The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) has today announced that Microsoft UK has become the first major sponsor of the UK Cloud Awards 2016 having sponsored the ceremony for the past two years.
Established by CIF in association with Cloud Pro, the awards seek to recognise the leading vendors, customers and individuals who are setting the Cloud computing benchmark in the UK.
Taking place on Tuesday 12 April 2016 at a ceremony at Skylon in central London, the UK Cloud Awards will showcase the best providers, projects and products that the UK Cloud industry has to offer.
Eligible submissions for the awards are open until 16 February 2016 via www.ukcloudawards.co.uk. A panel of independent and respected experts will then oversee the judging process to produce a shortlist of contenders and an overall winner in each category.
James Chadwick, Director of Channel Sales, Microsoft UK, said: “The UK Cloud Awards are now a firm fixture in the tech industry’s calendar and we are very pleased to be able to be able to lend them our support. The UK Cloud industry continues to go from strength to strength and I have seen first hand many of the innovative projects and providers that are leading the way. These awards offer the chance to highlight some of the recent successes in the industry and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone luck on the night itself.”
Alex Hilton, CEO of the Cloud Industry Forum, added: “The UK Cloud Awards are only made possible with the support of industry players like Microsoft so it’s fantastic that they’ve made it a hat-trick and have returned as a sponsor for the third time. We have grown year-on-year and attracted well over 200 entries for the 2015 awards. Given the interest we have had in the awards so far, I have every confidence that we will beat that record and have our biggest year yet.”
The Judging Panel includes CIF’s chairman, Richard Sykes, Cloud Pro journalists Max Cooter and Maggie Holland, as well as Clive Longbottom of Quocirca, Gigaom Research’s Jon Collins, Gary Delooze, Head of CIO Advisory Practice at EY UK, and Will Venters, lecturer in Cloud Computing at LSE.