Our first step was to open the nominations to the business world at large. We designed an application form businesses would fill out to be considered. We complemented the expected applications by assembling a panel of experts (at right), aided and abetted by a gang of veteran CIO editors and writers, to nominate organizations that have taken significant steps to becoming truly integrated enterprises. The outside nominations combined with the nominations from our staff and experts gave us a list of approximately 400 companies. Our editors and writers split into teams to consider each entry. Once the teams took a first pass, we reassembled to review every application that had made it through that phase. We debated the merits of each company\u2019s integration initiative: the creativity and wisdom that went into the solutions, the robustness of the technologies employed, the degree of ROI achieved, the impact of the project on the company\u2019s competitive fitness, the lessons that our readers could derive.After months of designing the application, consulting with experts both external and on staff, reading hundreds of entries and drilling down into each company\u2019s accomplishments, we would like to say:Congratulations to our 2002 CIO-100 honorees, and thanks to all the enterprises that submitted applications.