2008 InfoWorld 100 Awards

This year's recipients of InfoWorld's highest honor are shining examples of IT projects undertaken by tech leaders committed to pushing their organizations forward

Accenture www.accenture.com

Borderless Workplace Initiative

Project lead: Vidya S. Byanna, Executive Director of Global Infrastructure

Project description: Accenture standardized and consolidated desktop, server, collaboration, unified communications, data networking, VoIP, and videoconferencing technologies to create a "borderless" collaborative network for its global workforce of 180,000 employees in 40 countries.

[ Read the full Accenture finalist profile | see Top 10 Finalists slideshow ]

Industry: Services

ADP www.adp.com

IT Infrastructure Centralization

Project lead: Greg Levine, VP, Engineering and Data Processing Group

Project description: ADP centralized its IT operations into two identical datacenters, consolidating data processing operations, centralizing fragmented line-of-business operations into a utility computing infrastructure, and reducing its overall carbon footprint by 24,000 tons per year.

[ Read the full ADP finalist profile | see Top 10 Finalists slideshow ]

Industry: Services

Aflac www.aflac.com

Real-Time Wireless Application Audit Service

Project lead: Richard Galbraith, Project Manager

Project description: Aflac extended real-time, wireless audit capabilities to sales associates, integrating Web services and the company's business processing system, TRACJ, as part of the insurer's ongoing SmartApp Next Generation initiative.

Industry: Insurance Alaska Airlines www.alaskaair.com

Virtual Assistance System

Project lead: Cindy Mitchell, Principal Consultant, Strategy Management

Project description: Alaska Airlines developed Jenn, a customer- and employee-facing assistance system for providing real-time access to online information through natural language, based on technology from Next IT.

Industry: Travel American Airlines www.aa.com

IVR Self-Service Project

Project lead: Alyson Jones, Project Manager

Project description: American Airlines unified its IVR (interactive voice response) system into a single platform, integrating software from Tellme with its customer database, flight operations, and reservations systems.

Industry: Travel Anthony Marano Co. www.anthonymarano.com

Enterprise Fixed Mobile Convergence

Project lead: Christopher Nowak, CTO

Project description: Anthony Marano built out its fixed mobile convergence infrastructure tapping technology from Avaya, Nokia, Meru, and Agito.

Industry: Agriculture The Apollo Group www.apollogrp.edu

Content Management Overhaul

Project lead: Stephen Callahan, Director of Integrated Business Systems

Project description: The parent company to the University of Phoenix transitioned its legacy BPM system to EMC enterprise content management technology, migrating 30 million documents and integrating the new system with existing Oracle, PeopleSoft, and Kofax technology to support 300,000 students per year.

Industry: Education AT&T Services www.att.com

Virtual Mail Manufacturing Platform

Project lead: Michael Mocettini, Principal Technical Architect

Project description: AT&T migrated from a distributed, site-specific architecture to a single-source virtual mailing platform that enables load balancing across the company's mail manufacturing sites in California, Georgia, and Texas, featuring software developed in-house and technology from Bowe Bell + Howell, SAP, and the U.S. Postal Service.

Industry: Service provider Avnet www.avnet.com

Inventory Management Transformation

Project lead: Bill Chapman, CTO

Project description: Avnet leveraged its SOA to increase its ability to orchestrate supply and demand management, tapping multiple forecasting tools and demand management software from JDA, Web services, and its legacy ERP system.

Industry: Technology BlueStar Energy Services www.bluestarenergy.com

SOA-Based Energy Market Business Suite

Project lead: Tom Keen, CTO

Project description: BlueStar developed its NextStar SOA initiative to streamline and automate core business processes, including customer enrollment, provisioning, care, and billing, from the ground up, relying in large part on open source technologies.

[ Read the full BlueStar finalist profile | see Top 10 Finalists slideshow ]

Industry: Energy

Boeing www.boeing.com

Export Compliance Application

Project lead: Gregory L. Smith, Technical Fellow, IT

Project description: Boeing developed CIPHER to help export compliance organizations identify hidden information in electronic documents, supporting the ability to examine and resolve Word, WordPerfect, PowerPoint, Excel, Lotus 1-2-3, PDF, and text files.

Industry: Aerospace Borders Group www.borders.com

E-commerce Overhaul

Project lead: Kevin Ertell, SVP, E-Business

Project description: Borders re-engineered its e-commerce Web site to include Web 2.0 functionality, integrating solutions from IBM, Endeca, and Allurent and developing numerous new applications with hooks into existing internal and partner back-office systems.

Industry: Retail Borland Software www.borland.com

EnterpriseAgile Transformation

Project lead: Pete Morowski, Senior VP of R&D

Project description: Borland transformed its software development practices to incorporate Agile development methodologies, resulting in TeamFocus, an enterprise project management and execution environment.

Industry: Technology Bosley www.bosley.com

CRM and Appointment Scheduling Initiative

Project lead: Mark Davenport, Director of IT

Project description: Bosley integrated legacy CRM and Web-based telephony systems with TimeTrade's Web-based scheduling service to centralize appointment scheduling for more than 9,000 hair transplant procedures per month.

Industry: Health care Brinker International www.brinker.com

Master Data Management Initiative

Project lead: Venkat Kandru, Senior Director of EAI, MDM, IDM, and SOA

Project description: Brinker launched a Tibco-based master data management initiative to standardize menu, price lookup, and POS screen layout data across its 1,800 restaurants and ensure an efficient, consistent training regimen for more than 100,000 employees. 

Industry: Retail British Airports Authority www.arup.com/communications

WLAN Initiative

Project lead: Grant Levy & Alan Newbold (Aruba), T5 Systems Leader/ IP Design Leader

Project description: British Airports Authority partnered with Aruba Networks to implement WLAN capabilities for 30 million passengers as part of the BAA's opening of London Heathrow Terminal 5.

