By Daniel Margolis
CompTIAs IT Hall of Fame recognizes those who made a major impact in the IT industry. The program goes back 15 years, and the hall recognizes huge figures in technology like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak and Paul Allen all of whom were inducted in the first couple of years that the hall existed. As the program has expanded outward, it has acknowledged people and companies who have contributed to the IT industry in a variety of ways.
For example, in 2002, the hall inducted John Chambers. When Chambers assumed the roles of president and CEO of Cisco Systems in 1995, the companys annual revenue was slightly more than $1 billion. Through an aggressive product development program and a number of strategic acquisitions, he built Cisco into a powerful networking giant with more than $40 billion in annual sales. Industry analysts often credit his vision and guidance for Ciscos success. Chambers also served as vice chairman of the President George Bush National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) and was a member of President Bill Clintons Trade Policy Committee.
Go here to read about all the members of the IT Hall of Fame.
The hall is comprised of two wings, IT Innovator and IT Channel. The former recognizes any individual, living or deceased, who is responsible for a major innovation in the field while the latter does the same for those who helped the channel flourish.
Nominations for the 2013 class of the IT Hall of Fame are now open and will remain open until Jan. 18, 2013.
IT Channel nominees must have significant experience in the IT channel; innovative product, service or marketing introductions; service in an important capacity in or related to the IT channel (such as a volunteer board position); an unimpeachable record of integrity and respect in the channel; and a prominent role in promoting the publics awareness of the IT channel as a significant and responsible member of the business community.
IT Innovator nominees, meanwhile, merely need to have created a major innovation in IT (easier said than done) and have an unimpeachable record of integrity and respect in the industry.
Additionally, candidates must be retired from the position for which they are being nominated for at least two years, but may otherwise be active in the industry. No current voting member of the CompTIA Board of Directors may be nominated for induction into the Hall of Fame during their board tenure. Beyond all that, the nomination call is relatively open; nominations may be submitted by solution providers, vendors, distributors, journalists or analysts. CompTIA membership is not necessary to nominate. So nominate for the IT Hall of Fame here or here today.
Daniel Margolis serves as manager, membership communications at CompTIA. He has worked as a professional writer and editor for more than 13 years, covering a range of industries.