InformationWeek Elite 100 Honors Nation’s Most Tech-Innovative Organizations

Posted by on May 3, 2016

IT Executives Gather at Annual Conference to Share Best Practices on Building World-Class IT Enterprises

InformationWeek is pleased to announce the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100. The 28th annual ranking recognizes 100 organizations that have distinguished themselves through the innovative application of business technology. The rankings and research were announced during the InformationWeek Elite100 Conference, held May 2-3 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas. For more on the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100, please visit: informationweek.com/elite100.

“Hearty congratulations to all the winning companies and executives,” said Susan Nunziata, Editorial Director, InformationWeek. “It’s an honor for us to learn about all the ways that today’s organizations are putting technology first to serve their business, their employees, and their customers. Choosing the final list wasn’t easy, as we received many worthy submissions. What stood out most among all of the Elite 100 entries was the degree to which projects involved multiple stakeholders and remarkable levels of business and technology collaboration and cooperation, in some cases resulting in sweeping cultural change as well as significant ROI for the organizations involved.”

The top 10 companies in the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100 rankings are:

  1. Capital One Financial
  2. The Weather Company
  3. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  4. Penn Medicine – University of Pennsylvania Health System
  5. FedEx Services
  6. TransUnion
  7. TIAA
  8. Darden Restaurants Inc.
  9. Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
  10. Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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In addition to celebrating and honoring the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100 award winners, CIOs and senior IT executives gathered at the conference to share strategies and best practices around the theme “How to Build a World-Class IT Enterprise: A Celebration of the InformationWeek Elite 100.”

Featured speakers included 2016 and 2015 award winners, such as: Jim Rinaldi, CIO, Jet Propulsion Lab; Steve Phillips, CIO, Avnet; Ken Spangler, SVP & CIO, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight; Mike Restuccia, VP & CIO, University of Pennsylvania Health Systems; and Jeff Hamilton, SVP, Business Technology, Pfizer. 

Highlights from InformationWeek’s 2016 Elite 100 Executive Research include:

  • Analytics and a focus on the customer dominate the InformationWeek Elite 100 companies’ innovation strategies for 2016. Seventy-four percent reported they will use data analytics to help in decision making, 46% will engage customers in new ways, and 43% will use technology to make business processes more efficient.
  • Mobility and cloud computing are two top areas of focus for the Elite 100. More than three-quarters of respondents (80%) have already rolled out mobile apps for their customers. Nearly three-quarters (72%) are using cloud infrastructure services for application development or production systems.
  • Four out of 10 (41%) of the Elite 100 CIOs report that they are officially responsible for technology innovation, outside of their standard IT duties.

“The caliber of companies who applied for this year’s Elite 100 list is unprecedented,” said Amy Doherty, Director of Research, InformationWeek. “The IT teams of this year’s Elite 100 work closely with their corporate management counterparts and are highly integrated with the business. The projects the 2016 applicants outlined demonstrated time and again that when an IT team understands the business value of technology and utilizes their IT budget to drive innovation, the outcome can be game changing.”

This year’s InformationWeek Conference was sponsored by: CA Technologies, BlueCat, SAS and Splunk. The conference was co-located with UBM’s Interop Las Vegas.

For more on the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100, please visit: informationweek.com/elite100.