Celebrating the 2017 Evolutionaries Award Winners

After a long day of talking about us—Code42 innovations, best practices and emerging strategies—we shifted gears to focusing on you. We ended Day One with the 2017 Evolutionaries award ceremony.

Every year, our Evolutionaries awards gives us an opportunity to celebrate our customers’ successes with them, and also to recognize how they’re contributing to best practices and innovations that benefit our entire user community. With countless nominations from Code42 customers, partners and employees, it was tough to pick the “best” from an incredible range of accomplishments. That said, here are a few of our 2017 Evolutionaries award winners:

  • THE BREAKTHROUGH AWARD: Georgia Institute of Technology

This organization is doing some incredibly important work, including leading the charge to cure heart disease. Impressively, they’re also working with a strict mandate: Everyone in their organization must back up all their data—or they risk losing all of their funding.

  • THE EVOLUTIONARY AWARD: Pacific Northwest National Lab

Immediately after Evolution16, just nine months ago, PNNL began a massive migration of a vast array of storage mediums to a full cloud-based data backup model. They first deployed Code42 to protect Macs, then quickly realized Code42 is perfect for protecting all the company’s Windows devices. Now they’ve moved on to enabling remote restores and device refreshes.


When a new CIO looked at Qualcomm’s laptops and decided they all needed a refresh, the IT team was tasked with refreshing more than 1,000 laptops a month. They needed a better, faster way of doing it—and they found it with Code42, trimming refreshes from 6-8 hours down to just one.


Big Blue started with 75,000 Macs; now they use Code42 to protect nearly 200,000 devices in over 200 countries worldwide. “You can imagine the kind of buy-in you need to roll out to 200 countries,” said Code42 President and CEO Joe Payne.

  • THE EVANGELIST AWARD: Diana Williams, University of Georgia

The Evangelist award recognizes an individual who consistently seeks out and completes challenges on the Code42 AdvocateHub—our exclusive customer community—and shares the importance of modern endpoint backup as an evangelist for Code42. This award is always a tough one, as we have so many tremendous contributors. This year, the Evangelist award went to a woman who so many immediately recognize as a tireless advocate and active member of the Code42 user community. “To put it simply,” Joe Payne concluded, “She’s a rockstar.”

Didn’t win this year? No worries. The best part of the Evolutionaries is that they’re always moving forward, always looking for the newest and most innovative ways our customers are leveraging Code42 to solve business challenges and deliver new value.