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Enter now for your chance to win an ISG Paragon Awards™ EMEA

 

Key Dates

Nominations
Close: Friday 31st August 2018

Finalists Announced:
Tuesday 4th September 2018

ISG UK Paragon Awards™ Announcement:
Thursday 11th October at the Paragon Awards Gala Dinner

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Meet our 2017 Paragon Awards™ winners

Nominations are now open for the fourth annual ISG Paragon Awards™ EMEA

The ISG Paragon Awards™ recognize and reward the achievements of industry leaders across seven categories and seek to highlight the innovative approaches and behaviors that drive success and which themselves reflect the evolving nature of technology and business today:

Collaboration | Transformation | Leadership | Imagination |

Excellence | Impact | Women in Technology | ISG Special Award

This year’s ISG Paragon Awards™ Gala Dinner will take place on Thursday 11th October 2018 at the prestigious United Nations Ballroom, the setting for the inaugural reception of the United Nations General Assembly in 1946. Our 2018 winners will be announced at the event.

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Awards Descriptions

The award descriptions below offer more information about each category, including which awards are open to organizations and which to individuals.

2018-PA-EMEA-icon-Excellence Excellence:

 

This award recognizes outstanding delivery and excellence by a technology or service provider in the provision of services to a client or clients.

Entries should include and demonstrate the following points:

  • Achievement of the relationship’s commercial and performance objectives
  • The introduction of new and/ or innovative technologies such as Automation, Cognitive Solutions and Artificial Intelligence or service approaches that make a positive and measurable impact on the client’s business
  • What part of the approach went beyond the normal delivery parameters and why?

Impact on:

  • Business results of the client, or impact on their customers
  • Operational efficiencies for all affected parties
  • A positive and collaborative relationship between client and provider
2018-PA-EMEA-icon-Transformation Transformation:

 

This award recognizes the fundamental transformation of an organization or key business function. It rewards both client and technology/ service provider.

Entries should include and demonstrate the following points:

  • Clear understanding of the current operation and desired new business model
  • Development & management of a cogent change plan to drive the transformation

Impact on:

  • Positioning the client to respond to changing market dynamics and technological innovations such as Automation, Cognitive Solutions and Artificial Intelligence
  • Delivery of outcomes affecting revenue, sales, performance issues, customer satisfaction etc...
  • Maintaining relevance, ongoing measuring of results and adaptability to the future needs
2018-PA-EMEA-icon-Leadership Leadership:

 

Recognizing a client executive who has demonstrated exceptional drive and leadership.

Entries should demonstrate leadership qualities and the following key attributes:

  • Creates a compelling vision for the future and motivates others to help drive this forward
  • Inspires and motivates others to excel, whether they are in-house or service provider staff
  • Takes prompt, decisive action to resolve issues quickly & effectively
  • Sets high standards of integrity and leads by example
2018-PA-EMEA-icon-Collaboration Collaboration:

 

Recognizing a mutually beneficial relationship between a client and one or more technology/ service providers. The award encompasses all relevant parties.

Entries should include and demonstrate the following points:

  • Collaborative/ constructive relationships
  • Alignment of mutual objectives versus competing objectives
  • A “one team” culture

Impact on:

  • Business results of the client or impact on their customers
  • Operational efficiencies for all affected parties
  • End user satisfaction, increased performance/ efficiency
  • Soft benefits of collaboration to all parties
2018-PA-EMEA-icon-Women-in-Technology Women in Technology:

 

Recognizing individuals who have contributed in any of the following areas:

  • The creation or launch of a successful project that involved significant contribution by a woman or women
  • The management of a successful project that involved contribution by a woman or women
  • A program that has created opportunities for women in technology
  • Leadership of a company/organization, thereby raising the awareness of women in technology
  • The mentoring of a successful woman or women in technology
2018-PA-EMEA-icon-Imagination Imagination:

 

Recognizing the importance of imagination in helping organizations to future- proof their businesses as well as the entrepreneurial spirit needed to help them make a step change in how they serve their customers. Nominees can include individuals, organizations or a combined client and technology/provider team.

Entries should try to demonstrate the following points:

  • Championing of new technologies such as Automation, Cognitive Solutions and Artificial Intelligence and/or approaches that make a significant change to an organization’s operations
  • Entrepreneurial approach to move the organization closer to its stated aims

Impact on:

  • Business results of the client, or impact on their customers
  • Operational efficiencies for all affected parties
  • Successful implementation of innovations in technology/new ways of working
2018-PA-EMEA-icon-Impact Impact:

 

This award recognizes the impact of a client/ technology or service provider(s) relationship on a community of people, be they members of the public, customers or any defined group. It is easy to focus on the business benefits of sourcing arrangements or technology change to the client but the benefits to their customers and any resultant community impact can be just as important.

Entries should include:

  • A description of the end customer group (for example but not limited to; charitable institutions, rail passengers, utility customers, loyalty card customers, etc…)
  • A clear understanding of the issues impacting the target group
  • A short account of the selected approach
  • Quantifiable benefits to the end customer group/ community
  • Softer benefits for the end customer group/community
  • Any evidence of collaboration or responding to feedback from the end customer group
2018-PA-EMEA-icon-ISG-Special-Award ISG Special Award:

 

This award will be presented to an organization or individual, identified by an ISG panel as deserving special recognition. This can pertain to their impact on the industry, a community, technology innovation, new business practices etc.…

The winner will be selected from the general Paragon Awards entries and ISG submissions only. No nominations will be accepted externally for consideration.

