by John Worrall
It’s that time of the year again! For the third year in a row, to help show our appreciation and support for system administrators located across the globe, Cyber-Ark will host a Twitter contest to coincide with the 13th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day – which takes place on Friday, July 27th, 2012. Like last year, we will extend the SysAdmin festivities a bit, and provide participants with extra time to participate and spread the positive vibes related to their achievements.
Here are the details:
This year, we’re asking participants to not only reflect on their greatest IT achievement from the past year, but to also anticipate the IT trends that will continue to drive and shape the SysAdmin position for years to come.
Our System Administrator Appreciation Day Twitter Contest question is:
“What skills and experience have you gained in the past year that will most help you in the coming one, and why?”
While it is not a requirement, we encourage respondents to relate their garnered skills and experience to a specific achievement. Even better, feel free to detail an achievement that you think your fellow SysAdmins can relate to and may soon encounter on their own (think: high-profile IT trends)!
This year’s judges include:
Matt Simmons – a prolific SysAdmin blogger and community evangelist
Wesley David – influential SysAdmin blogger and operations manager
Cole Lavallee – SysAdmin at NetApp
This esteemed panel of SysAdmin judges will review all entries and select one (1) winner and two (2) runner-ups based on the quality of the Tweet (the skills mastered/achievement detailed, and the perspective provided in relation to how these skills will be beneficial in the year ahead).
The contest winner will receive an Amazon Kindle Fire and the two runner ups will each receive $50 Amazon gift cards The contest will begin at 9:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, July 24th and will conclude at 1:00 p.m. ET on Friday, July 27th. Responses will be monitored throughout the week. The winner will be announced by 1:00 p.m. ET on Friday, July 27th by @cyberark through a series of Tweets and a post on this blog.
To be eligible to win, users need to Tweet a response alongside the #SysAdminDay hashtag and @Cyberark. This is important as it allows other Twitter users and contest participants to follow along. Proper format is as follows: “#SysAdminDay @cyberark RESPONSE”
Since Twitter has a 140 character limit (of course!), brevity is important. However, participants are also encouraged to elaborate on their Tweet by continuing their response by posting a comment under this blog post. This way, participants can provide a more detailed and/or creative response. However, this is not a requirement for eligibility and is only a suggestion.
More details and elgibility requirements are below. We look forward to seeing you on Twitter!
– The Cyber-Ark Team
Limit one Tweet (entry) per participantâ€”any user that creates and/or uses multiple accounts to participate will be deemed ineligible. Re-Tweets from other users are encouraged, however. To be eligible to win and receive the kindle, participants must be followers of @Cyberark on Twitter. Prize information will be sent via Direct Message.
Cyber-Ark employees are allowed to participate but are ineligible to win the prize.