IT Pro hosted its inaugural awards ceremony last night, honouring those who've gone above and beyond the call of tech duty in 2011.
The inaugral IT Pro Awards, hosted at 11 Cavendish Square in London, were held on the evening of 22nd November, designed to honour the best this industry has to offer.
The majority of the categories were reader-voted (some 400 readers took part in the voting process), with the remaining category winners chosen by an expert panel of IT Pro contributors, including editor Maggie Holland, reviews editor Alan Lu, senior staff writer Tom Brewster and Dennis Publishing's own head of IT, Danny King-Smith.
Those honoured in the IT Pro 2011 Awards are:
Business app of the year
Winner: Skype for iPad
Highly commended: Citrix Go to Meeting v4.5
Business software product of the year
Winner: Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold Premium 15
Highly commended: Microsoft Office 365
Business hardware product of the year
Winner: Apple MacBook Air 13" 2011
Highly commended: Dell PowerEdge R515
IT team of the year
Winner: Rider Levett Bucknall
Highly commended: Ipswitch
IT leader of the year
Winner: Bill Strain, iomart
Highly commended: Mike Lynch, Autonomy
IT initiative of the year
Winner: Race Online 2012
Highly commended: Good to Know campaign (Google/Citizens Advice Bureau)
Cloud initiative of the year
Winner: Warwickshire County Council
Vendor of the year
Highly commended: Dell
"Our industry has a rich heritage of innovation, with hundreds of product launches each year. Those acknowledged, both winners and those shortlisted, in the IT Pro awards therefore represent the very best of the best and we are delighted to honour such individuals and companies," said Maggie Holland, IT Pro's editor.
"This may be IT Pro's inaugural awards event but we were delighted by the response from readers when it came to having their say about who they'd like to win. The winners have made a real impact on business technology users in the past 12 months and we look forward to seeing how they continue to meet and exceed expectations in the year to come."
Check back on the site later for photos of the events and to find out what the winners had to say about their achievements.