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SolarWinds IT Pro Day award submissions now open


The SolarWinds annual IT Pro Day awards are now open, celebrating experts who make computer systems run smoothly. Here's your opportunity to nominate the IT Pro in your life.

The awards will be celebrated this year on 20 September, and honour and recognise the critical, but often unseen, work that IT professionals do worldwide.

I'm humbled to say I was the worldwide recipient last year for the IT Pro Day IT Mentor of the Year award, and was so truly delighted to have been regarded so highly by my teams over the years, as well as the SolarWinds Head Geeks who sifted through the entries. I'm thus living proof the awards aren't localised to North America only - so be sure to nominate the IT professionals who make your life easier.

David M Williams - SolarWinds IT Pro Day IT Mentor of the Year 2021

IT teams and roles are increasingly significant in business, with remote work the norm, and with cloud and artificial intelligence becoming increasingly prevalent.

“The job of an IT pro has gotten extremely difficult, but most of their colleagues in non-tech roles have no idea,” said Head Geek Chrystal Taylor. “IT Pro Day was created to honour the critical work IT teams do every day to ensure you can do your job. There are national days recognising administrative professionals, zookeepers, thermal engineers, interns, and more—so it’s only natural to honour the people who make it possible for the rest of the organization to function.”

IT Pro Day is celebrated on the third Tuesday of each September and was established in 2015 to honour the IT pros who keep our computer networks running. The annual awards program recognises technology professionals—at any level—who have demonstrated excellence in their profession. Nominations for the IT Pro Day Awards are open to IT professionals around the world and across several categories:

  • Rookie of the Year: We all start somewhere—and we want to pay special attention to the rising stars of IT. This award recognizes an IT pro new to the profession making an immediate impact, whether by developing new skills (technical or otherwise), contributing to the success of a challenging project, or driving measurable results for the business.

  • Rockstar of the Year: This award honours an IT pro or team who has gone above and beyond the typical IT call of duty. They may have managed/executed on a shoestring budget, took on a challenging request or led a project that generated tangible business results, picked up extra shifts in response to strained staffing resources during the height of the pandemic, or committed their free time to upskilling to have a transformational impact on their organization.

  • IT Mentor of the Year: This award recognizes a seasoned IT pro who has supported and empowered others to be successful by sharing their experience with their team(s). This person regularly leads by example, helps foster growth and development, and has shown sustained commitment to the advancement of their organization through technology.

  • Trailblazer: What makes IT so crucial to modern organizations is the transformative impact new, innovative strategies and technologies can deliver. This award recognizes an individual or team who has experimented with or implemented something new and out of their comfort zone. Did this person conceptualize the rollout of a DevOps approach, test automation, or begin exploring the role of data-driven operations in the data centre? Highlight why their work qualifies as “unprecedented” and its potential measurable outcomes.

Everybody is encouraged to nominate their peers, colleagues, and friends in the industry!

Click here to nominate someone now, until 2 September 2022. Winners will be announced on 20 September 2022.


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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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