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Top Five Cloud Computing Awards

Easy ways to promote your XaaS offering

So what are those cloud computing awards, and are they worth entering? Here are five that caught my eye.

Cloud Computing World Series Awards

Established around 2009, these awards have ten general categories covering SaaS and virtualization. The awards are free to enter, so it has to be worth a go. There's also an awards ceremony in London which is free to attend - if you can make it.

The Cloud Awards

Cloud Awards

According to their blurb, these awards cover 12 categories, but split across the USA and Europe, leaving 24 in total (or 25 if you count the overall grand prix-type award). Sounds like a lot of categories to me, but hey - gives you a better chance of winning. Since the organisers have taken the approach of charging one fee for unlimited awards entries, this could again be worthwhile.

Best of SaaS Showplace (BoSS) Awards &

Cloud Computing Business Value (CCBV) Awards

The first is for SaaS while the second is for Infrastructure-as-a-Service or Platform-as-a-Service offerings. There's a bunch of wordy directives on the (quite dated-looking) website, but they pretty much boil down to:

  1. Be incorporated and have a finished product (not beta)
  2. Be able to quantify the business benefits of your products
  3. Have a decent case study available from a customer willing to talk

The verdict? I'm not 100% sure about these guys. The guidelines seem quite general and I'm just not sure the same amount of thought has gone into them as some of the others. But if worst comes to worst, if you like the thought of at the very least buying a logo to stick on your website you can't go wrong...

Top 25 Most Popular - SaaS Directory

This is more of a list of the top cloud providers more than something you can win on the merit of an awards entry. It's based on votes the companies receive, so you might think you'd need to be a pretty hefty company to drum up the kind of support you'd need. But looking at some of the smaller names on there though, if you've got a reasonable customer-base it might be worth stoking them up on Twitter.

I was expecting these awards to be just the tip of the iceberg - but there's not that much out there. As and when other awards catch my eye I'll be updating this list.

More Stories By Jim Williams

Jim Williams is an ex-journalist and professional PR. He is interested in Web 2.0, the latest marketing trends, web services, SaaS and SOA.

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