I'd like to use this week's column to announce that the ARN IT Industry Awards 2008 will be held at the Hilton Sydney on September 18. Nominations are now open and I urge all of you to take part this year whether you work for a reseller, distributor or vendor. Companies are asked to nominate their own business for an award where they think it's appropriate, as well as those of their most valued business partners and any outstanding individuals worthy of an award.
The categories are very similar to last year with a couple of amendments. Firstly, the 'Corporate' and 'Integrator' awards in the Reseller category have been replaced by a new one for 'Enterprise Reseller of the Year' because we felt there was too much overlap between the two.
We have also introduced a new 'Product' award to the Green Channel category, which replaces the individual 'Green Crusader' award from last year.
Finally, the three industry professionals to be inducted into our Hall of Fame this year will be chosen by our industry judging panel (which you can find on our website) together with those selected by popular vote last time - David Henderson, Peter Kazacos and Jon Shein.
I am delighted to announce that we will once again be making a pledge to Clean Up Australia at the ARN IT Industry Awards this year.
There are many charities out there doing fabulous work but we initially chose to work with Clean Up Australia because it is active in an area where the IT industry can truly make a difference. One of the many initiatives this national non-profit organisation is dedicated to addressing is helping our industry create effective e-waste strategies.
The management of e-waste is a growing problem and the industry has a vital role to play in minimizing its impact while driving the adoption of new technologies that can help us all be more environmentally responsible. In some ways it feels like a shame to move the event from Doltone House after the huge success of our inaugural event, but the reality is that we need more room.
We hosted 460 industry professionals last year in what was widely regarded as a 'who's who' of the local industry but tickets sold out more than a month before the big night.
This meant some people were turned away and we want to do everything we can to ensure they can join us for our evening of celebration this time around.
The venue change also means an after-show party onsite instead of relocating to the casino and various bars around the city. So for those of you who can book the Friday off, this is an early reminder that it would be a very good idea.
I would like to wish everybody that is nominated for an award the best of luck and look forward to seeing you all again in September for another celebration of the excellent work being done in this industry.