Deadline and important dates
November 17th, 2008, 5pm PST. We will not accept anything past this date/time. All data center products qualify for entry if they were new and first shipped after November 1, 2007 and before November 1, 2008.
Users and vendors are invited and encouraged to nominate their favorite/best products by filling out each of the fields required. Fill out a separate form for each product. Winning products will be highlighted on Search400.com.
Please note that you can only submit through this form. Do not send hard copies of submissions and please do not send submissions via email. Take note of the character limits per field.
Search400.com editors and AS/400 experts will judge the entries.
Your product nominations will be judged on the criteria below. Please consider them as you fill out the nomination form:
INNOVATION : Does the product introduce new capabilities or provide such significant improvements to standard capabilities to the degree that it stands out within its product category? Does it break new ground, redefine the category or define a new "subcategory" within the overall field?
PERFORMANCE : Does the product perform to the degree that it could improve a significant portion of IBM i system operation?
EASE OF INTEGRATION INTO ENVIRONMENT : How easily does the product integrate with other products -- both from the same vendor and others? Can the product operate effectively in heterogeneous environments? Has the product been certified by a significant number of major vendors?
EASE OF USE AND MANAGEABILITY : Is the product easy to install? Are the product's interfaces intuitive? Are the product's functions clear, easy to learn and to run? Is the product likely to require the help of professional services on an ongoing basis? Does the product provide useful reports, audits, etc.? Will the product scale smoothly to accommodate growth in an environment?
FUNCTIONALITY : Does the product deliver as promised? Is the product's feature set complete and more than adequate to handle its job? Does the product provide greater or more useful functionality than others in its category? Are there any serious functional omissions?
VALUE : Does the product represent a cost-effective solution? Can the ROI be easily justified? If the product is expensive or represents an additional cost for most data centers, is the added functionality worth the price? Will the product be cost effective to maintain TCO?
Submit your Product of the Year nomination for 2008
This was first published in October 2008