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American University Selected as One of Computerworld’s Best Places to Work in Information Technology

OIT Leadership Team

American University was selected as one of the top workplaces for information technology professionals by Computerworld. This honor was part of the bi-weekly IT publication’s 20th annual Best Places to Work in IT survey, and was featured in the June 17, 2013 issue of Computerworld and online. The top 100 organizations are recognized for challenging their IT staffs while providing the most competitive benefits and compensation.

AU ranked among the top 100 Best Places to Work in IT for the first time, with a respectable first-time ranking of 96 among Fortune 500 companies. The university also ranked fifth in the Overall Benefits category.

"It is a great honor for our organization to be recognized as one of the best places to work," explained Chief Information Officer Dave Swartz. "The Computerworld recognition includes all industries, not just higher education. Of the top 100, there are only four that represent higher education, so we are one of an elite group."

Swartz continued, "For me, this recognition really is confirmation that something exciting is happening here. When I walk through the doors each morning, I can feel the positive mojo coming from my group. They are fully engaged and motivated in helping AU to address its most pressing needs. I feel it is an important part of my job to make sure my staff knows that AU truly cares about them. It is also important to provide well defined goals to align with, create a great environment for them to work, and recognize and reward their achievements. When you do all of this, it is a recipe for something great to happen."

"We applaud the organizations on the Best Places to Work in IT list for creating and sustaining dynamic IT work environments," said Scot Finnie, editor-in-chief of Computerworld. "This year, several new names, such as American University, have joined the stalwarts that make the list year after year. It's clear that the best IT workplaces are constantly raising the bar with great benefits, new learning opportunities, access to cutting-edge technologies and challenging business-critical projects."

The Best Places to Work in IT list is an annual ranking of the top 100 work environments for technology professionals by Computerworld. The list is compiled based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, diversity, career development, training, and retention. In addition, Computerworld conducts extensive surveys of IT workers, and their responses factor heavily in determining the rankings.

Under the leadership of CIO Dave Swartz, AU has made a firm commitment to building and strengthening a robust, reliable, and secure framework of information and communication technology to support AU’s activities as a world-class university. The central IT organization has transformed the department into a strategic business partner by introducing industry standard best practices for IT service management to other service units. In addition, OIT successfully adopted and constantly strives to mature best practices in strategic planning, project and portfolio management, information security, technology operations, and enterprise infrastructure lifecycle planning.

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results. They lead the industry with an online audience of more than 3.8 million unique, monthly visitors and are recognized as the Best Website by ASBPE and TABPI in 2012.


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