Computer Weekly’s search for the best blogs in IT is back for its second year, and this year’s competition, brought to you in association with IBM, promises to be bigger and better than before.
We want to know who you think are the best bloggers and Twitter users in the UK IT industry. The Computer Weekly IT Blog Awards 2009 will reward the best comment and insight that the UK’s IT industry has to offer at an awards ceremony on 25 November.
Our aim is to discover which bloggers are best meeting the needs of IT professionals in the UK. To do that, we need your help.
Whether you are a blogger yourself, an active commenter, or just a reader, we want to know which blogs have got you hitting the subscribe button in your RSS reader. You can even nominate your own blog – although what happens after that is up to your peers across the industry.
You can nominate a blog for any or all of the following categories.
What are the best blogs written by and for CIOs and IT directors? Here is where you will find insights from senior management across the industry, including last year’s winner, the Capgemini CTO Blog.
Consultants and analysts provide useful insight from their vantage point of working with numerous companies. If they share that insight online in a blog, this is the category for them, whether they are part of a big set-up such as Gartner or Forrester, or a sole trader.
This category is for blogs that detail an individual perspective, not a company line, of life in the IT industry. Any male blogger working in IT below director level is eligible for this award.
Details are the same as for the male bloggers in this category, but we have created a separate category so that voices from the female IT professional community can be recognised.
This category aims to showcase the best official blogs from large enterprises that keep customers, suppliers and the rest of the world up to date with a company’s developments. Official product blogs also fall into this category. These are the blogs that help to make a business more "human" by putting real people’s words and faces to the company name.
To prevent them from being overshadowed by the corporate giants, we have established a separate category for company and product blogs from SMEs. This is their chance to shine and show how blogs can prove an effective communications channel for even the smallest companies.
In the IT project management category, we are looking for blogs that deal with the day-to-day management of IT projects in business, and the methodologies – from PRINCE 2 to Agile – that help them run smoothly.
Sustainability, energy-efficiency and environmental issues are hot topics. This category, which is new for 2009, will highlight the work being done to improve the green credentials of the IT industry.
In the IT security category we are looking for blogs about security issues from malware to usage policies and risk assessment. Last year’s security star was Guy Bunker of Symantec, whose View from the Bunker blog won the top spot for blogs touching on security issues relevant to the UK IT industry.
Finally, with the economic downturn affecting all businesses, many are turning to open source products to help minimise licensing costs. This is the category for blogs that share tips and information on making the switch from proprietary to open source.
This year, we are also introducing an award for the IT Twitter user of the year. If you have found yourself following every word of someone’s feed for industry tips, don’t forget to include their @ name when you send us your blog nominations.
Your vote counts!
Once all the nominations are in, we will draw up a shortlist of the best in each category before putting it back to you to vote for your favourites.
The shortlists will be published in full online, with links straight to each blog (as we did last year) to make it easy for you to check out the top blogs and Twitter users before making your choice.
Once the votes are in and the count complete, the winners will be announced at a celebratory event on Wednesday 25 November at Shoreditch House, a private members’ club that is one of London’s hottest venues.
Nominations should be filled out on our nomination page.
Blogs do not need to originate in the UK, but they must contain some coverage of the UK IT industry.
- Self-nominations are permitted, but the winners will be decided by a public vote.