Boardroom Events is proud to announce the finalists for the Fall 2017 Midmarket CIO Award of Excellence. The winner will be honored on Tuesday, October 17 at the conclusion of Midmarket CIO Forum in Austin, TX.

Chidi Alams, Heartland Automotive Services

Heartland Automotive Services, the largest franchisee of quick lube retail service stores in the country, operates more than 550 Jiffy Lube locations from coast to coast and serving nearly 5 million guests each year. Challenged to retain top talent, ensure regulatory compliance, inefficient processes, inconsistent data, adversity to adoption, and a lack of legacy and historical data, Chidi Alams helped identify ADP’s Vantage Human Capital Management to meet Heartland’s functional end-to-end needs by providing a single platform of truth with all employee/personnel data in a single system as well as improving data integrity as they sunset disparate systems.

The company has reduced inefficiencies, developed functional business processes and improved internal customer service.



Derek Kruse, DOTComm

Five years ago, Derek Kruse brought his experience as a Divisional CIO with IBM to his role leading the shared IT services division for Douglas County and the City of Omaha, Nebraska. A very aged and poor performing server infrastructure made providing support and reliable up-time for the over 140 websites and applications nearly untenable. Instead of fork-lifting in new hardware, spending countless dollars on consulting to upgrade our dated code, DOTComm elected to move aggressively into the cloud. Lacking access to large amounts of capital, Kruse said working with Amazon Web Services made perfect sense.

The transition has resulted in significant cost savings, and the team can now focus on core competencies of building and delivering new and better business applications instead of focusing on resource and hardware limitations.



Adam Waldron, Idaho Farm Bureau Insurance

The legacy infrastructure at Idaho Farm Bureau contained a mixture of mainframe, VMware virtualization, and SAN technologies running a variety of applications, including an in-house developed RPG critical business suite. In addition to being challenged by a legacy infrastructure, creating a regularly testable disaster recovery site with quick turn-up was proving complex, difficult, and costly. CIO Adam Waldron led a partnership with Scale Computing to modernize its IT infrastructure to support new technologies, including a cloud-based P&C insurance lifecycle solution, saving millions of dollars over the lifetime of the equipment by reducing licensing costs and reducing infrastructure complexity.

Deploying a modern, high-tech suite of services for tech-savvy millennials on a modern IT infrastructure was vital for future business.



R.C. Woodson, Doyon, Limited

Alaska native conglomerate Doyon, Limited offers oil drilling, IT and tourism services, among others, and had become decentralized. Sharing current data and information with staff as well as contractors had slowed efficiency tremendously. Box offered the ability to easily work in a collaborative environment on the same files and documents. As a result, many departments have saved thousands of dollars by opting to move data to the cloud rather than host on premise.

“Box’s strong vision on content services helped to replace our traditional on-premises content repositories. It also delivered enhanced capabilities on content sharing. Because Box was available in different bundles of resources, its pricing model was perfect as it was based on monthly consumption.”