In a year of unheard-of change and uncertainty, one thing has actually stayed pretty consistent: the acceleration of digital transformation. The pace already was speeding up prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the crisis has taken digital transformation efforts to heights that few would have thought achievable in such a short time. Powering this shift are innovative vendors in sectors across the IT industry—and the solution provider partners who bring these differentiated products and services to customers.
What counts as innovation in a year when the home environment has become the office and the classroom for countless people across North America? While most tech companies claim to have differentiated products that are relevant in the current crisis, not all truly deliver—or don’t do so in a way that creates opportunities for partners. To help with recognizing true channel-friendly innovation, the 2020 CRN Tech Innovator Awards honor products and services that offer both major advances in technology and partner growth opportunities—across areas including cloud, security, software, infrastructure and devices. The awards this year showcase trailblazing vendors in 48 categories, along with two Editor’s Choice awards for deserving products that didn’t fit elsewhere. The winners and finalists were chosen by CRN staff from among 388 applicants.
The delivery of truly differentiated offerings that create opportunities for partners during this unprecedented period is the crowning achievement of our 2020 Tech Innovators. CRN’s 2020 Tech Innovator winners and finalists appear on the following slides.