Got a Network Project Worth Bragging About?

FRAMINGHAM (07/03/2000) - Some of you have undoubtedly earned bragging rights for network projects that you and your team have just wrapped up. If your higher-ups are smart, they've already rewarded you for your initiative in improving customer service, entering new markets or helping boost the bottom line. Now it's time for industry recognition.

That's where we come in. Get your team the recognition it deserves by entering Network World's 16th annual User Excellence Award program.

Through the User Ex program, we honor organizations using network technology in innovative and effective ways to further corporate goals. We've had the privilege of trumpeting business-boosting network projects at companies and institutions such as American Airlines, Duke University, Eli Lilly, First Boston, Ford Motor Co., Hyatt and The Prudential Insurance Company of America.

The projects involved technologies such as ATM, client/server computing, frame relay, LAN switching, remote access, routing and IP.

Today, more than ever, there is widespread recognition that technology can make or break a company, and we expect this realization has translated into business-transforming network projects. We want to hear about your successes.

As in the past, we will evaluate submissions based on the business case, technology choice, and costs and benefits. We want to know how your network meshes with business goals, and how the technology choices you made have benefited the network infrastructure. We're also looking for details about how the project contributed to the organization's bottom line.

This year, we've thrown in another criterion: We want to know how your undertaking differs from or expands on what user organizations in your industry have done with network technology. Our goal is to pick winners from a variety of industries, such as financial services, health care and manufacturing, then choose an overall winner.

The winners will be featured in our annual Best Issue, a Network World Signature Series supplement coming Nov. 13. We'll also honor the overall winner at an awards ceremony at the ComNet conference in Washington, D.C., early next year.

You've earned the bragging rights, so tell us about your killer network project. Head to our Web site (, DocFinder 8828) and fill out the entry form for our 2000 User Excellence Award competition.

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