It's that time of the year again when Buy-Side Technology starts the somewhat exhaustive process of deciding the winners of its annual awards - exhaustive in the sense that for any awards exercise to be meaningful, a lot of information needs to be submitted, collated, and then deliberated upon by a panel of experienced, impartial, buy-side specialists. And all of this tends to take some time.
While we haven't finalized this year's categories, we do anticipate including all of those included in last year's edition, plus one or two additional awards. The categories will be finalized by the end of business next Wednesday (28 July).
Last year we received 120 entries across the 18 categories, an impressive number considering how niche the buy-side technology industry is. Judging by the number of enquiries we have already received about the 2010 awards, we expect a moderate increase in the total number of entries across all categories, the most popular of which are likely to be ‘risk', ‘pricing', ‘data provider', and ‘newcomer.'
And while we will never be in the position where we can claim that our awards cover every technology vendor serving our industry and every buy-side-focused offering, it's fair to say that judging by the ‘household' names that have won our awards over the past three years, we have about 90 percent of our industry covered.
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