Most Effective IT Team Award

New, Expanded 2018 AITP “MOST EFFECTIVE IT TEAM” AWARD

  • Do you have a great IT team at your organization?
  • Do you know an extraordinary IT team with a great story to tell (at your customer, your supplier, through your network, …)?
  • Do you think they should be recognized for their exceptional work?

We are kicking off nominations for the 2018 Most Effective IT Team Award.  This award recognizes high performing teams that have done an outstanding job of improving the success of their companies’ business.  Teams will be selected for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.  Relative performance will be used to adjust for company size.  This is a serious award.  Judging will be done by a panel of CIOs, Directors and Senior IT Executives.

The Awards presentation is one of the most highly attended technology leadership events each year.  Hosted at the Metropolitan Club of Chicago in March 2018, it provides a unique opportunity to:

  • Be recognized by peers in AITP and the greater Chicago technology community.
  • Increase awareness of your organization as a leader in your industry, enhancing your brand.
  • Celebrate your team’s successes with professionals and peers, inspiring others.
  • Attend and network at a prestigious award event with one of Chicago’s premier technology associations.

Eligibility:

  • Nominees need not be a member of CompTIA AITP.
  • Nominees can be a team consisting of direct reports to the CIO or any IT Team within an organization that has demonstrated high performance.
  • Nominees can be via self-nominations or from nominations by Executive Leaders (sponsors). An AITP representative will follow up with the Executive Leader of a self-nominating team.
  • The effort covered by their submission must be technology driven.
  • The effort must have generated an “output or outcome”.
  • At least part of the effort must have taken place in 2017.
  • The organization must be with the greater Chicagoland area.
  • The nomination must be approved by the Executive Leader (sponsor) of the Team.

Most Effective Team Award Criteria:

Nominated teams will be judged and awarded points on these effectiveness categories:

  1. Innovation and Team Collaboration (30)
  2. Organizational Change management (20)
  3. Business Value creation (40)
  4. Community service (10)

Click Here to Download a Nomination Form (pdf version)

Click Here to Download a Nomination Form (Word version)

Click Here to Download the IT Team Award Detail Scoring Criteria

Click Here to Download the IT Team Award Brochure (pfd)

Timeline:

Nominations will close on January 5, 2018.  Nominees will be sent Applications that need to be submitted by February 2, 2018.  Judging will take place between February 5th and February 28th.  Selections and notifications will take place on March 1st.

Please download and fill out the attached nomination form and return it to teamawards@aitpchicago.com .  After committee review and acceptance, you will be sent an application.  Completed applications are due no later than February 2, 2018.  Questions may be sent to silvia.prickel@aitpchicago.com or paul.dittmann@aitpchicago.com .

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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