IT Industry blogger of the year 2011

Social Media Awards 2011

IT Professional blogger of the year

This category is for blogs that detail an individual perspective, not a company line, of life in the IT profession. Any blogger working in IT below director level is eligible for this award.

In this part:

Jason Plant

A Legal IT blog from the coalface. Comment on Legal IT software, software key to Legal IT and generally on the Legal. An often overlooked vertical (the source of the blog title) this blog provides an insight into the IT challenges in this area."

Kate Craig-Wood

Kate is a multi-award winning technology entrepreneur; the co-founder & managing director of Memset, the UK's leading provider of 'green' dedicated servers & virtual machines. Memset was the UK's first Carbon Neutral ISP, and Kate is a nationally renowned advocate of green IT, energy efficient data centre technologies and cloud/utility computing She is the youngest-ever main board member of Intellect, the UK's high-tech trade association, is the chair of their Climate Change Group, and is also the external relations officer of the BCS Data Centre Specialist Group. In her spare time, she is also currently doing a collaborative PhD with Surrey Uni's Computing Dept. in Cloud Computing & national digital infrastructure.
Kate's comment has become a successful and widely read IT blog, supported by Kate's innovative work in the hosting industry through Memset Ltd.  Advances such as Memset becoming the first British provider to offer virtual servers with dedicated resources in 2002 and in 2010 becoming first UK host to permit customers to mix cloud computing with the more traditional managed hosting allow Kate to produce a truly informative and innovative blog.

Kelly’s Contemplation

"Kelly's Contemplation is an excellent blog focused on Project Management and Leadership topics.  Its author, Robert Kelly, does a great job of providing technical insight, while peppering in some light hearted fun.  Additionally, the Robert shares the relationships he has developed across the industry to provide insight from other project professionals in the area of Agile, Green PM, etc.”

Mainframe Update

"While maintaining a steady stream of mainframe-related information and insightful comments on the latest trends and developments, this blog also manages to identify other IT initiatives that are going to impact on the working life of IT professionals.
The information and commentary is always bang up-to-date and a must-read blog for many IT professionals across the globe."

Mick Phythian

Mick employed a blog from 2007 onwards as one instrument during PhD  research that successfully concluded in 2011. However, the blog continues as an information resource for those involved in local government ICT. The blog, RSS feed and Tweets of posts are followed by a range of people from IT Managers, suppliers, academics and consultants. The posts are supplier neutral, academically rigorous and also attempt to introduce elements of academic research to the practitioner community and vica versa with current concerns of those attempting to deliver services electronically to citizens.

RichfromBechtle - Software Ruminations

A blog detailing changes, news, rumours and advancements across the Microsoft portfolio including Licensing, Cloud, Mobile, Server Applications, Virtualization & more. Software Ruminations makes it easy for people to understand complex parts of Microsoft licensing and the blog carries a lot of weight and trust in it's style & trust.

Simon May

"Simon always writes thought provoking content that is also technically proficient.  He makes things real and provides a human face to Microsoft in the UK.
He's always on the look out for new content and introduces his readers to new trends as they happen. He makes it accessible and can also be very funny."

UK Web Focus

"The UK Web Focus blog was launched on 1 November 2006. Five years later the blog continues to provide advice on Web innovations and best practices for the UK higher education sector.
Almost 1,000 posts have been published since the blog was launched, and with over 4,600 comments the blog has provided a place for those involved in Web development work across the higher education sector both in the UK and the wider community to discuss the implications of both innovative practices and best practice for exploiting the potential of existing Web services and applications.
The blog was launched at a time of growth and investment in higher education and enthusiasm for the benefits of online technologies for enhancing the teaching and learning and research activities carried out across UK Universities. However in response to the economic downturn and the changes in funding for higher education the blog has addressed ways in which evidence can be gathered to ensure that the value of innovative technologies can be assessed. A recent series of evidence-gathering posts has also documented ways in which the sector is exploiting social media services and how such evidence may inform developments to policy and established practices.
The author has used the blog as an open notebook which encourages feedback and discussion on topics. This culture of openness extends to licensing of blog posts, which are available under a Creative Commons licence which permits - and indeed encourages - reuse of the content.

A girl’s guide to Project Management

Computer Weekly’s search for the best blogs of 2010 ended with Elizabeth Harrin's The girls guide to project management being crowned Blog of the Year while also taking the Project management category.
Elizabeth Harrin, BA (Hons), MA, MBCS (pictured right) is an author and project manager living and working in London. She has a decade of experience in projects. Elizabeth has led a variety of IT and process improvement projects including e-commerce and communications developments. She is also experienced in managing business change, having spent eight years working in financial services (including two based in Paris, France).

Brian Teeman

As a co-founder of Joomla! and OpenSourceMatters Inc I've never been known to be lacking an opinion or being too afraid to express it.
Despite what some people might think I'm a shy and modest man who doesnt like to blow his own trumpet or boast about achievements.
But it seems that no blog exists without an "About" page so rather than talk about what an amazingly great guy I am and list all the things I've achieved (and failed at) in life from my Cycling Proficiency Test in 1976 to winning an award for the "UK Individual Contribution to Open / Source" in 2005

Mark Hillary

Mark Hillary has developed his blogging in 2011 to focus on a few key areas. His Reuters work explores the politics of globalisation in blog format to encourage online debate, with examinations of issues as diverse as the Euro meltdown, the Dale Farm evictions, and quantitative easing.

His work for Huffington Post is more overtly focused on technology, but with a fresh angle on issues such as Facebook privacy, how social media is restructuring companies in all industries, and how the public is not paying attention to government offshoring.

Mark is the creator of the Ealing Tweetup – a regular west-London social media meeting. The last meeting in September attracted the Deputy Mayor of London, several Members of Parliament, the Ealing council leader and many of the local councillors in addition to over 200 social media enthusiasts from all walks of life – noticeably not just media or PR professionals. 

With a free bar courtesy of HCL, two live bands including the legendary Biblecode Sundays, and a whip-round that saw over £1,000 collected for local small businesses affected by the London riots, the tweetup in Ealing is helping to revolutionise the politics of London by educating councillors in how to use social media for improved democracy.

Mark’s wedding in December 2010 was filmed by the BBC and used in a Radio 4 documentary on social media, in addition to being used as a short film on the main news website. The radio show and film focused on how Mark had entirely organised his wedding using Facebook – connecting guests before the wedding and allowing live coverage of the event on Twitter.

Mark is one of 100 British people chosen to blog the London 2012 Olympics as one of the official ‘storytellers’, which also includes celebrities and athletes. His Olympic coverage will commence in the New Year in partnership with Reuters.

Mark’s Twitter account has over 4,100 followers and he allows the account to reflect his personality, rather than be dominated by corporate speak. He regularly teaches social media related topics on the MBA programmes at London South Bank and Loughborough universities and he gives times to students via social network contact.

Mark’s new book will be released in early 2012. Focused on how companies can get real value from Twitter, it’s a guide to cut through all the usual “social media guru” nonsense – with interviews and case studies from major brands, athletes, musicians, and even the British Prime Minister.