The best CTOs of 2008

InfoWorld chooses the top leaders for technology and management innovation

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The 2008 InfoWorld CTO 25 winners

In alphabetical order, here are this year's winners:
* Dave Barnes, UPS: Combining telematics, analytics and workflow optimization helps Brown go -- and save -- green
* Vincent Biddlecombe, Transplace: A combined datacenter refresh and SaaS platform project provide an opportunity to change the status quo
* John Bowden, Lifetime Products: Company's use of thin clients overseas tied to blade PCs at home ensures protection of key intellectual property
* Jim Burns, State of Alabama: A tough-love approach to unifying a fractured IT environment sets the stage for adding real benefit for employees and citizens
* Bill Chapman, Avnet: An acquisition almost goes bad -- and the rescue effort teaches a valuable lesson about SOA development
* Beach Clark, Georgia Aquarium: Managing a small team in a specialty startup business requires a nuanced balance of internal and external resources
* David Dillehunt, FirstHealth of the Carolinas: Solving nurses' needs without imposing a burden on either them or the hospital wireless LAN requires management finesse
* Greg Framke, ETrade Financial: SOA and some juggling make possible the company's international expansion in just seven months
* Paul Fremantle, WSO2: A leader in the intersection of SOA and open source finds success through a player/coach management approach
* Hari Gopalkrishnan, Lehman Brothers: Tasked to take over back-office systems, a CTO moves modernization beyond technology and instead changes key processes to improve business capability
* Bill Gruszka, Southern Polytechnic State University: Faced with an ever-changing, complex mobile user base, the CIO takes a different tack to assure security without having to fight users
* Matt Kesner, Fenwick and West: Solving an e-discovery challenge opened the door to a new line of business for the law firm
* Vivek Kundra, District of Columbia: Managing IT as if it were a stock portfolio pushes useful technology to the fore while culling dead-end projects
* Jim Lowder, OhioHealth: Deploying the best technology meant getting a government agency to change its rules
* Bill Maguire, Virgin America: A risky bet on open source under a tight deadline pays off big for a new airline
* Bernard "Bud" Mathaisel, Achievo: A prescient security approach helps an outsourcer move quickly to address customer intellectual property protection needs
* Timothy Olson, Agito Networks: Guiding new product development is old hat for Silicon Valley CTOs -- but this CTO did it in just 20 months, while taking some risky bets
* Greg Papadopolous, Sun Microsystems: A steady focus on total system design helped the new Sun reinvent itself with the best of the old Sun
* Humberto Quintanar, Antelope Valley Hospital: A deep freeze on IT spend in a previous regime meant a major effort was needed to get back to par
* David Reilly, Credit Suisse: Gaining efficiencies through virtualization first required a change of language to get business buy-in
* Gerald Shields, Aflac: Tired of the "mother, may I?" budget game, a CIO develops a holistic approach to IT priorities
* Jim Smith, Digital Realty Trust: A focus on the scientific method led to truly effective green datacenter strategies
* George Spies, MasterCard Worldwide: The use of SOA lets IT create a brand-new, flexible debit platform
* Jon Williams, Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions: A switch to open source helped reduce overall costs but required a fundamental change in culture
* Chris Wysopal, Veracode: An obsession with software security forms the basis for a new model to assessing apps' safety

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