Call for Premier 100 IT Leader Nominations






Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Overview

Computerworld is seeking to honor IT Leaders in organizations and we need your help as we prepare a Premier 100 IT Leaders special supplement for publication in the spring of 2001. The Premier 100 IT Leaders supplement will highlight business and technology people who have a positive impact on their organization through technology. They foster ideas and creative work environments, envision innovative solutions to business challenges and effectively manage and execute IT strategies.

We'd like you to be a part of our Premier 100 Nomination Panel and recommend successful IT leaders for consideration in this special issue.

We define the IT leader as an individual who guides the effective use of information technology to improve his or her company's business performance. A Premier IT Leader can be a CIO, vice president, director or manager from a number of areas of the IT organization — network management, database management, intranet and Web management, help desk, application development, project management, contract management or procurement. Other characteristics of IT leaders include the following:

• Promotes an IT vision that supports the company strategy

• Identifies strategic opportunities provided by IT

• Thinks beyond short-term tactical needs to long-term strategic goals

• Understands business needs and P/L responsibilities beyond IT department

• Ties technology and innovation to specific business needs and goals

• Uses technology to gain an advantage over the company's competition

• Takes calculated risks but have contingency plans in place

• Learns from failure and using these experiences to improve IT processes and product

• Hires inquisitive people who like to explore and are innovative

• Creates work environments that are positive and rewarding to employees both inside and outside of work

• Encourages staff to be innovative and come up with ideas

• Motivates with recognition and opportunity, not just money

• Compares best practices with peer companies

• Leverages their technology vendors as partners

• Develops leadership skills inside the IT organization

• Viewed as a leader by other executives and by the IT staff

Please feel free to contact with any questions. We greatly appreciate your participation in Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders project. Thank you very much for your help.

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