IDG’S INFOWORLD NAMES THE 100 MOST INNOVATIVE CORPORATE IT SOLUTIONS FOR 2006

IDG's InfoWorld, the leading integrated media brand for IT solutions management, announced the winners of its InfoWorld 100 awards. The annual awards honor IT projects that demonstrate the most creative use of cutting-edge technologies to further their business goals. Nominations were submitted by InfoWorld readers, technology partners, and end-user companies in late-summer. To be considered, projects must stretch beyond the typical, off-the-shelf solution, and must use multiple technologies in innovative ways to serve well-defined business goals. Winners are formally announced in the November 13th, print edition of InfoWorld, as well as available online at: http://www.infoworld.com/reports/46SR06iw100.html .

"It's been said that fortune favors the bold. The inspiration for this year's finalists to tackle such sweeping changes varies widely — from reducing delivery time of products and services to replacing cumbersome legacy systems," said Richard Gincel, InfoWorld Senior Editor. "But regardless of the motivation, high ambition unites them all."

The 2006 InfoWorld 100 winners (listed alphabetically by category):

COMPUTING/TECH: Arvato Mobile; Atari; Avanade; Cisco Systems; Conexant Systems; Data 393; DATA Inc.; Dynamics Research Corp.; Keane; Netgear; SOA Software; Stratus Technologies; Ubicom; Zag; Zimbra.

DISTRIBUTION/SUPPLY CHAIN: Avnet; Con-Way Transportation Services.

EDUCATION: Open Source Lab at Oregon State University; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Salisbury University; University of Northern Colorado; University of Pittsburgh; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

FINANCIAL SERVICES: ABN Amro Services; Austin Ventures; Capital One; Cooke & Bieler; Credit Suisse Finetre Corporation; First American; FirstMerit; Goldsmith Agio Helm; HSBC Bank Brazil; Merlin Securities; Nationwide Insurance; PHH Mortgage; Rexam; SunTrust Banks; TrueCredit; Wachovia; Wall Street On Demand.

GOVERNMENT: Allegheny County Department of Human Services; City of Chicago; Internal Revenue Service; State of Michigan; U.S. Transportation Command, a Combatant Command of the Department of Defense.

HEATHCARE: Alamance Regional Medical Center; Arapahoe House; Capital BlueCross; Health Net; Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield; Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; Humana Military Healthcare Services; Kuakini Health System; Molnlycke Health Care (formerly Regent Medical); MedAvant Healthcare Solutions; Memorial Healthcare; Misys Healthcare Systems; Nassau County Division of Health and Human Services; Northwestern Memorial Hospital; Springhill Medical Center; Trygdeetaten; West Park Assessment Centre.

INSURANCE: The Phoenix Companies.

MANUFACTURING: Pitney Bowes.

MEDIA/MULTIMEDIA: Industrial Light & Magic; Lamar University; Netflix.

PHARMACEUTICALS: McKesson; Mission Pharmacal; Solvay Pharmaceuticals.

RETAIL: Boekhandels Groep Nederland; Hasbro; Marks & Spencer; Volvo Cars Belgium.

SERVICES: Accenture; BearingPoint; Digitech Systems; Gale GFS; Goodwill Industries-Suncoast; PHH Arval; Sterling Testing Systems; Taleo; The Hudson Group.

SPORTS: Arizona Cardinals; Arizona Diamondbacks.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS: Bell Mobility; BT; Motorola; WFI; Wireless Evolution; Xirrus.

TRANSPORTATION: BNSF Railway Co.; Canadian National Railway; DHL; Sabre Holdings.

UNSPECIFIED/MISCELLANEOUS: Corrections Corporation of America; Gold Fields; Intuit; Lockheed Martin.

About InfoWorld Media Group

InfoWorld Media Group helps IT solutions management choose the right technology, within the context of a cohesive strategy, for business impact at their organizations. Rather than merely covering the enterprise technology market, InfoWorld identifies and promotes emerging technology segments that add unique value for the organizations that implement them, as well as the vendors that provide those solutions. Using an integrated communications approach including online, events, a weekly print publication, research, and a continued investment in an independent Test Center, InfoWorld analysts and editors provide both hands-on analysis and evaluation, as well as expert commentary on issues surrounding emerging technologies and products. Visit InfoWorld at http://www.infoworld.com .

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's online network includes more than 400 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment, and gaming worldwide. IDG is a leading producer of more than 170 technology-related events including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Macworld Conference & Expo, DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. Additional information about IDG, a privately company, is available at www.idg.com .

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