Constellation Research celebrates champions of disruptive technology for fourth year

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, September 2, 2014— Constellation Research, Inc. the research and advisory firm helping clients dominate digital disruption announced the finalists of the fourth annual SuperNova Awards. The Constellation SuperNova Awards are the first and only awards to celebrate the leaders and teams who have overcome the hurdles of technology adoption to successfully introduce emerging and disruptive technologies to their organizations.  

The finalists were selected from a pool of over 220 applications, and recognized by the SuperNova Award Judges as individuals who embody the SuperNova Award spirit to champion disruptive technologies within their organizations.

The winners of the SuperNova Awards will be announced at the SuperNova Awards Gala Dinner on October 29, 2014 in Half Moon Bay, California. The Gala Dinner will take place on the first night of Constellation’s Connected Enterprise innovation summit.

Selecting Finalists

The SuperNova Award Judges evaluated all SuperNova Award applications against a rigorous set of criteria to identify applicants worthy of advancement to the finalist round. 

The SuperNova Award Judges, comprised of influential thought leaders and journalists, were individually selected for their futurist mindset and keen ability to separate substance from hype.

The Constellation SuperNova Awards are awarded in seven categories that correspond with Constellation's business-focused research themes: Future of Work, Data to Decisions, Digital Marketing Transformation, Technology Optimization and Innovation, Consumerization of IT and the New C-Suite, Matrix Commerce, and Next Generation Customer Experience.

“The SuperNova Award competition gets tougher each year. This year is no exception. I was extremely impressed by the quality of this year’s applications. The list of finalists and their associated organizations points to a bigger trend: disruptive technology is proliferating to bigger organizations with more complex implementation requirements. These SuperNova Award finalists are leading the way for the rest of their industries by being the first to tackle the challenges of disruptive technology adoption and implementation,” commented R “Ray” Wang, Chairman and Founder, Constellation Research, Inc.

Selecting Winners

The SuperNova Award winners will be determined by a combination of public votes and judges’ votes. The judges’ votes will be weighted at 70% of the total.

Public polling opens on September 9, 2014 on the SuperNova Award page on the Constellation Research website. Constellation encourages the general public to vote for the finalist they deem most worthy of receiving a SuperNova Award for innovators in disruptive technology.

Voting will take place here from September 9 – 30, 2014.

SuperNova Award Finalists

CoIT & The New C-Suite

Robin Jenkins, Regional Marketing Manager, RMH Franchise Corporation
anjib Sahoo, Chief Technology Officer, tradeMONSTER Group, Inc.
Gordon Smith, Supervisor, Client Hardware Engineering and Mobile, Intermountain Healthcare
Jason Grady, NGMC Regional STEMI Coordinator & Paramedic, Northeast Georgia Medical Center
Jeff Trom, Chief Technology Officer, Workiva

Data to Decisions

Chris Frye, Director of Innovation, Crate and Barrel
Dave Berman, President, RingCentral
Dr. Joel Dudley
Graeme Aitken, Vice President of Business Controlling, DHL Express
Steve Schnur, Director of Merchandise Planning & Analytics, MGM Resorts

Digital Marketing Transformation

Heather McBrien, Digital Marketing Manager, AAA Carolinas
Janelle Donovan, Sr. Director Of Marketing, Demand Generation, ServiceMax
Scott Loft, VP of Ticket Sales and Retentions, The Oklahoma City Thunder
Todd Wilms, Head of Social Business Strategy, SAP

Future of Work

Bob Hernon, Vice President of Finance & Treasury, Aéropostale, Inc.
Chris Salles, Director, eLearning, Guitar Center
Rob Wavra, President, Sentinel Applied Analytics
Gordon Smith, Supervisor, Client Hardware Engineering and Mobile, Intermountain Healthcare
Jason Grady, NGMC Regional STEMI Coordinator & Paramedic, Northeast Georgia Medical Center
Robin Jenkins, Regional Marketing Manager, RMH Franchise Corporation

Matrix Commerce

Darrell Haskin, Director of IT, Delta Air Lines
Sanjib Sahoo, Chief Technology Officer, tradeMONSTER Group, Inc.
Travis Morrison, IT Director, New Belgium Brewing

Next Generation Customer Experience

Ian White, Manager of Support, Rackspace
Liz Pedro, Director Customer Success Marketing, Mitel
Darrell Haskin, Director of IT, Delta Air Lines
Michael Landauer, Digital Communities Manager, The Dallas Morning News
Steve Hilker, Dell Product Manager, Dell
Tom Wyland, Program Director, Paid Services Engineering, AOL

Technology Optimization & Innovation

Ed Martin, IT Director, UCSF
John West, Owner, Image Uniforms
Jonathan Feldman, CIO, City of Asheville IT Services
Kenneth Seeton, Central Plant Manager, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Marcel Chiriac, Group CIO, KMG International (Rompetrol)
Rick Taylor, Vice President of IT & Supply Chain, Youngevity
Wade Sendall, Vice President of IT, Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC
William Cooper, Associate Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, University of California Office of the President (UCOP)

About Constellation Research

Constellation Research is a leading business research and advisory firm that helps clients transform business models with disruptive technologies and progressive strategies. Constellation caters to clients who have talent, influence, and vision. This community of successful senior business leaders excel and continue to advance in their careers.  


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