Finalists named for iTnews Industrial CIO of the year

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Finalists named for iTnews Industrial CIO of the year

Three big guns compete for top spot.

Businesses in the industrial sector may be notoriously media-shy when it comes to their efforts with technology, but our finalists in the Industrial category this year have proven they are by no means flying under the radar.

A fiercely competitive market has propelled two of our finalists to look at how technology can differentiate them from their rivals, using data to unearth more granular detail about how their businesses run - and in one case, to discover a previously unmeasurable extra revenue source.

Those we've chosen as finalists have proven they are willing to meet a big challenge head on, and deliver.

Please join us in congratulating:


Michael Salas - SITA

NextGen Phase 1

Salas shows his colours as a CIO that performs for big, critical projects. Phase 1 of SITA's massive core systems overhaul has been delivered without a hitch at lightning speed, putting the waste management company in a better position to decommission disparate, loosely connected core systems that were end of life, costly to modify, and unable to keep up with the business' growth. Beyond a reduction in technical debt and a reduction in license costs, Salas has used the opportunity to address some functionality gaps, embrace mobility, introduce employee self-service and provide other means of boosting productivity.    


Ben Rogers - Rio Tinto


Rio Tinto's two-year long bet on 3D real-time imaging of mine assets is starting to bear fruit, unearthing tens of thousands of tonnes of previously undiscovered high quality ore using the same number of in-field resources. The real value of the project will play out when RTvis is rolled out more broadly across Rio's operations.


Vito Forte - Fortescue Metals

Rail Insights

Fortescue Rail Insights has delivered field staff far more visibility and control when it comes to optimising the iron ore loaded onto trains to head to port. The business case was made using a language the business could understand (increased tonnage), giving this project close alignment with business priorities. Delivered on the cheap using integrations with off-the-shelf software, even the most conservative estimate pegs a considerable ROI on the project.

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.

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