2018 InfoTech WNY BETAS Nomination Categories

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Best Cyber Culture

A technology company that fosters a creative, collaborative workplace culture that has helped them enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage. Employees love coming to work and their customers know it!

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Best Emerging Tech Company

A company with an emerging technology. To be eligible the company or individual has a new technology that is currently being developed, or will be developed within the next five to ten years. The new technology can substantially alter the business and social environment.

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Innovation in Manufacturing 

Innovation in Manufacturing is setting various brands and products apart from their competition.  This award will recognize a company who uses technology innovation to bring a product or service to market, in a way that is by itself revolutionary or significantly improves the design, testing or manufacturing processes.  

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Best Tech Team in Creative Services 

The best Tech Team in WNY Creative Services.  This includes, but not limited to: Advertising, Marketing PR Media, Entertainment & Sports, etc. Does your tech team rock?  Do they do the impossible?  Have they put together a new platform, program, system, etc. that ‘couldn’t be done’, yet they did it?  Have they created a cutting edge tool that has vaulted your organization to top of mind awareness or the top of your industry?  This is a team that should be recognized as a platform to your company’s success.  These guys/ladies deserve it.  Tell us… 

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Best Tech Team in Non-Profit / Education

The best tech team in Non-Profit / Education.  This award goes to the Non-Profit or Education team that strives to deliver the best and most advanced technology for their organization.  All technology advancements must have occurred within the past year. 

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Best Tech Team in Service Industries

The best Tech Team in a professional support services organization.  This includes, but not limited to: Legal, Finance, Insurance, Accounting, Healthcare, Banking, Real Estate, Manufacturing, etc. Does your tech team rock?  Do they do the impossible?  Have they put together a new platform, program, system, etc. that ‘couldn’t be done’, yet they did it?  Have they created a cutting edge tool that has vaulted your organization to top of mind awareness or the top of your industry?  This is a team that should be recognized as a platform to your company’s success.  These guys/ladies deserve it.  

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Best Tech Team in Technology Services

The best Tech Team in Technology Services. This includes, but not limited to: Telecom/ISP, Web Developers, Software Development, etc.  Today's rapidly changing technology demands every individual and organization - whether provider, insurer, supplier or advocacy group -  all service companies make a significant impact for all.  What sets them apart is customer service, support, repair and response times. This year's nominees should go above and beyond in all areas of product offerings as well as outstanding customer service.

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Best IT Innovation using Agile

The best IT Innovation using Agile.  Companies that use the Agile principles to successfully deliver a project. 

Innovation is what agile is all about. Although the method is less useful in routine operations and processes, these days most companies operate in highly dynamic environments. They need not just new products and services but also innovation in functional processes, particularly given the rapid spread of new software tools. Companies that create an environment in which agile flourishes find that teams can churn out innovations faster in both those categories.

The winning criteria to be the “Best in Agile” needs to be able to demonstrate successful completion of a tangible product (software MVP ) within a short-period of time (90 -120 days) demonstrating 2 – 4 week release cycles to add feature/functionally to improve the end product and release a working defect free product.

The Agile PM’s team is cross-functional and includes all the skills necessary to complete its tasks. It manages itself and is strictly accountable for every aspect of the work. Criteria for the “Best Agile PM” must also demonstrate the successful management of timeline, budget, quality and backlog for future innovation. 

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Best use of Digital Marketing

The best use of Digital Marketing. Digital Marketing is the targeted, measurable, and interactive marketing of products or services using digital technologies to reach and convert leads into customers and retain them. The key objective is to promote brands, build preference and increase sales through various digital marketing including use of Social Media, Website and beyond...

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Entrepreneur of the Year - Small Business

(Under 25 Employees & Under $5 Million)

An outstanding Entrepreneur in the Technology Community for a Small Business.  The small business must have under 25 employees and make less than $5 million annually. To be eligible to receive the award, the nominee must be an owner of a company who is primarily responsible for the recent performance of the company and an active member of top management for at least one year.

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Entrepreneur of the Year - Large Company

(25+ Employees & Over $5 Million)

An outstanding Entrepreneur in the Technology Community for a Large Company.  The large company must have more than 25 employees and earn more than $5 million annually.  To be eligible to receive the award, the nominee must be an owner of a company who is primarily responsible for the recent performance of the company and an active member of top management for at least one year.

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IT Leader of the Year - CTO or CIO Level  

The Technology Leader of the Year award recognizes a business information technology professional responsible for an IT department within small or large enterprises. This deserving person is a self-aware, authentic leader who empowers their staff, promotes an awesome, collaborative workplace culture, and leverages technology to solve real business problems.Typically, senior IT executives, including CXO (CIOs, CTOs), VP/Director of IT, CISO, or similar.

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Student in Technology

A student who distinguishes his or herself in technology studies, demonstrates solid academics, and possesses good character.

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Woman in Technology

A Woman in the Technology Community who designs and/or conceives innovative technological concepts that are proven through actual operating data; a woman who has accelerated and advanced her career beyond typical performance expectations (including work in the community).

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Project Manager of the Year

In honor of excellence in project management, the Project Management Institute Buffalo Chapter (PMI Buffalo) is sponsoring the Project Manager of the Year award. 

The PM has made a significant positive difference to the outcome of a project. Especially, the PM demonstrated technical, leadership, strategic and business management contribution to the project;  contribution is recognized and supported by his/her management, project team, customers and end users; demonstrated knowledge and implementation of project management methodologies and preferably holds a PMI certification (e.g., PMP, PMI-ACP, CAPM, PgMP); preferably has membership with PMI and the PMI Buffalo Chapter in good standing. 

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