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The 2013 IT Leadership Awards: Honoring effective leadership styles

The 2013 SearchCIO IT Leadership Awards honor the top CIOs and IT executives in the enterprise space. Meet our finalists.

Introduction

Our 2013 SearchCIO IT Leadership Awards recognize the contributions and innovations of IT executives at enterprise companies who have made strides in the areas of cultural innovation, technological advancement, business value, green IT, IT engagement and customer experience. Here, we introduce our finalists.

All finalists receive certificates honoring their contributions, as well as VIP invitations to IT insider networking and leadership events throughout the country. Each winner of the Cultural Innovation, Technological Advancement, Business Value, Green IT, IT Engagement and Customer Experience Awards receives a $150 Amazon.com gift card and an engraved glass trophy. From these nominations, our judges also selected the IT professional they felt displayed the most innovative leadership to receive the overall Enterprise IT Leader of the Year Award. The winner of this award will win a glass trophy and an iPad.

Please join us in congratulating these technology professionals who are demonstrating innovation and effective leadership styles in the IT field. The winners in each category will be announced in July.

1THE JUDGES-

Meet our SearchCIO 2013 IT Leadership Awards judges

Our 2013 IT Leadership judges were given the difficult task of selecting the best of the best among enterprise IT leaders. We thank them for their time, dedication and insight.

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Harvey Koeppel

Harvey Koeppel is the president of Pictographics Inc., a management and technology advisory and consulting services firm. Koeppel is also vice chairman of the World BPO/ITO Forum and recently served as ex¬ecutive director of the Center for CIO Leadership. From 2004 through 2007, Koeppel served as the CIO and senior vice president of Citigroup's Global Consumer Group. Continue Reading

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Niel Nickolaisen

Niel Nickolaisen is CIO at Western Governors University in Salt Lake City. He is a frequent speaker, presenter and writer on IT's dual role of enabling strategy and delivering operational excellence. Continue Reading

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Dean Lane

Dean Lane has been a CIO at four companies: Honeywell Aerospace, ATK (Alliant Techsystems Inc.), Plantronics and Masters Institute of Technology. He is currently the CIO of Henley-Putnam University and founder of The Office of the CIO, and sits on the advisory board of the Society for Information Management. Continue Reading

2Cultural Innovation-

The Cultural Innovation Award

The Cultural Innovation Award recognizes a leader who has made a positive impact on the company and/or industry's culture.

The finalists for the 2013 SearchCIO Cultural Innovation Award are:

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John Bowden, CIO, Lifetime Products Inc.

John Bowden showcased the value of ERP and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) at Lifetime Products with projects that were delivered on time and under budget, while also increasing employee productivity by one hour per day. Continue Reading

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Eric Hawley, CIO, Utah State University

Eric Hawley created unified IT services in a decentralized higher-education environment, selling his colleagues on the project by comparing the concept to a cookie -- the kind baked in an oven, not stored on a browser. Continue Reading

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Leonard Peters, CIO and associate vice president, Yale University

CIO Len Peters reinvented the delivery of IT services at Yale University in six months by insisting on ITIL training. Continue Reading

3TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT-

The Technological Advancement Award

The Technological Advancement Award recognizes a leader whose focus on emerging technologies has had a significant positive impact on the organization.

The finalists for the 2013 SearchCIO Technological Advancement Award are:

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Deepak Agarwal, CIO, Palm Beach County School District

Amid budget cuts, Deepak Agarwal earns high marks for innovations that shore up and improve IT while saving money. Continue Reading

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Lisa Kent, chief technology officer, Houston Airport Systems

Lisa Kent uses sensor technology to provide superior service to her customers -- both internal and external -- at Houston Airport Systems. Continue Reading

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Deanna Wise, CIO and executive vice president, Dignity Health

Deanna Wise delivered top-notch services and led a $2 billion electronic health record (EHR) implementation at Dignity Health. Continue Reading

4BUSINESS VALUE-

The Business Value Award

The Business Value Award is given to a leader whose initiative promoted business goals and increased revenue.

The finalists for the 2013 SearchCIO Business Value Award are:

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John Bowden, CIO, Lifetime Products Inc.

