Ventana Research Announces the 2012 Business and Technology Leadership Awards
The leading business technology research firm issues its sixth annual call for nominations to recognize individuals' and organizations' leadership and accomplishments

SAN RAMON, CA, June 22, 2012 - Ventana Research is announcing that the 2012 Leadership Awards are now open for submissions. These prestigious annual awards recognize organizations and individuals that have achieved notable success along with technology vendors that have achieved a distinguished level of innovation with their products. The sixth annual Leadership Awards will acknowledge significant accomplishments in using people, processes, information and technology while applying best practices to attain superior outcomes, increased productivity and potential innovation within an organization. The awards recognize business pioneers and leaders organizations and individuals that exemplify the understanding that the successful management of their processes and performance requires a clear vision, understanding and determination, and the concerted efforts of a team. 

The Leadership Awards have become an industry tradition, with leaders and innovators identified annually by the Ventana Research team. This year's Leadership Awards will present participants with a new exciting opportunity to receive their award at the Ventana Research Business Technology Innovation Summit ( on November 8th at The Tech Museum in San Jose, CA during the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony. 

"The Leadership Awards honor individuals and organizations globally across all industries who distinguish their approach to business through the progressive use of information technology. This year we will identify and honor the unique technology innovations for business and IT from technology providers," said Mark Smith, CEO and Chief Research Officer of Ventana Research. "A decade of creating and pioneering the use of fact-based research to millions of business and IT professionals worldwide makes us uniquely qualified to identify worthy recipients. We deliver the most important and authoritative awards in the technology industry." 

These Leadership Awards, the largest business and technology awards program in the industry, cover 28 categories spanning from big data to human capital management. Submissions are evaluated based on the stringent guideline set out by awards program criteria. Submissions by technology vendors will be evaluated on the technology innovations for business and IT. To begin the submission process, interested organizations or individuals can request a submission form by emailing The submission process must be completed by August 24, 2012. 

The categories for the Ventana Research 2012 Leadership Awards are:

Business Technology Awards 

Big Data 

Business Analytics 

Business Collaboration 

Cloud Computing 

Mobile Technology

Social Media 

Business Leadership Awards 

Overall Business Leadership Award 

Chief Financial Officer 

Financial Performance Management 

Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) 

Human Capital Management


Operational Leadership Awards 

Chief Operational Officer & Operational Leader

Contact Center & Call Center 

Customer Excellence 

Marketing Excellence 

Sales Excellence 

Supply & Service Chain Excellence 

CIO and IT Leadership Awards

Chief Information Officer and IT Leader 

Overall Information Technology Award 

Information Technology Leadership Awards 


Business Intelligence (BI) 

Information Applications 

Information Management 

IT Performance Management 

Location Intelligence (LI) 

Operational Intelligence (OI) 

To learn more about the Ventana Research Leadership Awards or to find out what previous award recipients have to say about them please visit

About Ventana Research 

Ventana Research is the most authoritative and respected benchmark business technology research and advisory services firm. We provide insight and expert guidance on mainstream and disruptive technologies through a unique set of research-based offerings including benchmark research and technology evaluation assessments, education workshops and our research and advisory services, Ventana On-Demand. Our unparalleled understanding of the role of technology in optimizing business processes and performance and our best practices guidance are rooted in our rigorous research-based benchmarking of people, processes, information and technology across business and IT functions in every industry. This benchmark research plus our market coverage and in-depth knowledge of hundreds of technology providers means we can deliver education and expertise to our clients to increase the value they derive from technology investments while reducing time, cost and risk.

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