OVERVIEW

About Computerworld Hong Kong Awards 2017

Celebration of digital excellence

Since 2002 we have identified Hong Kong's leading technology products, services and providers by giving our IT users the opportunity to nominate and vote. Throughout these years Computerworld Hong Kong Awards have witnessed countless changes within the IT industry. Despite the continuous transformation within the industry, demand for excellence remains constant.

This year, we strengthen the engagement with our all readers--not only IT users--by giving them power to nominate and vote. Being part of the IT industry, we believe every reader is well placed to nominate and vote. So we have made this competition into a true Reader’s Choice Awards. 

Meanwhile, we continue the effort to recognize local innovations and Hong Kong-based technology providers with the Technology Company of the Year Award category. Winners will be determined by a distinguish panel of judges consist of local IT leaders. They will review and assess the nominations based on four major criteria. 

Voting period: April, 2017
Awards Ceremony: June, 2017

Results has be announced! Winner can be found here

Please also check out the Computerworld Hong Kong Award Technology Guide--an online technology buying guide that covers 47 enterprise IT areas.

 

AWARD CATEGORIES

hardware

HARDWARE

networking

NETWORKING

software

SOFTWARE

security

SECURITY

services

SERVICES

storage

STORAGE

cloud

CLOUD

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RISING STAR

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TECHNOLOGY COMPANY OF THE YEAR

HARDWARE

Corporate Multifunctional Copier/Printer/Scanner

A single multifunction peripheral for business use and combines several functions, including photocopying, printing and scanning.

Datacenter Cooling Systems

A system for reducing the temperature of data center environments by using fans, air conditioning, water or a combination of these.

Datacenter Power Systems

A system for providing power to data centers. Larger in form factor than desktop versions of uninterruptible power system (UPS), they often feature extensive fault tolerance and resilience capabilities.

Enterprise Servers

A computer that services 50 or more concurrent users and runs at least one Server OS. Rack mounted or blade servers that share key physical components, such as power and hard disks are also applicable.

NETWORKING

Enterprise LAN

A network device that can be either a switch or a router, which filters and forwards data packets along a connected and wired network. Typically, this network shares the resources of a single processor or server within a small geographic area (e.g. within an office building) and can serve as few as 2 users.

WLAN

A network device for filtering and forwarding data packets between wireless devices and/or LANs that are wirelessly connected.

WAN Optimization

A network device for accelerating and optimizing the performance of WANs to enable consistent and better service levels for applications being delivered.

SOFTWARE

Conferencing and Collaboration

Software or cloud-based software service for communicating, conferencing and collaborating with users within or outside the organization. It includes offering for emails, calendar, IMs, SMSes, video conferencing and other forms of collaboration.

Application Server & Middleware

Software, also called an appserver, for processing all application requests between users and backend business applications or databases.

BI & Analytics

Software or cloud-based software service for gathering, analyzing and providing reports on stored data for better decision-making. Data Mining that analyzes data for correlation IS part of this category, and can be a feature.

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Software or cloud-based software service for managing customer relationships at all customer interaction points in an organized way. Call center management software IS NOT part of this category.

Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM)

Management tool that includes SRM and SAN management software, performance monitoring, file systems, volume management, virtualization, security, etc. This category includes software that is bundled as an appliance or device.

Database Management

Software for storing accessing, organizing and searching data. It often integrates decision support software or OLAP tools for analyzing and correlating data to identify trends and patterns. Database software that supports unstructured, structured or both types of data IS part of this category.

Development Tools/Web Services

Software or suite of software tools for creating new software or services.

Document Management

Software or cloud-based software service for managing and storing documents whose information is largely self-contained. Typically, it includes features to reduce paper use and enable the easy retrieval of key documents. 

Enterprise Content Management (ECM)

Software or cloud-based software service for managing and storing information crucial to an organization's operation in the most effective manner possible. Typically, it includes workflow optimization, audit trails, records management and other collaborative features.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

Software or cloud-based software service for integrating all business functions, including but not limited to planning, manufacturing, sales and marketing. This category does not include SCM-only software IS NOT included in this category unless it is a feature.

Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Software or cloud-based software service for controlling and managing a physical supply chain as a software process.

