Nominations open for the 2020 CIO50 Australia awards

Technology and digital executives across Australia are being asked to tell their stories of innovation and leadership.

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Nominations for CIO Australia’s fifth annual CIO50 list are now open.

Since 2016, CIO has profiled Australia’s most effective and strategic technology and digital chiefs who have worked with their teams to create and deliver innovations that have driven rapid change across their businesses.

2020 has been a difficult year for organisations across just about every industry with the COVID-19 pandemic placing even more pressure on CIOs and their technology teams to deliver solutions for new hybrid working environments.

Company boards across all industries now realise that technological innovation is the key to their organisation’s future competitiveness and, in some cases, their survival. CIOs and other technology and digital chiefs are now playing a central role in delivering innovations that support their organisation’s objectives.

Nominations for this year’s CIO50 list are running from June 22, 2020 until August 21, 2020. Questions give entrants an opportunity to showcase their achievements in two areas: Business Innovation and Leadership.

Under the Business Innovation pillar, nominees are asked to describe the innovation/s that have changed the way their organisation operates. This could be anything from a response to the COVID-19 pandemic through to a large project that has had a positive impact on the business.

Under the Leadership pillar, nominees are asked to describe the how they collaborate with and influence their organisations and leadership teams.

This year, CIO Australia is also recognising the leading organisation that has developed a technology-enabled initiative that helped address a community or social issue. This award will be presented at a gala dinner in November.

CIO50 judge Peter Nevin said the judging panel in 2020 is looking for nominations that show outcomes expressed in terms of positive business impact.

“There should be a clear description of the metrics used by the nominee to define the outcomes and an explanation of how the CIO and team have contributed to those outcomes.

"In previous years, many nominations have expressed outcomes in terms of an improved technical environment with few, if any, business-related metrics. This type of nomination falls short of identifying how the nominee has contributed to the business as a whole, working at the level of a CIO.”

Nevin added that a good CIO50 nomination will also describe how the CIO has led a team to achieve results that are “outstandingly better” than keeping things operational. It will include a good description of the leadership skills and techniques applied, including a team and personal development, governance and risk management, he said.

Finally, Nevin expected that CIOs’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic will impact the content of most applications this year. Nominations that include examples of excellence in executive level leadership with creative and innovative projects that have bolstered a business in times of crisis, will stand out, he said.

You can enter the 2020 CIO50 here. Good luck to all nominees.

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