Constellation announced the winners of the 2016 SuperNova Award winners last night at the SuperNova Awards Gala Dinner. 

The Constellation SuperNova Awards celebrate the leaders and teams who successfully apply emerging and disruptive technologies for their organizations. The 2016 SuperNova Award winners demonstrated the foresight, creativity and measured audacity to successfully implement emerging technologies for their organizations. More information about the winners below. 

All applications were evaluated by the SuperNova Award Judges, and then put to a public vote. 

2016 SuperNova Award Winners

Data to Decisions - Madhav Marathe, Director and Professor, NDSS Laboratory, Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech

Madhav Marathe and his team won the SuperNova Award for developing a suite of decision-support tools to help epidemiologists respond to and control pandemics. This project enables the institute to use predictive models to inform relief efforts. Analysts have deployed the technology developed by Marathe and his team during the H1N1, MERS, Ebola and the recent Zika outbreak.

Digital Marketing Transformation - Blake Cahill, Global Vice President, Digital, Royal Phillips

Blake Cahill and his team won the SuperNova Award for launching “Digital @ Scale”, a transformational strategy that brought together data from across Royal Phillips’ global marketing units. Before the project, Phillips' customer data was scattered and sporadic, making the maintenance of a central subscription status for their contacts a very manual process.The project, powered by Oracle Eloqua, has given both marketing and sales clearer visibility of new leads and existing leads and delivered a pipeline for sales worth € 9M in just nine months. Digital @ Scale initiative has since been implemented across 17 global markets in 60 countries.

Future of Work, Social Business - Michelle Ghandour, AVP Corporate Affairs, Canadian Tire Company

Michelle Ghandour and her team won the SuperNova Award for her implementation of Facebook at Work which ushered in a new way to collaborate to Canadian Tire, a ninety-four year-old company.  Canadian Tire implemented the platform quickly, enrolling 2,500 workers within the first 24 hours. Because the navigation is similar to Facebook, no training was required. Employees began collaborating immediately. Thanks to the implementation, content reaches twice as many employees. 

Future of Work, Human Capital Management - Patrick Ross III, Deputy Director of Membership, Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon is a nonprofit organization that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams to disasters across the globe. Patrick Ross and his team won the SuperNova Award for implementing Cornerstone OnDemand to speed the onboarding and training process so veterans can be deployed quickly when disaster strikes. The implementation enabled Team Rubicon to reduce volunteer onboarding time from four hours per volunteer to two minutes per volunteer.  

Internet of Things - Scott Strickland & Jim Flatt; CIO, Sr. Manager, Service Operations, North America; Denon + Marantz Electronics

Denon + Marantz is a provider of high-end audio and video equipment. Scott, Jim and team won the SuperNova Award for their leadership in an IoT customer service strategy. Denon + Marantz identified an opportunity to deliver proactive customer experiences via the HEOS product line which is connected to an Internet of Things (IoT) network. HEOS products use Oracle Service Cloud to monitor data in order to deliver predictive, personalized service experiences to Denon + Marantz customers. 

Matrix Commerce - Ken Finnerty, Vice President of Information Technology, UPS

Ken Finnerty and his team won the SuperNova Award his leadership in UPS My Choice and UPS Access Point. UPS My Choice gives customers control over the delivery experience while UPS Access Point enables customers to return packages at any UPS Access Point location. The UPS Access Point™ network, when combined with UPS My Choice® (UPS’s consumer-facing delivery management and notification service), offers consumers unprecedented control over the delivery experience. When consumers are not home to receive a package, UPS can re-route that package to a convenient Access Point™ location, such as a pharmacy, grocery store or dry cleaner for the consumer to pick up on their own schedule. Local small business owners who join the network experience increased foot traffic and exposure in their communities.

Next Generation Customer Experience, Murray Swartzberg, CIO, ATP World Tour

Murray Swartzberg and his team won the SuperNova Award for revolutionizing how tennis analysts and fans receive statistics about professional tennis. Under Swartzberg's leadership, the ATP partnered with Infosys to produce ATP Leaderboards, an application that provides statistical measures of the best performing players in the form of insights. The project is based on the real-time in-memory paradigm aligned with Infosys Information Platform Tooling & Apache Spark.

Technology Optimization & Innovation - Ed McMahon, CEO, Epec Engineered Technologies

Ed and his team won for their implementation of Netsuite ERP in a transformational project that improved scalability and efficiency across the business. Epec has reaped over $500,000 from its cloud investments with revenue increasing by 233%, making Epec one of the fastest growing electronic components-manufacturers.  

The Rewards

  • One ticket to Constellation's Connected Enterprise 2017

  • Three month subscription to Constellation's research library

  • Three month membership in Constellation Executive Network, including three month access to Constellation Insights


Congratulations to the winners! Continue to be brave, innovative, and disruptive!