What “best of” lists, or awards, in tech, do you think are actually meaningful and worth paying attention to? Why so?

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Board Member in Healthcare and Biotech, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
The most rigorously evaluated (know that as a past judge) and coveted award for me as a CIO was the "CIO 100" from CIO Magazine. Received a total of 6 across 2 companies that I worked with, and then they decided to give me a "Hall of Fame" award after which I could not apply for more !

In India, Dell had partnered with CIO Association of India - formed by CIOs for collective learning with more than 1000 members; they used to give away awards like the "Most Respected CIO" and "India's best CIOs" where voting was done by peers. Won these a couple of times and then exited the CIO role for an entrepreneurial journey in 2014. This was very gratifying as the votes were given by peers.

CISO in Software, 10,001+ employees
I honestly think there are so many now, it is hard to recognize or identify which one(s) are meaningful.
Senior Information Security Manager in Software, 501 - 1,000 employees
95% of these awards and lists are nothing more than pay-to-play.   See https://twitter.com/benrothke/status/1686404912387624961


The Turing Award from the ACM is one of the few awards that really means something - https://amturing.acm.org/

Vendors like to tout that such and such a company uses the product on their customer lists. The potential customer needs to ask: how many licenses did they buy?  As many firms will buy the product to test, and technically be a customer, but in fact, has never actually deployed the product.


Chief Information Security Officer in Healthcare and Biotech, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Few are - 
 1. CIO 100,
 2. CSO 10

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