The top 100 IT projects of 2009

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City of Richland

Enterprise Content Management Initiative

Project lead: Jon Amundson, Assistant City Manager

Project description: The City of Richland, Wash., streamlined its operations, launching an ECM initiative in partnership with ImageSource, integrating technology from Oracle, ABBYY, Cardiff, and ILINX to automate workflow and transitioning the city away from paper-based processes.

Industry: Government Clearent

Cloud-Based Development Project

Project lead: Mark Peck, Senior Vice President of Technical Operations

Project description: Clearent built a .Net-based credit card payment processing system tapping high-performance cloud-based services from Appistry.

Industry: Financial services Cleveland Indians

Video Capture and Archiving Platform

Project lead: Whitney Kuszmaul, Network Manager

Project description: The Cleveland Indians established an advanced video capture and archiving platform to serve at-bat video clips of nearly 2,600 games per year via touch-screen systems, expanding the system to its spring training facility, while upgrading its datacenter and adding a disaster recovery site, leveraging technology from Microsoft, VMware, CommVault, and NetApp.

Industry: Entertainment Cognizant

Web 2.0 Collaboration Platform

Project lead: Sukumar Rajagopal, Senior Vice President/Chief Knowledge Officer

Project description: Cognizant developed a Web 2.0-based collaboration and knowledge management platform based on Microsoft SharePoint, combining structured and unstructured data in the form of blogs and wikis to service more than 5,000 projects among its 64,000-plus employees, clients, and business partners.

Industry: Services Con-way

Freight Network Rationalization Using Network Simulation Tool

Project lead: Jackie Barretta, VP/CIO

Project description: Con-way developed a Web-based simulation tool for analyzing the effects of proposed changes to its existing linehaul network, based on C++, PL/SQL, and Access.

Industry: Transportation ConvergEx

Complex Event Processing for Trading Intelligence

Project lead: Joseph Weisbord, Managing Director

Project description: ConvergEx launched a complex event processing initiative for its financial trading operations centered around technology from StreamBase.

Industry: Financial services Credit Solutions

Enterprise CRM Project

Project lead: David Janecek, Vice President of IT

Project description: Credit Solutions developed a customized CRM solution using .Net technologies such as DevExpress, Plinqo, and ASP.Net, as well as Cisco VoIP integration, SQL Server, and Faxcore.

Industry: Financial services Cricket Communications

Datacenter Infrastructure Initiative

Project lead: Doug Bird, VP of IT Operations and Security

Project description: Cricket Communications overhauled its datacenter infrasctructure to provide high-speed switching, 10Gbps throughput, and disaster recovery, tapping technology from Cisco, Palo Alto Networks, and F5.

Industry: Service provider Culpeper County of Virginia

Cybersecurity Initiative

Project lead: Todd Frazier, Systems Administrator

Project description: Culpeper County shored up its Net-based and wireless operations, integrating technology from ForeScout, Panda, McAfee, and Cisco into its security infrastructure.

Industry: Government CUNA Mutual Group

Voice Signature Initiative

Project lead: Rick Roy, CIO

Project description: CUNA Mutual launched a voice signature initiative, developing the Web services necessary to integrate in-house data with third-party voice signature technology, as well as a wide array of legacy apps, such as sales and marketing, order fulfillment, and policy administration.

Industry: Insurancey

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