The SearchCIO-Midmarket.com 2012 IT Leadership Awards recognize the midmarket's innovative CIOs. We received 350 qualified nominations, which we whittled down to 40 semifinalists. Then our distinguished panel of CIO and former CIO judges scored each semi-finalist on a scale of 1-10 for cultural innovation, technological advancement, business harmonization, green IT and customer experience.
All finalists receive certificates honoring their contributions, as well as VIP invitations to IT insider networking and leadership events throughout the country. The winners of the Cultural Innovation, Technological Advancement, Business Harmonization, Green IT and Customer Experience/Integration awards each receive a $150 American Express gift card as well as an elegant engraved glass trophy. From these nominations, our judges also pushed forward the professionals they felt displayed the most innovative leadership to receive the overall IT Leader of the Year award. The winner of the SearchCIO-Midmarket.com 2012 IT Leader of the Year award receives both a trophy and an iPad.
Please join us in congratulating these professionals who are demonstrating innovative leadership in the midmarket IT space. The winners were announced in April.
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 enabling strategy and delivering operational excellence.
Scott Lowe is a former CIO and frequent contributor to TechTarget, TechRepublic and other IT publications.
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Cultural Innovation Award
Given to a leader who made a positive impact on the company and/or industry's culture, who demonstrates exceptional citizenship and corporate leadership and who has made a significant contribution to his company or serves as an industry role model.
Technological Advancement Award
Given to a leader whose technological advancement supported top-line revenue or sustainable business value.
Business Harmonization Award
Given to a leader whose initiative promoted business goals and automation efficiency, and who shows exceptional business savvy, the ability to increase revenue and maintain or improve customer satisfaction.
Green IT Award
Given to a leader whose initiative promoted ecological and sustainable IT.
Given to a leader who has made strides in building customer relationships and enhancing the experience of the external customer.
Outstanding Midmarket IT Leader of the Year Award
Given to a professional whose excellent leadership qualities demonstrate achievement on many levels, including several if not all of the above categories, and who made a substantial business impact to a business or industry.