What is a cloud disruptor?

The Cloud’s force for disrupting long-established practices, people and industry players has gone long unabated. Candidates should actively demonstrate how their Cloud service offering or project has dramatically altered the professional landscape of their industry. The judges will expect to see quantifiable evidence of this.

A cloud disruptor refers to a company or technology that introduces significant and transformative changes to the cloud computing industry. These disruptors challenge traditional practices, business models, and technologies, bringing innovative solutions that revolutionize how organizations leverage the cloud.

Characteristics of a cloud disruptor may include:

  1. Innovation: Cloud disruptors are known for introducing groundbreaking ideas and technologies that challenge the status quo. They bring fresh perspectives and novel approaches to solving cloud-related challenges.
  2. Disruption of Traditional Market Players: Cloud disruptors often shake up the market by offering alternative solutions that outperform traditional offerings. They introduce disruptive business models, pricing structures, or technologies that redefine the industry landscape.
  3. Agility and Scalability: Cloud disruptors excel in delivering agile and scalable solutions that cater to the dynamic needs of businesses. They leverage the flexibility and scalability of the cloud to provide innovative services that adapt to changing requirements.
  4. Customer-Centric Approach: Cloud disruptors prioritize the needs of their customers and strive to deliver exceptional user experiences. They understand the pain points of the industry and address them through user-friendly interfaces, streamlined processes, and customer-focused features.
  5. Market Impact: Cloud disruptors make a significant impact on the market by challenging established players, driving innovation, and transforming industries. They disrupt traditional business models, create new opportunities, and redefine industry standards.

Cloud disruptors play a vital role in pushing the boundaries of what is possible in cloud computing. By introducing disruptive technologies, business models, and approaches, they stimulate innovation, competition, and progress in the industry, ultimately benefiting organizations and end-users.

Previous recognition for Cloud Disruptor of the Year

For a broader understanding of this Cloud Awards category, we have gathered examples from previous winners, finalists, and shortlistees which impressed the judging team with their innovative use of the cloud.

Winner of The Cloud Awards 2022-2023 for the Cloud Disruptor of the Year

Lead Judge Annabelle Whittall, said:

“Here at The Cloud Awards, we love that HyperCloud from SoftIron is so scalable and so simple to implement. HyperCloud removes the need for complex system integration and thus the need for diverse (and scarce) specialists across a range of technology disciplines. HyperCloud can be designed and deployed by IT generalists, starting in as little as half a day and half a rack. Congratulations, HyperCloud!” 

Winner of The Cloud Awards 2021-2022 for the Cloud Disruptor of the Year

Lead Judge James Williams, said:

“Sibros’ Deep Connected Platform is the answer to the problematic software spaghetti inside every vehicle on today’s highways. The Internet of Things brings a life-or-death level of complexity to vehicular operations, and Sibros’s all-in-one approach impressed us at the Cloud Awards, with its cloud technologies that bring deep data collection and remote commands not merely to infotainment systems, but to critical vehicle safety components. Sibros is a true disruptor at a time of seismic industry change.”

Finalist of The Cloud Awards 2022-2023 for the Cloud Disruptor of the Year

Starburst has made a significant impact on the market by disrupting traditional approaches to data analytics. It allows organizations to query data directly in the cloud, eliminating the need for complex data movement and ETL processes. This enables faster time-to-insights and enables businesses to make data-driven decisions more efficiently.

Starburst has a strong potential for continued growth and disruption in the cloud data analytics market.

Shortlistee of The Cloud Awards 2021-2022 for the Cloud Disruptor of the Year

Talkdesk disrupts the traditional contact center industry by putting the customer at the center of its cloud-based solutions.

Talkdesk is built on a cloud-native architecture, leveraging the scalability, flexibility, and cost-efficiency of the cloud. This disruptive approach eliminates the need for on-premises infrastructure, enabling businesses to rapidly deploy and scale their contact center operations.

A strong entry for the Cloud Disruptor of the Year category should have:

  1. Visionary Leadership: The disruptor is led by visionary leaders who have a clear vision of the future of cloud computing. They inspire and guide their team to push boundaries, embrace innovation, and drive positive change in the industry.
  2. Competitive Differentiation: A disruptor must stand out from competitors through unique features, technologies, or strategies that give them a competitive edge. They should highlight the different advantages that set them apart in the market..
  3. Future Potential: The disruptor should showcase a strong potential for continued growth, expansion, and further disruption in the cloud computing industry. They have a clear roadmap and strategy for the future.

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