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Posted February 6, 2015
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By Jennifer LeClaire. Updated February 6, 2015 10:30AM

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Technology companies are nothing if not innovative. Well, at least that’s true of the most successful technology companies. Innovation drives competition and keeps up with consumer demands -- sometimes even demands we don’t know we have yet.

Against that backdrop, the Business Intelligence Group recently announced the winners of the 2014 BIG Innovation Awards program, recognizing top innovations from companies and organizations worldwide.

“Our inaugural year of rewarding great innovations turned up some amazing products and services that clearly deserve recognition,” said Russ Fordyce, managing director of the Business Intelligence Group. “The winners are driving business and consumer change with creativity and intelligence. Congratulations to them all.”

Let’s take a look at the business and technology products that were recognized in the 2014 BIG Innovation Awards:

Nexenta VSA

Nexenta VSA for VMware Horizon View is a combined all-in-one virtual desktop automation, storage auto-deployment, and storage acceleration solution that provides desktop-as-a-service to businesses.

Identified Recruit

Identified Recruit is an online recruiting tool that recognizes and processes professional data from the real-time web and any public social media source.

InsightSquared

InsightSquared is a salesforce analytics application for small and midsize businesses. It promises disruptive and breakthrough sales and marketing analytics.

Halo Span

Halo Span is a turn-key business intelligence (BI) and data analytics solution that extends the reach of a company’s BI capability beyond its physical premises and directly into the hands of suppliers, clients, and partners.

Velocify LeadManager

Velocify LeadManager for Salesforce.com promises to help organizations drive rapid lead response, increase daily productivity, speed up ramp-time for new sales reps, ensure consistent selling practices, and increase revenue.

exploreB2B

exploreB2B seeks to change and drastically improve business-to-business communications with its Internet platform that allows organizations to network content within certain industries.

Vendavo Profit Advisor

Vendavo Profit Advisor is a SaaS profit discovery engine that leverages predictive analytics and enterprise Relevant Products/Services big data to help users gain a profit advantage.

TouchCommerce Mobile Chat

TouchCommerce Mobile Chat aims to help e-commerce sites leverage the rapid growth of mobile users visiting their sites and shopping on their mobile devices by engaging them in intuitive and helpful online conversations.

Ontraport

Ontraport’s business management platform consolidates sales, marketing, and business automation software, and streamlines business functions to harness the power of technology with its solution.

Clarizen V6

Clarizen V6 combines social engagement with project management. V6 connects unstructured conversations with structured work.

MarketingVitals.com

MarketingVitals.com is a an enterprise dashboard software solution for the restaurant industry that promises an alternative to complex and expensive business intelligence software.

ULLtraDIMM SSD

SanDisk’s ULLtraDIMM SSD is a new type of ultra-low latency flash storage device that allows system designers to significantly accelerate enterprise applications with minimal changes, and which enables the creation of new architectures with massive scalable performance advantages.

Also Recognized

Other winners include Santander Bank’s “extra20” promotion that pays consumers $20 every month for direct deposits; the Bill.com Banking Platform 2013; the Free Go LEO Lockset -- a luminous intelligent door handle; and, Everything.me -- a contextual phone that helps Android users’ phones understand them.

“Exceptional performances and innovations often remain hidden gems without help from others,” said BIG's Russ Fordyce. “All too often the individuals and organizations that help build great brands and products go unnoticed, and we hope to change that with our new awards program.”

Time will tell which of the innovations recognized this year by the Business Intelligence Group will become the next big thing, while others may fizzle out in the always competitive tech sector. Stay tuned right here always for more tech trends and innovations.

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