Google, TriGeo Take Home Midmarket CIO Forum Awards

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CIOs at the Midmarket CIO Forum have chosen Google and TriGeo as award winners for best midmarket strategy and solution at the first-of-its-kind event. Previewing technologies and strategies in private boardroom appointments, CIOs named winners after “relentless inspection by a very informed audience.”

Tom Gierke (Center), Enterprise Inside Sales Representative of Google, accepts the Best Midmarket Solution award from IT Business Edge President Phil Branon (Left) and Gary Lee (Right), CTO of CarFax, at the IT Business Edge Midmarket CIO Forum.

After review by the toughest critics in the IT world – CIOs at midmarket companies – two approaches stood out from a diverse group of nominees, and they are taking home the first Midmarket CIO Forum Awards.

CIOs from across America have named the best midmarket strategy and best midmarket solution after previewing individual technologies at the Midmarket CIO Forum in Orlando. Event organizer IT Business Edge has announced that Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and TriGeo Network Security have taken home the prizes, based on balloting from senior IT executives who attended the first-of-its-kind event.

After previewing individual technologies in private boardroom appointments, the technology executives completed confidential ballots to determine winners of the event’s strategy and solution awards. These selections, according the IT Business Edge president Phil Branon, are significant.

Winner, Best Midmarket Strategy:

  •         Google

Winner, Best Midmarket Solution:

  •      TriGeo Network Security

The Midmarket CIO Forum is structured around a new event model, in which IT Business Edge hand-picked IT executives to meet in boardroom settings with technology vendors seen as crucial to their businesses. The event allowed focused interaction and relationship-building between solution providers and decision makers.

Unlike conventional conferences and seminars:

  •      All IT Business Edge Midmarket CIO Forum attendees are pre-qualified based on their purchase

        decision-making power and organizational profile

  •      Each event participant is flown by the event organizer to the Midmarket CIO Forum in Orlando
  •      Each participant attends a series of boardroom meetings hosted by vendor sponsors meeting with 10

         to 12 IT executives at a time

  •      Participants preview solutions and strategies in closed door meetings, and case studies can be

        discussed

  •      Opportunities exist for vendors and IT executives to schedule one-on-one meetings throughout the

         multi-day gathering

NOMINEES FOR BEST MIDMARKET SOLUTION:

  •      Cast Iron Systems
  •      Google
  •      TriGeo Network Security.

NOMINEES FOR BEST MIDMARKET STRATEGY:

  •      Google
  •      IBM (NYSE:IBM)
  •      Tango/04 Computing Group

QUOTES FROM PHIL BRANON, PRESIDENT, IT BUSINESS EDGE:

“After review by the toughest critics in the IT world – CIOs at midmarket companies – two approaches stood out from a diverse group of nominees, and they are taking home the first Midmarket CIO Forum Awards.”

“Over three days, CIOs reviewed details of vendor offerings and put strategies to test through boardroom meetings, in discussions over meals, and in one-on-one settings. Our winners’ approaches survived relentless inspection by a very informed audience.”

PARTICIPATE IN THE NEXT MIDMARKET CIO FORUM:

Planning is now underway for the next Midmarket CIO Forum, to be held in Q4 2010.

  •      To register for consideration as an attendee at the November event, visit MidmarketCIOForum.com.
  •      Senior technology executives interested in applying for an invitation should contact Hilary Badoian at

         502-415-7597, extension 101

  •      Technology vendors interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact Rose Booth at

         502-515-6468

ABOUT IT BUSINESS EDGE:

Published by Louisville-based NarrowCast Group, LLC, IT Business Edge delivers an intelligent approach to business technology information that is focused, personalized, thorough, practical, concise and current. The site allows technology decision makers to gain up-to-the-minute analysis of evolving issues and strategies, solve problems with the help of peers and industry experts, and choose cost-effective approaches for their IT needs. IT Business Edge combines expert opinion and research culled from more than 3,000 sources (technology publishers, vendors, analysts and associations) with a moderated professional community of business IT decision makers. The company’s events business provides innovative ways for vendors and hand selected IT decision makers to nurture information gathering and building of peer relationships in small group and one-on-one settings. To join the IT Business Edge community, visit http://www.itbusinessedge.com. For partnership or advertising opportunities, contact advertise (at) itbusinessedge (dot) com.

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