ISAC wins CIO award for IT team
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) was honored at a dinner recently with the Chief Information Officer's (CIO) Most Effective IT Team award.
The award was presented by the Society for Information Management (SIM) — Chicago and the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) —Chicago.
“We congratulate ISAC for the innovation, value creation and hard work that made it such a worthy recipient of this award,” President of SIM-Chicago Scot Berkey said.
AITP President Gary Czubak said it was notable that winning organizations were nominated and judged for the award by their peers, and that ISAC had to outcompete private and non-profit organizations in order to win.
ISAC was one of three recipients of this year's awards, but is the first government agency to win the award. They were judged on cost effectiveness, innovation, change leadership, value creation, service quality, and community, in relation to other companies of their scale.
“We recognize that it’s not often that you see a government agency receiving kudos from other sectors for innovation, service and cost effectiveness,” Executive Director of ISAC Eric Zarnikow said. “We couldn’t be more proud of the entire IT team.”
ISAC's IT team is lead by Ramnath Cidambi. The team's achievements include developing two platforms to streamline data organization and access for schools and other clients. The team also develops tools for other agencies interested in increasing productivity and compliance.
ISAC is a government agency created to help make college affordable and accessible for Illinois students.