Computerworld Names Peter Nichol a “2016 Premier 100 Technology Leader

Premier 100 spotlights 100 leaders from both technology and business sides of companies for their exceptional technology leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges. Congratulations to all the winners! Honored to be standing among you.


This year’s Premier 100 spotlights 100 leaders for their exceptional technology leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges.


Computerworld’s Editor in Chief Weighs In

“The Premier 100 awards program showcases the strategic thinking of an elite group of IT leaders who are using technology to digitally transform their organizations,” said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. 

“These dedicated executives are creating nimble IT organizations to respond quickly to today’s business needs, and to the influx of technologies such as cloud computing, the Internet of Things, social media, mobile and wearables. They are actively recruiting talented IT pros for their departments and grooming them to take on new roles. They’re working hand in hand with their business colleagues to give their organizations a competitive edge, while also constantly adjusting their risk management strategies to align with the evolving security landscape. We’re pleased to recognize their leadership and honor their achievements.”


2016 Premier 100 Technology Leaders Honoree by IDG’s Computerworld

Peter Nichol, former Head of Information Technology, was responsible for IT at Access Health CT (AHCT), Connecticut’s Health Insurance Exchange (HIX). Peter oversaw AHCT’s online marketplace systems, worker case management and electronic integration with Federal Systems, State Agencies and Insurance Carriers. Peter is responsible for AHCT’s industry leading digital platform transforming consumerism and retail oriented services for the health insurance industry.


Previously, Peter was the program director for AHCT’s marketplace implementation, providing the most stable HIX launch October 01, 2013, reducing Connecticut’s uninsured rate by more than half, a national model for success.


Peter is also a national speaker on leadership, healthcare, and digital consumerism interviewed by NY Times, WSJ, NBC News and PMI PM Network Magazine and is a frequent contributor to global healthcare publications. Most recently he was an honored speaker at the 2015 MIT CIO Leadership Symposium and Constellation’s Connected Enterprise 2015– two of the most respected thought leader’s conferences focused on digital disruption for transformative business enablement.


The honorees will be recognized during a March 2016 awards ceremony at the AGENDA16 Conference, held March 21 – 23, 2016, in Amelia Island, Florida co-produced by CIO, Computerworld and the CIO Executive Council. The conference, to be attended by hundreds of influential business and senior IT executives, will focus on building the digital business. (More information available at


Authentic leadership is inspiring individuals, teams and organizations to believe that together, we can discover a better tomorrow. To all my teams that believed they could change the world, I dedicate this award to all of you. You’re my inspiration! Keep believing! — Peter Nichol


About the Premier 100 Technology Leadership Awards

The Premier 100 program was created in 2000 to spotlight individuals who have had a positive impact on their organizations through technology. These are individuals who manage internal IT organizations, mentor and motivate their IT teams and business colleagues, create a positive work environment, envision innovative solutions to business challenges and effectively manage and execute IT strategies. Each year, nominees are invited to complete a questionnaire that addresses a number of topics, including their background and experience and their attitude toward risk and innovation. Using Computerworld’s IT Leader Index, which is a measurement of how closely an individual matches our definition of the IT Leader, we analyze the data. Each year, 100 honorees are selected to receive this life-time recognition award. Information on previous honorees can be viewed at: Premier 100 Technology Leader honorees are lifelong honorees and aren’t eligible to be named to the list again as this is a lifetime award.


About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading IT media brand helping senior IT, business decision-makers and key influencers navigate change with effective business strategy. As the voice of business technology, Computerworld enables the IT value chain with unique editorial coverage from setting strategies to deriving value. Computerworld’s award-winning website (, focused conference series, strategic marketing solutions and research forms the hub of the world’s largest (40+ edition) global IT media network and provides opportunities for IT vendors to engage this audience. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 7.5 million monthly page views (Omniture, November 2014 – January 2015 average) and was recognized in BtoB’s 2013 Media Power 50 list; recognition Computerworld has received for more than 5 consecutive years. Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events and research company. Company information is available at


Peter Nichol, empowers organizations to think different for different results. You can follow Peter on Twitter or on his blog. Peter can be reached at pnichol [dot]


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Peter is a technology executive with over 20 years of experience, dedicated to driving innovation, digital transformation, leadership, and data in business. He helps organizations connect strategy to execution to maximize company performance. He has been recognized for Digital Innovation by CIO 100, MIT Sloan, Computerworld, and the Project Management Institute. As Managing Director at OROCA Innovations, Peter leads the CXO advisory services practice, driving digital strategies. Peter was honored as an MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award Finalist in 2015 and is a regular contributor to on innovation. Peter has led businesses through complex changes, including the adoption of data-first approaches for portfolio management, lean six sigma for operational excellence, departmental transformations, process improvements, maximizing team performance, designing new IT operating models, digitizing platforms, leading large-scale mission-critical technology deployments, product management, agile methodologies, and building high-performance teams. As Chief Information Officer, Peter was responsible for Connecticut’s Health Insurance Exchange’s (HIX) industry-leading digital platform transforming consumerism and retail-oriented services for the health insurance industry. Peter championed the Connecticut marketplace digital implementation with a transformational cloud-based SaaS platform and mobile application recognized as a 2014 PMI Project of the Year Award finalist, CIO 100, and awards for best digital services, API, and platform. He also received a lifetime achievement award for leadership and digital transformation, honored as a 2016 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader. Peter is the author of Learning Intelligence: Expand Thinking. Absorb Alternative. Unlock Possibilities (2017), which Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times No. 1 bestseller Triggers, calls "a must-read for any leader wanting to compete in the innovation-powered landscape of today." Peter also authored The Power of Blockchain for Healthcare: How Blockchain Will Ignite The Future of Healthcare (2017), the first book to explore the vast opportunities for blockchain to transform the patient experience. Peter has a B.S. in C.I.S from Bentley University and an MBA from Quinnipiac University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He earned his PMP® in 2001 and is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Masters in Business Relationship Management (MBRM) and Certified Scrum Master. As a Commercial Rated Aviation Pilot and Master Scuba Diver, Peter understands first hand, how to anticipate change and lead boldly.