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Winners of the UK Cloud Awards 2017 announced

Ceremony held last night to honour the best and brightest of the UK Cloud industry

The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) and Cloud Pro have announced the winners of the UK Cloud Awards 2017. Last night’s ceremony, which was supported by Headline Sponsors: Ensono, ScienceLogic, Sungard Availability Services and T-Systems, plus Award Sponsor: TechData rewarded the best Cloud providers, products and projects from the past year, as decided by an expert panel of independent judges.

The cream of the UK Cloud industry gathered at OXO2 on London’s Southbank to battle it out over the UK Cloud Awards. The awards, established over four years ago by CIF, in association with Cloud Pro, received hundreds of submissions, just 21 of which walked home with prizes on the night.

The winners of the UK Cloud Awards 2017 are as follows:


Storage Product of the Year

  • Acronis – Acronis Backup 12  

"A clear winner in this category offering innovation with additional security features. Congratulations to Acronis."

Security Product of the Year

  • Skyhigh Networks –  Skyhigh Security Intelligence Platform

"A company that seems to have hit the right spot with customers this year. Well done to Skyhigh Networks."

Productivity and Collaboration Product of the Year

  • Service Now – ITSM

"With a huge emphasis on customer satisfaction, congratulations to Service Now."

HR Product of the Year

  • Workday – Workday Human Capital Management

"Congratulations for its excellent, wide-ranging offering, the winner is Workday."

Financial Product of the Year

  • FinancialForce – FinancialForce Financial Management

"Offering innovative services on a third-party platform, congratulations to Financial Force."

Cloud Management Product of the Year

  • Skyhigh Networks – Skyhigh Security Intelligence Platform 

"Congratulations to a company that is setting the pace in a couple of key areas. A second win of the night for Skyhigh Networks"

Business Continuity Product of the Year

  • Datto – SIRIS 3

"This is a fiercely competitive market, so winning in the face of some stiff competition is Datto."

ERP Product of the Year

  • NetSuite – OneWorld 16

"A clear winner for a superb product that scored highly in all areas. Well done to NetSuite."

CRM Product of the Year

  • Salesforce – Salesforce Cloud Lightning 

"A product that scored highly in all criteria, a well-merited win to Salesforce."

Best Unified Comms Product of the Year

  • RingCentral – RingCentral Office - Google edition

"As a new category for the UK Cloud Awards, one of the fastest growing areas of the cloud market. Well done to for its excellent entry, the winner is Ring Central."

Analytics Product of the Year

  • Birst – Birst 6 Networked Business Analytics platform

"Wrapping up a win in a category of ever-growing importance. Congratulations to Birst."

Most Innovative Enterprise Product of the Year

  • MuleSoft – Anypoint Platform

"This was a highly competitive award and a very closely run thing, so the other shortlisted companies should all congratulate themselves as well. Congratulations to Mulesoft."

Most Innovative SMB Product of the Year

  • Acronis – Acronis Backup 12 

"We should have a special mention as runner up to Behind Every Cloud – this was the closest award of the night and Behind Every Cloud very nearly snatched it. Another company winning its second award of the night, the winner is Acronis."


Best Public Sector Project 

  • OCF/ MRC eMedLab

"With tremendous substance and depth, the judges wish to recognise as a runner up Microsoft and the MOD project, however congratulations for some genuinely pioneering work that is setting new standards for medical research, the winner is OCF with the Medical Research Council and eMed Lab."

Best Private sector Project SMB

  • Microsoft/ Commercial Urban Farm

"Congratulations for some really innovative use of cloud technology. The winner is Microsoft and Commercial Urban."

Best Private sector Project Enterprise

  • British American Tobacco/ Microsoft - EPIC

"A very closely run award, but recognition for a highly complex and long-running project, back for a second year in a row congratulations to British American Tobacco."

Digital Transformation Project

  • Content Guru/ NHS

"There were some superbly innovative contenders in this category so well done for some important work, the winner is Content Guru with the NHS."


Best Cloud Service Provider

  • UKCloud

"A company that won the award thanks its innovative thought leadership and approach to cloud services. It’s great to have a company that puts the UK into UK Cloud Awards, its second award of the night with an excellent win for UK Cloud."

Best Cloud Managed Service Provider (MSP)

  • UKFast

"Congratulations to a company that won based on its exemplary commitment to outstanding customer service. The winner is UKFast."

Best G-Cloud Provider

  • UKCloud

"With G-Cloud 9 now open and sales through G-Cloud reaching £1.8 billion this is a serious market. Congratulations for its excellent work, the winner is UK Cloud."


Cloud Personality of the Year 

  • Frank Jennings, Wallace LLP

"Does anyone know a good lawyer? Congratulations to a lawyer who has managed the rare feat of distilling complex legal terms into common sense layman’s language and who has been a driving force over the past eight years of driving trust, transparency and accountability of cloud services. The Cloud Personality of the Year is Frank Jennings."

Outstanding contribution to the UK cloud industry

  • Alex Hilton, Cloud Industry Forum


This year, the UK Cloud Awards chosen charity was Children’s Air Ambulance , who ran a raffle on the night, included prizes donated by ScienceLogic, Dennis Publishing amongst others.

Alex Hilton, CEO of the Cloud Industry Forum, said: “When you consider the market only four years ago, the depth and breadth of the UK cloud industry is truly phenomenal.   The calibre of the entries we received this year serve as an important reminder of the dynamic and forward-looking industry we have in this country. The support shown by the industry demonstrates that the awards are hitting all of the right notes, and we look forward to replicating this success next year.”

Paul Franklin, Publisher at Cloud Pro and IT Pro, added: “A lot of hard work went into organising the UK Cloud Awards 2017, and we’re hugely thankful to our sponsors, Ensono, ScienceLogic, Sungard AS and T-Systems for helping us to make the awards a success. We received an extremely high level of interest this year – up on previous years again - and it’s fair to say that we have earned our place in the tech industry’s award calendar. My congratulations to the winners of the night and all of the other finalists.”