Illinois Student Assistance Commission receives IT award for team effectiveness
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) was honored with the Chief Information Officer's Most Effective IT Team award at a dinner on Nov. 19.
The award was presented by the Society for Information Management (SIM) - Chicago and the Association of Information Technology Professionals.
“We congratulate ISAC for the innovation, value creation and hard work that made it such a worthy recipient of this award,” Scot Berkey, president of SIM - Chicago, said.
AITO 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 it 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 the same 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,” ISAC Executive Director 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 in 1957 to help make college more affordable and accessible for Illinois students.