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NCC helps choose UK’s 2012 'network heroes'

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NCC Editorial Director Tim Ring was one of the independent panel of experts who selected 2012's Spirent Communications Network Heroes award winners, announced at a black tie ceremony last month in London.

The awards acknowledge individuals who have made an outstanding effort in understanding and implementing the delivery of first-class IT network performance for their companies.

The winners were chosen by an eminent panel of judges drawn from across the industry, including the NCC and chaired by David Clarke MBE, CEO of the British Computer Society. The panel also included Informa Principal Analyst Camille Mendler; IDC EMEA Telecommunications Vice President Eric Owen; and leading network architect, engineer and blogger Greg Ferro.

The judges selected more than 25 finalists from a wide range of consulting companies, service providers and equipment manufacturers, as well as businesses with unique enterprise networks – all of which involve network heroes who address daily challenges.

Nominees featured network experts from the BBC, British Telecom, Cable & Wireless, Cisco, Huawei, Northrop Grumman, Thomson Reuters, Virgin Media Business, Verizon, Vocality, Vodafone and HSBC.

"These awards were created to applaud the individual, and we certainly achieved that at the Awards Ceremony,” said David Hill, EMEA vice president at Spirent Communications. “It was great to see winners from across the industry stepping forward to take the applause of their fellow colleagues and industry peers, and rightly so. This award obviously resonates within the industry, and we’re delighted to be part of it.”

The Spirent Network Hero Award winners in each category were:

  • Firewall/Cyber/Security Hero – Sadiq Yakasai, Cisco.
  • Test Automation Hero – Simon Ascot, Vocality
  • Cloud Hero – Timi Acorn, Thomson Reuters.
  • Proof of Concept & Pre-Sales Support Hero – Andrew Baskett, Northrop Grumman.
  • Network Design/Architect Hero – James Bricknell, BBC.
  • Test Leader/Evangelist Hero – Pascal Harris, Thomson Reuters.

NCC’s Tim Ring highlighted the contribution of Sadiq Yakasai. “The award winners were all outstanding IT professionals among a strong group of entrants and finalists. But for me Sadiq was the stand-out candidate across all the award categories. He offered a combination of technical knowledge, help for colleagues and advice for junior staff, and beyond that he has developed a training programme for young offenders in networking skills. That makes him a genuine ‘network hero’.”

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Spirent Network Heroes Awards

Now in their second year, the Spirent Communications Network Heroes Awards are presented to individuals whom the judging panel considers to have made an outstanding contribution in one or more of a variety of technical fields associated with networking, and as a result, benefited the business performance of the company they work for.

Spirent Communications run the Network Heroes Awards as a way of acknowledging the true value of technical expertise in networking. Six very personal awards have been created to applaud the individual, and are open to anyone in any company.

The response this year was exceptional and the shortlist for the 2012 awards selected by the judging panel included nominees from:

  • Alcatel Lucent.
  • Aspire Capgemini.
  • BBC.
  • Bloomberg.
  • BPN Paribas.
  • BT.
  • Cable & Wireless.
  • CheckPoint.
  • Cisco.
  • Citi Group.
  • Ericsson.
  • Everything Everywhere.
  • Gnodal.
  • Haymarket Business Media.
  • HSBC.
  • Huawei.
  • Immarsat.
  • Itsus.
  • ITSUS Consulting.
  • NDS.
  • Paradigm.
  • Semtech.
  • Telefonica 02.
  • Thomson Reuters.
  • Velocix.
  • Virgin Media.
  • Vocality.
  • Vodafone.
  • Web Sense.

National Computing Centre

The NCC (National Computing Centre) is an independent membership organisation for IT decision makers. Founded in 1966, it provides advice, guidance, best practice and experience sharing to help those responsible for IT make the right decisions.

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