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The ninth annual Networking Industry Awards 2002, sponsored by Network News, will take place on 25 June 2002 at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, Birmingham (NEC).

Networking Industry Awards 2002, the industry's benchmark for suppliers and manufacturers of networking products and services, today announced its judging panel and the addition of a significant new category aimed at Service Providers.

For the first time "Most Innovative European Network Project" category is introduced to this year’s awards. Judges will be looking particularly for projects that have met the customers business needs and where entrants can deliver evidence of a genuine business advantage to the customer as a result. Any voice and/or data project completed by a service provider anywhere in Europe will be considered - the project must have been completed successfully between 1 April 2001 and 31 March 2002.

Other categories include: Network Professional of the Year, Network Project of the Year, Most Innovative Product and many more (1). For a full list of all categories visit www.networkingawards.com - the closing date for entries is 1st April 2002.

The independent panel of judges includes professionals from industry associations, consultancies, corporate user organisations and key editors of leading publications. They will be looking for the most individual and prominent entries to shortlist for the finals at the Metropole Hotel. This year’s judging panel includes:

Steve Watmough, Managing Director - Xantus Consulting

Laki Marangos, VP Information Technology - Merrill Lynch Investment Managers

Keith Cass, Head of IT - ITN

Julian Hughes, Director - Mason Communications Ltd

Nayarana Jayaram, Chair of Specialist Network Group - British Computer Society

Paul Dampier, Senior Consultant - META Group Consulting UK

Vanessa Watkins, Network Manager - Royal Holloway, University of London,

Nick Johnson, Senior Consultant - Parallel Ltd

Max Cooter, Editor - Euronet Magazine

Dave Cartwright, Managing Director - Korana Ltd

Jon Bernstein, editor-in-chief (group) - Silicon Media Group

Nigel Roxborough, Founder Director - Network Outsource Association

Martin Heath, Head of Communications and Content - KPMG Consulting (ICE Division)

Martyn Warwick, Group Editorial Director - Decisive Media Group (Telecomtv)

Robert Jacques, Editor - vnunet.com

David Ludlow, Senior Technical Writer - Network News

Rob Jones, Editor - Network News

Phil Evans Associate, Director, Operational Support Systems - TELECOM MEDIA NETWORKS: a division of CapGeminiErnst & Young

Dave Mitchell, Freelance IT Journalist

Chris Mellor, Editor - Network Computing and StorAge

Fred Burridge, Managing Editor - Networking+


The Networking Industry Awards 2002 is fully supported by the Networks Telecom Europe 2002 - a leading European IT, Telecoms and Internet event, based in the UK (2) as well as by the leading UK networking communications weekly, Network News (3).

For further information on the award categories, entry criteria, the independent judging panel and the awards sponsors, please visit http://www.networkingawards.com . Entry forms can be downloaded from the website.

If you wish to enter your company, colleague or a customer for an award, please telephone Mark Lloyd on 01923 330220 or email markl@dial.pipex.com .



Notes to Editor


(1) The Networking Industry Awards 2002 categories include:

~ Networks User/Professional Awards


Network Professional of the Year


Network Team of the Year


Network Project of the Year


Most Innovative Use of Technology



~ Network Service Provider Awards


Most Innovative European Network Project


Voice and Data Service Provider


Channel Partner


Network Training Company


Network Recruitment Consultancy


~ Product Awards


Network Management


Network Troubleshooting


Mobile Communications


Voice Integration


Web Product


Infrastructure


Network Applications and Operating Software


Storage


Security


Most Innovative Product


~ Network News Awards


Network News Reader Voted Network Product


Editors Platinum Award


Best Product of Networks Telecoms Europe 2002



(2) Networks Telecom Europe 2002 is being held at the NEC, Birmingham, 25-27 June 2002.


(3) Network News carries the most relevant news for networking professionals, keeping readers abreast of all major developments in a market that revolves around maintaining the integrity of the corporate network infrastructure and beyond.



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