E&I Cooperative Services Opens Nominations for Inaugural Cloud Leadership Awards supported by Adobe, Cisco, Microsoft Azure and CDW-G

June 27, 2017 – E&I Cooperative Services (E&I) is now accepting nominations for its inaugural Cloud Leadership Awards. The Cloud Leadership Awards, generously sponsored by Adobe, Cisco, Microsoft Azure, and CDW•G, will honor the outstanding achievements of up to fifty higher education institutions which – through their innovative and effective use of cloud solutions – have benefitted students, teachers, administrators, and/or staff.

“Technology is a critical area of interest and growth for our members, and cloud solutions have become increasingly important on campus,” said Tom Fitzgerald, CEO of E&I. “We’re excited to recognize the most innovative higher education institutions for their efforts in this area, so that all of our members can realize the positive impacts, increased efficiencies, and cost-savings.”

Nominations may be submitted now at cloudleadershipawards.com. The first round of submissions is due August 2, 2017. Nominees will be evaluated by a panel of judges familiar with cloud solutions, and winners will be chosen based upon criteria including number of students impacted, cost savings, and improved IT performance. The judges will select three overall Cloud Innovation winners, as well as three winners in each of the following categories, and up to twenty-six honorable mentions:

  • Identity/Access Management
  • Cloud Storage
  • Backup/Disaster Recovery
  • Hybrid IaaS/PaaS
  • Security/Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB)
  • Collaboration
  • Other use of cloud

All winners will be recognized at a dedicated ceremony during the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 2, 2017. For all the details about the Cloud Leadership Awards, please visit https://www.cloudleadershipawards.com/.

About E&I

E&I Cooperative Services (E&I) is the member-owned, not-for-profit sourcing cooperative delivering expertise, solutions and services to education and related institutions. E&I provides members with access to a diverse portfolio of competitively awarded contracts, electronic procurement solutions and consulting services to help them source effectively. By leveraging the knowledge and expertise of more than 4,300 member institutions, E&I helps members reduce costs and optimize supply chain efficiencies. The Cooperative’s member-driven competitive solicitation process has been validated by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) as being in compliance with generally accepted public procurement standards. 

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