When Mike Vizard moved from news editor to editor in chief in 2000, he zeroed in on XML and Web services as the next wave, which would enable unprecedented, fully standardized interconnection among businesses and applications. On Vizard's watch, many of the thought leaders InfoWorld is known for today came on board, including Executive Editor of Reviews Doug Dineley, Chief Technologist Tom Yager, former Blogger in Chief Jon Udell, and Contributing Editor Paul Venezia.
In 2003, Editor in Chief Steve Fox took InfoWorld from a weekly news tabloid to a weekly magazine that showcased Test Center reviews plus in-depth feature articles that were first to identify such important enterprise trends as SOA (service-oriented architecture), green IT, and virtualization. Fox also shifted resources to the Web site, where InfoWorld gained a reputation for innovation online. Good thing, says Fox, because by the close of 2006 "the writing was on the wall" for print. Steve's final act was to preside over a successful transition to today's Web-only InfoWorld.
Today, I'm proud to report that InfoWorld boasts the same unique combination of tech expertise, shrewd trendspotting, and buyer advocacy that marks its history. The Test Center still has an unparalleled reputation, and we call on our deep-tech contributors more than ever to identify hot issues and bring attention to trends with lasting significance.
[ This year's Technology of the Year Awards included 49 awards in 9 general categories, several of them featuring the most ingenious products we've encountered in years. ]
InfoWorld's Technology of the Year Awards, a regular January event that hands out accolades based on a year's worth of reviews -- mainly of enterprise-class products -- remains wildly popular. This year, the Test Center has maintained a particularly intense focus on virtualization, app dev, and cloud-computing services. The summer of 2008 year also marked a major upgrade of our test facilities at the University of Hawaii, which we covered in a big feature package playfully entitled Pimp My Datacenter.
Test Center Contributing Editor Randall Kennedy has been especially effective at benchmarking various versions of Windows to point out Vista's shortcomings and prepare us for Windows 7. He even created a downloadable agent, Windows Sentinel, which thousands of InfoWorld readers have used to track Windows performance and pool benchmark data with that of other users.
[ Want to identify performance bottlenecks in a desktop, laptop, or server? Then download Windows Sentinel, InfoWorld's free Windows performance-monitoring software. ]