IDG’s InfoWorld Names the 100 Most Innovative Corporate IT Solutions for 2004

San Francisco, CA – November 15, 2005 – Today, InfoWorld announced the winners of its InfoWorld 100 awards. The annual awards honor companies that demonstrate the most creative use of cutting-edge technologies to further their business goals. Companies were nominated by InfoWorld readers, technology partners, and end-user companies in late-summer. Solutions must stretch beyond the typical, off-the-shelf solution, using multiple technologies in innovative ways to serve well-defined business goals. Winners are formally announced in the November 15, 2004 edition of InfoWorld and available online at: http://infoworld.com/2187.

"This year, InfoWorld honors a host of innovative projects that highlight the resourcefulness of the IT community," said Eric Knorr, senior features editor. "IT departments have learned hard lessons about business realities and realistic ROI. The InfoWorld 100 provides a forum for IT managers to get the recognition they deserve for smart projects from an audience of their peers."

This year's InfoWorld 100 award winners (listed alphabetically by category) include:

ARCHITECTURE

Gensler: Distributed systems optimization

COMPUTING

IBM: Unified supply-chain management

CONSTRUCTION

Beazer Homes: Integrated sales system

DISTRIBUTION/SUPPLY CHAIN

Arrow Electronics: Shop-floor control system

Avnet: Web services partner integration

EDUCATION

Academy of Art University: Full ERP and Wi-Fi deployment

Michigan State University: On-demand supply-chain research

Somerset Area School District: SSL VPN for unified school network

ENERGY

BP: Wireless railcar monitoring

BP: Wireless vibration sensors for tankers

Calpine: Dynamic, predictive querying tool

Calpine: Integrated risk control system

Calpine Energy Services: Energy price/cost reporting

Lower Colorado River Authority: Distributed asset management

FINANCIAL SERVICES

American Savings Bank: Speech-enabled banking application

Essex Investment Management: E-mail, IM, and document archiving

ETrade Financial: Call automation with voice recognition

Fifth Third Bancorp: Federated identity with HR outsourcer

FirstCommand Financial Services: Financial services portal for personnel

Lend Lease: Unified identity/security management

Mesirow Financial: Distributed IP-based SAN solution

MidAmerica Bank: Business continuity initiative

Ocwen Financial: Mortgage database security

Quicken Loans: Information lifecycle management

RouteOne: Web services credit check service

Royal Bank of Canada Investments: Business process management

State Street Global Advisors: SAN predictive change management

3Delta Systems: Payment processing security upgrade

Wachovia: Grid computing using desktops

Wells Fargo: Web portal for commercial customers

GOVERNMENT

California Public Utilities Commission: Workflow and document management

City of Culver City: Wi-Fi mesh networking initiative

Florida Supreme Court: Database integration and search portal

State of Minnesota: Medicare/Medicaid secure identity