Systems Management

Software or cloud-based software service for configuring and managing IT resources from a single console that may include network resources.

Server Virtualization

Virtualization software or hypervisor for masking server resources, including the number and identity of individual physical servers, processors, and operating systems, and making them appear as a single virtual server.

Desktop Virtualization

Virtualization software or hypervisor for masking client resources (as opposed to server resources), in which the logical operating system is isolated, regardless whether it is located locally (also known as DVD) or remotely (also known as VDI), and making them appear as a single virtual desktop. 

SECURITY

Endpoint Threat Prevention

Software that search IT systems for viruses, spams, spyware and/or harmful content. It remove, blocks and/or quarantines them to prevent any misappropriation of data, installation of backdoors and Trojan Horses, or harmful consequences. Standalone devices featuring this software as well as client and server versions ARE part of this category.

Firewall/VPN

Software for preventing unauthorized Internet users from accessing private networks connected to the Internet, especially intranets, by combining filtering techniques and encryption. Standalone devices featuring this software ARE part of this category. Standalone Web Application Firewalls (WAFs) ARE NOT included in this category. 

Identity Management

Software for protecting user digital identities using identity protection techniques/algorithms and authentication. Standalone devices featuring this software as well as client and server versions ARE part of this category.

Intrusion Detection/Intrusion Prevention (IDS/IPS)

Software for monitoring network and/or system activities for malicious or unwanted behavior and can react, in real-time, to block or prevent those activities.

Unified Threat Management (UTM)

A security appliance or a suite of software programs that integrates a range of security features, including firewall, gateway anti-virus, and intrusion detection and prevention capabilities.

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

Software that provide real-time (or near real-time) analysis of security alerts from network devices and applications. It often combines Security Information Management (SIM) and Security Event Management (SEM). It can be a key component of a network or systems management suite.

Managed Security Service Provider

A company based in Hong Kong that offers managed services related to information and network security management to organizations. Companies that provide physical security, such as the installation of surveillance cameras and security guards, ARE NOT included in this category.

Mobile Device Management (MDM)

A software or platform for securing, monitoring, and supporting mobile devices across the enterprise, mobile operators or service providers. Typically, it covers (but is not limited to) OTA application distribution, remote management of mobile data and remote management of configuration settings. They also can manage a variety of devices, not just smartphones, and can include traditional mobile phones, tablets, mobile printers, mobile POS devices, specialized industry mobile devices for use indoors and outdoors etc. 

SERVICES

Corporate Mobile Services Provider

A company or branded service in Hong Kong that provides mobile connectivity, such as GPRS, GSM, 3G, EDGE, HDSPA, 4G etc., to organizations. 

Local Data & Telecoms Services Provider

A company incorporated in Hong Kong that provides data and telecoms-related services, such as IP-PBX, IP-VPN, and managed network services to organizations situated in Hong Kong.

Global WAN Connectivity Services Provider

A company or a branded service that offers regional or global WAN connectivity services directly or indirectly to organizations situated in Hong Kong.

IT Consulting Services Provider

A company or a division/department within a company based in Hong Kong that provides IT consulting to organizations that covers IT software, domain-specific functions, or infrastructure-related consulting. Companies that offer this service as a value-add in a sale of products and not as a separate service offering ARE NOT included in this category..

Local Value Added Distributor

A company incorporated in Hong Kong that provides value added services, including distribution, system integration, localization or support. Regional sales offices or global companies that distribute locally using a cloud-based delivery model ARE NOT included in this category.

IT Outsourcing & Managed Services Provider

A company or a division/department within a company based in Hong Kong that provides outsourcing services and managed services to organizations, including but not limited to infrastructure operation management, applications help desk support, software development outsourcing and business process outsourcing etc. Companies that offer security, managed telecom services, or colocation/hosting ARE NOT included in this category.

Data Center Services Provider

A company or a division/department within in a company based in Hong Kong that provides services for data centers. This often includes a service provider offering physical equipment space, network access, physical security and bandwidth for rental but can also include those who manage entire data centers for an organization or manage an organization's data center in a hosted environment. 

