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* 1. IDC is seeking applications for successful Future of Digital Innovation projects and initiatives in North America for its Future of Digital Innovation Excellence Awards. Specifically, IDC is looking for details on implemented initiatives (pilots or projects) as opposed to ideas or planned initiatives. IDC's 2021 Future of Digital Innovation Excellence Awards will be presented to the winning initiatives at an awards ceremony in August 2021.

Definition of Future of Digital Innovation
Organizations are shifting their priorities from consumption toward producing software embedded in products and services to compete in their own industry thereby transforming into high-performance, large-scale producers of software-based digital innovation. Most of this production of digital innovation will be focused on creating new value for customers, though some may augment internal digital workstreams.

IDC categorizes digital innovation factories as end-user organizations that are embracing at least two of the four pillars of plan, source, develop, and distribute in conjunction with their software creation and use. The development of software may include development for integration into the company's core products; actively sourcing externally created (open or closed source) components or external APIs and/or actively distributing code.

Primary requirements of all nominations are:

1.      Must be a Future of Digital Innovation initiative as defined by IDC.
2.      All nominations must be in production with existing customers/users.
3.      Must be able to articulate and show key performance indicators to ascribe value to completed project.

All fields are mandatory to complete your submission. Deadline for completed nomination forms is March 26, 2021.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this nomination form. We will email you within 48 hours a confirmation of your submission. If you do not get a confirmation email, please contact mconroy@idc.com.

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* 2. Please choose one of the following statements that best indicates your position in nominating an organization for the Future of Digital Innovation Excellence Awards.

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* 3. If you are an outside organization nominating a project please include a contact name and information for a point person that would represent the organization you are nominating.

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* 4. Functional Domain - There are 12 Future of Digital Innovation Excellence Award categories. Select the category best fitting your nomination. You may select your project to be eligible for more than one category

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* 5. Name of Nominated Future of Digital Innovation Project:

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* 6. Location of Initiative:

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* 7. Which of the following best describes your role as it relates to this Future of Digital Innovation initiative? Please select one response.

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* 8. Please briefly describe the problem the initiative addressed and the desired outcomes.  Please include any relevant background information on the type of project being nominated. (Maximum 400 words)

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* 9. Please choose one of the following descriptors which best describes the nature of your Future of Digital Innovation endeavor ?

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* 10. Please provide details on the solution deployed, the stage of deployment, and the specific technologies used, and achieved outcomes. (Maximum 600 words)

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* 11. Funding, Suppliers and Partners (How was this project funded? Please list all technology suppliers as well other partners such as universities, foundations etc. Specify if these partners provided in-kind or other funding, and the role they played in the project.

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* 12. References/ Resources (e.g. Links & Related Content of this Future of Digital Innovation Initiative) Note: If sending .ppt/pdf as reference, please email to mconroy@idc.com

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* 13. Total Project Budget

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* 14. Length of Time to Complete Project

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* 15. Is the nominated Excellence in Future of Digital Innovation project/initiative primarily focused on saving the organization money/resources or generating revenue?

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* 16. Is the nominated project currently generating revenue for the organization?

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* 17. Will the nominated project generate external revenue once the project is fully complete and deployed?

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* 18. Is the nominee organization intentionally building digital innovation through software efforts?

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* 19. What was/is your company's top 3 primary objectives for investing in a "Future of Digital Innovation" initiative? List in order of importance.

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* 20. Rate each in order of how well the final initiative met the goals of the primary objective. Use a scale from 0 to 10; where 0 = Did Not Meet Expectations or Objectives and where 10 = Exceeded Expectations & objectives.

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Meeting stated Objective 1
Meeting stated Objective 2
Meeting stated Objective 3

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* 21. On a scale from 0 to 10, How do you rate the success of your project based on meeting stated up front objectives?  Use a scale from 0 to 10; where 0 = Did Not Meet Expectations or Objectives and where 10 = Exceeded Expectations & objectives.

  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Meeting stated objectives:

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* 22. What measurements are you using to quantify or measure the success of this project?

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* 23. Please confirm that the nominee is currently in production with existing customer or users.

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* 24. Which of the following best describes your organization?

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* 25. Rate the level of transformation required in your current IT or digital infrastructure environment to support the Future of Digital Innovation-related business strategies & goals over the next five years.  Please use a sliding scale where 1=no transformation, 7=major transformation.

1 No Transformation 4 Business as usual 7 Major transformation
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i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

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* 26. Which designation best characterizes the nominated organization?

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* 27. Is the nominee organization one that has – or is currently making a specific financial investment to support the following -- minimal negative impact, or potentially a positive effect, on the global or local environment, community, society, or economy?  This may manifest itself in the the reducton of waste production, and energy and water consumption; costs and resource consumption associated with Transportation; increased investment in education and employment; reduced consumer expenditure; and commitment to environmental management and reporting.

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* 28. Does the nominee organization have or is it considering implementing formal sustainability initiatives or a formal sustainability policy? 

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* 29. What is the main reason the nominee organization does not yet have formal sustainability initiatives or policy? Please select one response.

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* 30. Approximately how many employees are there in the entire nominee organization (counting all sites)? 

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* 31. What was the nominee organization’s worldwide revenue (in USD) for the most recent fiscal year?  Please include revenue from all branches and divisions.  If your organization does not generate revenue (e.g., non-profit or government organization), please indicate your organization’s annual worldwide budget in USD.

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* 32. Which industry classification best represents the principal business activity of the nominee's U.S.-based corporate headquarters (i.e. the ultimate parent) organization? [Single select]

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* 33. How many years has the nominee organization been in operation? 

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* 34. Do you understand your organization to be a technology startup? Startups are companies less than 3 years old that are developing or offering new products, processes or services. Technology startups are highly dependent on software development and IT infrastructure for delivering their products/processes/services. 

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* 35. Which of the following best describes your organization?

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* 36. How many developers are employed by your WORLDWIDE organization?  Please include all locations.

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* 37. Allocate 100 points among the following five goals based on their relative importance within your company or organization over the next 5 years. [Sum to 100]

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* 38. Rate according to how well the Future of Digital Innovation investment helps the company meet with goals in  5-years.  Allocate 100 points among the following five goals based on their relative importance within your company or organization over the next 5 years. [Sum to 100]

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* 39. Rate according to how well the Future of Digital Innovation investment helps the company meet with goals in less than 5-years.  Allocate 100 points among the following five goals based on their relative importance within your company or organization over the next 5 years. [Sum to 100]

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* 40. What are the expectations of the organization related to distribution and cost of distribution of this Future of Digital Innovation project?

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* 41. Will the success of the project rely in any way on building a community to make it self-sustaining or profitable?

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