Computerworld Names Recipients of ”Best Practices in Business Intelligence” Awards

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 28, 2006 – Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," announced last night the recipients of its "Best Practices in Business Intelligence" awards during a ceremony at its Business Intelligence Perspectives conference. The awards were presented during a gala awards ceremony marking the conclusion of the conference held this week at the Green Valley Ranch Resort. The awards program was sponsored by Hyperion.

Honorees of Computerworld's "Best Practices in Business Intelligence" awards were selected from approximately 100 entries across five categories. They were judged by representatives from a variety of organizations including Computerworld and IDC.

In the category of creating a strategic vision and using BI for ROI through IT leadership, the honorees are:

– Cooper Communities, Inc., Rogers, Ariz.

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

In the category of data visualization, prediction and presentation by leveraging customized solutions, the honorees are:

– BNSF Railway, Fort Worth, Tex.

– Emergency Medical Associates, Livingston, NJ

In the category of information retrieval and reporting by leveraging off-the-shelf enterprise software, the honorees are:

– Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago, IL

– Reader's Digest, Pleasantville, NY

In the category of planning, designing and building the BI infrastructure, the honorees are:

– Cisco Systems, San Jose, Calif.

– R. L. Polk & Co., Southfield, Mich.

In the category of using competency centers to champion BI technologies to enterprise-wide ROI, the honorees are:

– IBM Corporation, Business Performance Management Center of Excellence, Research Triangle Park, NC

– Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT

"This year's honorees represent a variety of organizations, from financial companies to universities to health care companies, all of which have demonstrated tremendous success in their strategic use of business intelligence," said Ron Milton, executive vice president, Computerworld.

"I'm pleased to be recognized among such a group of innovative IT professionals. The most important decision we made in our BI initiative was to leverage off-the-shelf, best-of-breed technology and best practices," said honoree Daniel MacDonald, director of customer technology at Reader's Digest Association. "These tools and processes have enabled us to efficiently transition data into actionable information and deliver it to the people who run our business."

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