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IT Hall of Fame seeks nominations

IT trade group CompTIA is now accepting nominations for its 2012 IT Hall of Fame inductees.

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The hall recognizes IT Innovators and IT Channel stars. The Class of 2011 included Phil Katz, creator of the .zip file format, as well as Earl Pace, founder of Black Data Processing Associates. The CompTIA A+ Originators, those who developed a key certification program, entered the IT Channel wing of the hall this year.

Past inductees include big names such as Microsoft's Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates, Compaq co-founder Rod Canion and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

According to CompTIA: "Any individual, living or deceased, who has served as a pioneer; who uniquely helped the IT channel to grow and flourish; or who is responsible for a major IT innovation is eligible for induction into the IT Hall of Fame."

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 17, 2012. Inductees will be honored in April in Chicago at CompTIA's annual member meeting. The hall is currently virtual, though CompTIA has discussed creating a physical Hall of Fame at its suburban Chicago headquarters.

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