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2012 Ventana Research Technology Innovation Awards Recognize Visionary Technology Vendors

Largest industry analyst technology innovation awards honor technology vendors

Bend, OR / Oct 26, 2012 / by Ventana Research

San Ramon, Calif. – October 26, 2012 – Ventana Research has announced the results of the first ever Technology Innovation Awards. The awards are a new addition for 2012 and recognize technology vendors who have introduced innovations in technology to advance business and IT.

The awards distinguish pioneers that have developed clear visionary and transformative VR_techaward1.jpgtechnology.The Technology Innovation Awards showcase what technology vendors have done to advance the computing potential of their applications and technology so that it can be used to drive better efficiency and productivity as well as the outcomes and performance of an organization.

The new addition of the Technology Innovation Awards will accompany the Ventana Research Leadership Awards that have become an industry tradition. This year's Leadership and Technology Innovation Awards will present participants with anew 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. Members of the press are invited to come to the Summit and see more about the advancements of these organizations using technology.

“I am excited to be able to congratulate the winners of the 2012 Technology Innovation Awards, live this year from our Technology Innovation Summit where we celebrate 10 years of research and education. This is the largest industry technology awards to date with over 26 awards honoring vendors on their contribution to the technology in business and IT,” said Mark Smith, CEO and Chief Research Officer, Ventana Research. “I would also like to congratulate the vendors for their achievements in innovation and improvement to the technology that helps the business world and humankind.”

The annual Leadership and Technology Innovation Awards are delivered by the Ventana Research team, which through its benchmark research, on-demand advisory and education continues to pioneer new methods for organizations to become efficient and effective in their business. As part of the scoring process and methodology, Ventana Research examined submissions and nominations from the research team to assess, score and select the technology that has the best impact for the specific category.

The Technology Innovation Awards have been awarded in categories spanning from Business Analytics, Cloud Computing to Sustainability.The winning technology vendors are:

Business Technology Awards 

Overall Business Innovation: SuccessFactors,an SAP Company for SuccessFactors Headlines

Big Data:  Teradata for Teradata Aster Big Analytics Appliance

Business Analytics: Narrative Science for Quill

Business Collaboration: Saba for Saba PeopleCloud

Cloud Computing:  Salesforce for Salesforce Platform

Finance:Tidemark for Tidemark Financial Planning and Metrics Management

Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC): EDGAR Online, an RR Donnelley company, for ActiveGRC

Human Capital Management:Ceridian for Ceridian Dayforce HCM

Mobile Technology: Peoplefluent for Peoplefluent Mobile Talent Management

Social Media: MicroStrategy for MicroStrategy Wisdom Professional

Sustainability: SAP for SAP Portfolio of Sustainability Technology and Solutions


Operational Innovation Awards 

Overall Operational Innovation: IBM for IBM Watson

Contact Center:NICE Systems for NICE Contact Center Cross-Channel Interaction Analytics

Customer Excellence: CallMiner for CallMiner myEureka

Marketing Excellence:  GoodData for GoodData GoodMarketing Bash

Sales Excellence:Anaplan for Anaplan PerformanceCloud

Service & Supply Chain Excellence:Stibo Systems for Stibo STEP


IT Innovation Awards

Overall IT Innovation: SAP for SAP HANA

Analytics:  Alteryx for Alteryx Strategic Analytics

Business Intelligence (BI):  IBM for IBM Cognos Insight

Information Applications:  Datawatch for Information Optimization Suite

Information Management: Informatica for Informatica PowerCenter Big Data Edition

IT Performance: Splunk for Splunk Enterprise

Location Intelligence (LI): Space-Time Insight for Space-TimeAwareness Server and Designer

Operational Intelligence (OI): Vitria for Vitria KPI Builder



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