Calling All System i5 Innovators
February 12, 2007 Timothy Prickett Morgan
If you have used an AS/400, iSeries, or System i5 server in an innovative way, whether you are an individual working in your garage office or a techie working at a company large or small, COMMON, the i5/OS and OS/400 user group, and IBM want to know what you have done.
The deadline for the 2007 System i Innovation Awards is fast approaching, so if you want to embarrass your colleagues by making them give a speech or try to get a trip for yourself to Anaheim, California, to get your award at the annual COMMOM user group meeting and expo, you only have until February 28 to submit your nomination to be considered for the award.
As in past years, the System i Innovation Awards are presented in six categories: solutions innovation, business resiliency, infrastructure simplification, i5/OS solutions, education excellence, and community support. You can make your online submission for the award at this IBM site.
The System i Innovation Award is not to be confused with the System i Innovation Challenge, which was announced a few weeks ago by the iSociety i5 platform advocacy group and IBM. The Award is for companies, but the Challenge is for students, to put it simply. The challenge is open to college and university students and requires them to research the System i and its community, create a viral video related to what they learn about the System i, and develop an application to run on the System i. The winner gets a trip to the data center at Nintendo in Redmond, Washington, and if IBM knows what is good for it, it will supply the winner with a freebie Wii game console, too.