Ben Doyle, the director of IT at Enterasys, a global provider of end-to-end enterprise communications, is one of 29 individuals selected from a pool of more than 70 applicants to move onto the semifinal round. As the press release announcing the results explains, Ben and the other 28 semifinalists are being recognized as among the few that have “…overcome the odds in successfully applying emerging and disruptive technologies within their organizations.”
The use case categories run the gamut, from cloud computing (Enterasys included) and mobile enterprise to social business and advanced analytics. And which category had the most Protostars named? Cloud computing with 12 different individuals recognized for putting new technologies to work across their companies! Evidently, Enterasys isn’t the only company looking to the cloud for faster ROI, lower TCO and scale that incumbent on-premise solutions just can’t provide.
To give you the short version of the Enterasys story (and why we think he’s deserving of the win), Ben has led the way in how Enterasys has utilized cloud computing technologies for almost ten years already, starting with a site license for salesforce.com in late 2003. And today, Enterasys provides its 1,200 employees with access to over 20 cloud-based applications, including ADP iPay, Coupa, BigMachines, Google, Box.net and a number of other business and productivity applications.
Just like recently-profiled customer AMAG Pharmaceuticals and their executive director of IT, Nathan McBride, he’s a true believe in the ‘cloud-first approach’ that we advocate, and he and his team at Enterasys understand that the move to the cloud is driving significant change across enterprise IT.
The finalists won’t be announced until October 28th at a gala dinner hosted by Constellation Research in Scottsdale, Arizona, so sit tight until then. Ben is up against some stiff competition in the cloud computing category, which includes executives from Chirch Global Manufacturing, Christiana Care Health, Flextronics, Jefferson County Colorado and Huntington Bank – quite the industry spread there – but we’ve got our fingers crossed that he’ll pull out the win next month.