Ah, yes, the Oscars. The drama, the exhilaration, the disappointment, the fashion statements! All of it wrapped up in a single adrenaline-filled evening. But what if the IT industry gave out Academy Awards? What would the categories be? Add some spice to your day by considering whom you would nominate for each of the following Oscars (we\u2019ve included some \u201cspoof\u201d categories, as well) \u2026 and which awards you might be nominated for! Roll out the red carpet and let the excitement begin!\nBest CIOHe or she is a tech savant and a leader extraordinaire. Forget \u201ckeeping the lights on\u201d \u2013 the Best CIO pioneers new ways to make the business successful, keeping in touch with every department and every executive.\nBest CISONothing \u2013 not the Target breach, the Sony hack, or anything in between \u2013 can keep the Best CISO down. He or she is on the frontlines, securing data, applications, access, and all the rest of it. Hackers hate these nominees \u2013 but the rest of us love them!\nBest HackOkay, let\u2019s get equal time here. Hackers are, regrettably, an unavoidable part of the IT industry these days. Which was the best (or should we say \u201cworst\u201d?) hack in your book \u2026 the most creative, enterprising, surprising, and lucrative?\nBest Cloud ImplementationWhen it comes to the cloud, these nominees have purpose, strategy, and execution all wrapped up in a single package with a bow on top. Now, they (and their customers) enjoy high availability and superior service every day \u2026 truly, the sky is the limit for these effective clouds.\nBest Use of the InternetThere are people who really know how to harness the power of the Internet to change the world. Take the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign as one example. LeVar Burton wanted to raise $1M to combat functional illiteracy. He raised over $5.4M! Who else would you nominate as heroes of Internet use?\nWorst Use of the InternetAnd then there are the people who really should be forbidden any and all access to the Internet. Need I say \u201cKim Kardashian?\u201d\nBest New IT Product Anyone can come up with another way to slice bread. Truly new products, on the other hand, are innovative and revolutionary. IT products in particular have the capacity to change the way we think, behave, and interact (can you imagine a world without cellphones?). What new product rocked your world in 2014?\nWorst New IT ProductThen again, there are the \u201cinnovative\u201d and \u201crevolutionary\u201d IT product flops! Which products do you feel were overmarketed and overhyped, only to prove themselves a sad disappointment when finally released?\nBest Use of DataBig data is getting bigger all the time. Personally, my favorite use of big data is getting Kroger coupons for products I actually want to buy, instead of for items that would never, ever make it onto my shopping list. Nominees for this award \u201cget it\u201d when it comes to leveraging the data they collect.\nBest Reason to Self-Censor Your Email You would think that business people \u2013 you know, \u201cprofessionals\u201d \u2013 would have the good sense to think before hitting \u201cSend.\u201d After all, any email at any time might get leaked. What you think is your business. But once you put it into print, it just might become everybody\u2019s business.\nBest Use of Backup and Restore TechnologyYou\u2019ll have to think hard to come up with nominees for this category. Why? Because companies who use backup and restore technology wisely never make the news. They keep their businesses running despite outages, disasters, and zombie invasions. Let\u2019s break their anonymity and tell the world who does this well.\nBest Hybrid IT EnvironmentThese nominees truly know how to make the best of all possible worlds: past, present, and future. Their hybrid IT environments are effective, efficient, productive, and seamless.\nBest Supporting IT VendorIT vendors provide key products and services that keep business running smoothly. The Best Supporting IT Vendor is one who embodies partnership and collaboration \u2013 the one you know is \u201con your team\u201d all the way!\nBest Use of the Internet of ThingsThe Internet of Things is huge \u2013 and astonishing in its ramifications. What aspect of the Internet of Things gave you a \u201cWow!\u201d moment this year?\nBest Phone AppMy personal nominee for Best Phone App is bSafe for travelers \u2013 it\u2019s especially great for people traveling alone. Which app would you nominate \u2013 and why?\nWorst Phone AppOf course, there are phone apps out there where you just ask \u201cWhy??\u201d Such as the app that makes flatulence sound effects, the app to practice French kissing, and the app to make your boss think you\u2019re working when you\u2019re actually snoozing. Name your nominee and we\u2019ll all get a good eye roll out of it!\nBest Response to a Data BreachHacks happen. But whereas some companies hide their hacks and just make the problem bigger, nominees for this category show us what it means to take responsibility, protect their clients\u2019 data, and ensure that a similar breach never happens again.\nBest Discovery of Emails in Response to a Subpoena Oops! There\u2019s only one potential nominee in this category!\nWe\u2019re looking for nominees for the IT Oscars, my friends! Comment below to share your favorite nominees and place your vote. Think of yourself as finally becoming a member of the Academy - you never know who might thank you in their acceptance speech.\nThis article was originally posted on Forbes and SunGard Availability Services.