Past and present Benchmark Awards entrants gathered at the Hilton in Sydney to find out which projects made the cut as finalists in each category this year.
The winners will be announced in February during the 8th annual CIO Strategy Summit in Melbourne.
Last year's CIO of the year, ING Direct's Simon Andrews, spoke about the impact winning the award had on him and his team.
This year's finalists are revealed. [From left to right]: Kelvin McGrath, Asciano; Colin Jones, Service NSW; Paul Keen, Dick Smith; iTnews editor Penny Wolf; Sandeep Dharni, Norse Skorg; Neil Louis, Telstra; and Trevor McDougall, Open Colleges.