Summer is almost over and that means Synergy Berlin is nearly here! We’re busy making final arrangements for our first pan-European show to be held from October 6-8. In advance of the program, I want to draw your attention to my favourite part of the program – the Citrix Innovation Award.

Every day, companies experience the tangible business benefits of virtualisation, networking and cloud computing. Benefits include savings in operating expenses, enhancing productivity and flexibility, cutting power consumption and reducing carbon emissions, to name a few. But there are also a number of organizations that have embraced the power of virtual computing to think about, and to do, business differently. These include companies like Cocamar in Brazil that have used virtualisation technology to expand their market reach; government agencies like Fairfax County, Virginia, that have used the technology to offer cloud-based computing services to cities and townships within the county; and ND SatCom that expanded its offerings to include a satellite-based solution for business continuity and connectivity. These are but a few examples of business innovation, and I know that there are thousands of stories about organisations around the world that have embraced virtual computing to spearhead change.

The Citrix Innovation Award highlights the stories of enterprises that are using virtualisation, networking and cloud technologies in exciting ways to drive innovation in their businesses. As we did for Synergy San Francisco, we’ve thrown open the doors for Synergy Berlin and invited everyone in the industry – partners, customers and employees – to nominate companies that are using virtualisation, networking and cloud technologies in innovative ways to create a dynamic, agile business environment.

Once again, I’m amazed at the diverse range of businesses that implement these technologies, and use them in new and innovative ways. Dozens of nominations were received from all over the globe; from those nominations twelve companies that best embody the spirit of the Innovation Award were shortlisted.

The winner is chosen by popular vote of peer organisations (that means all of you!) and members of the IT industry and will be announced at Synergy Berlin.

The full list of Innovation Award finalists is:

  • Chemtura Corporation
  • Codan Trygg-Hansa
  • CZ Healthcare Insurance
  • Derby Public Schools
  • LG CNS
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • O’Neill Europe
  • Perfetti Van Melle India
  • Telecom Italia
  • TeleComputing
  • The Co-operative Group

Check out their stories of innovation and vote for your three favourites today.

And don’t forget…you can still register for Synergy Berlin! For more info go to