SUSE Launches its Inaugural Customer Awards at SUSE Exchange London and Munich | SUSE Communities

SUSE Launches its Inaugural Customer Awards at SUSE Exchange London and Munich


As we celebrate our 30th anniversary this year, we launched the inaugural SUSE Customer Awards to praise the success of our customers. We received 20 nominations for our customers in EMEA across two categories: 

  • Digital Trendsetter – for the most innovative application of SUSE’s solutions 
  • Excellence in Business Transformation – for outstanding business results achieved as a result of SUSE’s solutions. 

The winners were announced yesterday at the SUSE Exchange events in London and Munich, where technology executives discussed how global enterprises are tackling enterprise container management and cloud native security challenges. 

Adam Spearing, SUSE’s Chief Revenue Officer, announced Arm as the winner in the Excellence in Business Transformation category, and Ivo Totev, SUSE’s Chief Operating Officer, presented SICK AG with an award in the Digital Trendsetter category. 

Learn more about the winners: 

Excellence in Business Transformation EMEA – Arm

Headquartered in Cambridge, United Kingdom, Arm is a world-leading semiconductor intellectual property (IP) designer. The company’s energy-efficient processor designs and software platforms have enabled advanced computing in more than 230 billion chips to date, securely powering products from the sensor to the smartphone and the supercomputer. 

Arm uses SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) and SUSE Linux Enterprise Micro (SLE Micro), as well as SUSE Rancher for its IT architecture. The tech stack enables Arm’s ecosystem and partners to build products and solutions with an enterprise supported Linux distribution, moving development from silos on personal machines to company-wide collaborative efforts.  

Arm’s partners are bringing a rich diversity of hardware and software solutions to the market which are deployed in cloud data centers, HPC systems, 5G networks, edge gateways, IoT applications and beyond. 

Digital Trendsetter EMEA – SICK AG 

SICK AG is an established German sensor and application solution provider and a global technology and market leader. From factory automation to logistics automation and process automation, the company’s intelligent sensors create the perfect basis for controlling processes securely and efficiently, protecting individuals from accidents, and preventing damage to the environment. As an example, SICK sensors ensure people and robots work together safely in production facilities, suitcases are loaded onto the right plane at the airport, and energy generators do not exceed permissible emission levels. 

SICK has been a SUSE customer for years, using SUSE products like SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and SUSE Rancher for corporate IT services. Since 2021, SICK is also using SLE Micro, an immutable OS for containerized workloads, for its industrial automation offering towards customers. This enables a new level of IT management for industrial automation solutions on the shop floor. 

“In typical industrial shop floor environments, operational technologies to control automation systems are very difficult to integrate into IT systems. Using SLE Micro, k3s, Rancher and NeuVector in our industrial solutions bridges the gap between shop floor and IT. For our customers, above components allow for enterprise-IT-grade standardization, security and compliance throughout the whole life cycle of the automation solution.” said Dr Stefan Odermatt, Senior Vice President Global Business Center Systems Research & Development at SICK who received the award in Munich in person. 

Congratulations to Arm and SICK AG on their achievements.  

As part of the winner’s package, Dr. Stefan Odermatt of SICK AG, and Andrew Wafaa of Arm both received an exclusive pass to next year’s SUSECON, where we look forward to seeing them on stage.

As we prepare for our next conference, we invite you to watch the highlights of this year’s edition. ( It’s 100% online and free.