Bowden's ERP deployment and integration lowered total cost of ownership by 50% and provided for a 30% increase in order throughput for Walmart. Continue Reading

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Eric Hawley, CIO, Utah State University

Eric Hawley did what some in academia might deem impossible: centralized IT services to realize business value. Continue Reading

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Jonathan Reichental, CIO, City of Palo Alto

Jonathan Reichental made it easier for private citizens and public offices to get the information they need with an open government initiative. Continue Reading

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Carl Vogel, director of IT, Iowa Select Farms

Carl Vogel developed a plan to give 600 farmers access to centralized data and resources, and overhauled his organization's disaster recovery infrastructure. Continue Reading

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Deanna Wise, CIO and executive vice president, Dignity Health

Deanna Wise delivered top-notch services to ensure that Dignity Health's 10,000 physicians and 55,000 employees received the technology required to succeed in their jobs. Continue Reading

5GREEN IT-

The Green IT Award

The Green IT Award is given to a leader whose initiative promoted ecological and sustainable IT.

The finalists for the 2013 SearchCIO Green IT Award are:

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Carl Vogel, director of IT, Iowa Select Farms

Carl Vogel helped bring IT sustainability to Iowa Select Farms through his efforts around centralizing data and creating a disaster recovery infrastructure. Continue Reading

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Deanna Wise, CIO and executive vice president, Dignity Health

Wise has led Dignity Health to achieve an industry-leading physician adoption rate of over 80% in the first eight hospitals to go live with an environmentally friendly EHR software implementation. Continue Reading

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Deepak Agarwal, CIO, Palm Beach County School District

Deepak Agarwal 's consolidation and cloud storage efforts reduced the IT budget in his school district by nearly 46%. Continue Reading

6IT ENGAGEMENT-

The IT Engagement Award

The IT Engagement Award is given to a leader who has encouraged optimal relationships between IT and a majority of the organization.

The finalists for the 2013 SearchCIO IT Engagement Award are:

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John Bowden, CIO, Lifetime Products Inc.

John Bowden developed ERP and VDI projects at Lifetime Products to improve the way employees engaged with IT, improving their productivity drastically. Continue Reading

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Eric Hawley, CIO, Utah State University

At Utah State University, Eric Hawley created unified IT services in a decentralized environment to ease the burdens on the organization as a whole. Continue Reading

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Jonathan Reichental, CIO, City of Palo Alto

Jonathan Reichental improved engagement in the City of Palo Alto by giving constituents better access to the information they were searching for. Continue Reading

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Carl Vogel, director of IT, Iowa Select Farms

Carl Vogel developed a plan that would give 600 member farms access to centralized data and Iowa Select Farms resources. Continue Reading

7CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE-

The Customer Experience Award

The Customer Experience Award is given to a leader who has made strides in building customer relationships and enhancing the experience of the external customer.

The finalists for the 2013 SearchCIO Customer Experience Award are:

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Creativity and innovation the hallmarks of CIO's IT centralization

Eric Hawley, CIO at Utah State University, knows that creativity and innovation are vital to IT centralization -- as is a fully baked cookie analogy. Continue Reading

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Jonathan Reichental, CIO, City of Palo Alto

Reichental spearheaded an open government initiative to ease the frustrations of Palo Alto's citizens and public offices. Continue Reading

8ENTERPRISE LEADER OF THE YEAR-

The Enterprise IT Leader of the Year Award

The Enterprise IT Leader of the Year Award is given to a leader whose efforts signified an achievement on many levels, including several other categories, and has made a substantial impact to a business or industry.

The finalists for the 2013 SearchCIO IT Leader of the Year Award are:

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John Bowden, CIO, Lifetime Products Inc.

As the head of Lifetime Products, one of the largest producers of recreational consumer goods made from plastic or metal, John Bowden demonstrated the competitive advantage of ERP. Continue Reading

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Eric Hawley, CIO, Utah State University

Eric Hawley tackled the centralization of IT services in one of the most difficult industries to change: academia. Continue Reading

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Deanna Wise, CIO and executive vice president, Dignity Health

Deanna Wise has led IT and Dignity Health through a period of rapid change, balancing between delivering consistent, reliable IT services and breaking new technology ground. Continue Reading