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TBR Wins CIO 100 Award

CIO magazine has announced the Tennessee Board of Regents, the State University and Community College System of Tennessee, is a recipient of a 2008 CIO 100 award. The 21st annual award program recognizes organizations around the world, including those from the private business sector, that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT). TBR was recognized for its outstanding success in implementing the Banner® administrative software system.

“This award serves as recognition of the outstanding leadership provided by our 19 campuses for delivering on a mission critical project that focused on their commonality as opposed to their differences with the ultimate goal of better serving our students,” said Charles Manning TBR system chancellor. “Our campus staffs and our central office staff went to extraordinary efforts to make this implementation happen smoothly and quickly, and this award is due entirely to their hard work.”

"The CIO 100 honors organizations that have used technology in innovative ways to generate value to the business," said Abbie Lundberg, Editor in Chief of CIO magazine. "Unlike other top lists, it’s not just about who’s biggest—it’s about who’s doing the most interesting and relevant things."

TBR’s main goal from the outset of the ERP (enterprise resource planning) process was for the system’s colleges and universities in the system to serve students better with a more “student-centric” administrative system and develop business intelligence capabilities to manage and plan operations better while also controlling costs. This was accomplished using an uncommon and innovative implementation approach that in addition to focusing on commonality, utilized a shared “self help” rapid implementation methodology, a structured executive level governance model, strong central office support and third party program management and organizational development. “By combining the resources of all our institutions we were able to save close to $13M over conventional implementations,” said Thomas Danford, CIO for the system. “It truly demonstrated the value of us working together collaboratively.”

The 2008 CIO 100 awards will be presented at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on August 26 at the conclusion of the tenth annual CIO 100 Symposium® and Awards Ceremony.

The recipients of this year's CIO 100 award were selected through a three-step process. First, companies filled out an online application form detailing their innovative practices in both business and IT. Next, a team of judges reviewed the applications in depth, looking for unique practices and substantial results. Finally, CIO editors reviewed the judges’ recommendations and voted on the final 100.

Complete coverage of the 2008 CIO 100 awards will be in the August 15 issue of CIO magazine and available online at www.cio.com on June 1. CIO websites and magazines appear in more than 25 countries, including Australia, Canada, China, France and Germany. CIO, and sister brand CSO, are produced by CXO Media a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading technology media, research and event company.

The Tennessee Board of Regents is the nation’s sixth largest higher education system, governing 45 post-secondary educational institutions. The TBR system includes six universities, 13 two-year colleges and 26 technology centers, providing programs in 90 of Tennessee’s 95 counties to over 180,000 students.

The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 100,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.