The top 100 IT projects of 2009

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Lincoln Trust
Simplified Infrastructure Foundation for Company Spin-off
Project lead: Charlie Billings, IT Director
Project description: Lincoln Trust launched a greenfield IT infrastructure due to its company spin-off, virtualizing its hardware footprint with VMware on Dell and tapping NetApp storage technology, Lombardi BPM software, Microsoft Office SharePoint, Cisco VoIP, and custom applications developed to follow SOA and WOA designs.
Industry: Financial services

Lincoln Trust
Business Process Management Initiative
Project lead: David Neitz, Vice President of IT
Project description: Lincoln Trust completed a series of projects using a BPM program approach, developing a data warehouse to support 15 new business processes across 10 business units, as well as a data delivery mechanism based on Microsoft SharePoint Portal, ProClarity, and SQL Server Reporting Services.
Industry: Financial services

Lionbridge Technologies
IT Infrastructure Overhaul
Project lead: Frank Smith, Manager, Corporate IT Core Infrastructure
Project description: Lionbridge overhauled its IT infrastructure, tapping Hyper-V server virtualization, FalconStor gateways, and Sun and Hitachi storage arrays to serve a dispersed Microsoft-based enterprise.
Industry: Services

Media Innovation Group
Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence
Project lead: Brian Lesser, Vice President and General Manager
Project description: The Media Innovation Group developed an advertising delivery platform based on technology from Netezza.
Industry: Media

Supercomputing Initiative

Project lead: Brian Cartwright, Director
Project description: MetLife developed a centralized supercomputing grid for performing actuarial activities based on technology from Microsoft, Oracle, and Cognos.
Industry: Insurance

MGM Mirage
Enterprise IT Management Initiative
Project lead: Tim Frawley, VP/CTO
Project description: MGM Mirage centralized the governance and management of its 100,000-plus IT assets and services using the ITIL best-practices framework on a backbone of asset management solutions from CA.
Industry: Entertainment

Mine Safety Appliances
Storage Consolidation and Server Virtualization Initiative
Project lead: Scott McCullough, Manager of Technical Operations
Project description: Mine Safety Appliances consolidated its datacenter operations, establishing a virtualized environment built on technology from Citrix and NetApp in support of its Oracle-, SAP-, Lotus-, and Windows-based enterprise.
Industry: Manufacturing

Enterprise Business Intelligence Project
Project lead: Dongyan Wang, Senior IT Director, BI & Data Management
Project description: NetApp launched a comprehensive BI initiative, developing an SOA-style framework based on technology from Oracle, Microsoft, and Cisco and a data warehouse built on Oracle 10g to pull in data from several upstream apps, including Siebel CRM, Oracle ERP, and PeopleSoft HRMS.
Industry: Technology

The Nord Center
Biometric Authentication and E-Forms Initiative
Project lead: Chris Rojek, CIO
Project description: The Nord Center transformed its documentation process into a fully electronic, biometrically authenticated system based on technology from Microsoft and Digital Persona.
Industry: Health care

NYSE Euronext
Datacenter Initiative
Project lead: Steve Rubinow, Executive VP/Co-Global CIO
Project description: NYSE Euronext launched an initiative to build out and consolidate datacenter operations, switching from a three-tier to a two-tier architecture, integrating the datacenters to legacy systems via Juniper switches and routers.
Industry: Financial services

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