InfoWorld names Apple’s Mac OS X ‘Best Operating System’ in 2005 Technology of the Year honors

InfoWorld has announced the recipients of its 2005 Technology of the Year honors. The awards recognized significant technologies of the past year that promised to make the greatest impact on enterprise IT strategies as well as the products that best exemplified the implementation of those technologies.

“Innovation trumps consolidation,” said Steve Fox, InfoWorld’s editor-in-chief in the press release. “InfoWorld’s annual Technology of the Year awards highlight the value of more powerful systems, more flexible storage, richer networks, more elegant applications, smoother integration, automated management, and granular security. The real winners are the organizations implementing these technologies.”

InfoWorld’s 2005 Technology of the Year award winners (listed alphabetically by category) include:
Application Development

Best Application Testing Tool: RadView TestView
Best Java Development Tool: Agitar Agitator 1.5
Best Software Change Management Solution: IBM Rational ClearCase 6.0
Best Web Services Development Tool: Mindreef SOAPscope 3.0

Collaboration Software

Best Enterprise IM Solution: IBM Lotus Instant Messaging and Web Conferencing 3.1
Best IM Management Solution: IMlogic IM Manager 6.0
Best Team Collaboration Solution: Groove Virtual Office 3.0

Databases & Data Management

Best Content Management Solution: CrownPeak Advantage CMS
Best Database: Oracle Database 10g
Best Mobile Database: IBM DB2 Everyplace Enterprise 8.1.4

Enterprise Applications and Integration

Best Enterprise Portal: Plumtree Enterprise Web Suite
Best CRM Application: Winter ’05
Best Process Automation Solution: Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004
Best Web Services Integration Solution: Grand Central Business Services Network 4.0

Hardware and Software Platforms

Best Blade System: HP Consolidated Client Infrastructure
Best Operating System: Mac OS X 10.3, Panther
Best Server Hardware: Apple Xserve G5

Best Virtual Server: VMware ESX Server 2.1.1


Best IP PBX: Zultys MX250 Enterprise Media Exchange
Best Networking Hardware: Extreme Networks BlackDiamond 10808
Best WAN Accelerator: Riverbed Steelhead 2000
Best Wireless LAN Solution: Trapeze MX-20 Mobility System


Best Firewall: SonicWall Pro 2060
Best Network IDS: Lancope StealthWatch 4.0
Best WLAN Security Product: AirDefense 4.0
Best Host-based IDS: McAfee Entercept 5.0
Best Anti-Spam Solution: Brightmail Anti-Spam 6.0


Best IP Storage Router: Stonefly Networks i3000 Storage Concentrator
Best NAS Solution: NetApp FAS270C
Best SAN Solution: Dell/EMC AX100
Best Storage Router: Brocade Silkworm Multiprotocol Router

Systems and Network Management

Best Network Management Solution: Rendition Networks TrueControl 3.0
Best Systems Management Solution: Novell ZENworks 6.5

The InfoWorld Technology of the Year awards were not open to outside nominations; only products reviewed by InfoWorld’s Test Center during the previous year were eligible. The final selections were made by InfoWorld’s Test Center analysts and editors. Winners were formally announced in the January 3, 2005, edition of InfoWorld and are available online here.


  1. I guess if I was more up on IT and knew more of the significance of InfoWorld’s opinion I could comment more intelligently. Anyone here more business/IT tech savvy can comment?

  2. It’s good to see others take note of OS X’s quaility by recognizing it with an award from an industry wide competition.

    P.S. Careful CDR, there are people who read this website who don’t like it when people comment on getting to be the first to post. Also, don’t mention what the magic word was. God forbid you try to have some fun here.

    MW is try as in lets just try to get along.

  3. Shouldn’t that be the 2004 Technology of the Year honors? How can they name it the best OS of 2005? We’re only 4 days into 2004! Certainly Tiger will take that title from Panther.

    Still, that’s pretty impressive, especially considering that Panther was released in 2003!

  4. Apple and InfoWorld should be stressing the fact that unlike x86, PowerPC was designed as a 64 bit architecture from the very beginning since 1994(?). The first 64 bit PowerPC chip was the 620 shipped by Motorola a decade ago.

  5. MacJack said: “Do you think it only won because there were no versions of Windoze released this year…?”

    Windows XP Service Pack 2 would qualify, wouldn’t it? There were also new versions of Solaris and Linux released in 2004.

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