MIT Sloan awards program seeks top CIO candidates

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This year's MIT Sloan CIO Symposium will feature a CIO Leadership Award presentation, honoring CIOs who exemplify true leadership in the use of technology and in inspiring those who work for them. But those interested in nominating someone--or themselves--for the award need to act fast. The deadline has been extended to March 18 at midnight.

The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium will be held May 21 at the Kresge Auditorium on MIT's campus, in Cambridge, MA. The theme for this year's event is "Lead Your Digital Enterprise Forward: Are you ready for the next digital revolution?"

According to the event's web site, "The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is a community of CEOs, CIOs and senior IT executives who connect with academic thought leaders, their practicing peers and IT partners in an annual one-day conference, held on the MIT campus, as well as through online conversations and educational webcasts. These CIOs and other senior business executives from around the world gather to explore how leading-edge academic research and innovative technologies can help address the practical challenges faced in today's volatile business environment and economy."

The MIT Sloan School is inviting IT professionals and business executives to go to their web site and nominate IT leaders who are deserving of the award. There are four primary judging criteria upon which applicants are evaluated:

  • Strong Communicator. Articulates a vision for strategic business value from IT and works across the organization to build partnerships around this vision. Focuses communications on value and innovation, not technology.
  • Proven Manager. Clearly demonstrates value-for-money in the management of core IT services--providing the right services at the right price and the right level of quality.
  • Value Driver. Understands the business and needs of the CEO, CFO, Line-of-Business heads and other senior executives. Ensures clear focus on potential and realized value in all IT initiatives.
  • Trusted Partner. Exercises authority beyond IT itself. Considered a trusted member of the senior executive team, not just a technology leader. Suggests innovative uses of IT to transform the business--and successfully executes the changes.

"It's a tough job fraught with pressure from management that demands simultaneous cost cutting and innovation along with increasingly sophisticated requirements for technology-enabled transformation," notes an article at ZD Net about today's CIO role.

"Despite these challenges and more, there are great CIOs using technology to drive significant and meaningful business improvements. These folks start with operational excellence, to use the words of Intel's CIO, Kim Stevenson, and then create value in partnership with other parts of their organization. You can find these excellent ones in the private sector government, and in every industry," the article concludes.

CIOs can also nominate themselves for the award. The application process takes just a few minutes and is done at the event web site. The application form asks questions related to the CIO's company, achievements, metrics, goals, challenges, innovations and results, among other things.

Read more:
- check out The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium web site
- read more on the ZD Net article

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