A Look Back at Our Excellence Awards
Recently, we presented our eWeek excellence awardsRecently, we presented our eWeek excellence awards (www.excellenceawardsonline.com). Im clearly biased in support of the awards, but I do want to talk about the background of the competition. When we were kicking around the idea of the awards a year ago, there were a couple of developing trends that have since come to fruition. We might as well take credit when we get a few right. There are plenty of people to remind you when you blow it. There are lots of awards competitions in the technology community and elsewhere, but starting last yearand now more than everit is important to recognize real, shipped products rather than beta or prototype products and services. Competitions based on betas are fun: You get to see the execs sweat it out as prototype after prototype goes down in flames and blue-screen crashes. While fun, the beta competitions have little meaning. Many of the companies disappear without a trace, and no one, especially in the current economic climate, is going to bet the companys technology infrastructure on a beta product.
The reason for technology investment is to create a bottom-line benefit or develop a capability that might benefit the bottom line. You cant make those basic infrastructure choices unless you feel confident the products you are picking have been around for a couple of versions to get the bugs out. Buying Version 1.0 of anything is still about the riskiest bet you can make. It made the most sense to me to limit the entries to real products and use a combination of our Labs analysts and our Corporate Partners advisory board to judge their value to the corporate community.