Borrowing from the famous Peace Corps mantra, being a CIO is the “toughest job you’ll ever love.” CIOs must possess a commanding knowledge of their company’s market, business strategy, priorities, and approaching headwinds, as well as strong technical expertise. Attaining and applying this combination of skills is no easy feat. At Oracle, we understand these challenges and are focused on empowering CIOs to succeed—through the development of innovative business solutions and by building a community where these committed professionals can share experiences and insight.
Each year, Oracle honors CIOs as part of our Oracle Excellence Awards program. We seek to recognize professionals who stand out in using Oracle technology to build enterprise excellence and play an active role in sharing experiences, insight, and feedback with broader business and IT communities.
I am pleased to honor the winners of the 2015 Oracle Excellence Awards: CIO of the Year, who include:
- William Blausey, Senior VP and CIO of Eaton: Blausey is leading a business transformation initiative at Eaton, focusing on using IT innovation to improve business agility, process efficiency, and performance—aligning numerous operating groups across the diversified global power management company. Oracle helps power the Eaton Business System, a set of core business processes that unify the diverse company.
- Vincent Melvin, CIO of Arrow Electronics: Melvin is spearheading an IT transformation initiative that strengthens the Fortune 150 company’s role as a key supply channel partner for more than 100,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers, and commercial users of electronic components. The company has standardized its global operations on Oracle’s application portfolio and technology platform.
- Paulino Rodrigues, COO and CIO of Sicredi: Under Rodrigues’ direction, Sicredi created and launched a new loan processing solution built using Oracle Fusion Middleware. The solution accelerated and streamlined the loan process, making it 30% faster and helped to boost loan business by 35%. Oracle SOA Suite and other Oracle Fusion Middleware components now connect the company’s legacy systems and its new front-end applications and interfaces.
- SangChul Lee, CIO of SK Hynix: Lee has a strong track record for successful business transformation projects across the memory chip manufacturing powerhouse—leveraging Oracle Exadata and ZDLRA for manufacturing execution systems. One of his team’s many initiatives helped to significantly increase production capacity and revenue at a key fabrication plant.
- Yasuhiro Suzuki, Director, Executive Officer and CIO of Seven & i Holdings: Suzuki has launched a new Oracle-based omnichannel solution, Omni7, which connects its group companies with just a single member ID. This provides customers with a broader and richer shopping experience across diverse channels, enabling them to shop from any of the Seven & i companies on the Omni7 website, including 7-Eleven, Ito-Yokado, Sogo & Seibu, AKACHAN HONPO, The Loft, Denny’s, and Seven Net Shopping.
Each of our winners has transformed their organizations and driven business growth through innovative Oracle technology implementations. I am delighted by their successes, and I look forward to our continued partnership over the coming years.
The 2016 Oracle Excellence Awards: CIO of the Year is open for nominations now. Nominations can be made here.