Awards

IDC Future of Digital Infrastructure

The Future Enterprise will look more digital than physical with digitally transformed enterprises accounting for a majority of global economic activity. Digital infrastructure focuses on ensuring ever faster adoption of innovative technology, everywhere. It encompasses compute, storage, network and edge resources deployed across clouds and in enterprise locations. Successful Enterprises employ automation and AI/ML intelligence to boost digital infrastructure resiliency while improving performance and security.

IDC Best in Future of Digital Infrastructure North America Awards

IDC is seeking applications for successful Future of Digital Infrastructure projects and initiatives in North America for its Best in Future of Digital Infrastructure North America Awards. Specifically, IDC is looking for details on implemented initiatives (pilots or projects) as opposed to ideas or planned initiatives. IDC's 2021 Best in Future of Digital Infrastructure North America Awards will be presented to the winning initiatives at an awards ceremony in December 2021.

This award recognizes that a large percentage of a digital enterprise's revenue depends upon the responsiveness, scalability, and resiliency of the infrastructure deployed within its own facilities and its ability to take advantage of third-party provided and operated infrastructure resources delivered as a service.

Winners are recognized for innovation and excellence in using cloud-centric computing to enable digital infrastructure resiliency, ensure consistent and ubiquitous workload placement and cost optimization across hybrid or multiple clouds, and take full advantage of autonomous operations.

Definition of Future of Digital Infrastructure

IDC categorizes digital infrastructure as the ability of end-user organizations to deploy responsive, scalable, and resilient infrastructure within its own facilities and the ability to take advantage of third-party provided and operated infrastructure resources delivered as a service. Digital infrastructure focuses on the fast delivery of innovative infrastructure hardware, software, resource abstraction, and process technologies to support the development and continual refinement of resilient digital infrastructure across data center, edge, and public cloud service platforms

Primary requirements of all nominations are:
  1. Must be a Future of Digital Infrastructure initiative as defined by IDC.
  2. All nominations must be in production with existing customers/users since December 2020 or earlier.
  3. Must be able to articulate and show key performance indicators to ascribe value to completed project.
  4. Note: IT Vendors and Technology Consultants do not qualify for the IDC Future Enterprise Awards. Vendors may instead nominate completed projects on behalf of their clients. Please provide confirmation from the client that they wish to participate in the awards program.

The IDC Future Enterprise awards program is focused on identifying those organizations who have successfully leveraged technology within their entities to address one of the nine key C-Suite agenda items of the digital economy. While we recognize many leading edge technology projects are taking place in organizations that supply technology to the market (e.g. IT suppliers/technology vendors and their channel partners), this awards program is focused on organizations where the primary means for generating revenue is not from technology products or services.

Deadline

The 2021 Call for Nominations for the Best in Future of Digital Infrastructure North America Awards is now closed. The 2022 Best in Future of Digital Infrastructure North America Awards nomination period will open March 30, 2022.

Contact

If you'd like to receive an email notification once the nominations opens, please contact Heather Ball at hball@idc.com

The 2021 Call for Nominations for the Best in Future of Digital Infrastructure North America Awards is now closed. The 2022 Best in Future of Digital Infrastructure North America Awards nomination period will open March 30, 2022.

2021 Future Enterprise Best in Future of Digital Infrastructure North America Awards Winners

Autonomous Operations

  • Founders Federal Credit Union logo
    Founders Federal Credit Union
    Transforms its data center and cyber resilience strategy with Dell Technologies
    Project Goal: Founders Federal Credit Union, a regional credit union based in South and North Carolina, has planned and implemented a major overhaul of our entire data center centered on business and cyber resilience. After several regional enterprises were hit by ransomware in 2018-19, we planned a digital transformation with the ambitious goal of resuming full business operations after an incident within one hour – our KPI of success. The business reason: to stay competitive in this high-volume, online transaction-based industry.

    Innovation:
    • Full-functioning data center in our isolated cyber recovery vault, monitored by AI
    • Automated analytics and daily reporting to flag malware, identify known-good copy
    • Holistic, cloud-friendly environment – integrated servers, storage, data protection, virtualization

    Project Results:
    • Refreshed data center with a full suite of integrated solutions from a single vendor, including an air-gapped cyber recovery solution containing a full operational data center
    • Flexibility to operate on-prem, in public/private cloud, at edge locations/colocations
    • Plug-and-play, no-downtime IT expansion easily meets our 40% YoY growth rate
    • Trusted resilience for business and our 85K mobile channel users
    • Ability to switch over to vaulted datacenter in 1 hour – no need to pay ransomware or revert to suspect data touched by bad actors.

Cloud Centric Computing & Overall Winner

  • Tapestry logo
    Tapestry
    Digital Core Transformation
    In 2019, Tapestry embarked on a journey to digitally transform our infrastructure and core operating platforms. We branded this effort “Digital Core Transformation” (DCX) and it has been foundational to support Tapestry’s aggressive growth targets and resulted in triple-Digit Increase in Global Digital Sales.

    The three key tenets of the transformation included shifting to an API first strategy, migrating to a cloud-native enterprise data platform, and optimizing our data center footprint.
    • The cloud-native enterprise data platform enabled the elastically to support over 1 million API calls/day and process 1 billion rows of data.
    • Optimized our data center footprint and reduced the infrastructure costs by 15%
    • Enabled the company to reimagine existing processes, migrate our websites to headless commerce to enrich customer experience, re-usable and extensible API First strategy.
    • Gained 60% performance and quality efficiencies leveraging RPA, ML & AI technologies, and drive sales based on consumer behavior using Test & Learn methodology.
    • Became the first Retail company of our size to successfully migrate the 100+ server S4 Ecosystem to the Google cloud in a record 6-month timeline.
    DCX has provided Tapestry with a greater level of agility, flexibility, scalability, and risk mitigation while unlocking the use of advanced technologies.

Ubiquitous Deployment

  • Toyota Financial Services logo
    Toyota Financial Services
    Digital Infrastructure Transformation
    Toyota Financial Services (TFS) was a captive financial services company focused on serving Toyota and Lexus brands, supported by a traditional IT function built on legacy technologies and on-premises infrastructure. We saw an opportunity to challenge industry norms by becoming a platform company to service brands beyond Toyota and Lexus. Achieving TFS’ goals required radical modernization, behavioral shift, and complete re-imagination of IT Infrastructure into “Mobility-Finance-as-a-service” business model.

    Under senior management leadership, team developed an infrastructure transformation strategy with an “if we are born today” mindset. This was pivotal in the launch of Mazda Financial Services business, the first tenant on our new, 100% cloud-based, multitenant, multi-brand, platform called ‘mFin’, or “Mobility-Finance-as-a-service”. We built this new infrastructure from the ground up at an enterprise scale, requiring an intense assembling of diverse systems from software-as-a-service, platform-as a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service with partnerships across 20+ suppliers. The complex assembly of platforms delivered a multi-tenant, multi-brand ecosystem where each brand resides on the same system but maintains segregation of data. This resulted in launching a 100% cloud-based Automotive/Mobility Financial Services business with Mazda. This was a “first ever” in automotive finance industry in U.S. and “speed to market” was 7 months, versus initially estimated 19 months.

The 2021 Call for Nominations for the Best in Future of Digital Infrastructure North America Awards is now closed. The 2022 Best in Future of Digital Infrastructure North America Awards nomination period will open March 30, 2022.