The annual Chicago CIO of the Year? ORBIE? Awards program honors chief information officers who have demonstrated excellence in technology leadership. Winners in the Super Global, Global, Large Enterprise, Enterprise & Corporate categories will be announced May 17 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.
20 Years of CIO Success
In 1998, when the first CIO of the Year? ORBIE? Award was presented, it was the products, not the people, that were at the center of attention. Laptop of the Year, Printer of the Year and PC Magazine's Editor's Choice awards were common, but it was a start-up called Intellinet that noticed the real heroes were Chief Information Officers (CIOs) who implemented these products, developed solutions and created business value for their organizations.
79彩票注册网址Roll the clock ahead twenty years, and today, CIOs are at the center of business transformation for all organizations. Technology is the engine that drives innovation and growth in every industry and sector in our global economy. It is the leaders who facilitate change by tech-enabling their organizations; these are the rock stars of business today.
The first CIO of the Year Awards was not only a trailblazer for recognizing the people leading transformation, but eventually led to creating the Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GeorgiaCIO) – a local, member-centric, professional organization dedicated to helping CIOs foster meaningful relationships, share best practices, solve problems and achieve their leadership potential.
In 2015, we launched BostonCIO and formed the Inspire CIO Leadership Network (InspireCIO), a national professional association for CIOs now with local chapters in Georgia, Boston, Dallas, Chicago, Alabama, Charlotte, Houston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, DC and soon to be New York & Bay Area. We are proud to serve CIOs in growing relationships, recognizing professional achievements and inspiring the next generation of technology leaders.
This year, nearly 100 nominations were received for the 2019 Chicago CIO ORBIE Awards, which will honor CIOs across five categories for leadership effectiveness and business value created through innovative use of technology. Finalists and winners are selected through a rigorous, independent judging process led by prior ORBIE winners.
79彩票注册网址The power of CIOs working together & collaborating – across public and private business, government, education, healthcare and nonprofit organizations – is incredible. Together, we are making a difference transforming our organizations with technology and enriching Chicagoland and our world.
The CIOs honored this year are inspiring and challenge all of us to step up and lead well in our organizations. On behalf of ChicagoCIO, I congratulate all the finalists on their accomplishments and share our gratitude for the sponsors, underwriters and staff who make the 2019 Chicago CIO ORBIE Awards possible.
This special section is produced in partnership with Chicago CIO Leadership Association