CIO New Zealand is proud to launch the 2021 edition of the CIO50 New Zealand awards, recognising the top 50 senior technology executives driving innovation and influencing rapid change across their organisation. CIO New Zealand also will announce the 2021 CIO50 New Zealand Community award. The CIO50 New Zealand awards are aligned to IDG’s global awards program and viewed as a mark of excellence within the enterprise.
In 2021, the CIO50 New Zealand awards will be judged on two core pillars:
- Under the business innovation pillar, the nomination will describe the technology innovations introduced over the past two years that have delivered real value and changed the way the organisation operates.
- Under the influence pillar, the nomination will describe the ways the technology leader has influenced the organisation and its leadership team and how they ensure that technology is always part of the conversation when it comes to meeting the organisation’s objectives.
In addition, there is an optional question, where those submitting entries can share any diversity and inclusion initiatives in the IT team and, if relevant, in the wider organisation.
The role of technology leaders—whether CIO, CTO, CSO, or CDO—continues to change at pace, driven by the emergence of new technologies and business models. CIO50 New Zealand will capture this change through highlighting the innovative work of individuals and organisations across the region.
Whether a small project or large company-wide initiative, entrants are encouraged to document the positive impact of technology and the business benefits of disruptive thinking. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a CIO50 New Zealand submission form to enter at no charge. To understand better the characteristics of winning organisations, read the previous CIO50 New Zealand winner profiles.
CIO50 New Zealand awards entry criteria
The 2021 CIO50 New Zealand awards are open to the top technology leader within an organisation, the person who has overall responsibility and control of the IT vision and direction of the company. This C-level executive will provide innovation, leadership and resiliency within their organisation, while also demonstrating their influence across the wider business. Entrants from previous CIO50 New Zealand winners and new entrants are welcome and encouraged.
Specifically, the 2021 CIO50 New Zealand questionnaire seeks to determine:
- The technology innovations that have changed how an organisation operates.
- Why the innovations are unique in the marketplace.
- How you influence and inspire other people across your organisation to ensure technology is always part of the conversation when it comes to meeting an organisation’s objectives.
Nominations are now open and run until Friday, 27 August 2021. Submissions are free to enter and can be self-nominated or nominated on behalf of someone else, with all entries set to be reviewed by a select and independent CIO50 New Zealand judging panel, which will rate each section of the questionnaire to determine the final list.
Submissions will also form the basis of written profiles of all 50 technology leaders. The more powerful nominations will be the ones that can provide real-world examples of where technology and digital chiefs are successfully providing value to their organisations, driving innovation, and influencing their teams. Learn more about what CIO New Zealand seeks in CIO50 submissions in our podcast.
The more powerful nominations will be the ones that can provide real-world examples of where technology and digital chiefs are successfully providing value to their organisations, driving innovation, and leading their teams.
The 2021 CIO50 New Zealand winners will be unveiled during a celebration ceremony on Wednesday, 27 October.
CIO50 New Zealand Community award entry criteria
In 2021, CIO New Zealand will again honour and recognise the leading organisation that has developed a technology-enabled initiative that helped address a community or social issue. The entries will be reviewed in-depth by our judges who are looking for leading edge ICT practices and measurable results.
Entrants will be asked to describe how their organisation delivered an initiative that used ICT to help address a community or social issue. In particular, what metrics were used to determine the success or failure of this initiative, and what key lesson from this initiative are they able to share with CIO colleagues.