The Quest for Canada’s Smartest IT, an initiative launched by Info-Tech Research Group Ltd., is meant to recognize and celebrate the great work that IT pros do to support the business.
“The only time IT people hear from their boss or the business people is when things aren’t going right,” said James Alexander, senior vice-president with the London, Ont.-based research firm and the chief enthusiasm officer for the Quest.
“We recognize there are a lot of great things being done by IT that doesn’t get celebrated out there in the world,” said Alexander.
While IT pros are making strides at turning IT operations into more cost-effective and efficient organizational units, Alexander said IT pros are also accomplishing much more. “Many times they are using IT to change the business or to change the community in which they operate, and the best of them are using IT to change the world,” said Alexander.
Since May, IT pros have been nominated or have nominated themselves for one of two categories: Smartest IT or Greenest IT. About 100 nominations were received and whittled down to 10 finalists.
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The Smartest IT finalists are: The Hospital for Sick Children, I Love Rewards, Blue Mountain Resorts, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, Pembina Trails School Division, and Stikeman Elliott LLP.
The Greenest IT finalists are: Atum, Earth Rangers, Empower Software, and Professional Engineers Ontario.
Here’s a snapshot of the smart and green IT initiatives these finalists have undertaken: