CNET Networks UK Announces 2006 Technology Awards Finalists

CNET Networks UK has announced the finalists for the CNET Networks UK Technology Awards. The awards recognise innovation, application and excellence in technology and business, and have fast become the most sought after industry accolade.

The 2006 Awards will honour winners in 14 categories covering technology products and projects as well awards for individual excellence. New categories introduced this year include UK Internet Innovation of the Year, Technology Partnership of the Year and UK Technology Industry Leader of the Year.

Selected by an esteemed council of judges comprising senior practitioners and experts from the technology industry and media, the finalists include the following companies, organisations and individuals:

Enterprise Hardware Product of the Year
o Azul Systems - Azul Compute Appliance
o Brocade - SilkWorm 48000 Director
o Google Enterprise Division - Google Search Appliance Version 4.6
o Pillar Data Systems - Pillar Axiom storage system
o Stratus Technologies - Stratus ftServer W Series 5700

Enterprise Software Product of the Year
o Netsuite, Inc - NetSuite
o Softricity - The Softricity Desktop
o Thunderhead Ltd - Thunderhead Document Generation Platform
o Touchpaper - Touchpaper IT Business
o Management (ITBM) Suite
o VMWare Player - VMware Player

Networking Product of the Year
o Aruba Networks - Aruba 200 Mobility Controller
o EqualLogic - EqualLogic PS300E iSCSI SAN
o Juniper Networks - Juniper Networks WXC WAN Application Acceleration Platform
o XenSource Inc XenEnterprise
o Zeus Technology - Zeus Extensible Traffic Manager

Security Product of the Year
o Comodo - VerificationEngine
o Imprivata - Imprivata OneSign ESSO
o Qualys - QualysGuard Enterprise Version 4.0.
o SecureWave Sanctuary
o Unilink Systems - NForce/Visits

Mobile Product or Initiative of the Year
o Digital Payments - Direct Top-Up
o eCourier -
o iPass - iPass Corporate Access
o Mazingo Ltd - Mazingo Voyager WiFi / GSM Fone
o Research in Motion - BlackBerry Enterprise Solution v4.1

UK Internet Innovation of the Year
o BiBC - Media Master
o Midentity - etribes Deskbar
o Skype - Skypecasts - Preview version
o Texthelp Systems Ltd - Browsealoud
o Zopa Zopa

Public Sector Technology Project of the year
o Centre of Distance Education - University of London's E-Learning Website
o Isle of Man Government - Connect Mann
o Liverpool Direct Ltd - Comino EDM & workflow solution, utilising Kodak scanning technology
o The Royal Hospitals - Integrated W-Fi for Royal Hospitals, Belfast
o Wandsworth Council - Pan London Co-ordinated Schools Admissions Scheme

Financial Services Technology Project of the Year
o Alliance & Leicester - Alliance & Leicester secures online banking customers with RSA Security
o BNP Paribas Securities Services - BNP Paribas Securities Services' Global STP Platform
o Commerzbank AG London - Automating the T&E expense management process at Commerzbank AG London
o HBOS - HBOS secures online banking with RSA Security
o London Stock Exchange Infolect

Telecoms Sector Technology Project of the Year
o Orange/AKQA - Orange Integrated Shop
o BT (with support from Corizon) - BT Retail Broadband Services Marx2 project
o BT Group plc Netcentricity
o DataFluxUK - The Number' 118 188 - Data management with the dfPower Studio
o Symbian Ltd - Symbian's Content Management Solution

Technology Partnership of the Year
o BP and Intel - BP-Intel Partnership
o Dell and EMC - Dell - EMC partnership
o Dept. for Transport and Atos Origin Consortium - Transport Direct
o Lagan Technologies Ltd, CAPS Solutions Ltd - UNIform Frontline Integration Solution (UFIS)
o Microsoft and SurfControl - Microsoft and SurfControl - Together You're Secured

UK Technology Marketing Campaign of the Year
o Banner - Sony High Definition: 'What will you make?'
o Banner - Siebel CRM Index
o DWA Media & Gilroy - Cable & Wireless Rebranding Campaign
o Mason Zimbler - The Adobe Acrobat 3D Launch
o Morse - Cool, calm & connected
o Vodafone Multi-National Corporates - Push Email - Proven Productivity

UK Technology PR Campaign of the Year
o Brands2Life and Banner - The Business Software Alliance's 'Software Cluedo'
o Carrot Communications Ltd - Kaspersky Lab Crimeware
o Google Enterprise - 'Google your business'
o O2 - Launch of i-mode
o Lewis PR - Turning an industry on its head
o Toshiba SDD Europe - Toshiba Hard Disk Drive Revolution Competition

UK CIO of the Year
o David Lester - London Stock Exchange
o David Lister Reuters
o Phil Marnock SpinVox
o Phillip Clarke Tesco
o Richard Granger NHS

The awards winners, including the winner of the Outstanding Contribution to the UK Technology Industry 2006, will be announced at the annual CNET Networks UK Technology Awards ceremony and dinner at the London Hilton on Park Lane on September 26th. The evening offers an exclusive opportunity to celebrate success in the UK technology industry and network with some of the most respected and influential people from that community.

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