Announcing The Constellation SuperNova Awards


Constellation Research will today be announcing their SuperNova awards to recognise leaders who have overcome the odds to successfully apply emerging and disruptive technologies for their organizations.

Opinion: In my view this is a smart move. It is near impossible to create a competitive platform to rank vendors that will come close to the MQ. What Ray has done, is move the goal posts and create a new ranking scheme that firms will love to win. Whether successful companies will see a surge in the fortunes in the same way as a ‘leader’ does in a quadrant remains to be seen.

The copy below shows which awards people can be nominated for as well as the independent judging panel.

In Search of Protostars

Most award programs recognize the technology suppliers for their advancements in the market.  Few, if any programs, have recognized individuals for their courage in battling the odds to effect change in their organization.  The Constellation SuperNova Awards celebrate the explorers, the pioneers, and the unsung heroes who successfully put new technologies to work.  More importantly, these leaders have created disruptions in their market.

“Applying technology innovation to effect business results requires exceptional organizational leadership and teamwork. It is not enough to simply implement the technology. To ensure success, these leaders had to build buy-in relationships across all levels of the organization – appealing to rational and emotional senses – as well as make tough calls in system delivery to make change easier”, noted Amy Wilson, Vice-President and Principal Analyst, Constellation Research, Inc.

An all star cast of judges will identify applicants who embody the human spirit to innovate, overcome adversity, and successfully deliver market changing approaches.  Applicants will be subjected to a vigorous set of criteria that reflect real-world and pragmatic experience.  Semifinalists will be selected in five categories: social business, mobile enterprise, cloud computing, advanced analytics, and emerging technologies.


Twitter: @SuperNovaAwards
Website: (Not Up Yet)

Time Lines
June 6, 2011 – First day of submissions
July 31, 2011 – Last day of submissions
August 15, 2011 – Protostars (semi-finalists) announced
November 4th, 2011 – SuperNovas (finalists) announced

All Star Judging Panel
Our judging panel comes from the best of the best.  We’ve mixed an esteemed group of media professionals and industry experts with our analysts.  Judges have agreed to volunteer their time in the evaluation of the submissions.  The 2011 judging panel includes:

Social Business
Aaron Pearson, Senior Vice-President – Weber Shandwick (PR Agency Lead)
Jeff Ashcroft, Vice President – Constellation Research, Inc.
Barney Beal, Managing Editor – Tech Target
Paul Greenberg, President – The 56 Group, LLC, Constellation Board of Advisors
Esteban Kolsky, Founder – ThinkJar, Constellation Board of Advisors
Marshall Lager, Managing Principal – Third Idea Consulting, LLC
David Myron, Editor In Chief – CRM Magazine
Jon Swartz, Technology Reporter – USA Today

Mobile Enterprise
Kewal Varia, Managing Director – Sparks Communications (PR Agency Lead)
David Brousell, Editor-in-Chief – Thomas Publishing/Managing Automation
Bob Egan, Chief Analyst – Sepharim Group
Maribel Lopez, Vice President – Constellation Research, Inc.
Jason Maynard, Managing Director – Wells Fargo Securities
Mike Simons, Editor In Chief – ComputerWorldUK
Thomas Wailgum,  Co-Editorial Director – ASUG News

Advanced Analytics
Susan Thomas, CEO – Trainer Communic@tions (PR Agency Lead)
Courtney Bjorlin, Co-Editorial Director – ASUG News
Bridgette Chambers, CEO – America’s SAP User Group (ASUG), Constellation Board of Advisors
Douglas Henschen, Editor at Large – Information Week
Dennis Howlett, Blogger – ZD Net Irregular Enterprise, Constellation Board of Advisors
Chris Kanaracus, Technology Reporter – IDG News Service
Erin Kinikin – Board of Advisor – Constellation Research, Inc.
Amy Wilson – Vice President – Constellation Research, Inc.

Cloud Computing
Colette Ballou, President and CEO – Ballou PR (PR Agency Lead)
Larry Dignan, Editor-in-Chief – ZDNet
Zoli Erdos, Editor – Cloud Ave
Debra Lilley – Board of Advisor – Constellation Research, Inc. & Chairperson – UK Oracle Users Group
Frank Scavo, Vice President – Constellation Research, Inc.
Kash Rangan, Managing Director – Merrill Lynch
Krishnan Subramaninan, Industry Analyst and Researcher – KrishWorld & CloudAvenue
Alex Williams, Editor – ReadWrite Cloud & ReadWrite Enterprise

Emerging Tech
Vanessa Camones, Principal and Founder – theMIX Agency (PR Agency Lead)
Adrian Bowles,  Vice President – Constellation Research, Inc.
John Furrier,  Editor and Founder – SiliconAngle
Annalie Killian, Catalyst for Magic – AMP , Executive Producer – Amplify Festival
Paul Papadimitriou,  Vice President – Constellation Research, Inc.
Robert Scoble, Tech Evangelist – RackSpace
Alan Silberberg, Vice President – Constellation Research, Inc.

Awards Criteria
Judges will evaluate submissions in six key areas:

  1. Building the business case for exec sponsorship -  How did you overcome internal adversity for the project?  What was used to build the case for buy – in among the executives?  How did you fund the project?
  2. Applying change management critical success factors – What communication channels did you face?  How did the organization gain acceptance for new approaches? What worked?  What didn’t work?  What were your key lessons learned?
  3. Deploying innovative uses of emerging and disruptive technology – How did you determine which technology was feasible? Why did you choose the vendor or approach you chose for this technology?  How did IT and the business cooperate to apply new technologies?
  4. Measuring the metrics that matter – What metrics drove the business case?  Why were these metrics chosen to measure the impact of the technology?  How did you measure success with those technologies?
  5. Assessing the disruptiveness of the business model -  What was the impact to stakeholders (internal and external)? What was the impact to the business?  What was the impact on the competitive landscape?
  6. Coolness factor for the story -  How well was the story told?  Is this story usable for a panel on best practices?  Was this truly game changing? Can others learn and apply the lessons told?


All semifinalists will be invited to Constellation’s Connected Enterprise 2011, an invitation only innovation event in Scottsdale, Arizona from November 4th to 6th, 2011.  The three-day executive retreat will include mind expanding keynotes from visionaries and futurists, interactive best practices panels, The Constellation SuperNova Awards event, a golf outing, and an experiential spousal/partner program.

A select group of semi-finalists will be chosen to present on one of five best practice panels at the event.  The panelists will receive one innovation retreat invitation and one spousal/partner experiential invitation.  All semifinalists will become honorary SuperNova community members of Constellation Research.

All finalists will win a one -year subscription to Constellation’s Research Library and complimentary tickets to the Connected Enterprise 2012 event, an estimated value of $120,000 per winner.   Additional rewards will be announced as sponsors are added to the Constellation’s Connected Enterprise 2011 event.  For sponsorship details contact: sales (at) ConstellationRG (dot) com.


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