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SUSE Choice Awards: Calling all innovation heroes


Get ready for the first-ever global SUSE Choice Awards! We’re thrilled to kick off this new global program at SUSECON 2024, showcasing customers who’ve harnessed the power of our solutions to redefine industries, achieve superb business results and impact society. Submissions are officially open – let the excitement begin!

From innovators to industry leaders – we want to hear your story. We invite customers across the globe to share their transformation journeys – be it a technological revolution, business excellence, sustainability initiatives, advocacy efforts, or industry leadership. This is your moment to inspire others, and we can’t wait to hear how SUSE has been a driving force behind your success.

You can nominate your organization in any of the following six categories:

Digital Trendsetter: recognizes customers at the forefront of digital innovation, setting trends with at least one of our solutions.

Excellence in Business Transformation: honors customers with exceptional mastery in business transformation, showcasing measurable business outcomes.

Sustainability Hero: celebrates organizations positively impacting the planet and society through sustainable practices and initiatives.

Industry Leader: acknowledges customers that stand out as leaders in their respective industries, making significant contributions and setting benchmarks.

Open Source Champion: awarding a customer who has actively contributed to the improvement or innovation of open source software through valuable feedback and suggestions.

Advocate of the Year: recognizes a top advocate from SUSE Collective, our customer advocacy program.

Save the date on your calendars – finalists will be announced on June 18 at SUSECON 2024 in Berlin. Winners will be recognized at the event in front of peers, the open source community and SUSE executives. In addition, exciting prizes will be at stake – a trip to SUSECON 2024, a personalized trophy, and more.

We want to hear about the extraordinary work that you do. 

  • Start your submission here. Submissions close on March 7 at 5 p.m. PT.
  • Have more questions about the awards? Email

Good luck!

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Ivo Totev   A 25-year veteran in the IT industry, Ivo Totev is the Chief Innovation Officer of SUSE. He is responsible for helping customers reimagine their businesses through clear, user-centric product roadmaps; as well as building brand equity and customer engagement focused on business outcomes via creative marketing strategies. Prior to SUSE, Ivo was President, LoB Marketing at SAP where he defined the marketing vision and execution for all of SAP’s lines of business, including ERP, Digital Supply Chain, Analytics and Platform Technology. Ivo was also the CMO and Head of Cloud Business at Software AG, as well as the CMO of Unit4. Ivo is an active coach and mentor who enjoys sharing his experience with his teams to help them professionally evolve. He is a passionate believer in the power of teamwork – having rowed in a coxed four in his student years, he recognizes one parallel in rowing and in life: that great achievements are accomplished by teams, less so by individuals. Outside of work, Ivo loves spending time with his wife and three children. He also enjoys the great outdoors and can frequently be found on his bike, on skis or in his running shoes.