Zeichick’s Take: The biggest influencers in your life

Alan Zeichick
May 7, 2012 —  Who is the top influence in your life? Your parents? Your first manager? Your spouse or significant other? Your best friend? Your first boss? A special teacher or professor? A spiritual leader? All of the above, perhaps?

I enjoy talking to friends and colleagues about their top influencers. People enjoy telling stories about special moments, moments that changed their lives.

The same is true of top influencers in our profession. Which companies, organizations or projects changed the art and science of software development? That’s what we want to know, as part of the 10th anniversary of the SD Times 100.

When we looked at the “Influencers” category (which appeared in the SD Times 100 in 2004), we counted 37 separate winners. Some were corporations; some were projects; some were individuals; and some were concepts.

We’d like your help in narrowing down the biggest of the big, the top of the top, the most significant influencers of the past decade.

Visit the ballot at

The deadline is Friday, May 11, 2012.

And we’re offering a prize to a randomly selected SD Times or News on Monday subscriber who fills in the survey: an iPad 3.

Share your thoughts, and read the results in June.

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Changing the subject: We are proud to announce that the conference catalog is ready for WPDevCon: The Windows Phone Developer Conference, Oct. 22-24 in the San Francisco Bay Area.

While we are still signing up more workshops and classes—and are holding some slots to cover the “Apollo” update of the Windows Phone platform—there are 50+ classes already available. Learn more and jump in on the conference early at

Alan Zeichick is editorial director of SD Times. Read his blog at

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