Saugatuck Technology Announces Beacon Innovation Award Winners

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The types of innovation represented by the Beacon Award winners show how rapidly and profitably an agile, well-managed, and forward-thinking firm can leverage new and existing IT with new and traditional business operations to deliver major improvements.

Saugatuck Technology, the leading subscription research and business strategy consulting firm focused on Cloud IT and business, today announced the winners of its first annual Beacon Awards, recognizing technology and business innovation.

The Beacon Awards recognize excellence and innovation in the use of Cloud, mobile, social and analytics technologies in ways to improve, drive, or create business in four areas of business and IT:

  • Customer Engagement / Satisfaction
  • Products / Solutions
  • Markets / Partnering
  • Business Models / Realizing Revenue

We congratulate the four winners of our inaugural Beacon Awards, all of whom will be recognized at Saugatuck’s 2nd annual Cloud Business Summit being held later today at the Westin Times Square in New York City. The inaugural Beacon Award winners are:

  • Actelion Pharmaceutical, for its innovative data analytics methodology and architecture enabling exceptional cost reductions in program tracking and regulatory compliance.
  • Citi, for its innovative private Cloud infrastructure that drastically reduces service provisioning times and improves service levels while reducing total cost of ownership.
  • Harry Rosen, for its mobility-enabled, in-store, BYOD-driven customer relationship, sales and marketing approach that enabled significant and repeated revenue growth through recessionary environments.
  • UBS, for its unique, repeatable and cost-effective approach to mobility and BYOD capabilities in support of sales revenues and customer retention, while maintaining the highest security and privacy levels required and possible.

Saugatuck is also recognizing two additional companies who were finalists at the CIO / CTO conference – Brewster Dairy and NPD Group.

“We are delighted to recognize these exceptional firms for their innovative approaches in creating new opportunities, and new business, while improving their strategic abilities to succeed and grow. The types of innovation that we see represented by these Beacon Award winners show how rapidly and profitably an agile, well-managed, and forward-thinking firm can leverage new and existing IT with new and traditional business operations to deliver major improvements,” stated Saugatuck Technology founder and CEO Bill McNee. “They help demonstrate that it’s not just IT, like Cloud, Mobile, Social, Advanced Analytics and Integration, but how these are being used to create and realize competitive advantage quickly and cost-effectively.”

“We are proud to recognize not only this year’s Beacon Award winners, but the several dozen firms that were nominated as part of the awards process. As a research organization, it was interesting and valuable to see the many ways that companies are leveraging today’s technology in new and innovative ways, and creating unique business value that improves their enterprises processes, ways of doing business, and even new business opportunities – it’s what our Cloud Business Summit is all about,” added Saugatuck SVP and Head of Research Bruce Guptill.

About Saugatuck Technology
Saugatuck Technology, Inc. provides subscription research and management consulting services focused on the key market trends and disruptive technologies driving change in enterprise IT, including Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Cloud Infrastructure, Social Computing, Mobility and Advanced Analytics, among others. Founded in 1999, Saugatuck is headquartered in Westport, CT, with offices in Falmouth, MA, Santa Clara, CA and in Wiesbaden, Germany.

For more information, please visit http://www.saugatucktechnology.com or call +1.203.454.3900.
To request a briefing with our analysts, contact: chris.macgregor(at)saugatucktechnology(dot)com.

About The Beacon Awards
Saugatuck Technology founded the Beacon Awards in 2012 to recognize outstanding business and IT innovation through the use of such advanced technologies as Cloud, mobility, social / collaborative IT, and advanced analytics. All nominated companies receive a thorough review and assessment by seasoned industry analysts from Saugatuck Technology. The Beacon Awards recognize business and IT leaders for innovation in four areas of business and IT: 1) Customer Engagement / Satisfaction, 2) Products / Solutions, 3) Markets / Partnering, and 4) Business Models / Realizing Revenue.

For more information, go to: http://cbs2012.saugatucktechnology.com/innovation-awards.html.

About the 2012 Cloud Business Summit
The Cloud Business Summit, to be held on November 14, 2012 at the Westin Times Square in New York City, is a one-day executive forum that brings together large enterprise CIOs, CTOs and senior business leaders from across a wide range of industries to explore how they can and are realizing value from the Business Cloud. To learn more about the Cloud Business Summit, go to http://www.cloudbusinesssummit.com, or contact Chris MacGregor from Saugatuck Technology at +1.203.454.3900 or via email at chris.macgregor(at)saugatucktechnology(dot)com.

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