Premier 100 2012
The Nomination Process
Each year, Computerworld accepts nominations from across the industry -- from vendors, IT users, public relations and marketing professionals, Computerworld readers and past Premier 100 honorees.  Eligible nominees include CIOs, chief technology officers, senior vice presidents, vice presidents, IT directors and managers from a cross-section of companies.  
Our editors then invite the nominees to complete a comprehensive management/leadership questionnaire online during August and September. The candidates are asked about a range of topics, including their backgrounds, work experiences, special accomplishments, leadership styles, technology priorities and strategies, and other details about the IT environments they have fostered at their organizations.
Nominated individuals provide three references each: one from a direct manager, one from a direct report and one from a professional acquaintance. Computerworld's editors contact these references, and the references' responses were incorporated into the evaluation process.
Using Computerworld's IT Leader Index, which is a measurement of how closely an individual matches our definition of an IT leader, a panel of Computerworld editors and outside judges evaluated the completed questionnaires. Judges evaluated only those nominees who work in industries other than their own.