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Bechtle presents "CIO of the year" in the category medium-sized businesses.
Last week, the most important awards in the German IT industry were awaded in Munich, with the CIOs who attracted attention with special projects in 2018 being honoured in the Bayerischer Hof hotel. As in previous years, Bechtle presented the award in the SME category. The “CIO of the Year” has been awarded since 2003 by “Computerwoche” and its sister publication “CIO”.

The evening in the heart of Munich’s Old Town was kicked off in style by TV presenter, Katrin Müller-Hohenstein, and Michael Beilfuß, Senior Vice President International Events IDG Communications. The floor was then given to the  patron of the event, Dorothee Bär, Minister of State for Digitalisation.


Before Heinrich Vaske, Editorial Director of Computerwoche, and Horst Ellermann, editor of the CIO magazine, began the ceremony with the awards in the categories Large Enterprises, SMEs and, for the first time, Public Sector. There were also special prizes awarded in the categories Innovation, Global Exchange, Operational Excellence and Industrial Internet.


Brigitte Falk receives the prize “CIO of the Year“ from Axel Feldhoff.


In the SME category presented by Bechtle, Brigitte Falk of Cronimet came out on top against Marcus Sassenrath (BPW Bergische Achsen) and Smartrac CIO Robert Burkhardt. Brigitte Falk received her award from Axel Feldhoff, Bechtle’s Executive Vice President, Region West, representing Bechtle alongside Executive Vice Presidents Elmar König, North/East Region, Andreas Staudigel, Central Region, and Alfred Neidhard, South Region.


Explaining their choice of Brigitte Falk, the jury said: “Ms Falk impressed us with her understanding as a “Digital Business Enabler” as well as her clear objective to make a value contribution to the company’s future by means of the digital transformation she is driving forward. The use of innovative technologies such as analytics and machine learning is backed by a targeted commitment to research and sustainability”.


In an interview with “CIO”, Brigitte Falk explained: “We have developed a complete digitalisation concept with five focus groups and the sales portal is now up and running. We are now working on updating our intranet. It’s going to be great as we’re integrating a collaboration portal and each of our 60 companies will be given the opportunity to set up a kind of “mini-intranet” on it. In this way, we hope to bring the company as a whole even closer together.”


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