Trace3, the Transformative IT Authority, presented its 1st Annual Denver Innovation Award at the recent Taste of Innovation event on March 2nd, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The award recognizes innovative approaches to solving business problems within the Denver market with considerations around how people, process and technology can be enabled to digitally transform the business.
The 2017 Denver area nominees were:
Karl Erickson – VP, Systems Architecture for Maximus
Edward Janowiak – Director of Advanced Engineering for Charter Communications
John Solomon – Manager of Information Security for CenturyLink
Christian Teeft – CTO and SVP Cloud Services for Symmetry
Ryan Lynn, Principal Technologist for Trace3, presented the 2017 Denver Innovation Award to Edward Janowiak of Charter Communications.
Edward Janowiak and his team are responsible for the entire unified cloud platform for Charter Communications. The team must seek input from the business, transform the inputs into requirements, test and evaluate various solutions, architect and design the platform, and enable operations to implement and support. Through a yearlong process, Edward’s team evaluated 100’s of products and ultimately – partnering with Trace3 – settled on a highly customized unified cloud platform able to accommodate scale, performance and diverse workloads while also building a platform for all future applications. Spectrum Cloud Guide, an all IP delivered cable guide experience, was a new initiative to modernize the customer experience in the consumer home and the first application to find it’s home on the platform.
“They’re all cool stories and projects but Edward’s in my opinion really speaks to the broadest set of challenges and benefits of a real digital transformation effort if executed properly. The importance of a digital transformation for an older traditional business to thrive in the future, the identification and defining of the problems, the investment that must go into evaluating many different technologies, understanding the needs of various stakeholders, building a plan, executing, showing *measurable* cost savings and/or increased revenue or speed to market, etc etc. That one just seemed to me the most complex, therefore requiring the most innovative effort, resulting in the biggest impact to the business.” said Chad Cardenas, President of Trace3.
The Denver Innovation Award candidates are nominated by Trace3 sales and engineering associates. The nominations are carefully considered and voted on by Trace3 leadership.