Computerworld Top 10 Most Influential 2009 — #6 Google

As the year draws to a close, it is time to recognise the people, products, organisations, trends and events that have had the greatest influence on the ICT industry and community. We have therefore launched the inaugural Computerworld Top 10 Most Influential.

Earlier this week Computerworld began counting down to the winner with one article each day from 10th place to number one.

We started on Monday with #10 — CSIRO's wireless patent win

We then took a look at #9 Virtualisation, #8 Netbooks and #7 Gershon

When we reach #1 next Friday, it will be over to you for the readers' choice award. If you don't agree with the panel of 12 you can still have your say on the most influential person, product, organisation, trend or event for 2009.

We’ll publish the results on the website and in the February/March issue of Computerworld magazine.

Today is number #6 — Google

#6 Google

Google posed a bit of a challenge for the panel — its inclusion in the Most Influential list was a gimme given its dominance. Identifying a single event, person or product that stood out in 2009, however, looked like it would prove tricky.

But the search giant rallied in the latter half of the year. It launched Google Wave, its innovative, Australian-developed collaboration tool that showcases the talent and ingenuity of local developers on the world stage. Wave may still be in limited beta release and yet to prove itself in the mainstream market, but the buzz surrounding the product is enormous.

Then media baron, Rupert Murdoch, announced News Corp would opt out of Google news. Murdoch was reported as saying aggregators were “feeding off the hard-earned efforts and investments of others”.

Murdoch has also reportedly been in talks with Microsoft over its search engine Bing, which the software giant launched this year to compete with Google. The talks would result is News Corp content being enhanced on Bing, which would pay News Corp a fee in return for exclusivity.

Regardless of whether you consider Google News to be a force for good or evil, there’s no doubt it has changed the online news landscape. And it is just one of the many fingers the company has in many pies. One way or another, Google is a catalyst for change in the ICT industry, whether its Android and smartphones, Chrome OS and operating systems or Google Apps for cloud computing and productivity.

In 2009, Google began its push into enterprise computing in earnest as companies such as New Zealand Postal Services, AAPT and Mortage Choice joining a swag of educational institutions who have migrated to Google Apps.

Google’s dominance across the IT landscape both in Australia and overseas, combined with some interesting products and events in 2009, means the Computerworld Top 10 Most Influential for 2009 panel gave Google the 6th place.

#6 Google

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How we chose the Top 10 Most Influential 2009

The Top 10 Most Influential 2009 was chosen by a panel of 12 members comprising the Computerworld editorial team (4) and 8 industry experts (see below for details). Each member of the panel was given a list of suggested possible entries for inclusion in the final list. They were then encouraged to nominate 10 candidates and to add others if they thought them worthy of consideration.

To ensure the broadest possible range of products, people, trends, organisations and events were given a chance at being considered, no restrictions were imposed. In short, anything considered by a panel member to have been one of the biggest influences on the ICT industry and community throughout 2009 was acceptable.

The nominations (or votes) were then tallied by the Computerworld Editorial team and a short-listed created. The entry with the most votes was then selected as the Most Influential for 2009. Those entries with the same amount of votes then went through a count-back with a final decision made by the panel.

The Panel:

Computerworld Editorial Team:

Trevor Clarke (Editor) – See more stories by Trevor

Georgina Swan (Deputy Editor) – See more stories by Georgina

Tim Lohman (Journalist) – See more stories by Tim

Kathryn Edwards (Journalist) – See more stories by Kathryn

Frost Sullivan ICT practice head, Andrew Milroy Andrew Milroy heads up Frost Sullivan’s ICT practice in ANZ having joined the firm in 2006. Andrew has spent more than15 years in the ICT industry. He has held senior management roles at IDC and co-founded, NelsonHall, a successful IT services advisory firm in the United States. Andrew’s recent roles have been focused upon the development of research and consulting activities in Europe, Australia and the Asia Pacific region. His research focus has been ICT services, in particular outsourcing. He has also led research and consulting projects in cloud computing and sustainable IT. Visit the Frost amp; Sullivan website

IDC Associate Vice President Research, Australia, Tim Dillon Tim Dillon manages IDC’s Australian research operations. As part of his role Tim focuses on working with Senior IT executives from Australia’s leading ITT organisations across consulting projects, research and analysis areas such as; Telecoms, Software and Services. Tim has more than 17 years of professional experience in research. Having lived and worked both in Europe and Asia Pacific, Tim has a global perspective that provides a broader view of technology trends as it impacts Australia. Visit the IDC website

Intermedium Head of Consulting, Kevin Noonan Kevin specialises in the Government IT, as an industry analyst, consultant and commentator. For the last four years, he has provided consulting advice to more than half of the Top 100 ICT companies, and many government agencies. Kevin has more than thirty years experience in the government IT sector. This includes ten years as a government senior executive and Chief Information Officer, and a further eighteen years as a government manager and project director. During this time he held positions responsible for almost every aspect of IT, ranging from technical infrastructure and major procurement, through to policy and large scale business change Visit Intermedium's website

Web Directions conference series co-founder and author, John Allsopp John Allsopp is a co-founder of the Web Directions conference series, and author of one of the earliest books on Microformats. As a software developer, long standing web development speaker, writer, evangelist and self proclaimed expert, he’s spent the last 15 years working with and developing for the web. As the head developer of the leading cross platform CSS development tool Style Master, and developer and publisher of renowned training courses and learning resources on CSS and standards based development, and author of the highly regarded “Dao of Web Design” he has been widely recognized as a leader in these fields. Visit the Web Directions website.

IBRS advisor, Dr Kevin McIsaac Dr Kevin McIsaac is the IBRS advisor for virtualisation, desktop deployment, mobile devices networks, servers storage and data centre infrastructure. He has 25 years of IT experience and is a recognised expert in infrastructure, operations and vendor management. Dr McIsaac has 10 years experience as an IT Analyst researching, distilling and disseminating best practices in IT and regularly work with the CIOs and the IT management teams of leading Asia-Pacific organisations. Prior to IBRS, Dr McIsaac was Research Director Asia-Pacific Group for META Group and has held leadership positions at Computer Associates and Functional Software. Visit the IBRS website.

Social media commentator and strategist, Laurel Papworth Laurel is one of Australia’s top social media strategists, a renowned keynote speaker and respected thought leader on the business of being social. She is in the Power150 Media and Marketing blogs globally (Advertising Age), # 3 Media Marketing blogger in Australian (BT Magazine), and regularly interviewed about social networks in international press and on Australian TV shows and Radio National, Vogue Australia, The Australian and the Fin Review, SMH, Telegraph, and various magazines Visit Laurel's website.

Layer10 Founder, Paul Brooks Paul Brooks is the founder of Layer10, a consultancy and advisory practice in the telecommunications industry specialising in broadband access, optical network design and service strategy

Australian Information Industry Association CEO, Ian Birks Ian Birks was appointed AIIA Chief Executive Officer in July 2008. Prior to this he was a national board member of the AIIA, serving since 2004. As a board member Ian has been actively involved in industry workforce and skills issues, working as an advisor to the association’s initiatives in this area. Visit the AIIA website

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