City's Technology Leader named to Industry Hall of Fame
Mayor Menino’s Chief Information Officer recognized as leader in Tech Innovation
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For Immediate Release
May 01, 2012
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Innovation & Technology
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Geri Joyce Killarney

Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced today that Bill Oates, Chief Information Officer for the City of Boston, is a 2012 inductee into the CIO Hall of Fame from IDG’s CIO magazine.  This prestigious honor is bestowed upon a select group of established IT executives and visionaries that have had significant impact in the field of IT. Oates will accept his award at the CIO Hall of Fame awards ceremony held on May 1, 2012, at Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort in Marco Island, Florida, during the CIO Leadership Event.

 “Bill has played a critical leadership role in transforming the way the City of Boston uses technology.  He truly has been a visionary in developing creative technology solutions that improve the delivery of city services and increase citizen engagement, enhancing Boston’s reputation as the most innovative city in America.  We are thrilled that he has been selected to the CIO Hall of Fame.  It’s a great honor for Bill and for the City of Boston", said Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

Over the past several years Boston has introduced a number of innovative technology enabled programs. The City’s Citizens Connect program is now a national model for citizen engagement, employing mobility and social networking to expand connections with government. The City has achieved two national designations from the Center for Digital Government; “Best of the Web” for its exemplar on-line presence – and was named the nation’s #1 Digital City for the positive results achieved, via the use of technology, in operating efficiencies and realizing strategic objectives.

"The CIO Hall of Fame is our most prestigious individual award, honoring a widely respected, high-impact IT career of distinguished achievement," says Maryfran Johnson, Editor in Chief, CIO magazine & Events. "The men and women inducted into our Hall of Fame since 1997 represent the most outstanding examples of CIOs worldwide. They have advanced the status of the CIO profession, shown courage and innovative spirit in transforming business with technology, and inspired the next generation of IT leaders. This class continues the tradition of recognizing the IT leaders that have made a lasting positive impact on the field."

Bill Oates stated, “I would like to thank Mayor Menino for his leadership and support in making technology innovation a priority in the City of Boston. Like the Mayor, our team stays focused on developing programs that improve the lives of our residents, business and visitors. The City of Boston is truly setting a standard for governments across the country and beyond. While I very much appreciate the Hall of Fame recognition, I accept it on behalf of our extended team across the City that makes it all happen for our constituents.”  


About the Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT):

The Department of Innovation and Technology is the City of Boston’s enterprise wide technology services organization which provides solutions that empower our business partners across all City departments.  DoIT’s primary day-to-day responsibility is to ensure that the networks, desktop computers, e-mail systems, and applications that support the business of City government are continuously available and operating effectively. DoIT embraces its responsibility to help manage costs through difficult financial times by continuously improving the cost structure of the City’s technology without compromising service. Our commitment to being environmentally responsible is often synergistic with these economic and service responsibilities.

 About CIO Magazine:
CIO produces award-winning content and community resources for information technology executives and leaders thriving and prospering in this fast-paced era of business, as well as creates opportunities for information technology and consumer marketers to reach them. The CIO portfolio includes, CIO magazine (launched in 1987), CIO Executive Programs and the CIO Executive Council. CIO properties provide business technology leaders with analysis and insight on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT’s role in achieving business goals. The U.S. edition of the magazine and website are recipients of more than 200 awards to date, including the American Society of Business Publication Editor’s Top B-to-B Magazine since 2000 and Website of the Year in 2010 and two Grand Neals from the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards. CIO websites and printed publications appear in more than 25 countries, including Australia, Canada, Finland, India and Sweden.  CIO Executive Programs—a series of face-to-face conferences including the CIO 100 Awards & Symposium™—provide educational and networking opportunities for pre-qualified corporate and government leaders.  The CIO Executive Council is a professional organization of CIOs created to serve as an unbiased and trusted peer advisory group. CIO is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events, and research company. Company information is available at

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