 

Helpful Hints 

Be brief! Do not exceed the word limit. Keep your submission brief and to the point, but always interesting. The use of bullet points is fine.

Focus on outcomes and tangible results. Include the most pertinent information.

Keep the jargon to a minimum. It can be distracting rather than enlightening.

Complete all sections of the nomination form and try not to repeat yourself too much across the sections.

Make sure you have permission to name your client. If any part of the submission is for judges’ eyes only, then make sure that this is clearly stated.

Remember the deadline for submission is Friday 31st August 2018. Send your entry on time. Late submissions will not be considered.

ENTRY PROCESS

Nominations will be accepted until close of business Friday 31st August 2018.

The 2018 ISG Paragon Awards™ are open to qualifying organizations across EMEA. To be eligible for consideration, entries must meet the following criteria:

  • Nominations must refer to a contract or service relationship that was active, in whole or in part, in EMEA during 2017 / June 2018.
  • All sections of the nomination form must be completed for the category or categories where the applicant seeks nomination.
  • There is no limit to the number of categories for which applicants may seek nomination – but a new form must be submitted for each nomination.
  • No feedback will be provided on the judging process and the decision of the judges is final.
  • Nomination(s) must be received in the specified format (see the How to Enter section) by Friday 31st August 2018 to be considered by the judging panel.
  • Nominations will be accepted from both buy-side and technology/ service provider/sell-side companies.
  • Finalists agree that their company names and logos may be used by ISG in Paragon Awards communications, presentations, support material, websites, etc.

Judging Process

Initial reviews of submissions and the selection of 3 finalists for each category will be carried out by an ISG panel. All submissions will be treated, in general, as confidential. They will not be shared outside of the judging team without permission until finalists are announced.  Details of the finalists will be announced on Tuesday 4th September 2018 on the ISG website – www.isg-one.com.

Winners for each category, with the exception of the ISG Special Award, will be selected by an independent judging panel.

All winners will be announced at the ISG Paragon Awards Gala Dinner on Thursday 11th October 2018 at the United Nations Ballroom in London. Each award category will include a winner and two runners-up.

Five Reasons to Take Part: The Paragon Awards

1 Recognize your most valued assets

Celebrate your valued clients and trusted employees. The ISG Paragon Awards™ recognize the hard work and achievements of your clients and employees. Taking part can cement good client relationships, boost staff morale and improve motivation

2 Gain recognition for your brand

Awards can be an overlooked tool in your marketing toolbox. Being shortlisted for the ISG Paragon Awards™ can improve brand awareness and promote your business to an audience who are specifically interested in the technologies, products and services that you provide – and who may now have another reason to consider your company

3 Benchmark your services

The application process forces you to look at your products, services and results vis-a-vis your competitors. You can better understand how you stand out from the competition

4 Increase your credibility

Highlight your successes through a third-party endorsement of your services. Your work will be reviewed by potential clients, as well as the world’s leading global technology research and advisory firm, with extensive influence across the globe

5 Promote your success

We will promote the ISG Paragon Awards™ finalists and winners across our website, media outreach and via a number of social media channels. We average around 25,000 visitors to our site per month, have more than 25,000 subscribers, and many more thousands of Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter follower.

Submit your nominations today

Click here to download the 2018 ISG Paragon Awards™ EMEA Nomination Form

Conditions of Entry

The ISG Paragon Awards 2018 are open to qualifying organizations across Europe. To be eligible for consideration, entries must meet the following requirements:

  1. Nominations must refer to a contract or service relationship that was active in whole or in part, in Europe during 2017/18.
  2. All sections of the nomination form must be completed for the category or categories for which the applicant seeks nomination.
  3. There is no limit to the number of categories for which applicants may seek nomination – but a new form must be submitted for each nomination.
  4. No feedback will be provided on the judging process and the decision of the judges is final.
  5. Nomination(s) must be received in the specified format (see the How to Enter section below) by Friday 31st August 2018 to be considered by the judging panel. 
  6. Nominations will be accepted from both buy-side and service provider/sell-side companies. 
  7. Finalists agree that their company names and logos may be used by ISG in Paragon Awards communications, presentations, support material, websites, etc.

How to Enter

  1. Complete all sections of the nomination form by providing all information requested.
  2. An overall limit of 850 words has been stipulated per nomination. Any entries above this word count will not be considered. This does not include your 250 word abstract. 
  3. In the event of your organization or yourself winning an Award, any information in your synopsis may be used in the announcement of why you were selected. 
  4. In the event your organization becomes a finalist or the winner of an Award, you consent to your client being named (if applicable) in all marketing of the awards shortlist, unless stated in writing at the time of submission.
  5. Submit your completed nomination via email attachment to denise.colgan@isg-one.com 
  6. Nominations must be submitted by no later than close of business on Friday 31st  August 2018.
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