Pride of the IT nation

The Computerworld Excellence Awards on Friday June 23 was one of those special nights.

The Computerworld Excellence Awards on Friday June 23 was one of those special nights.

A total of 350 IT folk from around the country packed into Auckland's Carlton Hotel, ate a scrumptious dinner, were entertained by the incredible local impressionist Brett Rutledge, and got right into the anticipative spirit that only an awards evening can generate.

Organiser Anne Simpson did us all proud.

The results are fully covered on this Web site, so I'll leave you with an extract from my own speech to the assembled masters of IT:

"You are crucial to the operation of the new enterprise. You make the technology work and you deserve to be valued personally and publicly for your contribution. You have moved beyond just making enterprises more efficient, you are now essential to the overall success of the enterprise.

"CIOs and IT managers, you need to be hip to the hottest technologies including e-business and developments in infrastructure. And you need highly-capable staff who can face the maze of technology options and create competitive advantage.

"As your jobs get tougher, your peers, and the rest of us that make up the industry, need to be there supporting, and respecting, your abilities and increasing levels of responsibility. Recognising excellence in a formal awards ceremony is a great way to provide that support.

"As a country we haven't been great at celebrating exceptional performance. Unless, like the America's Cup, it's right in our face.

"Now we know that where it's good, we can say so. When one of us does well, we can celebrate. When a competitor does well we can try harder."

So, whether you attended or not, I hope we'll all be encouraged by this event to be the best, both individually and as a country.

I look forward to your entries in the awards next year, at an event that has really captured the imagination and enthusiasm of the industry.

Richard Wood is Computerworld editor. Send email to Richard Wood. Letters for publication should be sent to Computerworld Letters.

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