SOURCE: BigFix, Inc.

BigFix, Inc.

September 14, 2009 18:59 ET

Here Come the Sysadmin of the Year Judges

Heavy Duty Line-Up of IT Industry Experts to Select the Year's Rock Star System Administrators

EMERYVILLE, CA--(Marketwire - September 14, 2009) -

News Facts

-- BigFix, Inc., lead sponsor of the 2009 System Administrator of the Year (SAOTY) contest, has carefully hand-picked seven renowned industry experts to join the judging panel.

-- The panel of judges include:, AEleen Frisch (author, "Essential System Administration"), 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,

-- The panel will judiciously weigh the qualifications of entrants and determine the winners of the contest.

-- BigFix proudly sponsors the 2009 System Administrator of the Year contest, which acknowledges the under-recognized rock stars of information technology.

-- Sysadmins are vital to the smooth functioning of business, government and public services. Winners will be announced on November 4, 2009 at the USENIX Large Installation System Administrator (LISA) Conference at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

Judicial Background and Qualifications

-- AEleen Frisch, author of "Essential System Administration" and a living legend in the USENIX SAGE community. Frisch has been a system administrator for more than 25 years and currently watches over and writes/teaches about system administration on a plethora of computer platforms.

-- Ben Kus, BigFix senior director for customer advocacy and founder of the BigFix User Group. Kus sacrificed a promising career as a professional Texas Hold'Em poker player to devote himself to the growth and enlightenment of the BigFix user community.

-- Thomas A. Limoncelli, sysadmin author whose books include the award-winning "The Practice of System and Network Administration" and "Time Management for System Administrators." He is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world. He blogs at

-- Johnny Long, founder of Hackers for Charity. Long is a renowned computer security expert, author, and public speaker. He recently founded Hackers for Charity to support a number of educational and technology transfer projects in East Africa and all over the world.

-- Ryan Russell, BigFix IT director, blogger, and author of "Stealing the Network." Russell is an industry luminary, security researcher, and regular speaker at Black Hat.

-- Robert Scoble, founder of Scobleizer, technical evangelist, and author. Scoble is best known for his blogs, and, which began through his work as a technical evangelist at Microsoft. He has become essential reading in Silicon Valley and beyond.

-- Amrit Williams, BigFix CTO, former Gartner research director, blogger for, and host of Beyond the Perimeter podcast series. An industry thought leader, Williams has more than 18 years of experience in information technology, security, and risk management.

Supporting Quotes

Amrit Williams, System Administrator of the Year judge, said: "System Administrators are truly the unsung rock stars of the IT industry. First to get the blame, last to get praise. When you see these kinds of industry heavyweights volunteering their time to select the winner of the 2009 System Administrator of the Year competition, it speaks volumes about the essential role of sysadmins in keeping the economy and civilization itself moving forward. We can't wait to see what this year's sysadmin rock stars have got for us."

Information Resources

--  System of the Administrator of the Year home page:
--  Twitter:
--  LinkedIn:
--  Facebook:
--  LISA'09 Conference:
--  LOPSA:

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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