ScotlandIS, the trade association championing the digital technologies industry are organisers of the awards. Delighted with the increased response to this year's call for applications, Polly Purvis CEO of ScotlandIS, said: "Our latest industry survey findings show that nearly 87% of technology companies anticipate growth this coming year, with over 65% advising they are forecasting growth of over 10%. A buoyant industry in a buoyant mood indeed."
The awards shine a spotlight on companies pushing the boundaries in digital technologies and ScotlandIS introduced several new categories this year to reflect the changing IT landscape, with Best Business to Business Technology Product or Service being the most popular category.
"We want to encourage excellence in business as well as in technical innovation so we have created a new award to recognise outstanding marketing performance," explained Ms Purvis. "More and more of our members are achieving growth through exports so our new international technology star category will celebrate those companies who are performing extremely well on the world stage."
Edge Testing Solutions, Kotikan, FanDuel, and Cooper Software are in the running for the title of Digital Technology Company of the Year, having demonstrated outstanding growth executed against ambitious plans. Previous winners include Craneware, FreeAgent, Amor Group and FanDuel.
The awards, now in their fifth year, reveal the excellence abundant in the industry and reward the innovation, expertise and ambition of businesses across the digital technologies spectrum. The winners of the 10 categories will be unveiled at The Arches in Glasgow on June 18. The event is being held in association with business analysts Be-Positive, technical writing specialist doc-department, and recruitment firm Hudson.
Alastair Balfour, chair of the judging panel and founder of organisations including Company Creators, the Entrepreneurial Exchange and previously editor of Scottish Business Insider, praised the calibre of entries to this year’s awards.
Mr Balfour said: "This year’s judging process was very tough because we had so many excellent entries to choose from. I have been involved with these awards since they first launched in 2011 and I never fail to be bowled over by the level of innovation and best practice on show in Scotland. All of our finalists have beaten off stiff competition and proved that they are at the top of their game."
The 2015 finalists are:
DigiTech Business of the Year
Edge Testing Solutions
International Technology Star
Calnex Solutions Ltd
Hutchinson Networks Ltd
Best B2B Technology Product/Service (sponsored by Be-Positive)
Edge Testing Solutions
Best B2C Technology Product/Service
Digital Agency (sponsored by Hudson)
Best Public Sector Product/Service
Atos – The City of Edinburgh Council
PDMS & Police National Legal Database
Sitekit/ Maverick TV
Investment Deal of the Year
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Best Financial Services Product/ Service
Outstanding Marketing Performance by a Tech Company
Star Performance of the Year (sponsored by doc-department)
The shortlist for this category will be announced on the night.