OVERVIEW

About Computerworld Hong Kong Awards 2018

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. 

Nomination and voting for CWHK Awards has been ended. Thank you for your participation.

Awards Ceremony: 22 June, 2018 (Friday evening)

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.

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.

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.

Wireless & Mobile Broadband Infrastructure Solution

This category highlights advances in wireless network infrastructure deployments, in terms of technical design, value-added services, improvements in performance, cost control and network management.

SDMN (Software-defined Mobile Networking)

An innovative approach to the design of mobile networks where all protocol-specific features are implemented in software, maximizing the use of generic and commodity hardware and software in both the core network and radio access network.

SD-WAN (Software-defined Wide Area Network)

A specific application of software-defined networking (SDN) technology applied to WAN connections, which are used to connect enterprise networks – including branch offices and data centers – over large geographic distances.

SD-LAN (Software-defined Local Area Network)

An application and policy driven wired and wireless access architecture, offering self-organizing and centrally managed networks that are simpler to operate, integrate, and scale.

SOFTWARE

Messaging, 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.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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

The Technology Company of the Year Award was established in 2007 and 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

The Technology Company of the Year Award is divided into two subcategories, each of which will receive an award:

  • Technology Company of the Year-Startup: A newer business that successfully executes innovative ideas, but may not yet be profitable
  • Technology Company of the Year-Mature: A profitable and established tech company here in HK

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.
  • To award a pair of Hong Kong-based companies for their provision of IT products and/or services to organizations locally and overseas 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 their most recent win.

Judging Criteria

Submissions are evaluated by a panel of judges from leading industry authorities and our editors. Winners will be chosen based on 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: Mature business candidates are scored more heavily based on international competitiveness and business performance, while 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 2018, when we will announce the winners and present the Awards. A full profile article will also be featured for each winner in the 2018 June edition of Computerworld Hong Kong.

Submission

Submission deadline: May 11, 2018 (Friday), 6:00pm

Past Winners

2017: CITIC Telecom CPC (Mature category); Easyship (Startup category)

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 2018 TCoY Award category

TCOY - Mature

Judges

Michael LeungChief Information & Operations Officer, China CITIC Bank International, Ex-President & Life-Time Fellow, Hong Kong Computer Society

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Dr. Andy ChunAssociate Professor and Former Chief Information Officer, City University of Hong Kong

Judges

Ted SuenPresident, Hong Kong Computer Society

TCOY - Startup

Judges

Peter SmithPartner, CIO Connect

Judges

Peter YeungHead of Electronics & ICT Clusters, Smart City Platform, Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks (HKSTP)

Judges

Yat SiuFounder & CEO, Outblaze

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