True innovation is solving a real problem…and though for the most, it’s startups and tech giants that are seen to be the innovators, their customers and partners also have the ability to innovate. Innovation drives competitive advantages and allows companies to differentiate themselves compared to others. In my previous roles I was lucky to be involved with teams of talented people that did great things with great technologies. Like others around the world we where innovating with leading vendor technologies to create new service offerings that add value and compliment the underlying technology.
Innovation requires these teams of people to be experimental at heart and try to build or enhance upon already existing technologies. The Service Provider industry has always found a way to innovate ontop of vendor platforms and successful vendors are those that offer the right tools and guidance for providers to creative innovative solutions ontop of their platforms. They are problem solvers! Without innovating ontop of these platforms, service offerings become generic, don’t stand out and are generally operationally expensive to manage and maintain.
When visiting and talking to different partners across the world it’s amazing to see some of the innovation that’s been built ontop of Veeam technologies and we at Veeam want to reward our customers and partners who have done great things with our technologies.
For the past few years, we have been celebrating innovation and great results by Veeam partners and customers who are leveraging our technologies in really cool ways. We’re stepping that up for VeeamON 2020 by offering Veeam Innovation Awards (VIA) for both partners and customers at this year’s VeeamON event
PARTNER VIA — This award celebrates innovation in the delivery of offerings that are powered by Veeam technologies, including great management experiences that leverage Veeam APIs through partner portals, integrated solutions that build on top of the Veeam Cloud Data Management Platform and transformational offerings that combine Veeam technologies with partner capabilities in compelling or unique ways.
CUSTOMER VIA — This award celebrates great business outcomes and IT capabilities through the deployment of Veeam technologies. Customer VIAs can celebrate new data management capabilities that you are harnessing, money saved after data protection modernization, IT transformation that was enabled through Veeam’s data re-use or cybersecurity capabilities, etc. Customer VIAs can be nominated by the user themselves or their channel partner, service provider or Veeam point-of-contact (anyone materially aware of the deployed solution).
I can think of a number of VCSPs that have done great things with building upon Cloud Connect, Backup & Replication IaaS backups and working with Veeam’s API’s and PowerShell to solve customer problems and offer value added services. These guys have brought something new to the industry and we want to reward that.
Having previously come from a successfully innovate company within their own space, being innovative is now something I try to preach to all customers and partners I visit. It is an absolute requirement if you want to win business and stand out in the backup and availability industry…innovation is key and we want to hear about it from you!