For me, a highlight of Synergy is the Innovation Award… it’s impossible to celebrate all of our customers who are changing the way their business and people work but we do have the opportuity to bring six to the fore each year – split between Synergy San Francisco and Barcelona.

In Berlin last year, The Co-operative Group was a worthy winner with savings of over £1.5 million thanks to desktop virtualisation.  As a UK customer, I can’t deny I was thrilled with its success, not least because the team at The Co-operative Group are not only consumsate professionals who really are embracing innovation but great fun of an evening too!  Just don’t ask them about the bar stool episode please… 😉

Alas, I digress… this year’s three finalists are:  Royal Bank of Scotland(this year’s UK entry so can’t help but be close to my heart!), KT Corporation and Deutsche Bank.  All three videos offer an insight which I’ve no doubt you’ll find useful as you progress along the virtual computing path so I’d certainly recommend taking the time to view them – each only 1-2 minutes long.

You can vote here until Tuesday morning and I’ve borrowed a little summary of each from Kim DeCarlis’ blog below for you:

Royal Bank of Scotland: The major UK banking group has used Citrix virtual computing to power a transformation to ‘self service IT’. The group has virtualized more than 55,000 desktops and 1,800 applications for delivery to 65,000 staff throughout the UK, Ireland and the United States. Tens of thousands of workers can use any device, anywhere—including their own personal laptops, smartphones and tablets—to access complete IT resources on-demand in a highly secure environment. RBS employees can now choose the way that they work and collaborate, as the organization has removed the shackles of the office, and turned work into something their employees do, rather than a place they go.

KT Corporation (formerly Korea Telecom): A leading South Korean telecoms provider, KT is providing Citrix virtual desktops and Apple iPads to all 50,000 of its employees to create anytime, anywhere collaboration. This enables employees to ‘smart-work’ and get the most out of both their working hours and their personal time, reducing commute time in a country with some of the world’s worst traffic. KT offers this infrastructure as a service to its Korean SMB customers, allowing them to get enterprise grade infrastructure without having to acquire the technology themselves. Several hundred customers have signed up in the six months since the service was launched. The company also provides a cloud-based desktops-as-a-service solution to customers in Japan, offering a strong computing platform while dramatically reducing datacenter power consumption and meeting Japanese government mandates in the wake of the March tragedy.

Deutsche Bank: As one of the world’s largest and most successful financial services organizations, Deutsche Bank has enhanced the way its 100,000 employees in 73 countries work by allowing traders and other employees to access their Citrix virtual desktop from any device anywhere throughout the bank’s global offices. Employees can now connect instantly with specialized, high-bandwidth systems, accessing their virtual desktop and collaboration tools such as high-definition video conferencing. The solution supports the Bank’s sustainability strategy, as well as enhancing business continuity and enabling new flexible ways of working for its employees across the globe.

Roll on next week!!