2010 Symantec Visionaries
Five years ago Symantec developed the Visionary program to recognize IT thought leaders and from around the world for their innovative use of technology to solve real-world business problems. More than 50 nominations were received for the 2010 North American Visionary Awards from the Symantec sales and partner communities. Submissions were evaluated using an objective scoring system covering five categories: organization size, technology innovation, business value, the role of Symantec services and partners, and participation in Symantec reference activities.
Four winners were recognized at the Symantec 2010 Vision event in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 14 by Steve Morton, Symantec’s vice president of product marketing. The award categories include an IT Leader of the Year and three solution category winners—Data Center Optimization, Services Optimization, and Security Optimization.
Following the presentation of the awards, the three solution category winners served as participants on a roundtable session as part of the Business Value Track. The roundtable discussion touched on a number of different subjects, including how they evaluate and select technologies, build linkages with business owners, leverage project management best practices, take advantage of educational and training opportunities for career development, and more.
“The Visionary program provides Symantec with an opportunity to showcase customers for using our products and services to drive tangible business value,” says Patrick Spencer, senior director of Customer Relationship and Publishing Programs. “These customers are demonstrating extraordinary vision in the ways they are using technology as a transformative lever in each of their organizations.”
In-depth Visionary Profiles and podcast interviews are available on each of the Visionaries. For the IT Leader of the Year, Brian Baker, a brief video can be viewed on line.
IT Leader of the Year: Brian K. Baker, Vice President of IT and Global Operations and Infrastructure, Qualcomm Incorporated
Services Optimization: Steven Mullinax, Manager of IT Systems Management, Alaska Airlines
Data Center Optimization: Joe Donahue, Storage and Backup Administrator, Maine Medical Center
Security Optimization: B. Nishae Brooks, Systems Administrator II, Office of Technology Services, Lone Star College System