The calibre of candidates for the 2014 Benchmark Awards Government CIO of the year has been unprecedented.
Entries espoused the values the Benchmark Awards seek to reward: the application of technology in innovative solutions to solve complex problems.
This year more than any other it came down to the wire. The strongest competition we've had in this category to date meant several admirable projects which in other years would have made finalist were pipped - to those amongst that list, we'd like to recognise and commend you for your deserving efforts.
Three did, however, rise to the top of our list.
A great CIO offers leadership and vision: two of our finalists have reacted to a changing environment by taking the challenge head on and not only looking for an immediate fix, but by deciphering what will future-proof their organisation in the long run.
There's also a lot to be said for the ability to identify a potential problem area and apply a solution that drastically changes the outcome of the service you provide.
As such, our candidates for Government CIO of the year:
Pedro Harris - NSW Finance
This is a bold infrastructure project for the digital enablement of NSW Government agencies. Dr Pedro Harris’ unique approach to creating a community cloud helps resolve the compelling conflict between the requirement to consume IT as a service and the risks involved with public cloud. The project was sold in very well and backed by senior stakeholders in government. It has provided the NSW Government cloud-like agility without lock-in, and has been eagerly taken up by the likes of ServiceFirst, Transport, Health and Education well before the deadline to migrate kicked in.
Gary Sterrenberg - Human Services
MyGov is a project hard to rival in terms of scope and ambition, with clear evidence of value created for Australian citizens. The system has sustained high volumes of traffic and helped streamline the delivery of several vital government services. The beauty of the system is that it didn’t attempt to consolidate data from disparate agencies, rather it focused on creating an authentication service for citizens to provide them a single entry point into their dealings with government. MyGov has a huge potential to reduce administrative costs within government by encouraging more citizens to transact online.
Maria Milosavljevic - Crime Commission
This four-year long project ticks the box for value, impact, ambition and efficiency gains.
The ACC has built a search engine and series of analytics tools using unstructured databases to query data sourced from Australia’s law enforcement community and in doing so has fundamentally altered the service it offers to users.
Special thanks to our sponsors: The Australian Computer Society, Dimension Data Learning Solutions, Samsung, Brother, Intel and Dynatrace. Winners will be announced at the 7th CIO Strategy Summit to be held in February at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne.