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About the ORBIE

In 1998, when the first Georgia CIO of the Year® Awards was presented, it was the products, not the people, who were at the center of attention.

Laptop of the Year, Printer of the Year and PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice awards were common, but it was a start-up called Intellinet that noticed the real heroes were Chief Information Officers who implemented these products, developed solutions and created business value for their organizations.

Roll the clock ahead twenty years, and today CIOs are at the center of business transformation for all organizations. Technology is the engine that drives innovation and growth in every industry and sector in our global economy. It is the leaders who facilitate change by tech-enabling their organizations who are the rock stars of business today.



Finalists and winners are selected through a rigorous, independent judging process led by prior CIO of the Year Award winners.

The ORBIE® trophy has been presented to every CIO of the Year® winner since the inception of the Awards in 1998. The ORBIE Award is synonymous with the excellence the Award represents, meticulously handcrafted from steel and crystal - symbols of honor and achievement. The ORBIE signifies exceptional leadership, innovation, and vision; representing the characteristics and qualities that inspire others to achieve their potential