Re: 2014 Chief Of The Year
Surprised not to see any comments here. While I don't have a suggestion for CIO of the year myself, I certainly have some thoughts on the matter, and I should hope that most IT professionals would! I like your starting criteria a lot, Chris; Someone that needs to 'transform' an industry. We all know the story - someone innovates and it catches on like wildfire until it becomes an industry standard. That's what deserves credit. Anyone can happen to be on board for a year with high profit margins or even explosive company growth without being directly responsible.
These last couple of years, it really feels like IT has gotten back to hitting it's stride, doesn't it? After a period of extremely tight budgets and being forced into a more supportive role as a result of a tough economy, it seems like companies are ready to re-invest in IT as a strategic partner. For this reason, I see the competition being pretty fierce this year. That is, there are plenty of great candidates due to there being plenty of great innovations, but it's that much harder for any one of them to stand out. Lots of companies not traditionally thought of as technology-centric have made big and surprising moves this year; I think these are the ones to watch out for.