The Nashville Technology Council has rolled out the nominees for its annual awards program. Up for company of the year are Rustici Software, Medalogix and Digital Reasoning while executives from HCA, Healthways and Sarah Cannon are in the running to be named CIO of the year. Nominated for innovator of the year: Tiffany Woosley of Homeland, Dan Hogan of Medalogix and Anthony Montgomery of LPS Integration.
The full list, which also features categories honoring data scientists and educators, is available here.
Middle Tennessee companies finished 2013 with about 872 information technology job openings — up from 836 a year earlier — according to the latest report from the Nashville Technology Council and Teknetex. That's 40 percent more than the number of graduates area schools produce annually. The local talent pipeline is definitely improving — the number of computer science and networking grads is up big from '08 — and Nashville's national buzz will help draw in talent. But one question mark could be the pay young pros get here: It's 17 percent below the national average (see the image below), which helps attract companies but could steer talent to some of our peer cities.
Click here for the Council's full report, which includes a projection that we will add almost 5,000 IT jobs in the metro area by 2023.
The Nashville Technology Council has whittled down the list of applicants for its annual awards ceremony honoring leaders in the local IT scene. The winners will be announced at a gala Jan. 30 and you can get tickets here. Here are the people and companies in contention:
CIO OF THE YEAR
Cody King of QHR, Jeff Fields of Servpro and Ryan Boon of Dollar General
CISO OF THE YEAR
Jeff Cobb of Capella Healthcare, Paul Connelly of HCA and Tom Buss of Deloitte
COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Emma (Clint Smith), Peak 10 (David Smith) and Video Gaming Technologies (John Plunkett)
CTO OF THE YEAR
James King of BMI, Mark Burnette of LBMC and Troy Crabtree of LetterLogic
EARLY-STAGE COMPANY OF THE YEAR
American Hometown Media / Just a Pinch Recipes (Dan Hammond), Checkd.in (Nick Yaeger) and LeanKit (Chris Hefley)
INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR
Nicholas Holland of Populr.me, Stephen Hau of Shareable Ink and Todd Scot of Deloitte
SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIST OF THE YEAR
Aaron Clifford of HCA, Nancy VanReece of Carpe Diem Management and Ryan Carter of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center
SOFTWARE DEVELOPER / ARCHITECT OF THE YEAR
Andy Bush of PathGroup, Bryan Hunter of Firefly Logic and Derek Lewis of CHS
TECHNOLOGY EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
Beth Breeden of Lipscomb University, Eliza Brock of Eliza Brock Software and Jennifer Berry of the Stratford STEM Magnet High School
TECHNOLOGY STUDENT OF THE YEAR
Aimee Laansma of Lipscomb University, Lauren Guenther of Belmont University and Matt Madlock of Unshatter Me
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Eric Johnson of Mothers Digital, Katherine McElroy of C3 Consulting and Penny Henze of Peak 10
Williamson College has announced it will offer an information technology minor within its business degree program, effective this July.
In addition, the Franklin-based college will make a certificate program available to students who already hold a bachelor’s degree and are interested in enhancing their skills in managing IT projects.
“During our leadership’s planning time, we discussed how Williamson College could help address the enormous demand in Middle Tennessee, as well as nationally, for business program graduates to be proficient in overseeing IT projects as part of their management responsibilities,” Ed Smith, Williamson College president, said in a release.
Liza Lowery Massey, president and CEO of the Nashville Technology Council, lauded the move.
“In Middle Tennessee, there are over 800 IT jobs available on any given day, and experts say that the demand for technology sector jobs will grow four-to-one over those in other industries,” Massey said in the release.
Williamson College has approximately 65 students enrolled in its IT management program. The college offers a Bachelor of Science degree in professional studies with a major in IT management and a certificate in IT management.