Onwards, Outwards, and Upwards


Posted on: Aug 19, 2010 by Rob Price

1 in 5 schoolchildren think Buzz Lightyear was the first man on the moon. Buzz Aldrin was the second. Who was that Armstrong bloke anyway?

When man reached the South Pole, we all only remember Captain Scott of the Antarctic, who of course came second.

When Britain tuned in to Britain’s Got Talent, the rest of the world cannot get enough of Susan Boyle, who finished second.

Those most British of Sporting Heroes, Tim Henman and Frank Bruno were renowned for, largely, coming second (at best, though achieving glorious failure).

In all of that company, how could we be anything other than delighted to have achieved Second Place in the Computer Weekly 2010 IT Blog of the Year awards in the CIO Category. In years to come, if the world remembers Atos’ CIO Blog in the same breath as Tim Henman, Frank Bruno, Buzz Aldrin and Scott of the Antarctic then we (who feed the blog) will die happy men and women.

In the meantime, I’d like to recommend some of the other blogs that were in our category last night, all of whom I would have been happy to have seen top the table, were it not to be us. Check out James Gardner’s Bankervision, always a good innovative read and Paul Coby’s active blog and tweeting.

As to the TWEETWAR that is now raging amongst #blogawards contenders, then we look forward to next year’s event when we can cement our new found role as famous 2nd places in history with a chart topping double act just as our arch blog rivals have continued to do so until now.

Onwards, Outwards, and Upwards.

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About Rob Price

COO for Worldline UK&I and member of the Scientific Community
Rob is COO for Worldline UK&I, the European leader in the payment and transactional services industry. He was previously Head of Digital for Atos UK&I, is a member of the Atos Scientific Community and was a founder of the award winning CIO/CTO Atos blog, the predecessor to Ascent. He successfully melds inspiration and creativity with strategic direction and implementation, focusing on driving more efficient and effective exploitation of technology and services to drive positive business outcomes and better connect our clients with their end consumers. The insight gained through both operational delivery roles and strategic Digital evangelist roles ensures that he views the Digital Revolution from multiple perspectives. Find him on twitter @The_Digital_COO

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