SAN DIEGO ‑ June 21, 2011 ‑ ServiceNow, the creator of cloud
services for enterprise
IT management, today announced Fred
Luddy, ServiceNow founder and chief product officer, is the winner
of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2011 San Diego
Award in the category of technology. The award recognizes outstanding
entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in
such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal
commitment to their businesses and communities.
Fred created ServiceNow to provide an alternative to the old rules
and bad habits of traditional enterprise IT software. Born in the
cloud, ServiceNow makes IT immediate, social, intuitive, and
ultimately user friendly. In other words, Fred set out to give IT
people powerful cloud
services that just work. Today the world's leading companies, from
Sesame Street to Citigroup, rely on SaaS from ServiceNow to transform IT.
"About seven years ago I decided to do something about the
existing state of enterprise IT software. I knew there had to be a
better way," said Fred. "Fast forward a few years and I
began to realize ServiceNow has a very real opportunity to become one
of the largest, most successful software companies in the world –
unimaginable when it was just a handful of us in a little office in
Del Mar, California.
"A combination of market dynamics, customer focus, innovative
technology, a little luck and a lot of hard work got us here. I'm
extremely proud to say it all started in San Diego and continues to
benefit the community with great jobs and a renewed vitality."
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards program
celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Past award winners have
included Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Arthur M. Blank
of AMB Group, LLC (Home Depot, Atlanta Falcons), Pierre Omidyar of
eBay, Inc., Ruth Fertel of Ruth's Chris Steak House, Inc., Maxine
Clark of Build‑a‑Bear Workshop, Tom Adamsof Rosetta Stone Inc., Matt
Szulik of Red Hat, Inc., and last year's national winner, Howard
Lutnick, Chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Capital
As a regional award winner, Fred is now eligible for the Ernst &
Young LLP Entrepreneur of the Year national program. Award winners in
several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst
& Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winner, will be announced
at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 12, 2011.
Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world's most
prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a
difference through the unique way it encourages entrepreneurial
activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of
people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and
achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind,
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® celebrates those who are
building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses,
recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs
in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.
ServiceNow was created to break all the old rules of enterprise IT
management software. Born in the cloud, ServiceNow makes IT immediate,
social and intuitive. From the beginning, the company set out to give
IT people powerfully simple cloud
services that just work. Today, the world's most recognizable and
innovative companies rely on SaaS from ServiceNow to transform IT to
achieve IT 3.0. Founded in 2004, ServiceNow was recently named by Inc.
500 as one of the fastest‑growing companies in the world and is the
undisputed market share leader in SaaS for
IT. For more information, please visit http://www.service‑now.com or http://blog.service‑now.com.