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Ventana Research Opens the 2014 Technology Innovation Awards

Annual call issued for nominations to recognize technology innovation across business and IT

Bend, OR / Apr 23, 2014 / by Ventana Research


SAN RAMON, CA, April 23, 2014 - Ventana Research today announced that nominations are now open for its 2014 Technology Innovation Awards. These Awards, presented annually, honor technology providers and technologies offered in their products that are making or have the potential to have a positive impact on the industry. The awards recognize those pioneering vendors that exemplify the advancements in technology that drive change and increased value for organizations worldwide.

Ventana Research invites all vendors to nominate their technology product to be considered for the awards. Award recipients will be selected based upon the vendor's contributions across business and IT, including the potential to help organizations innovate or enhance the productivity and outcomes of business or IT processes. Ventana Research will highlight and acknowledge the importance of these innovations through the Technology Innovation Awards.

The Technology Innovation Awards and the ceremony at which they are presented have become an industry tradition. This year’s award recipients will be announced and will receive their awards during the Technology Innovation Awards Ceremony at the 2014 Ventana Research Summit on Oct. 21, 2014 at Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in Burlingame, California.

"The Technology Innovation Awards honor technology vendors globally and recognize technology innovations that not only can help business and IT be more efficient and effective but most importantly can empower them to find ways to innovate," said Mark Smith, CEO and chief research officer of Ventana Research. "The Technology Innovation Awards recognize the advancements and milestones in business technology deserving of honor for transforming how companies operate today and in the future."

These Technology Innovation Awards, the largest business and technology awards program in the industry, cover 28 categories spanning from predictive analytics to customer excellence. Submissions are evaluated by Ventana Research based on the awards program criteria at To begin the submission process, interested organizations or individuals can download a submission form at: The submission process must be completed by July 18, 2014. 

The categories for the Ventana Research 2014 Innovation Awards are:

Overall Business Technology Innovation Award

Business Technology Innovation Awards

· Big Data

· Business Analytics

· Business and Social Collaboration

· Business Mobility

· Cloud Computing

· Social Media 

· Wearable Computing

Business Innovation Awards

· Chief Financial Officer

· Office of Finance

· Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC)

· Human Capital Management

· Sustainability           

Operational Innovation Awards

· Chief Operational Officer

· Contact Center and Call Center

· Customer Excellence

· Marketing Excellence

· Sales Excellence 

· Supply Chain/Service Chain Excellence

CIO/IT Innovation Award

· Chief Information Officer

Information Technology Innovation Awards

· Overall Information Technology

· Business Intelligence

· Information Optimization

· Information Management

· Location Analytics

· Operational Intelligence

· Predictive Analytics 

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

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