No. 58 Best Place to Work in IT: The Sherwin-Williams Co.

The IT ranks will grow again this year, as staffers help to drive business efforts.

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Think of it as an IT career with a splash of color. For Denis Hart, one of the great things about working for paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams has been the opportunity for travel that its rapidly expanding global business presents. Hart, lead analyst for the Unix server group, recently took advantage of opportunities to travel to Italy and South America to support IT projects. "Those things keep it fresh for me," he says.

But it's the culture of innovation and respect that has kept him at the Cleveland-based company for 13 years. IT is accepted as part of the effort to drive sales. In meetings, says CIO Tom Lucas, "you'd be hard-pressed to distinguish between a marketing person and an IT person. We're very attuned to the business."

And as the company continues to grow -- IT staffing will expand by 8% this year -- there are plenty of opportunities to work with the latest technologies. "We're more on the leading edge than we've ever been before," says Hart. "The amount of change happening has only accelerated."

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