Finalists for 2008 CNET tech awards revealed

Shortlists for the CNET Networks UK Business Technology Awards 2008 have been announced

CNET Networks UK, the publisher of, has announced the finalists for its 2008 Business Technology Awards.

The awards, which will be handed out on 23 September in London, recognise innovative use of IT in the UK and achievements in products and services. They also highlight individual efforts, such as the Chief Information Officer of the Year.

The panel of judges has narrowed down the entries to come up with a shortlist of finalists in 15 categories, including best products, projects, partnerships, marketing and PR campaigns of 2008. Full details of the categories and the criteria for entry into the competition are posted to the awards website.

The full list of finalists for 2008 is:

Server or Storage Product of the Year
Parallels — Virtuozzo Containers 4.0
PlateSpin — PowerConvert
Platform Computing — Platform LSF 7.0.1
Stratus Technologies — Stratus ftServer 4400
VMware — VMware Infrastructure 3.5

Business Application of the Year
Nasstar plc — Nasstar Hosted Desktop
ScriptLogic Corporation — Desktop Authority
SmithBayes Limited — SmithBayes
Tideway — Tideway Foundation 7.0
Zimbra — Zimbra Collaboration Suite

Networking Product of the Year
Corvil — CorvilNet 4.0
Covergence — Covergence Session Manager
Emulex — LightPulse LP21000 Family of Converged Network Adapters (CNAs)
iPass — iPass Mobile Office
Ruckus Wireless — ZoneFlex 802.11n Smart Wireless LAN System

Security Product or Service of the Year
Absolute Software — ComputraceOne
MessageLabs — MessageLabs Email Archiving Service V3
ScanSafe — Anywhere+
Websense — Websense® Data Security Suite v 6.5
Yoggie Security Systems — Gatekeeper Pico Pro

Communications Product or Service of the Year
BT — Web 21C Software Development Kit (SDK)
Neverfail — Neverfail for RIM BlackBerry® Enterprise Server
ShoreTel — ShoreTel 7.5 Unified Communications System
SpinVox Ltd — SpinVox CallMail
SpinVox Ltd — SpinVox Enterprise Voicemail

Mobile Product or Service of the Year
BigHand — BigHand Mobile (BlackBerry Edition)
Electronic Media Services Ltd — i-MO
LogMeIn — Rescue+Mobile
Opera Software — Opera Mobile 9.5
Orange — Orange Mobile Forms

Technology Innovation of the Year
Cable & Wireless — Fixed-Mobile Convergence
Citrix — Citrix XenDesktop
Concentra — C-PORT
Ruckus Wireless — Ruckus SmartMesh (TM) Technology
SpinVox — SpinVox Enterprise Voicemail

Public Sector Technology Project of the Year
Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) — Spire
Pharmaceutical Oncology Initiative Partnership (POIP) — C-Port
Rural Payments Agency (RPA) — Implementing Ultra Thin-Client Technology at the Rural Payments Agency
Scottish Police College — Police Information Net For Scotland
West London Cancer Network — Service Improvement Programme

Financial Services Technology Project of the Year
Homeserve — The Homeserve 'Gateway' project
Reuters — Reuters Latency Monitor
The Nottingham Building Society — Open heart surgery to improve financial services
Wonga —

Retail & Leisure Sector Technology Project of the Year
Fiat — Fiat online sales channel
innocent — innocent European EDI Expansion
JD Sports — JD's Solid IT Foundations
Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons — An Emphasis on Service: WLAN at Le Manoir
The Pier — The Pier new POS solution

Green IT Initiative of the Year
BT Operate — 21st Century Network (21CN) Data Centre Project
Fujitsu Siemens Computers — The DDC Challenge
HP — Dynamic Smart Cooling

Technology PR Campaign of the Year
Brands2Life — Micro Focus: 'Recognising the true value of software assets'
Johnson King — Sophos: 'The Facebook probe — who's controlling the corporate network?'
Octane PR — PlusNet: 'Boldly connecting with a national audience'
OnRelay — 'The green benefits of fixed/mobile convergence'
Weber Shandwick Technology — MessageLabs: 'The art of cybercrime detection'

Technology Marketing Campaign of the Year
April-Six — Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0 (One Solution)
Creative Direction Consultants Ltd — Fujitsu Siemens Computers: 'The DDC challenge'
DWA — NEC Corporate Branding Online Campaign 2007-08
Mason Zimbler — Microsoft: 'Your dream office'
Mason Zimbler — Toshiba: 'Bringing innovation to life'

IT Team of the Year
Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP - IT Department
Credit Suisse — GEARS (Global Equities Aggregated Risk System) IT
Iceland Foods Ltd — Iceland IS Department
VocaLink — The VocaLink Faster Payments Team

Chief Information Officer of the Year
Neil Cameron, global chief information officer, Unilever
Catherine Doran, director of information management, Network Rail
Tania Howarth, chief information officer, Birds Eye Iglo Group
David Lister, chief architect, Royal Bank of Scotland
Phil Pavitt, group chief information officer, Transport for London