IT Training Provider

A company or a division/department within in a company based in Hong Kong that provides training services in the use of IT systems to organizations. Companies that offer this service as a value-add in a sale of products and not as a separate service offering ARE NOT included in this category.

STORAGE

Backup and Recovery

Management tool for backup and recovery of data. This may include software used to manage sequential-access media such as tapes and disks or online tools that use virtualized or hosted space for backup. It can be a feature of a storage management tool or can be a standalone product.                     

NOTE: The nomination will be judged on its backup storage management capabilities only. Other features in addition to this will not be assessed. 

Storage Management

A management tool that includes SRM and SAN management software, performance monitoring, file systems, volume management, virtualization, security, etc. Software that is bundled as an appliance or device IS included in this category.

Storage Virtualization

Software or hypervisor for masking storage resources, including the number, identity and location of individual physical storage devices, and making them appear as a single virtual storage.

Enterprise Storage

A networked storage system, either a NAS, SAN or a hybrid of both, for enterprise-wide deployment, large-size data centers and mission-critical applications. They feature maximum scalability, industry-leading performance, a fully integrated suite of centralized management tools, and data protection and disaster recovery features.

CLOUD

Infrastructure-as-a-Service Provider

A company or a division/department within a company based in Hong Kong that provides infrastructure services to organizations using a public cloud delivery model. Applicants must operate a significant portion of their business with their own, custom-built infrastructure to be eligible.

NOTE: To be eligible for this section, the nominee should also be featured/nominated in at least one Award category in the hardware, networking, security, storage, software or services sections

Platform-as-a-Service Provider

A company or a division/department within a company based in Hong Kong that provides platform services, which can include cloud development platforms, databases, development facilities, standalone and application delivery-only environments,  to organizations using a public cloud delivery model.

NOTE: To be eligible for this section, the nominee should also be featured/nominated in at least one Award category in the hardware, networking, security, storage, software or services sections

Software-as-a-Service Provider

A company or a division/department within a company based in Hong Kong that provides software to organizations using a public cloud delivery model. 

NOTE: To be eligible for this section, the nominee should also be featured/nominated in at least one Award category in the hardware, networking, security, storage, software or services sections

RISING STAR

Rising Star

A technology company that has distributed or sold its products/services to Hong Kong companies for LESS than four years. The company does NOT need to be a Hong Kong incorporated company but must have distributed its product/services through a direct presence in Hong Kong.

NOTE: To be eligible, the nominee should also be featured/nominated in at least one other Award category and provide contacts of its distributor in the past four years.

Technology Company of the Year

Background of TCoY Award category

Established since 2007, Technology Company of the Year Award is an integral part of the annual Computerworld Hong Kong Awards. The Award aims to recognize and promote Hong Kong-based innovation in technology development, their contribution to the local and regional enterprise IT market, as well as their excellence in business execution.

 

 

Award Subcategories

We understand businesses from different size and scales face different challenges. To recognize their achievement from different perspective, we are dividing this Award into two subcategories:

  • Technology Company of the Year-Startup: Young business that execute innovation business ideas, but yet to become profitable
  • Technology Company of the Year-Mature: Successful tech company with profitable and established business

Please noted it is the candidate's choice to enter either of the subcategories above.

Objectives

  • To promote Hong Kong technology firms for their innovation, business and operational excellence.
  • To recognize Hong Kong technology firms for their roles in representing Hong Kong in the technology market.
  • Award for Hong Kong-based company that is selected as the foremost company of the year in the provision of IT products and/or services to organizations locally and overseas that has been integral to the advancement of the local IT industry.

Entry Requirements

  • The nominating company must be a Hong Kong-headquartered company (overseas MNCs in Hong Kong are not allowed);
  • The nominating company must demonstrate that its technologies and services (i.e., staff, facilities and products) have been developed in Hong Kong;
  • The nominating company must be a technology or service provider for enterprises/business entities (consumer technologies and applications are excluded); and
  • Previous winners of Technology Company of the Year can only submit new nominations THREE years after winning the Award.

Judging Criteria

Submission will be evaluated by a panel of judges from leading industry authorities and our editors who will decide the winner based on its achievements over the last 12-18 months and the following criteria:

  • Business and technology innovation
  • Business strategy and execution
  • Competitiveness in the global market
  • Business achievements and performance

Note: While mature business candidates will be scored more heavily based on international competitiveness and business performance, product innovation and business strategy will be given more weighting for startup candidates.

