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Review Honours of the CI:PHER AWARD 2014 CiMi.CON Evolution 2014 in Berlin: Citrix wins the we.CONECT CI:PHER Award 2014, DSM Innovation Center receives Special Honor Connecting CI / MI and Innovation in Berlin, June 18, 2014 From June 16 - 17, 2014, more than 120 competitive & market intelligence professionals from all over globe gathered for the annual CiMi.CON Evolution 2014, organized by we.CONECT Global Leaders in Berlin, and discussed the most critical challenges and trends in competitive & market intelligence, new tools, CI tactics, competitive processes and strategies to forecast fast changing competition’s next moves. Taking place in the charming hot-spot of the city - MARITIM proArte Hotel Berlin – international attendees joined the festive ceremony to be presented the most honorable CI projects and latest efforts in the industry. Segmented in the categories “Best CI Project” and “Best Diversified CI Team”, the CI:PHER Award 2014 exclusively recognised, celebrated and honoured outstanding achievements and performances from diverse participants.

Gala Dinner Reception & CIPHER Award Ceremony

we.CONECT CI:PHER Award 2014 / Live Band

Rick Marcet / Citrix Systems, Winner of Best CI-

2014 in Berlin’s Maritim proArte Hiotel

at Award Ceremony

Project CI:PHER Award 2014

Beforehand, an independent jury - composed of Heath Gross (CEO& Founder, Sedulo Group), Anders Bretz (Founding Partner, Wide Narrow), Markus Ott (Head of Global Market Evaluation, Festo AG), Helen Woodcock (Competitive Intelligence & Benchmarking Advisor, IT, Royal Dutch, Shell plc.), had performed a pre-selection from all submitted applications and chosen a number of projects to win in each category. In a second step, the winner and special honor were announced and presented their project live during the official award ceremony. Award Category: Best CI Project 2014 The winner of the premier CI:PHER Award 2014 selected by the jury is Citrix Systems Inc., awarded in Berlin for their project ‘Win Loss Review Tool’. The tool ‘addresses the growing complexity and competitiveness of a business’ environment by leveraging field-based intelligence for the benefit of multiple stakeholders across sales, marketing and product development’ says Marcet. Citrix had applied a new knowledge- creation and sharing model, allowing for information to freely flow across the traditional internal barriers of the business. Competitive and market intelligence had been extracted from thousands of won or lost deals in a timely, efficient and cost effective manner via the integration of a feedback tool, analyzing and distributing a more continuous output of actionable competitive insights on a real time basis, than traditional methods.

Dr. Dr. Christina Wallner, Head of Africa Amini Alama,

Winner of Best CI-Project:

Special Honor in Best Diversified CI-Team:

Receiver of the 2,000 € award prize donation 2014

Citrix Systemc Inc., Rick Marcet (right)

DSM Innovation Center, Ubald Kragten (right)

Special Honor: Best Diversified CI-Team 2014 A Special Honor went to the DSM Innovation Center in the category “Best Diversified CI-Team”, for outstanding achievements reached by a culturally diverse CI / MI team. The DSM Innovation Center CI/MI team had grown over the past years into a highly diversified team, ‘in which diversity is not only based on gender and nationality but also on education, background and experience’, as Kragten explained. With a CI / MI team composing of people from diverse countries, cultures and backgrounds, DSM disposes of an array of knowledge from many different industries and lines of work, combined in one effective CI/MI with the capabilities to question and surpass critical challenges and trends in the market. The DSM CI / MI had thoroughly succeeded in collaborating in a highly effective manner with one another, performing in an objective way and questioning certain approaches that were driven by their backgrounds. The cross-fertilization among the team members allowed for better and new ways of working, while aiding the acquisition of valuable information and knowledge within the organization.

Winners of the CI:PHER Award 2014 handing over

Dr. Dr. Christina Wallner, Africa Amini Alama

CiMi.CON 2014 community 2014: International CI / MI

the prize cheque of 2,000 € to Africa Amini Alama

explaining help projects in Tansania

professionals meeting at CI:PHER Award Ceremony

By winning the CI:PHER AWARD 2014 in Berlin, the winners not only received a trophy and an official certificate proving their excellent work, but a prize donation of 2000 € was enabled by we.CONECT to support a charity. In this regard, this year’s prize money was donated to the charity initiative Africa Amini Alama to aid the development of the medical, education and social sectors of rural communities in Tansania / Africa. The Austrian and German team is already offering basic courses in schooling children in English and IT, offering courses in sewing for women and supporting an agricultural project with local farmers. In retrospect, the annual CiMi.CON Evolution 2014 by we.CONECT offered a highly interactive platform for knowledge exchange in competitive and market intelligence in a global focus. With more than 35 speakers and moderators, as well as an assorted advisory board and business partners from all over the world, the CiMi.CON Evolution 2014 presented the biggest networking platform of its format for Competitive and Market Intelligence. Discussions and case studies addressed the critical connection between competitive & market intelligence and innovation, as well as related pressing challenges and potential solutions to be taken on by professionals worldwide. The congress offered dynamic insights into the most recent CI /MI tools, innovative approaches, competitive processes and strategies to forecast fast-changing competition in all areas. With this year’s edition, the CiMi.CON Evolution surpassed the high expectations of the more than 120 international attendees from the industry and proved its innovative approach as Europe’s leading CI & MI networking platform. After the Conference is before the Conference Shortly after the conference, the we.CONECT team is already preparing the CiMi.CON Evolution 2015, which will return to Berlin from June 25 – 26, 2015. Next year, the CI:PHER Award will once again be bestowed to outstanding projects that have received not only internal support and appreciation, but deserve an international recognition within the prominent CiMi.CON Evolution community for project achievements, strategy and collaboration for competitive and market intelligence. For more information about the CiMi.CON Evolution, delegate or speaker registration, as well as the application procedure for the next year´s award, please contact we.CONECT. Serina Gummert | Marketing Manager | we.CONECT Global Leaders GmbH | Tel.: +49 (0)30 52 10 70 3 – 83 | Email: | Website:

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From June 16 - 17, 2014, more than 120 competitive & market intelligence professionals from all over globe gathered for the annual CiMi.CON...