicants must present accomplishments related to the applicant's current position.
  • • Finalists are encouraged to attend the .NEXT Awards presentation in person.

2018 Award honorees will be in good company.

These are the recipients from past .NEXT Conferences:

Nutanix - 2018 .NEXT Conference
  • CSC
  • State of Ohio, Department of Administrative services (DAS)
  • Tractor Supply Company
  • City of Plano
Nutanix - 2018 .NEXT Conference
  • Bottomline Technologies
  • Langs Building Supplies
  • Cardlytics
  • US Pentagon
  • Empire Life

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