Computerworld Top 10 Most Influential 2009 - Readers' Choice Award

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  • E-waste recycling program. In a first for Australia, computers and televisions were picked as the first products regulated as part of a national recycling scheme endorsed by state and federal environment ministers.

  • Sol Trujillo, former managing director of Telstra. Sol left our shores earlier in the year but not without a few barbs, a golden handshake and a legacy that left Telstra without a proper NBN bid.

  • The WLAN Project Team (L-R): Mr Graham Daniels, Dr John O'Sullivan, Dr Terry Percival, Mr Diet Ostry, Mr John Deane

  • Intel's Nehalem architecture is the foundation of many new servers coming out in the market this year.

  • Government 2.0 Taskforce. The Gov 2.0 Taskforce has been charged with migrating the federal government across to Web 2.0 technologies and has already made significant inroads to achieving this goal

  • apps4nsw is a public competition to foster and promote the development of innovative digital applications and web services using public sector data relating to New South Wales.

  • Mobile data - Australia's telco providers battled for much of the year except in one domain - mobile data, which saw remarkable growth on the back of the increasing popularity of smartphones

  • Senator Stephen Conroy - Love him or hate him, Conroy has had his fingers in a number of pies this year, including the NBN, Content filtering, smart grids, cyber security and more.

  • ISP-level Internet Content Filtering: Senator Stephen Conroy's trial of an ISP-level content filter involving several ISPs and a black list maintained by the ACMA drew support from some corners but overwhelming criticism from most in the ICT industry and greater population.

  • David Thodey, Telstra chief executive officer. Thodey took on the role of Telstra CEO this year and immediately changed the tone of one of Australia's biggest enterprises.

  • Netbooks. Two years after Asustek introduced the first netbook, the Asus Eee PC 700, the smaller, lighter and cheaper devices have continued to be embraced by all comers and faced down many of their biggest critics.

  • The Australian Tax Office change program. One of the biggest ICT changes in history in the way our taxes are processed gathered pace in 2009.

  • Cloud computing. If you were to measure influence by the amount of words written about a topic, then cloud computing would have to be up there in 2009. But for many, cloud computing is still too undefined and immature.

  • Nintendo Wii. The novel approach taken by Nintendo with its Wii gaming console continued to prove popular with gamers of all ages throughout 2009.

  • The PIPE Pacific Cable (PPC-1), an undersea cable system stretching from Sydney to Guam, was officially launched in October.

  • Virtualisation. The technology is not new, but in recent years there is no denying its influence on data centres and ICT strategies across the globe.

  • Gershon Review. The Gershon Review is the most far-reaching attempt to change the way the Federal Government - one of the biggest users of ICT in Australia - uses and procures ICT. This year it got into full swing.

  • Open source. It's often overlooked but from mainframes to web browsers the open source community continued to have a significant impact in 2009.

  • Telstra - The telco is a behemoth in the Australian ICT industry and came out with several new offerings this year while also hitting back at moves to force it to separate.

  • Twitter - Did you tweet this year? Millions of others did in what has been a phenomenal trend

  • IPv6 will take over from the legacy IPv4. As we continue to run out of IPv4 addresses the push to IPv6 continued to gather pace.

  • The NBN. The National Broadband Network (NBN) hasn't even been built yet and already it has heralded a host of investments, summits, and changes to legislation. In short, it's changed the way we think about the potential of the industry.

  • Privacy Act changes. This year the Federal Government released its first response to a comprehensive review of Australia's privacy laws in the digital age and it included several considerable amendments.

  • Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system: The software juggernaut continued to innovate throughout the year and always has a big influence on anything ICT. However, its Windows 7 release – arguably the biggest move it made – is not expected to really change things in the market until next year.

  • The iPhone. Apple's iPhone is not new but its continued influence on the general populace and businesses is nothing short of remarkable.

  • Global financial crisis. Crisis of confidence or a real economic crash? Whatever your view, the GFC had an impact on ICT budgets and recruitment across the economy.

  • Oracle to buy Sun Microsystems - This huge acquisition announcement came as a shock to many in the industry and continues to reverberate.

  • Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd - The PM is always influential. but this year he also included a fair whack of funding for ICT in the budget and started to adopt Web 2.0 technologies.

  • Google. Identifying one thing that represents Google's influence is tough - it launched the Australian developed Wave, made Rupert Murdoch mull huge changes to online news delivery, and continued moves into the enterprise with Google Apps to name a few.

  • Senator for the ACT, Kate Lundy. This senator is one of the few that actively Twitters and promotes the benefits of ICT.

  • Sustainable IT really came into its own in 2009. The green movement in ICT continued strongly in 2009 driven by a lot of work in high-end enterprise and Federal Government. But many suggest it was overshadowed by the economic downturn.

  • Vote for the people, events and products which you think have been most influential to Australia's ICT industry in 2009. Can't choose just one? Don't worry - you can vote for multiple items.

  • Internode. The ISP continued to be a vocal player in the market and kicked off the first public IPv6 trial late in the year.

  • Credit: 2

    AFACT v iiNet - The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) versus iiNet civil case heard in the Federal Court of Australia. It's been flagged as one of the most important cases in the history of ICT and copyright in Australia and while the arguments have been given, the decision is not expected until next year.

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