A closer look at the six nominees shortlisted for this year’s CIO of the Year reveals that the winner’s profile will be of a cross-framework nature. The annual award will be presented by Prince Bernhard van Oranje at the CIODAY2016 in the Amsterdam Beurs van Berlage on Tuesday, 29 November.
The jury indicated they were looking for a technology leader who has realised a genuine breakthrough in the past eighteen months. “IT has always been a discipline of frameworks and models at all kinds of levels,” says Rob Beijleveld, CEO of ICT Media and the initiator of the CIO of the Year Award. “In the new world dominated by business-oriented technology, these frameworks no longer suffice. This is why we looked for CIOs who are no longer constrained by frameworks of the past but who are literally pushing back frontiers.”
The nominees for the CIO of the Year Award 2016 are Michel van Hout (Transavia), Ron van Kemenade (ING), René van Sandijk (Vanderlande), Hendrik-Jan Smaal (Heijmans), Gerard Spans (Arcadis) and Teun van der Vorm (ANWB). (video in Dutch)
The theme of the election is in line with the CIODAY2016 theme: Breakthrough! New business models, trail-blazing technologies, a fickle global economy, and bottom-up driven social developments compel organisations to do their utmost to remain relevant. “In many cases, this calls for a total transformation and breaking through traditional frameworks,” Ronald Verbeek, director of CIO Platform Netherland, adds.
Traditional frameworks and protocols provide something to hold on to with respect to predictability and control, but factors like COSO, COBIT, ITIL, SLAs and CLAs can also be an impediment. A successful transformation is often due to the ‘soft’ rather than to the ‘hard’ aspects. New methodologies and methods, such as Agile (Scrum), DevOps and Lean, have proven their worth but still cause stress among directors who are facing choices. And these new frameworks, too, can degenerate into dogmas, straitjackets and barriers of pain. Modern CIOs, however, are not deterred and find their way.
The CIO of the Year 2016 will be announced at the CIODAY in Amsterdam on Tuesday, 29 November. In principle, everyone responsible for IT at a Dutch company who has been in office for more than two years can compete for the prize. Participating CIOs first have to prove that they have set up an efficient and cost-effective IT delivery. Support and appreciation in the business are at least as important. The CIO’s leadership qualities, vision and personal profile in the organisation and the Dutch CIO community will also be closely scrutinised.
The CIO of the Year election is a thorough process. CIOs who qualify for competing, are first invited to participate in an online survey. They answer questions in several categories. The answers are analysed by The Boston Consulting Group (quantitative and qualitative results) and Linqhu (personality and leadership). On the basis of the quantitative criteria, this yielded a shortlist of six CIOs, last summer.
Validation interviews and personal assessments are currently taking place. All nominees will be interviewed by CIO Magazine. Finally, Rob Beijleveld will subject all information and insights to a last check in collaboration with the respective nominee’s CEO, CFO or COO. Depending on the final score the nominees will be invited for a round-table meeting with the other competitors and all members of the jury. After the results of this meeting and the other competition elements have been carefully considered, the winning CIO will be selected.
The jury is virtually the same as last year. The winner of 2014, Louis Luijten (ASML), is a new member and will be on the jury for only one year. For the 2017 election he will be asked to step down in favour of the winner of the CIO of the Year Award 2015, Arnoud Klerkx (Sanoma Learning). Again, Bernhard van Oranje (Levi9 Global Sourcing) is the chairman of the jury. The other members are Marcel Krom (CIO Platform Netherlands and PostNL), Marc Schuuring (Boston Consulting Group), Tjibbe van der Zeeuw (Linqhu), Rob Beijleveld (ICT Media) and Hotze Zijlstra ( CIO Magazine).