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Access Innovation Awards: Rules and criteria

Get all the information you need about the Access Innovation Awards, which will be announced in the January 2018 issue of the Access e-zine.

The Access Innovation Awards will recognize exceptionally innovative and successful end-user computing projects.

Vendors nominate customers' end-user computing initiatives, highlighting the use of their products. A project that enables user productivity through the use of any of the following technologies is eligible:

  • physical desktop operating systems or applications;
  • virtual desktops or applications; or
  • mobile devices or applications.

A team of judges will evaluate the nominated initiatives and announce the winners in the January 2018 issue of the Access e-zine.

Please refer to the rules and criteria below before nominating a project.

The deadline to enter has been extended to Sept. 27, 2017. Nominate a project here.


Eligibility: The date on which the project implementation began must be on or after July 1, 2016.

Product requirements: Vendors may nominate multiple customer projects, but each project must involve a different product. Please complete one nomination form for each customer project.

Reference requirements: Vendors must provide a spokesperson from their company, as well as an IT professional, C-level executive or other person in a nonmarketing role at the nominated customer. Editors will contact vendors and customers directly to perform interviews about the product and the end-user computing project use case.

Judges' decisions are final and will not be disclosed to any third party prior to the release of the January 2018 issue of Access.

Email [email protected] with any questions.

Judging criteria

Judges will evaluate nominated projects using the following criteria:

Ease of use: Is the product simple to install, integrate with other systems, use and manage? Are its functions clear? Can it work in heterogeneous environments?

Innovation: Does the product enable new ways to support end-user computing or make major improvements to existing capabilities? Does the project fill a gap in IT, developer or user needs?

Functionality and performance: Does the product actually do what the vendor says it does? Does the project significantly improve operations?

Value: Is the project worth what it costs? Is its return on investment clear?

Next Steps

Read about the winners of last year's Innovation Awards, which recognized customers' mobility projects.

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