Appirio ‘Honoring’ the Best of the Worst in the Cloud
Following in the footsteps of the infamous Razzie awards given to the people responsible for the worst movies of the year, cloud integrator Appirio has invited me to the inaugural Washies: an awards ceremony designed to publicly shame those vendors who claim a solution is “cloud” when it’s really just a fresh coat of paint on an aging legacy solution.
The idea, according to Appirio’s blog entry, is to have a little fun at the expense of those companies who are dead-set on capitalizing on cloud hype without taking the time or effort to really understand what that means. And thus far response from the cloud services channel and other IT pros has already been outstanding, the company noted, with early votes and nominees flooding in.
By the time you’re reading this, nominations will have closed. But we’re expecting the final lists of nominees in the following categories any minute now (and this story will get updated when that list arrives):
Biggest cloud washer (overall company)
Biggest personal washer (individual)
Worst case of washed advertising (company)
Most cloud washed public statement (individual and quote)
Most enthusiastic use of the word cloud (company)
The nomination process is confidential, so it’s entirely possible that some of these nominations will have come from the vendor’s own employees. The actual voting will continue from today through Dec. 12 on the Washies website. The “winners” will be announced at a reception here in San Francisco on Dec. 14 — if you’re going, drop us a line in the comments, we’d love to say hello.
In the meanwhile, I have some deeper thoughts on the implications of the Washies percolating in the back of my mind; check back in to TalkinCloud for updates.