To be selected for a CIO 300 Award, you must demonstrate excellence in:

  • Technology Innovation: The extent to which your organisation used IT in a new way or enabled new ways of doing business, whether internally or externally.
  • Business Value Delivery: The measurable impact, backed up by supporting data, that your project or initiative has had on your organisation’s business results.

The information you provide in your CIO 300 application will be used by CNME for judging the awards and for articles (both in print and online) or other publicity relating to the CIO 300 Awards.

Application information will be used for editorial purposes only. If you have information about your project (such as internal metrics) that you would prefer not to be published, but which you would like us to consider as part of your application, please note this in the text box where the information appears or where asked to do so specifically in the application. Information not labelled in this way will be considered by CNME editors to be publishable.

What We're Looking For

The annual CIO 300 Awards celebrates 100 organisations (and the people within them) that are using IT in innovative ways to deliver business value, whether by creating competitive advantage, optimising business processes, enabling growth or improving relationships with customers. Perhaps you took a risk on an emerging technology or deployed the tried-and-true in a new way. Maybe you built a better business process or fostered closer collaboration. Or maybe you found ways to get more from existing customers, to pursue new markets, to save money or to make more. Here’s your chance to tell your peers about the technology innovations that have enabled or led the way to greater success for your organisation.

To be selected, applicants must show not only that they have executed their project well but also that they have done so in uncommon, innovative ways: pioneering a new technology, applying a familiar technology to a new purpose, setting the bar higher for their competitors. And they must demonstrate business value, not just IT benefits.

How We Judge the CIO 300 Awards

The CIO 300 honourees will be chosen by the CNME editorial team based on information submitted in the online nomination application form. Due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to review any additional materials. Entrants are encouraged to include any information about their project or initiative that they would like the judges to consider in their answers to the questions on the application.

Each entry will be judged based on how it compares with all other entries submitted. Honourees are not ranked.

Judging Process

Each application will be read by CNME editorial team, who will rate it on a scale of 1 to 5 for each criterion, for a possible total of 20 points. All scores will be kept confidential. They will not be released publicly, nor will they be discussed with any individual applicants.


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