Creative, innovative people draw inspiration from those around them. The Beatles were influenced by Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Elvis Presley, among others. In turn, they influenced the next generation of musicians, and continue to inspire people today.

The same is true in the software development space. Innovations in service-oriented architectures influenced the creation of microservices, or microapps. The later, though, were made possible by the idea of the cloud.

This category looks at those companies, associations and projects that have inspired development and IT shops to build upon the work they have created, and recognizes them for their leadership as we begin to create a digital world we only could have dreamed about a generation ago.

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