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The Best of Enterprise Connect presentation at Enterprise Connect is my favorite kind of awards show: the kind without speeches. We announce the winner, an exec comes on stage to pose for a quick celebratory photo, and then heads off to start drinking (or whatever). It’s such a great awards program we’ve decided to expand it.

Seriously, though, we want to use the award process to better recognize and hopefully encourage achievement in some of the specific areas that drive our industry. So in addition to awarding an overall Best of Enterprise Connect winner, as we’ve been doing for years now, we’ve added four additional awards for the 2019 event:

  • Best Application of Artificial Intelligence
  • Best Innovation for Collaboration
  • Best Upgrade to an Existing Product
  • Best Communications/Collaboration Device

Expanding to include these categories will let us recognize not only more products, but more kinds of products. Having just one award had put judges in the position of having to decide which is more innovative -- say, a fancy new touchscreen room video collaboration system or an AI-enabled contact center analytics product. Our judges have made those sorts of calls over the years, and have done a stellar job. But it’d also be nice to be able to highlight more of the technologies making our industry so exciting these days.

The added awards will also be a way, we hope, for our audience to pick up a bit more signal amid all the market noise. For example: You’ve been hearing all this hype around AI, now here’s a handful of products that seem to embody the best of the new technology’s potential. Or: Every company says the latest release of its core product is state of the art, but which ones are really doing the best job of keeping their strategic customers supplied with the best possible features and functions?

You can see the details of our new, expanded Best of Enterprise Connect program at the event’s website. And while you’re there, I’d encourage you to check out our amazing in-depth conference program, and consider registering to attend. Our Advanced Rate ends in early January, so it’s a great time to sign up and get your lowest cost for the best event in the enterprise communications/collaboration industry. I hope to see you in Orlando the week of March 18, 2019.