16 Nov 2018 | Press Release No. 32
Yesterday evening in Munich, Dr. Markus Schmitz, Head of IT and Chief Representative of the Federal Employment Agency, was awarded the title "CIO of the Year" in the Public Sector category. He won the first place in the competition.
The jury was particularly impressed by the strategic overall view, the new self-discovery tool for studies and vocational training and the customer-oriented online applications for unemployment- and child benefit. In the opinion of the jury, the agile way in which BA-IT works helps to ensure that the concerns of citizens are always at the forefront of new IT developments.
Schmitz, who has also been Chief Information Officer (CIO for short) of the BA since 2016 as a general representative, has significantly advanced the strategic realignment of IT and the digitisation of the BA over the past two years.
"This award is a great appreciation of our work in IT. Ultimately, the award is due to my entire management team and to all our IT employees who work tirelessly every day to develop, expand and operate our digital offerings. Over the past two years, we have achieved a great deal for our customers. The award is an incentive to consistently continue along this path," said Schmitz.
CEO Detlef Scheele was pleased with his CIO: "The fact that we as a public service provider and Dr. Schmitz personally have received such an award, is a remarkable achievement. Digitisation means change for us, too. Occupational biographies are changing and people expect from us contemporary offers, especially online. It's good to see that we are focusing on the right topics and that our work is recognised in comparison with other projects, too."
The award, presented by Computerwoche and CIO-Magazin, is regarded as the highest IT award in Germany and has been granted since 2003.