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Spring 2015 Midmarket CIO Forum Award of Excellence Open for Nominations / Submission

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Now in its fifth consecutive cycle, the Award of Excellence in the Office of Midmarket CIO for the Spring 2015 Midmarket CIO Forum April 19-21 in Orlando, FL is open for nominations and submissions!

This distinguished award, given to an innovative IT executive, highlights the collaboration between a solution provider and technology team to deliver maximum business benefit. Its purpose is to commend those successful individuals, teams and organizations that have embraced technology to improve their business, and share their stories with peer executives and IT teams across the midmarket spectrum.

Last October, at the Fall Midmarket CIO Forum in Tucson, AZ, John Valker, CIO of Daybreak Venture in Texas, was honored for his company’s partnership with Aerohive.

(L-R) Solange Brill, Dean Hickman-Smith, ? , ? , all of Aerohive; John Valker, CIO, Daybreak Venture; and Hilary Badoian, EVP, Boardroom Events.

(L-R) Solange Brill, Dean Hickman-Smith, Charles Stern, and Steve McNamara of Aerohive; John Valker, CIO, Daybreak Venture; and Hilary Badoian, EVP, Boardroom Events.

The challenge that Daybreak Venture solved by partnering with Aerohive was a need to upgrade to a controller-less solution at their 75 facilities. The company also needed a networking solution with centralized management and a secure wireless solution to meet HIPAA privacy concerns and regulations.

“As the leader of a team that strives to always derive business value from IT decisions, I am honored to be recognized for an implementation that has resulted in significant value for my organization,” noted Valker. “I share this award with a whole team of talented and dedicated individuals whose technical skills and commercial acumen have resulted in this great example of vendor collaboration.”

Previous winners include Harrison Lewis, CIO of Northgate Markets  for his company’s partnership with SnapLogic to modernize and connect the enterprise resource planning and warehouse management systems in only 12 weeks; Lea Deesing, CIO for City of Riverside, who was recognized for her City’s partnership with ACS, a Xerox company, where significant technology investments anchored the area’s economic recovery; and Endre Walls, then CTO of Resources for Human Development, for a partnership with VMWare and MaaS360 to implement a national electronic records platform and supporting systems.

CIOs, IT executives and their peers are eligible to submit nominations. The winner will be selected by a panel of CIO peers based on: the nature, breadth and complexity of the project; results measured in terms of performance improvement and financial benefits; and finally, the ability to characterize the project and effectively communicate its significance.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at the Midmarket CIO Forum awards dinner.

Dates to Remember

Deadline for SubmissionTuesday, March 31

Announcement of Finalists: Tuesday, April 14

Award Presentation: Tuesday, April 21


Application Process

Please submit your application / nomination with one (1) paragraph to (1) page in length for each section.


By submitting the above, you agree to participate in calls related to the selection process. You agree to be open to speaking to editorial staff to feature some elements of the project to share with your peers in upcoming newsletters. If selected, you also agree to participate in the Midmarket CIO Forum and accept the award in person during the Tuesday evening awards dinner.

Austin | October 15 - 17, 2017

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