The CIO Hall of Fame: 20 IT Leaders of Accomplishment

Meet the 20 CIOs whose influence and accomplishments have earned them a plaque in CIO's Hall of Fame.

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Health Care’s CIO

John Glaser

VP and CIO, Partners HealthCare

“During my first year and a half of being a CIO, I learned that energized talent is everything. You have to get good people and, if you get them psyched to accomplish something new, they can do anything.”

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Implemented electronic medical records (EMR), computerized provider order–entry and other clinical information systems providing physicians access to patients’ complete medical histories.... Consolidated nine IS groups from affiliated hospitals beginning in 1995.... Established world-class informatics research and development groups.... Founded the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives in 1991...it now has more than 1,000 members.

Glaser says he doesn’t have a cell phone or a PDA. In fact, he doesn’t find technology to be all that interesting. What does interest him is moving organizations from point A to point B using technology as the tool that enables that transformation.

Father of Database Management

Darwin John

Former CIO, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

“Someone once wrote that I had a strange career path. But the choice to go to the FBI was consistent with the set of principles I have chosen to live by: to make a difference and to continuously learn.”

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The Dossier on FBI CIO Darwin John

Integrated multiple disparate systems on his watch as CIO to create an online database of 900 million names for The LDS Church to allow Mormons to track ancestors...by 2003, the database’s search engine received 8 million hits daily.... Instituted videoconferencing to help the Church globally expand its mission.... Took CIO post at the FBI in 2002 to assist Bureau in updating antiquated technology infrastructure...while there, worked toward creating case file software that replaced physical files with virtual ones that include photographs, audio files, news clips...improved FBI infrastructure, including new PCs and network upgrades.... In 1983, at Scott Paper, John became one of first CIOs and earned a seat at the executive table by 1985, a step forward for IT in corporate America.

At both the LDS Church and the FBI John faced the same challenges: How do you get a massive organization, with lots of scattered data, to operate with a technology backbone worthy of the 21st century?

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