The top 100 IT projects of 2009

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Unified Communications Initiative

Project lead: Jamie Ryan, Senior VP of IT/CIO

Project description: Aspect completed an enterprise-wide Microsoft OCS-based unified communications implementation, integrating voice, voice mail, audioconferencing, Web conferencing, IM, and presence technologies online.

Industry: Technology AT&T

Knowledge Management Initiative

Project lead: Pam Parisian, Senior Vice President, Consumer IT

Project description: AT&T developed the Atlas Knowledge Management system for call center representatives, replacing several regional KMSes with a unified, AJAX-derived Web app, based on a flexible in-house built architecture and third-party search.

Industry: Service provider Avnet

Supply Chain Automation and Inventory Management

Project lead: Bob Pischke, Vice President of IT Applications

Project description: Avnet overhauled its supply chain and inventory management operations, integrating seven systems, including BI, quoting, and ERP, into its Software AG-based SOA.

Industry: Distribution Batesville Casket

Quality Improvement Initiative

Project lead: Robert Shane, Programmer/Analyst

Project description: Batesville Casket automated its metal fabrication operations, integrating its ERP and manufacturing systems and implementing touch screens and scanning technology to reduce human intervention with manufacturing equipment.

Industry: Manufacturing BMC Software

Datacenter Process Automation

Project lead: Mahendra Durai, Vice President, Infrastructure & Operations

Project description: BMC Software automated its server rebooting and certification processes, integrating automated system alerts generated by monitoring tools with Run Book Automation scripts employed to manage and remediate server degradation and outages.

Industry: Technology Booz Allen Hamilton

Enterprise 2.0 Implementation

Project lead: Walton Smith, Sr. Associate

Project description: Booz Allen Hamilton developed an enterprise 2.0 platform, integrating open source, commercial packaged, and custom-developed applications, including Confluence, B2evolution, Scuttle, and Simple Machines, to serve more than 23,000 employees.

Industry: Services Central Iowa Power Cooperative

Smart Metering Initiative

Project lead: Don Chaon, Manager of Data Systems

Project description: CIPCO rolled out a smart metering system to 13 rural electric cooperatives based on technology from Wilson, Sierra Wireless, and Verizon Wireless.

Industry: Utilities Chapdelaine & Co.

SOA Initiative

Project lead: Ken Torres, CIO

Project description: Chapdelaine built an SOA infrastructure for its trading data exchange based on WSO2 middleware.

Industry: Financial services Choctaw Casinos

Large-Scale Video Surveillance Initiative

Project lead: Jason Pritchard, Integration Manager

Project description: Choctaw Casinos completed a large-scale video surveillance project tapping cameras from Axis Communications, video management software from Genetec, and Pivot3 severless clustered storage.

Industry: Entertainment Cisco Systems

Operational Security Oversight Dashboard

Project lead: Michael Machado, Manager of Security Engineering and Operations, Cisco Collaboration Software Group (WebEx)

Project description: Cisco built a RedSeal software-based security oversight dashboard to continuously analyze the configurations of its Cisco Collaboration Cloud firewalls and routers, as well as the results of daily vulnerability scans, identifying patching priorities, validating the enforcement of corporate network security polices, and ensuring compliance with PCI and other regulations.

Industry: Technology

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