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Center’s Information Technology Team Awarded Computerworld Magazine Laureate Award
June 23, 2009, 4:28 pm
Filed under: Awards and Recognition

Computerworld, the world’s leading source of information technology news and information, has honored the Adrienne Arsht Center’s IT team with one of its most prestigious awards – the 2009 Laureate award from IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program. Recognizing those who use information technology to benefit society, the Computerworld Honors Program unites Chairmen and CEOs of the world’s foremost information technology companies to recognize the most outstanding user achievements in technology each year.

The Adrienne Arsht Center was selected for building a “future-proof” wireless networking infrastructure. This distinction marks the first time in the magazine’s 21-year history that this award been bestowed upon a performing arts organization. In addition to the selection as a Laureate, the Center was a finalist for the 21st Century Achievement Award in the Media, Arts and Entertainment category.

The technology achievements honored by this program are preserved and protected in national archives, and in over 350 universities, museums, and research institutions throughout the world.

Each year, members of the Chairmen’s Committee, a group of 100 Chairman/CEOs of global technology companies, nominate individuals and organizations around the world whose visionary applications of information technology promote positive social and economic progress.

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“The Computerworld Honors Program seeks to recognize organizations, from a variety of sectors, for their ongoing efforts to utilize technology in order to benefit society,” said Ron Milton, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation and Executive Vice President of Computerworld. “We are proud to provide a platform to publicly acknowledge these contributions.” The Laureate Medal Ceremony and Gala Awards black tie evening took place at the historic Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. where the Center’s Senior Director of Information Technology, James J. Thompson, accepted the award.

“This honor affirms our long-standing commitment to the harmonious relationship of technology and the performing arts,” said Thompson. Arriving in Miami from the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville more than four years ago at a critical stage in our Center’s construction, Thompson was given a firm budget, a blank slate and told “go.” His experience in Nashville proved vital in reaching design goals that keep the facility cutting edge in an ever-changing environment. Thompson further said, “Our current goal is to anticipate and change with the times. Technology is a relatively new tool in our industry for both artist and audience. Our team strives to keep pushing the envelope.”

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