lion award Finalists

Leap London: Industry leaders including Aveva, BT, and JLL among finalists for 2019 Workfront Lion Awards

Additional finalists include ICON, Sky Betting and Gaming, Merck, Beekman Group, Kverneland Group Operations, Bakkavor, Sok Media, Santander UK, and GVC. 

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The Workfront Lion Awards, now in their third year, were established to recognize those businesses that are pioneering modern work management. The awards celebrate companies that are driving positive change and measurable results across their organisations, automating and accelerating critical business processes, and helping people get their best work done.  

The judging panel of Workfront executives and industry experts had the challenging and rewarding task of reviewing the many inspiring accomplishments of this year’s nominees. Each award submission demonstrates that Workfront customers continue to set the highest standards in modern work management.

This year’s finalists by category are:

Workfront Innovator

Either by connecting the tools they already have, creating a unique use case, or improving on strategic alignment, these customers have found innovative ways to use Workfront in their organisations.

Aveva is a global leader in engineering and industrial software driving digital transformation across the entire asset and operational life cycle of capital-intensive industries. Many departments - IT, R&D and professional services - in the business use Workfront for resource management and portfolio management. It’s the team’s integrated use of Workfront with other systems of record for both forecasting and data-driven business decision making, that really sets them apart.

ICON is a global provider of drug development solutions and services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. The team has successfully implemented Workfront as they strive to help their customers accelerate the development of drugs and devices that save lives, and improve the quality of life.

Sky Betting and Gaming is the UK’s No.1 mobile-led betting and gaming operator, provides real money gambling and a diversified gaming product portfolio to customers in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, and Austria. SBG wants to be the UK’s best digital business and the team is using Workfront on its journey to realising this ambition - choosing Workfront as the single platform to coordinate end-to-end campaign delivery across a large number of teams, processes, and components, all while remaining compliant in a highly regulated sector.

Workfront Change Leader

The Change Leader Award recognizes customers who have significantly transformed their work culture and created an environment where employees love their jobs.

BT is one of the world's leading communications services companies and play a significant part in supporting the UK as a world class, digital economy. They serve the needs of customers in the UK and in 180 countries worldwide. In the largest change programme within the business to date, teams from five departments across BT Consumer, BT Enterprise, and BT Global Services have fully embraced Workfront, enabling them to do their best work, which is leading to cross department collaboration, cost savings, improved efficiency, and faster time to market for new products.

Merck is a leading science and technology firm, develops, manufactures,. and sells biotech, pharmaceutical, and specialty chemical products for global consumption. Merck’s in-house consulting group delivers internal services for process- and change-management across the globe from three locations: Darmstadt, Boston, and Hong Kong. The rapidly expanding, globally dispersed team required a platform that enabled them to work collaboratively and efficiently, regardless of time zone. With Workfront, the team and the wider business have one single source of truth for the critical work they are doing around the world.

Beekman Group is one of South Africa’s leading leisure property development and management businesses. As the business has grown, the number and variety of projects being handled by the group has increased rapidly. To handle growth, the team at Beekman Group identified a need for a single platform to be used by all departments across the group - enabling effective communication across departments, document sharing, record keeping, and seamless approval processes. Every department has embraced Workfront, helping Beekman Group achieve business continuity and operational excellence.

Workfront Optimisation Expert

Getting to “good enough” is the easy part. But optimizing processes and technologies to drive real change opens up the door to even better results. The Optimisation award recognizes customers who have implemented and optimized their solution to enable exceptional business results and ROI.

Kverneland Group Operations, Norway, is a leading international company developing, producing, and distributing agricultural machinery and services. The Kverneland team began their Workfront journey in January 2018 and have already increased capacity in the R&D department by 78% just for reporting, status updates, and better planning.

Bakkavor is the leading provider of fresh prepared food in the UK, with a growing international presence in the US and China. The team at Bakkavor launched Workfront in 2016 to manage their expanding project workload. As the business has continued its international growth, the workload and size of the team has grown in parallel, which led them to review resource management in 2018 as the next step in the business’s work management evolution. The team has used Workfront to drive real change across the business and support its growth strategy.

JLL is a world leader in real estate services. JLL buys, builds, occupies, and invests in a variety of assets including industrial, commercial, retail, residential, and hotel real estate. Its clients span industries including banking, energy, healthcare, law, life sciences, manufacturing, and technology. The team at JLL is using Workfront as their operational system of record (OSR) - orchestrating technology change across the enterprise to deliver better products, faster, with transparent performance and greater collaboration.

Workfront Rising Star

It pays to go all-in on a new technology from the start. The Rising Star award recognizes customers who have achieved significant results within their first year of implementation.

Sok Media is the marketing team of the Finnish Cooperative Society Central Cooperative (SOK), a Euro 12 billion retail group, has been using Workfront for almost a year. The team sought out a platform to enable their digital transformation, reimagining and reinventing how marketing works across the business. Process transparency, cost savings, and improved efficiency has released time for the team to flex their creative and innovative muscles, which has led to external recognition of their campaigns in the global marketing community. They are working closely with Workfront to continually refine and improve their business models, helping the marketing team and other divisions within the company to do their best work.

Santander UK is a large retail and commercial bank based in the UK and a wholly owned subsidiary of the major global bank, Banco Santander. Santander strives for operational and digital excellence across its business and the team brought Workfront in to achieve its marketing 4.0 initiative. Workfront enables several marketing groups — from planning to comms, events to sustainability — to work more efficiently, increase collaboration and visibility, and make cost savings across the business.

GVC is one of the world’s largest sports betting and gaming groups. As a high growth global business in a highly regulated sector, GVC needed a tool that encouraged consistent work practises, improved visibility to all stakeholders, and provided seamless collaboration across departments to break down operational silos. Within one month the team had gained 94% adoption and usage of Workfront. The organisation quickly embraced the behavioural change needed, empowering the team to reject any requests that don’t come through Workfront, and quickly delivering execs visibility and quality reporting.


The Lion Awards Winners will be announced at Leap London, June 3-5. Register to attend Leap today.

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