The Top 25 Executives Of 2008

6. Niel Nickolaisen, CIO and director of strategic planning, Headwaters

You know that old saying that the customer is always right? With that in mind, Nickolaisen makes our list as a representative of midmarket CIOs everywhere, the guys who buy real-world solutions to solve real-world problems. The MIT graduate has developed an IT / business alignment model that offers a pragmatic approach on where to focus IT dollars. Any vendor or solution provider that has its head in the clouds would benefit from a sit down with Nickolaisen, who spearheads the technology vision for Headwaters, an energy and building products company. [read more]

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