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Windows IT Pro System Administrator of the Year contest


To celebrate Systems Administrator Appreciation Day—which falls on July 29, 2011, this year—Windows IT Pro, Cloud IT Pro, SharePoint Pro, and Business Technology are sponsoring a contest for readers to submit (and vote on) the best IT Pro of the year.  July 22 is the deadline for entriesand the winner will be announced August 19.   


We are looking for your most creative, ingenuous IT success stories. If you or someone you know has applied a particularly interesting solution to an IT problem, be sure to nominate it! IT pros submit up to a 500-word essay describing why they (or the person they’re nominating) should be considered IT Pro of the Year.


All entries will be judged using the following factors:

• Creativity: Did the IT pro use an especially creative or ingenious way to solve his/her IT issue?

• Cost-savings: Using third-party products and services is acceptable, but entries that essentially say “I had a problem and purchasing product X saved it” are discouraged.

• Best use of available and emerging technology: Using available products and tools to solve the problem is a big plus, as is adopting new solutions that have operational and cost-saving benefits.

• Business value: The best IT solutions are ones that also advance the broader goals of the company or organization the IT pro is employed by. Solutions that increased operational efficiency *and* saved the company money are encouraged.


After the nomination phase closes on Wednesday, July 27, we will review the applications and select 10 finalists. These ten finalists will be posted online on July 29, and site visitors can then vote on which systems administrator will be selected as IT Pro of the Year.

Grand Prize Winner receives:

  • Xbox 360 + Kinect (Donated by ScriptLogic)
  • Apple iPad 2 (Donated by SpecOps Software)
  • Up to 100 SpecOps Deploy licenses (for winner’s employer)
  • Windows Server 2008 MCITP Enterprise Admin Training Package (donated by Train Signal)
  • Exchange Server 2010 MCITP Training Package (donated by Train Signal)

Top 10 Finalists

  • TrainSignal coffee mug
  • SpecOps hat
  • Up to 100 SpecOps Password Licenses for their employer 

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