// Blogbericht Smart Business Awards (EN)

Last night IBM Benelux received its second award of the year during the Smart Business Awards. These awards are held each year by Smart Business and ZDNet.be in order to give special attention to the business IT sector in Belgium. This year the gala event took place in Antwerp on the 25th of June in the presence of none other than Prince Laurent, who awarded the prize for Green IT.

The event was divided in three main sectors: 'hardware, security & Green IT', 'software & telecom/communication' and 'Services & Innovation'. The judgments were based on the votes of a public jury and on the opinion of a jury of experts in the IT business in Belgium. These results were then supplemented by the relative position in the market and the sentiments of the suppliers towards the nominees.

In the broad category of Big Data, Business Intelligence and Analytics (telecom/communication sector), there was a lot of competition, with nominees such as the SAS Institute, Qliq, HP, SAP and Microstrategy. Nevertheless, IBM's good position in the market and its diverse innovative initiatives managed to convince the members of the public jury as well as the experts in the IT business. Big Blue eventually came out on top in this category, just in front of the runner-up, SAP.

“Eventually IBM wins because the company has a good market position in this field, while showing diverse initiatives (such as the Watson initiative)”, clarifies William Visterin, editor in chief of the Smart Business magazine and head of the jury. “IBM excels in the three domains comprised in this award: the managing of enormous amounts of data, gaining insights and analytics from them and using this business intelligence to aid other companies. Especially the innovative achievements of Watson were very important in our decision.”

Bart Windal, Vice President of the IBM BeNeLux Software Group, accepted the award and was delighted with this recognition: “This award of  Big Data, Business Intelligence and Analytics shows once again that the transformation of IBM from a hardware company to a provider of software services and business intelligence has been a success. It will give us the drive to keep on improving and innovating our Big Data and Analytics efforts, with Watson taking center stage in our business strategy.”

After winning the Data News Award on May 7th, this is the second Big Data award for IBM Benelux this year. It proves that IBM still has the upper hand in the Big Data and Analytics business in Belgium, and with the help of Watson, IBM will remain the most innovative player in this market.