Most Effective IT Team Award

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AITP / SIM CIO’s “MOST EFFECTIVE IT TEAM” AWARDs

These awards recognize a CIO’s direct reports who have done an outstanding job improving the success of their companies’ business. A nomination provides a team with the opportunity to be recognized by their peers in AITP and SIM, two premier organizations of technology professionals and executives.

Awards are given in 3 classes:  large, medium and small organizations.  The awards presentation is one of the most highly attended technology leadership events each year.

Eligibility:

  • Nominees need not be current members of AITP or SIM.
  • Nominees should be a team consisting of the direct reports of the most senior IT executive in the company (up to 2 direct reports for small organizations, 3 for midsize organizations, and 4 for large organizations).
  • Nominees must have been in their position for at least 12 months prior to October 31 in the year of the Award.

2016 Most Effective IT Team Award  (See Full Press Release)

SIM Chicago and AITP Chicago wish to congratulate the teams of Connect Hearing (pictured left above), Mesirow Financial (pictured center above) and the City of Chicago (pictured right above), winners of the 2016 CIO’s Most Effective IT Team Awards. All nominations, judging, and elections were done by peers in the information technology community. The awards were presented at the Awards Program dinner on November 17th, 2016.

The Chicago chapters of the Society for Information Management (SIM) and the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) are proud to announce the winners of the 2016 CIO’s Most Effective IT Team Awards. Thee year’s team winners are The City of Chicago – Large Company, Mesirow Financial – Mid Company, and Connect Hearing – Small Company.

The awards are designed to recognize the achievements of the teams as well as the significant role that teams play in the overall success of an organization and contributions to the IT community as a whole. Nominated teams were judged in award classes based on company size with points awarded in the following categories: cost effectiveness, innovation, change leadership, value creation, service quality, and community.

The awards evaluation process occurs over a 90-day period including a nomination, qualifying, and peer panel evaluation, culminating with an Awards Dinner at the Metropolitan Club of Chicago in November.

Winner award attendees on November 17th 2016 included:

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Representing the IT team of Connect Hearing:  Demond Taylor (Service Desk Manager), Sven Davies (VP of Information Technology), Ernest Schipman (Infrastructure Manager).

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Representing the IT team of Mesirow Financial: Jerry Hendrickson, (Senior Vice President,) Phil Letarte (Senior Vice President), Mariusz Krolczynski (Senior Vice President), Ryan Surratt (Vice President), Mohan Iyer (Senior Manager Director and CIO).

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Representing the IT Team of the City of Chicago: Danielle DuMerer (First Deputy Commissioner & CTO), Tina Hauri (Chief Information Security Officer), Tom Schenk (Chief Data Officer), Carleton Nolan (Managing Deputy CIO), Doug Hurdelbrink (IT Director, Software Development), Roderick Warren (IT Director, Technical Operations), and Yolanda Gardner (Director of Finance & Administration).

The program received local industry sponsorship from Comcast, Brilliant and EarthLink. Support was provided by CompTIA. The CIOs of the winning teams held an interactive panel discussion moderated by John Fisher of rethinkingIT immediately after the presentation of the awards.

2015 Most Effective IT Team Award

The University of Chicago Medicine – Large Company

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Jenner & Block, LLP – Mid Company

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Illinois Student Assistance Commission  – Small Company

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Representing the IT team of The University of Chicago Medicine are John Moses, Interim Director Architecture Services; Susan Goodson, Executive Director – Business Applications/PMO; Laura Bagus, Executive Director – Technology Services; Heather Nelson, Executive Director – Applications; and Erik Decker, Chief Information Security Officer (not pictured) led by Eric Yablonka, Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

Representing the IT team of Jenner & Block, LLP are Amiras Savani, Manager of Infrastructure; Bill Siskoff, Manager of Development; and Chad Rissman, Manager of Applications led by Amol Bargaje, Chief Information Officer (second from the left).

Representing the IT Team of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission are Harikumar Pillai, Manager Information Security and Telecom; Kalaiselvan Sambasivan, Manager Application Development; Greg Bilobran, Manager Databases and Operations; Carolyn Clark, Manager Application Maintenance; and Mike Linn, Manager LAN and HelpDesk led by Ramnath Cidambi, Chief Information Officer (third from the right) and Eric Zarnikow, Executive Director.

All nominations, judging, and elections were done by peers in the information technology community. The awards were presented at the Awards Program dinner on November 19th, 2015. The Chicago chapters of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) and the Society for Information Management (SIM) are proud to announce the winners of the 2015 CIO’s Most Effective IT Team Awards.

Taking place over a 90-day period and culminating with an Awards Dinner at the Metropolitan Club of Chicago in November, the program consists of a nomination phase, a qualifying and detailed application process, and a peer panel of judges who score each team. The awards are designed to recognize the achievements of the teams as well as the significant role that teams play in the overall success of an organization and contributions to the IT community as a whole. Nominated teams were judged in award classes based on company size with points awarded in the following categories: cost effectiveness, innovation, change leadership, value creation, service quality, and community. The program received local industry support and sponsorship from Comcast Business Class, rethinkingIT and Brilliant. The CIOs of the winning teams held an interactive panel discussion moderated by John Fisher of rethinkingIT immediately after the presentation of the awards.

Scot Berkey, President of SIM Chicago and Gary Czubak, President of AITP Chicago were delighted by this year’s slate of CIO nominated teams. “This year’s set of nominees were again exceptionally strong, and it is heartening to see the great work that is taking place by teams of all sizes throughout the Chicagoland area. While this made the selection of this year’s winners challenging, we are proud to recognize this year’s winners for their truly outstanding accomplishments.” said Berkey. Czubak shared “Every year the number of applicants has grown and the level of accomplishment this year has made it challenging for our judges to reach a final decision. Every member of every team must take pride in their nomination. The winners of this year’s award share the responsibility to represent the best of a strong IT community. ”

2014 Most Effective IT Team Award

AITP Chicago and SIM Chicago wish to congratulate the teams of USG, Tate & Lyle and Association Management Center, winners of the 2014 CIO’s Most Effective IT Team Awards for large, medium and small sized companies respectively. The Teams are comprised of the direct reports of the CIO.  All nominations, judging, and elections were done by peers in the information technology community. The awards were presented at the Awards Program dinner on November 13, 2014.

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USG – Large Firm Winner  (with Awards Committee)

 

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Tate & Lyle – Mid-sized Firm Winner  (with Awards Committee)

 

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Association Management Center – Small Firm Winner