September 23, 2009 15:20 ET

BigFix Announces $5,000 Cash Prize in the System Administrator of the Year 2009 Contest

The More Submissions, the Larger the Cash Pot Prize Will Grow

EMERYVILLE, CA--(Marketwire - September 23, 2009) -

News Facts

-- With just a month left for nominations, BigFix, Inc. is adding a new prize to the 2009 System Administrator of the Year contest -- a progressive jackpot up to $5,000.

-- The prize will start at $2,000, with $200 added to the pot for every 10 new nominations. The final prize will be split between the winning sysadmin and their nominator. In the case of self nomination, the entire cash prize will be awarded to the sysadmin.

-- This cash prize will be the new Grand Prize, with the runner up receiving a laptop, a conference pass to the 2010 Large Installation System Administrator (LISA) Conference, Guitar Hero 5 and their choice of Wii, xBox, or PS3. The next Top 3 entrants will win Guitar Hero 5 and their choice of Wii, xBox, or PS3.

-- BigFix proudly sponsors the 2009 System Administrator of the Year contest, which acknowledges the under-recognized rock stars of information technology who are vital to the smooth functioning of business, government and public services.

Background and Context

-- Sysadmins are the unsung heroes of information technology, keeping computers up and running, defending infrastructures from malware and hacking attacks, and helping end-users maximize their productivity.

-- The contest is also an opportunity for the sysadmin community to share information on best practices and new ways to deliver value to their constituencies.

-- A panel of judges including AEleen Frisch (author, "Essential System Administration"), Doug Hughes (serial presenter and guru at many USENIX LISA conferences), Ben Kus (founder, BigFix User Group), Thomas A. Limoncelli (sysadmin author,, Johnny Long (founder, Hackers for Charity,, Ryan Russell (author, "Stealing the Network"), Robert Scoble (blogger,, and Amrit Williams (blogger,, will weigh entrants qualifications and select the award winner.

-- Nominations are open between August 25 and October 23, with contest winner and runners up announced on November 4, 2009, at the USENIX Large Installation System Administrator (LISA) Conference at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

-- This contest evaluates nominations from all commercial and government IT organizations on an equal basis. However, prizes will be selected and awarded in compliance with corporate and agency policies and regulations.

Supporting Quotes

Amrit Williams, System Administrator of the Year judge, said: "As the submissions have begun rolling in, we've seen glowing praise of the vital work sysadmins perform day in and day out. After reviewing some of the stellar work people are calling to our attention, we wanted to sweeten the reward, as well as show our appreciation for the nominators who are taking the time to craft such thoughtful entries."

Information Resources

-- System of the Administrator of the Year home page:

-- Twitter: @SysAdRockStar09

-- LinkedIn:

-- Facebook:

-- Take it to 11 blog:

-- LISA '09 Conference:



About BigFix

Founded in 1997, the BigFix®, Inc. solutions support a global portfolio of A-list organizations in government, finance, retail, educational, industrial and public utility sectors. BigFix revolutionizes IT infrastructure management by replacing fragmented collections of single-purpose tools with the industry's only unified visibility and control architecture that consolidates up to 18 security, IT compliance, decision support, and green computing functions. For more information, visit, follow BigFix on Twitter @BigFix, or stay in touch on the BigFix Facebook page,

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