Now on its sixth year, the Constellation SuperNova Awards will recognise nine individuals who demonstrate true leadership in digital business through their application of new and emerging technologies, says Ray Wang, founder and CEO, Constellation Research, based in San Francisco. "We're searching for leaders and teams who used disruptive technologies to transform their organisations. I encourage all leaders and teams that have adopted disruptive technologies as a means of adapting to disruption to apply." No captionThe new business environment calls for leaders who can guide their organisations through the digital thicket, who are adept at selecting and championing technologies that enable digital transformation. Ray Wang, Constellation ResearchThe deadline for nominations (https:\/\/www.constellationr.com\/events\/supernova\/2016) in the following categories is on August 17. \u2022 Internet of Things - A network of smart objects enables smart services. (sensors, smart \u2018things\u2019, device to purchase, artificial intelligence) \u2022 Data to Decisions - Using data to make informed business decisions. (big data, predictive analytics) \u2022 Digital Marketing Transformation - Personalised, data-driven digital marketing. \u2022 Future of Work: Social Business - The technologies enabling teams to work together efficiently. (enterprise social networks, collaboration, digital assistants) \u2022 Future of Work: Human Capital Management - Enabling your organisation to utilise your workforce as an asset. (talent management, benefits, HR core) \u2022 Matrix Commerce - Commerce responds to changing realities from the supply chain to the storefront. (digital retail, supply chain, payments, 'ubiquitous-channel' retail) \u2022 Next Generation Customer Experience - Customers in the digital age demand seamless service throughout all lifecycle stages and across all channels. (crm, customer experience) \u2022 Safety and Privacy - Strategies to secure sensitive data (blockchain, digital identity, authentication) \u2022 Technology Optimisation Innovation - Innovative methods to balance innovation and IT budgets. (innovation in the cloud, ENSW cost savings, cloud ERP, efficient app production) The winners will be announced at the Constellation\u2019sConnected Enterprise 2016on October 26 to 28 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay in San Francisco. "The era of digital disruption is upon us," says Wang. Since 2000, 52 per cent of the Fortune 500 has dropped off the list, he points out. They have been replaced, beaten, bankrupted by the advancing forces of digital disruption, he states. "Business giants that clung to the business models that produced success in the 20th century found themselves out of touch, outmaneuvred, and off the Fortune 500 list." "This new business environmentcalls for leaders who can guide their organisations through the digital thicket. Leaders adept at selecting and championing technologies that enable digital transformation. Leaders who can craft and implement business models that harness the transformative power of disruptive technology."Send news tips and comments to firstname.lastname@example.orgFollow Divina Paredes on Twitter: @divinapFollow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nzSign up for CIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.Join us on Facebook.