Tri-State CIO Forum Announces Finalists for the “Best Practices in Innovation” Awards Program

NEW YORK, NY — MAY 02, 2008 — The Tri-State CIO Forum, in conjunction with Computerworld, InfoWorld and the New York Metro, New Jersey and Fairfield/Westchester chapters of the Society for Information Management (SIM), announced five Finalists for the Tri-State CIO Forum "Best Practices in Innovation" Awards Program. The Finalists will be recognized at the Tri-State CIO Forum, held May 7, 2008, at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City. The Honoree will be recognized on the main stage during the SIM Tri-State Chapter Awards Ceremony.

The five Finalists (in alphabetical order by company) for the Tri-State CIO Forum "Best Practices in Innovation" Awards Program are:

— CentraState Healthcare System, Freehold, New Jersey

— Harleysville Insurance, Harleysville, Pennsylvania

— Hudson Valley Bank, Yonkers, New York

— Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Lyndhurst, New Jersey

— United States Postal Service, Washington, District of Columbia

"The organizations and professionals judged to be Finalists in the Tri-State CIO Forum 'Best Practices in Innovation' Awards Program have demonstrated the ongoing ability to address the critical importance of aligning IT solutions to changing business needs," said Ron Milton, executive vice president of Computerworld and InfoWorld. "The Finalists have demonstrated the ability to create technology solutions that meet the global needs of its customers, are recognized among its peers as a destination workplace, have demonstrated positive business results from rewarding and encouraging risk-taking approaches to solving business challenges with technology, and have shown the ability to deliver innovative improvements to mission-critical business processes and technology."

For more information about the Tri-State CIO Forum, please visit

About The Society for Information Management

SIM is an association of senior IT executives, prominent academicians, selected consultants, and other IT thought leaders built on the foundation of local chapters, who come together to share and enhance their rich intellectual capital for the benefit of its members and their organizations. SIM members strongly believe in and champion:

— The alignment of IT and business as a valued partnership

— The creation and sharing of best practices

— The effective, efficient and innovative business use of information

technology to continuously bring to market valuable products and services

— IT management and leadership skills development that enables our

members' growth at each stage of their career

— The replenishment and education of future IT leaders including a

strong role in influencing university curriculums and continuing education

— Working with the IT industry to shape its direction

— Policies and legislation that stimulate innovation, economic

development, healthy competition and IT job creation

— Servicing our communities and the industry through giving and outreach

In the Tri-State area, SIM is represented through three strong and vibrant chapters with over 500 members. For membership and additional information, please visit: New Jersey Chapter:; New York Metro Chapter:; Fairfield/Westchester Chapter:

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. Computerworld's award-winning Web site (, weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research form the hub of the world's largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Folio Magazine's 2006 Gold EDDIE Award for the best technology/computing magazine, the 2004 and 2006 Magazine of the Year Award, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). In addition, in 2007 Computerworld's then editor in chief, Don Tennant, received the prestigious Timothy White Award from American Business Media. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 2 million unique, monthly visitors and a print audience of 1,222,000 readers each week (IntelliQuest CIMS Spring 2007).

About InfoWorld Media Group

InfoWorld Media Group helps IT Decision Makers choose the right technology, within the context of a cohesive strategy for business impact at their organizations. InfoWorld identifies and promotes emerging technology segments that add unique value for the organizations that implement them, as well as the vendors that provide those solutions. Using an integrated communications approach including online, events, research, and a continued investment in an independent Test Center, InfoWorld analysts and editors provide hands-on analysis and evaluation, as well as expert commentary on issues surrounding emerging technologies and products. Visit InfoWorld at

About International Data Group (IDG)

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG's online network includes more than 450 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment, and video games worldwide. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers.

IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 900 IDC analysts in more than 90 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends.

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