IDG’s Computerworld Recognizes `Best Practices in Business Intelligence’ Award Winners; Finalists in Five Categories Demonstrate the Strategic Value of Business Intelligence Technologies

FRAMINGHAM, MA – OCTOBER 1, 2004 – Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," this week announced the winners of its "Best Practices in Business Intelligence" Awards Program during a ceremony at its inaugural Business Intelligence Perspectives conference in Palm Desert, Calif. Ten winners and five honorable mentions were selected for their business intelligence technology "Best Practices" based on case studies highlighting successful solution implementation projects and deployments.

Many of today's leading end-user companies responded to an initial call for nominations issued to multiple industry audiences, including Computerworld subscribers responsible for business intelligence solutions in their enterprises. Finalists were identified and considered by a panel of IT industry professionals based on case study submissions that profiled the company, its IT department and business intelligence challenges, as well as application deployment details, summaries of the key technology used and measurable solution outcomes.

Computerworld named two winners and one honorable mention in each of five categories:

— Creating a BI Vision and Strategies for Improved ROI – American Airlines, Fort Worth, Texas and Yapi Kredi Bank, Istanbul, TUR (Honorable Mention: Agilent Technologies, Loveland, Colo.)

— Planning, Designing and Building the BI Infrastructure – Herbalife International, Los Angeles and McKesson Pharmaceutical (Business Unit of McKesson Corporation), San Francisco (Honorable Mention: Halliburton, Houston)

— Information Retrieval and Reporting by Leveraging Off-the-Shelf Enterprise Software – Calpine Corporation, Houston and DaimlerChrysler, Chrysler Group, Auburn Hills, Mich. (Honorable Mention: Chase-Pitkin Home and Garden, Rochester, NY)

— Data Visualization, Prediction and Presentation by Leveraging Customized Solutions – Quicken Loans, Livonia, Mich. and State of Louisiana Department of Social Services, Baton Rouge, La. (Honorable Mention: IBM, Southbury, Conn.)

— Managing and Enhancing BI Applications and Infrastructure – LexisNexis, Dayton, Ohio and United States Postal Service, Washington, D.C. (Honorable Mention: Kaiser Permanente, Downey, Calif.)

"The companies recognized with a "Best Practices in Business Intelligence" award or honorable mention is driving excellence in the critically important business intelligence space," said Ron Milton, executive vice president, Strategic Programs at Computerworld. "With the launch of our Business Intelligence Perspectives conference and this very special awards program, we have given our distinguished audience of IT executives a set of award-winning best practices to spur innovation and excellence within their own enterprises."

"Business intelligence solutions provide the key to unlock new levels of performance across an enterprise," said Rob Ashe, president and CEO of Cognos. "Cognos is proud to be a sponsor of Computerworld's 'Best Practices in Business Intelligence' Awards Program and to be the exclusive conference underwriter of this important event."

Judges of the program were:

— Shaku Atre, Atre Group

— Frank Bernhard, OMNI Research Group LLC

— Kevin Downs, Kids Headquarters

— George Feitel, Wavera

— Keith Gile, Forrester Research

— Julia King, Computerworld

— Ralph Martino, JP Morgan Chase Credit Card Services

— Ron Milton, Computerworld

— Dan Vesset, IDC

— Bob Zimmerman, University of Arkansas

Computerworld's Business Intelligence Perspectives conference focuses on how enterprises are effectively and efficiently implementing successful Business Intelligence strategies and took place September 27-29, 2004, at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert, Calif. For more information about Computerworld's Business Intelligence Perspectives conference or the awards program, visit

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