SearchSMB Product of the Year

Technology vendors and readers can nominate their favorite products for the SearchSMB Product of the Year awards. editors and other industry experts will judge the entries.
Your product(s) qualify for submission if the product has shipped (or has been significantly upgraded) between Sept. 30, 2006 and Oct. 1, 2007.
The deadline for submissions: Nov. 9, 2007.
Products can only be submitted once and are limited to one category. They must fit into one of the following categories for consideration:
1. SMB security
2. SMB storage
3. SMB networking
5. SMB content management
We’ve decided on the following criteria as being most critical:
# SMB focus: Is the product intended for only small and medium-sized businesses, which are defined as companies with $10 million to $1 billion in revenue or 50 to 2,500 employees? Was it built specifically for them? Did it morph from an enterprise tool?
# Innovation: Does the product introduce new capabilities or provide such significant improvements to standard capabilities to the degree that it stands out within its product category? Does it break new ground, redefine the category or define a new “subcategory” within the overall field?
# Performance: Does the product perform at a level that makes it unlikely that it would become a bottleneck in an SMB environment? Does the product perform to the degree that it could improve a significant portion of the overall IT operation?
# Ease of integration into environment: How easily does the product integrate with other products — both from the same vendor and others? Can the product operate effectively in heterogeneous environments?
# Ease of use and manageability: Is the product easy to install? Are the product’s interfaces intuitive? Are the product’s functions clear, easy to learn and to run? Is the product likely to require the help of professional services on an ongoing basis? Does the product provide useful reports, audits, etc.? Will the product scale smoothly to accommodate growth in an environment?
# Functionality: Does the product deliver as promised? Is the product’s feature set complete and more than adequate to handle its job? Does the product provide greater or more useful functionality than others in its category? Are there any serious functional omissions?
# Value: Does the product represent a cost-effective solution? Can the ROI be easily justified? If the product is expensive or represents an additional cost for most SMB environments, is the added functionality worth the price? Will the product be cost effective to maintain TCO?
For more guidelines on the submissions, click here.
The deadline for submissions: Nov. 9, 2007.