2011 CIO 100 Winners: Setting the Pace for Growth With Innovative IT

The 2011 CIO 100 winners show how IT can become an integral and powerful force for executing strategies for business growth.

Every year, the CIO 100 Awards recognize companies that are the best at using IT to achieve business value. We honor ingenuity as well as pragmatism: companies that take risks with new technologies as well as those that create change through sheer will and straightforward smarts.

The list of 2011 CIO 100 Award honorees is striking for how many of the winning projects comprise multiple steps on a continuum of corporate progress. Executing a project well is a given. Stringing several excellent projects together in support of evolving business strategy goes beyond alignment. It shows IT as the integral and powerful force needed to push companies to do more, be more, grow more.

For the complete list of honorees and descriptions of their projects, see our CIO 100 database. You can also learn how the winners were chosen and see the complete list of judges.

For example, Graham Group, a $2 billion construction company, built a strong technology infrastructure that allowed it to break into new markets, even during a recession. During the recent rise in personal bankruptcies, credit card issuer Discover Financial Services deployed analytics technology that helped it hold the line on bad-debt write-offs. Baker Hughes, a $14.4 billion oil and gas services firm, created video and collaboration applications to support its reservoir and rig consulting and services business and bring in extra revenue.

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