ARN’s second annual IT Industry Awards on September 18 saw 520 of the industry’s best and brightest descend on Sydney’s Hilton Hotel for a night of recognition and celebration.
After the successful launch of the awards last year, where all 460 seats sold out a month in advance, we decided to up the ante and hired a bigger venue for the night. And we were not disappointed – the calibre of attendees and broad cross-section of the IT industry they represented was dazzling and a testament to the strong community spirit this industry shares.
First step: The nominations
Representatives from all facets of the industry were asked to nominate themselves or their partners for 15 awards presented on the night across five categories – Vendor, Distributor, Reseller, Personal Innovation and Green Channel. Submissions were put forward via the ARN website over a three-month period and closed at the end of July.
ARN’s president and publisher, Susan Searle, former editorial director, Brian Corrigan, editor, Nadia Cameron, and Channel Dynamics director, Moheb Moses, then went through the hundreds of nominations received to compile a shortlist of up to five finalists for each award. Finalist submissions were then passed on to the judging panel to vote on.
The Channel Choice awards for Vendor, Distributor and Reseller of the year were by populist vote via the ARN website. Readers were allowed to vote for anyone within the IT industry, with only one vote accepted per email address.
The judging process
ARN selected 30 judges from the IT industry to vote on the finalist nominations. The judging panel was split equally across vendor, distributor and reseller organisations and a broad range of technology and market sectors. Judges were asked to vote on specific award categories to avoid possible conflicts of interest.
Each judge was also asked to put forward three industry professionals from the vendor, distributor and reseller tiers worthy of being included in the ARN Hall of Fame. These candidates were chosen for their outstanding efforts, hard work and commitment to the IT channel. The list was then tallied up and those with the most number of votes were recognised on the night.
This year’s Hall of Fame inductees were Phil Cameron, John Walters and John Grant.