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Lithium Customer, Vincent Boon, Named "Protostar" Winner In 2011 Constellation SuperNova Awards

Lithium Customer, Vincent Boon, Named "Protostar" Winner In 2011 Constellation SuperNova Awards

London, September 22, 2011 – Constellation Research, Inc. yesterday named giffgaff Head of Community Vincent Boon a Protostar winner in the social business category of its 2011 Constellation SuperNova Awards, recognizing him for being among the few who have overcome the odds to successfully apply emerging and disruptive technologies within their organizations.

The Constellation SuperNova Awards celebrate the explorers, pioneers, and unsung heroes who successfully put new technologies to work. Most importantly, these leaders have created disruptions in their market and successfully delivered market-changing approaches. The Protostar semifinalists were selected in five categories: social business, mobile enterprise, cloud computing, advanced analytics, and emerging technologies.

SuperNova finalists will be recognized at a gala dinner on Oct. 28 in Scottsdale, Ariz. during Constellation’s Connected Enterprise 2011 event (#CCE2011).

“The judges have spoken and these are the best of the best among the 70 submissions,” said R “Ray” Wang, Principal Analyst and CEO, Constellation Research. “The competition was fierce and the Protostars selected have what it takes to be the next stage - SuperNova. Both judges and the general public will have a chance to vote and we look forward to recognizing the Finalists.”

Boon said: “I am absolutely over the moon to be nominated for this award. The Lithium platform that I work with, together with the stellar performance of our customers, has really contributed to the rocketing success of the giffgaff community. We've enabled the community to get involved throughout the business, from marketing to customer service, through to development, brand, sales and innovation.”

“To be recognized by the SuperNova Awards panel as a pioneer in my field is out of this world and highly exciting,” Boon added.

Responsible for all community strategy and business development at giffgaff, Boon has also won the ‘Most Innovative Community’ award at the 2010 Lithium Social CRM Excellence Awards, and was the winner of the Forrester Groundswell award 2010 - Embracing category in the International Business-to-Consumer (B2C) division.

All Protostars will be awarded a 16-month membership in Constellation’s SuperNova Community for early adopters and innovators. In addition, Protostars will be invited to attend Constellation’s Connected Enterprise 2011 invitation-only innovation event in Scottsdale, Ariz., being held Oct. 28-30.

About the Constellation SuperNova Awards

Most award programs recognize the technology suppliers for their advancements in the market. Few, if any programs, have recognized individuals and teams for their courage in battling the odds to effect change in their organization. The Constellation SuperNova Awards celebrate the explorers, the pioneers, and the unsung heroes who successfully put new technologies to work. More importantly, these leaders have created disruptions in their market.

About Constellation Research, Inc.

Constellation Research is a leading research analyst and advisory firm guiding organizations and their leaders through the hype and buzz of the latest disruptive technologies. Constellation takes a holistic approach touching board members, and marketing, technology, operations, human resource, and finance executives.

The firm’s analysts deliver pragmatic, creative, and disruptive research focused on business value, profitability, and market differentiation. Research analysts bring real world experience, independence, and objectivity to our clients. Most analysts bring over 2 decades of hands-on experience in working with senior leaders in enterprise organizations.

Constellation serves the needs of buyers and end users who seek insight, guidance, and advice in dealing with a dizzying array of disruptive business models and technologies. The firm provides the bridge between legacy optimization and future innovation. Constellation also advises sellers from both the buyer’s point of view and how to deliver value to their customers.

Constellation builds partnerships with its clients. The client and their organization’s success is Constellation’s only mission. Contact the Media and Influencers relations team at press@ConstellationRG.com for interviews with analysts.

About giffgaff

giffgaff is a mobile phone service based in the United Kingdom. It operates as a mobile virtual network operator using the O2/Telefónica network and launched on 25 November 2009.

giffgaff differs from conventional mobile phone operators in that the users of the service may also participate in certain aspects of the company's operation, e.g. sales, customer service, and marketing. In return for this activity, the user receives remuneration through a system called 'Payback'.

giffgaff Limited, (registered company number 04196996) 260 Bath Road, Slough, Bershire SL1 4DX, Registered in England and Wales.

About Lithium

We help great companies build brand nations for their most engaged customers. With Lithium, clients such as Best Buy, AT&T, Research In Motion Limited (RIM), Univision, and PayPal turn their customers' passion into marketing, product development, sales, and customer service assets. For more information, visit lithium.com, or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and our own nation–the Lithosphere. Lithium is privately held with headquarters in Emeryville, California.

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