Fujitsu SELECT Circle Partner Cutter Group has been named 2020 SELECT Innovation Award winner, recognising a transformational IT project at a British school for blind and vision-impaired young people, that has enabled the virtual lessons that students now rely on. The project narrowly won out over finalists WestMedica and Napakeo who also submitted projects that addressed needs created by this year’s pandemic.
The annual Fujitsu Innovation Awards recognise the vital role of partners in enabling customers to leverage Fujitsu's extensive product and services portfolio. Submissions evaluate partners' overall impact and the extent to which they further Fujitsu's vision of creating a human-centric intelligent society. During the ceremony, Fujitsu also recognised the outstanding achievements of partners who have excelled over the course of the last year in the delivery of customer-centric solutions in a challenging, unsettled market. These included Cipal Schaubroeck from Belgium awarded Best Digital Infrastructure Partner; Sancluster, from Germany, who won Best Service Provider, and Harel Technologies, from Israel, named Rising Star.
Fernanda Catarino, Head of Channel, Fujitsu Europe said, "this year has been incredibly difficult for our industry. It has tested our community, but our partners have demonstrated their resilience in the face of adversity. Many have faced drastically changed marketplaces and shifting customer demands, but they have adapted, innovated and reimagined themselves to meet the challenge. This year's award winners, and our ecosystem as a whole, continue to demonstrate that we are stronger together – and that, as a community, we collectively have the tools to meet businesses' changing demands. And by inviting award winners to our Advisory Board, we will further strengthen these bonds by ensuring that we continue to meet their evolving needs."
Fujitsu will also leverage the expertise from winning partners, with Cutter and eleven other 2020 Partner Award winners invited to join the newly formed Fujitsu Partner Advisory Board. This new community of partner representatives will help Fujitsu define and prioritise its future channel strategy and go-to-market plans by contributing their complementary skills and experience. As Fujitsu Partner Advisory Board members, the winners will have the opportunity to participate in board meetings, which will take place twice per year.
Cutter, also the winner of the 2016 SELECT Innovation Award, has scooped top honors for the second time. The Fujitsu 2020 SELECT Innovation Award recognises its work to transform the technology infrastructure for New College Worcester, a residential school for young, visually impaired people in the West Midlands, UK. Cutter replaced the school's obsolete infrastructure with a system that allowed a seamless transition to virtual learning, enabling students to access learning resources, including Braille teaching, remotely, and maintaining a regular school day from home. The online platform is also helping parents to better support their children's education by ensuring that the life skills learned during lessons are also implemented consistently at home.
Finalists for the Innovation award were Austrian digital microscopy automation specialists Westmedia, and digital signage experts Napakeo from France. Westmedia leveraged Fujitsu hardware to deliver artificial intelligence modules that meet rigorous healthcare regulations. These are now being deployed worldwide in laboratories to support remote testing for medical issues from Covid-19 to bone marrow disorders. Meanwhile, Napakeo created a new COVID-friendly digital product for its Tourism Office customer – combining a digital information point and alcohol gel dispenser.
The valuable contribution made to the community by the winner of the prestigious SELECT Innovation is recognised with a prize of $10,000 USD in joint marketing funds and widespread promotion via Fujitsu’s own marketing. Cutter representatives will also be invited to Japan to meet global industry experts at Fujitsu. Winners of all awards will also have the opportunity to participate in the European Fujitsu Partner Advisory Board.