To qualify for the 2007 Ones to Watch award, candidates had to be nominated or sponsored by a CIO. A 31-member panel of working CIOs and the CIO Executive Council reviewed and rated the applications. Three CIOs scored each nominee on several criteria, including expertise in a range of business and IT functions, experience in leading a large project or conceiving a new business product, and ability to turn around a troubled project or organization. After a final due-diligence review by CIO’s editors, we chose the 25 Ones to Watch. To select the winners of the Ones to Watch Standout awards, the editors reviewed the applications and judging scores of all the finalists to determine which candidates showed an outstanding aptitude for business strategy, leading change, team-building, driving projects or innovation.