On 25 February 2016, the UK’s top 50 data leaders and influencers, and the companies they work for, were revealed and celebrated at the inaugural Data 50 Awards. Congratulations to all the winners. The Data 50 will return in 2017.

The Data 50 Awards honours the people at the forefront of data – those transforming organisations and enhancing decision-making through its use, managing and controlling its proliferating growth, and driving new business value.

The explosion of data – and what can be done with it – has been the most transformational trend to emerge from the digital age. It is also the area where the most groundbreaking technology has been developed.

The pace of innovation in this industry has been rapid, with new ways of generating insight from data springing up regularly. Big data is projected to grow to a £50.1 billion market this year, according to Wikkbon.

Meanwhile, the chief information officers, chief data officers and all others involved in the deployment of these technologies in enterprises have shown just how impactful their application can be in improving services, driving efficiencies and cost savings, and trailblazing new opportunities for growth.

And while it’s easy to dwell on the ‘sexier’ examples of big data, other cutting-edge technologies have enabled unprecedented ways to build infrastructure that can house and scale its growth – and protecting sensitive information from ever-expanding cyber threats is also a critical consideration.

All functions involved in driving data innovation in the UK are considered, whether it be the vendors creating the technology, the end-users deploying it, or the consultancies or integrators helping them do it.

The Data 50 Awards will return in 2017. Nominations will open later this year, but for more information until then please contact


Nominations for the Data 50 Awards 2017 will open later this year. Click here to see who made it onto the 2016 Data 50 list and who picked up the ‘Best in Class’ awards.


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