Excellent idea but too late for an award

What a shame. The Computerworld Excellence Awards entry deadline passes and a day or so later an event which would surely be in the running for most significant contribution to IT occurs.

What a shame. The Computerworld Excellence Awards entry deadline passes and a day or so later an event which would surely be in the running for most significant contribution to IT occurs. I'm talking about promulgation of the eFOF Solution.

The eFOF Solution was dreamed up by the iE3 Group, a bunch of Auckland consultants, whose invention is designed to liberate us from email, for one day a week, at least. I won't tell you what eFOF stands for just yet, but it does have a nice touch of onomatopoeia about it. And had it made the cut-off date, it would have been a good bet for an excellence award.

But first, an awards update. When the deadline for entries passed at the end of February, organiser Anne Simpson had collected more than 230, a record in the four years she's been in charge of the event. Those 230 entries from more than 100 organisations are vying for recognition in 15 categories, which highlight the achievements of large and small users of IT for projects ranging from grand-scale to relatively modest. Private and public sector organisations are honoured; and both commercial and educational efforts singled out for applause. Individuals are also recognised, at both IT manager and chief executive level.

Who says activity in the B2B e-commerce market has died? Not according to the number of entries we've received in that category: there are 26 of them.

Over the next few months, the judges, of whom there are more than 40, will whittle down the entries to a collection of about 45 finalists, from whom the winners will be named at the industry's Oscars night in Auckland in July. It's a great occasion where those in the limelight can rightly lap up the attention.

We thank all those who went to the effort of putting forward a nomination and remind you that the next stage -- completion of your submission -- must be done by Friday, March 30. If your efforts aren't recognised with an award, we promise you a good night out, at any rate.

This year a new category's been added, for the most significant contribution to IT. Fifteen entries have been received for this one, which will be judged by New Zealand Computer Society president Gillian Reid, e-government unit head Brendan Boyle and me. The entries range from the contribution made to the industry by the late Trevor Eagle, to the better-late-than-never efforts by the government on the IT front.

As suggested earlier, I reckon the eFOF Solution might have been a contender in this category. What does it stand for? Email-free on Friday. It's iE3's answer to the scourge of modern working life, which so many of us complain of. A significant contribution to IT? You bet. But a winner? No. Let me hereby launch eFFe -- email-free forever. Now that'd get my vote.

Doesburg's disenchantment with email notwithstanding, send him a message at anthony_doesburg@idg.co.nz.

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