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Another crop of finalists in the Computerworld Excellence Awards has been named and coverage of their accomplishments begins in this week's issue of Computerworld.

Another crop of finalists in the Computerworld Excellence Awards has been named and coverage of their accomplishments begins in this week’s issue. This will continue over the next several weeks until the awards are presented in Auckland on June 28.

In this week's Computerworld we look at three CIOs who are vying for the CIO of the year award, and three eye-catching projects which are competing for the prize of most successful implementation effort. It’s pleasing to be reading positive stories about the people and projects on which this industry is based; they’re stories which typically don’t get an airing because of people’s natural modesty, and reluctance, often, to talk in detail about projects which reveal too much about large organisations’ inner workings. The awards and coverage leading up to their presentation are a great opportunity to dwell on the industry’s unsung successes.

The latest Computerworld also sees the start of a couple of new regular sections of the paper. Readers were telling us they wanted to see more statistics-based stories, so each week we’re going to highlight a piece of research that reveals some technology or industry trend or other.

This week’s offering brings to light the fact that most New Zealand companies have just a rudimentary online existence. If you have specific research-related questions but can’t afford the analyst reports, deputy editor Mark Broatch will be only too pleased to hunt down the data for inclusion in Stats Watch.

The other new regular topic whose coverage begins this week is Toy Box — a brief look at a new product which reporter Paul Brislen deems to be of value to IT managers. If he sometimes strays into writing about devices with marginal application to day-to-day IT management, that’s because he judges you — like him — find certain clever contrivances irresistible. We’ll do our best to keep him on topic. He’ll cheerfully take your product and give it a quick once-over; his only rule is that it can be lifted by one person, and that it not take up too much room in his living room.

Doesburg is Computerworld’s editor. Send letters for publication to Computerworld Letters.

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