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Source: Windows IT Pro
Author: Jason Bovberg
Microsoft Tech·Ed took place in Atlanta, Georgia, this year--and a month earlier in the year, avoiding the oppressive heat that afflicted last year's humid New Orleans event. In tune with the weather, Tech·Ed was a cool and cloudy affair. Indeed, the convention air was filled with talk about the cloud, and it only made sense that our Best of Tech·Ed awards program introduced a new Best Cloud Computing Product/Service category into the mix.
The Best of Tech·Ed Award awards, of course, recognize Microsoft partners that offer innovative products and services in the marketplace. Our judging panel--consisting of Windows IT Pro, SQL Server Magazine, DevProConnections Magazine, and SharePoint Pro editors Michael Otey, Sean Deuby, Amy Eisenberg, Jason Bovberg, Jeff James, Zac Wiggy, and Caroline Marwitz--narrowed an impressive field of more than 300 submissions down to 46 finalists in 16 categories. Onsite in Atlanta, the team interviewed the finalists and evaluated the products to determine a final list of winners. As always, the three criteria for the judging process were strategic importance, competitive advantage, and value to customers. Show attendees also cast their votes to determine the winner of the prestigious Attendees' Pick Award.
It was a fun week in Atlanta, capped off with a wonderful awards party at the aquarium. We would like to congratulate our 2011 winners!