The ODCA was formed by 70 business members, including BMW, Shell, UBS and Deutsche Bank, in October 2010. The membership has now grown to more than 280 companies with a collective annual IT spend in excess of $100bn.

The organisation published its first set of IT user requirements for cloud computing earlier this year. The competition, called “Conquering the Cloud Challenge”, is aimed at accelerating adoption of cloud computing technologies and platforms by sharing best practices.

“We created this competition to find the best big ideas companies are using to get to the cloud. Whether you’re in the planning stages, developing solutions, or have already implemented, we want to hear from you,” said the ODCA.

The competition is open to corporations managing datacentre resources, government organisations and universities. Alliance members and non-members can enter.

The deadline for registration is 26 September, and entries must be submitted by the end of October. Each entry may have up to five contributors.

A prize of $10,000 will be awarded to the winning entry, as selected by the judges. Judges include Jan Drake, principal cloud architect at The Walt Disney Company, Frank Gens, chief analyst at IDC, and Jeff Perdue, senior scientist at Carnegie Mellon University.

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