October 13, 2009 20:33 ET

BigFix Announces New Public Sector Category for 2009 System Administrator of the Year Contest

The Added Category Recognizes the Government and Non-Profit Sysadmins With New Prizes

EMERYVILLE, CA--(Marketwire - October 13, 2009) -

News Facts

-- With two weeks left to nominate, BigFix, Inc. is adding a Public Sector category to the 2009 System Administrator of the Year that recognizes the rock star sysadmins vital to government and non-profit organizations.

-- The Public Sector category was created to show appreciation for the amazing sysadmins that cannot accept prizes above a certain value; the winner of this category will be awarded a plaque and their accomplishments will be highlighted throughout the year.

-- All of the winners will be announced at the 2009 System Administrator of the Year Awards Gala on November 4, 2009, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, with live music from Baltimore's own...soihadto..., featuring Ace of Cakes' Duff Goldman on bass.

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 (BigFix CTO and blogger, will weigh entrants qualifications and select the award winner.

-- Nominations are open until 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.

Supporting Quotes

Amrit Williams, System Administrator of the Year judge, said: "Public sector sysadmins deserve recognition, too, but must be careful about their relationships with privately-sponsored events. We understand that and have created a new category to honor those administrating the people's systems. We have always welcomed entries from the public sector, and now we have more leeway to shine a spotlight on them."

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

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