The Top 20 Most Innovative Midmarket CIOs

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Branndon Kelley, CIO, American Municipal Power

Industry: Energy and natural resources

Challenge: Many of the company's departments were struggling to find a single source of company data and a reliable system with better accuracy.

Innovation: Kelley undertook multiple projects and virtualized 95 percent of the company's infrastructure. Projects included coordinating a new data center build-out; replacing an aging enterprise architecture; and implementing a change-management process, an enterprise backup and data archiving system, and a mobile device strategy.

ROI: The results led to a more reliable system with an application uptime increase of more than 10 percent, and the virtualization revamp saved costs related to physical space and power. The new intrusion prevention system has blocked more than 4,300 attacks since implementation.

Solution provider/vendor partners: Open Systems International, PrimeStone, Microsoft, Cisco, EMC, Avaya, CommVault, Oracle

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