Results Announcement

The winning company will be invited to join the Computerworld Hong Kong Awards presentation ceremony in June 2017, when we will announce the winners and present the Awards. A full profile article will also be featured for each winner in the Q3 2017 edition of Computerworld Hong Kong.

Submission

To submit, please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TCoY2017.
Submission deadline: May 5, 2017 (Friday) 6:00pm

Past Winners

2016: Green Tomato (Mature category); actiMirror (Startup category)

2015: SUNeVision (Mature category); WeLab (Startup category)
2014: iAsia Online Systems
2013: Wharf T&T
2012: Cherrypicks
2011: Green Tomato
2010: NetDimensions
2009: Outblaze
2008: PCCW
2007: Network Box

Judges of the TCoY Award category

Judges

Daniel LaiProfessor of Practice (Computing), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Judges

Henk ten Bosformer CIO, FTLife Insurance

Judges

Ash ShahRegional CIO for P&C and Chief of Staff, AXA Asia

Judges

George TeeChief Technology Officer, Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks

Judges

Yee YuCIO, Hung Hing Printing Group

Judges

Dr Toa CharmChief Public Mission Officer, Hong Kong Cyberport Management

WINNERS

WINNERS CIRCLE:
Technology Company of the Year -- Mature CITIC Telecom International CPC Ltd.
Technology Company of the Year -- StartupEasyship
Rising StarZerto
  
HardwareCorporate Multifunctional Copier/Printer/ScannerFuji Xerox Smart Device 2.0
Datacenter Cooling SystemsSchneider Electric InRow Cooling
Datacenter Power SystemsSchneider Electric UPS System
Enterprise ServersHPE ProLiant Gen9 Servers
NetworkingEnterprise LANCisco Catalyst 3850 Aggregation Switches
WLANAruba Mobility - Access Points & Controller
WAN OptimizationRiverbed Steelhead
SoftwareConferencing and CollaborationPolycom Real Connect
Application Server & MiddlewareMicrosoft Azure
BI & AnalyticsPCCW Solutions Predictive Analytics, Social Media Analytics and Video Analytics
Customer Relationship Management (CRM)Salesforce.com Sales Cloud
Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM)Schneider Electric StruxureWare for Data Centers
Database Management Microsoft SQL Server 2016
Development Tools/Web ServicesMicrosoft Visual Studio
Document ManagementCanon uniFLOW
Enterprise Content Management (ECM)Laserfiche ECM
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)SAP S/4HANA
Supply Chain Management (SCM)Oracle SCM
Systems ManagementMicrosoft System Center
Server VirtualizationVMware vSphere
Desktop VirtualizationCitrix XenDesktop
SecurityEndpoint Threat Prevention Check Point SandBlast Agent
Firewall/VPNJuniper Networks SRX Services Gateways
Identity ManagementCheck Point Identity Awareness Software Blade
Intrusion Detection/Intrusion Prevention (IDS/IPS)FortiGate Series
Unified Threat Management (UTM)Cisco Meraki MX
Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) Splunk Enterprise Security
Managed Security Service ProviderCITIC Telecom CPC TrustCSI Managed Security Services
Mobile Device Management (MDM)1O1O
ServicesCorporate Mobile Services Provider1O1O
Local Data & Telecoms Services Provider HKT Limited
Global WAN Connectivity Services Provider Singtel ConnectPlus Services / MPLS
IT Consulting Services Provider Accenture
Local Value Added Distributor Ingram Micro
IT Outsourcing & Managed Services ProviderPCCW Solutions
Data Center Services ProviderSUNeVision
IT Training ProviderData World Computer & Communication Ltd
StorageBackup and Recovery Veeam Backup & Replication
Storage Management Netapp Hybrid Storage
Storage Virtualization Nutanix Acropolis
Enterprise Storage EMC VMAX All Flash
CloudInfrastructure-as-a-Service Provider HKT
Platform-as-a-Service Provider Amazon Web Services
Software-as-a-Service Provider PCCW Solutions

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