iPhone takes out Readers' Choice Award

The iPhone has continued its run of successes adding the Computerworld Top 10 Most Influential 2009 Readers' Choice Award to its trophy cabinet.

With 7.2 per cent of votes, the iPhone just beat the National Broadband Network (NBN), which received 7.0 per cent of votes, into first place.

The result mirrors that of the Computerworld Top 10 Most Influential 2009 panel voting, announced last year.

The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) versus iiNet civil case heard in the Federal Court of Australia and the global financial crisis tied for third place with 5.8 per cent of votes respectively.

Fifth place went to the man people love to hate — Senator Stephen Conroy with 5.6 per cent. Following the Communications Minister in sixth was the CSIRO's WLAN Project Team which scored a major patent win and payout in 2009; they received 5.3 per cent.

Virtualisation and Google tied for seventh position with 5.1 per cent. Netbooks came in ninth (4.87 per cent) and, rounding out the Top 10, is a surprising candidate, the Government 2.0 Taskforce with 4.6 per cent.

Notable exclusions to the Top 10 include the Gershon Review, ISP-level internet content filtering and Twitter. Votes were placed by 431 individuals.

The Computerworld Top 10 Most Influential for 2009 highlights the people, products, organisations, trends or events that have had the greatest influence on the ICT industry and community.

Earlier in December we counted down to the Computerworld Panel’s winner with one article each day from 10th place to number one throughout the month. Below is the final list from the panel:

  • #10 — CSIRO's wireless patent win
  • #9 — Virtualisation
  • #8 — Netbooks
  • #7 — Gershon
  • #6 — Google
  • #5 — Twitter
  • #4 — Financial Crisis
  • #3 — Senator Stephen Conroy
  • #2 — National Broadband network
  • #1 — iPhone
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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 Kevin has since moved on to work for analyst firm, Ovum.

    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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