2012 SuperNova Award Semifinalists #SNA12

Courtney Sato

The moment you’ve all been waiting for is here. Constellation Research is happy to announce the semifinalists of the second annual SuperNova Awards! This year’s semifinalists are recognized as champions of technology that have overcome the odds in successfully applying emerging and disruptive technologies within their organizations.

Special thanks to the SuperNova Award judges and all those who applied for the Awards this year.

A second year in review

The SuperNova Awards continues to celebrate champions of disruptive technology for a second year. Constellation’s all star cast of judges whittled down an applicant pool of over 120 hopefuls, and selected 60 exceptional semifinalists.  All semifinalists will receive one invitation to Connected Enterprise, Constellation’s premier innovation summit; a three-month subscription to Constellation’s Quark library;  and membership in Constellation’s research community.  Select semifinalists will also be invited to speak on best-practices panels at Connected Enterprise.

The semifinalists will strive to demonstrate that they best embody the SuperNova spirit to innovate, deploy new technologies, and create disruptions in their markets as we move into the final round of the SuperNova Awards. A combination of popular votes cast by the public and another weigh-in by the judges will determine the SuperNova Award winners. One finalist will be selected from each category, except the Future of Work and Next Generation Customer Experience, in which two finalists will be selected.

Selecting semifinalists

Constellation hand picked a group of global market makers to judge the 2012 SuperNova Awards. The judges evaluated all applications using a point system. A score of 75 was set as this year’s benchmark for advancement to the semifinalist round. Constellation does not set a quota for winners–just a threshold for qualification, and we were fortunate to receive a large number of high-quality applications this year. The judges sought out applications that accomplished true disruptions or demonstrated innovative adoptions of disruptive technology. Entrants in this year’s SuperNova Awards are competing in categories that correspond to Constellation’s business-focused research themes: Future of Work, Data to Decisions, Technology Optimization and Innovation, Consumerization of IT and the New C-Suite, Matrix Commerce, and Next Generation Customer Experience.

Constellation’s Principal Analyst and CEO, R “Ray” Wang noted, “The judges saw an increase in the quality and quantity of this year’s entries.  A common theme among the 2012 semifinalists –  defined ROI and metrics, best practices on how to transform an organization, and real calculated risk taking inside the organization.  These semi-finalists should be applauded for their courage in taking their organizations to the next level in a tumultuous business climate”.