Industry: Travel Broward County Public School www.browardschools.com

Videoconferencing Learning Environment

Project lead: Dr. Gary Brown, ETS Conferencing Services

Project description: Broward County implemented videoconferencing technology from Tandberg to construct a district-wide virtual learning environment for students that could also enable continued educational operations during emergencies.

Industry: Education BSNL www.somanetworks.com

Mobile Wi-Max Deployment

Project lead: Adrienne Low, Global Public Relations Manager

Project description: BSNL partnered with Soma Networks to roll out India's largest mobile WiMax network, serving the multimedia broadband needs of more than 250 million people.

Industry: Technology CallPlus www.callplus.co.nz

Internet Traffic Efficiency Initiative

Project lead: Adrian Dick, CTO

Project description: New Zealand-based ISP CallPlus cut the cost of its Net traffic by 20 percent through use of deep packet inspection, content redirection, and caching technologies, including Blue Coat caching servers, Cisco SCE2020 Deep Packet Inspection platforms, and Foundry's Content Redirecting Switch.

Industry: Service provider Canadian Cancer Society www.cancer.ca

IT Consolidation and Optimization

Project lead: Gerry Holmes, Director of IT, Ontario Division

Project description: The Canadian Cancer Society consolidated 35 file servers to reduce maintenance and increase data protection, tapping VMware server virtualization and Riverbed WAN technology to optimize the performance of several mission-critical apps across its disparate locations.

Industry: Health care City of Jacksonville www.coj.net

Vehicle GPS Tracking Project

Project lead: N. George Chakhtoura, GIS Manager

Project description: Jacksonville developed an infrastructure for automatically locating city vehicles, tapping GPS-enabled boxes, the city's existing UHF radio network, and geocoding and reporting software.

Industry: Government Colonial Life & Accident www.coloniallife.com

Integrated Benefits Enrollment Platform

Project lead: Chip James, AVP of IT

Project description: Colonial Life developed a comprehensive benefits enrollment platform to serve the needs of 6,500 benefits representatives, integrating the platform with existing operational mainframe systems to ensure consistent business rules management and data security.

Industry: Insurance Concur Technologies www.concur.com

SOA Initiative for Client Data Overview

Project lead: Brad Svee, IT Manager of Development

Project description: Concur tapped WSO2 middleware for its SOA implementation, integrating JIRA, RightNow CRM, Salesforce, Oracle ERP, and several other in-house systems and delivering its services through a portal developed in-house and based on Ext JS 2.0, Spring Framework, PHP, and JavaScript.

Industry: Technology Con-way www.con-way.com

Web-Based Interactive Freight Dock Planning Initiative

Project lead: Jackie Barretta, CIO; Suranjana Chattopadhyay, Project Manager

Project description: To minimize planning time and distance traveled by forklifts at freight docks, Con-way developed Step Saver, a Web-based interactive tool built on Java, CA Gen, IBM WebSphere, Tibco, Flux Java Job Scheduling, C++, and iText.

[ Read the full Con-way finalist profile | see Top 10 Finalists slideshow ]

Industry: Distribution

Cox Enterprises www.coxenterprises.com

Business Service Management Initiative

Project lead: Troy Olson, Senior Manager IT Service Management

Project description: Cox Enterprises launched a business services management initiative to create a holistic view of operations and increase visibility into operational performance, integrating technology from BMC with existing Microsoft SMS, e-procurement, and BlackBerry Enterprise Server deployments to implement a new asset management practice.

Industry: Service provider CSL Behring www.cslbehring.com

Real-Time Patient Reporting Project

Project lead: Sheila Burke, Director of Communications & PR, Worldwide Commercial Operations

Project description: CSL Behring developed HeliTraxSM to help physicians track the self-administered treatment progress of hemophilia patients remotely, tapping and encrypting an Internet-based database, an electronic diary, AT&T smartphones, and security software from Trust Digital to ensure HIPAA compliance.

Industry: Health care Direct Energy www.directenergy.com

Business Intelligence Initiative

Project lead: John Katsinos, VP of IS, Mass Markets

Project description: Direct Energy developed Jumpstart, a multilayered Microsoft-based BI solution that includes a 100GB data warehouse, a 40GB data mart, OLAP cube repositories, Integration Services ETL-based data integration, and ProClarity analytics, reducing bad debt by $5 million per year through the identification of risky customers and account profiling.

[ Read the full Direct Energy finalist profile | see Top 10 Finalists slideshow ]

Industry: Energy

Direct Energy www.directenergy.com

Load Forecasting Initiative

Project lead: Suresh Guddanti, Director of IS, Wholesale Energy

Project description: Direct Energy developed an in-house load forecasting system, integrating data feeds from the billing platforms of a variety of business units, eliminating dozens of manual processes, and cutting report generation from once per quarter to once per week.

Industry: Energy Dresdner Kleinwort www.dresdnerkleinwort.com

IT Standardization Initiative

Project lead: John Bratkovics, Head of Networks, Voice, and Collaboration Technologies, Head of Infrastructure Americas

Project description: Dresdner Kleinwort completed an IT standardization initiative in the wake of three major mergers, tapping auditing technology from Tideway to identify and rectify duplicate assets and unknown dependencies.

Industry: Financial services Earth Rangers www.earthrangers.org

Maximizing efficiency with best-of-breed storage system

Project lead: Rob DiStefano, IT Systems Manager

Project description: Earth Rangers developed an online community to help inspire children to have a positive impact on the environment. It also modernized its IT operations around virtualization and storage technology from Pillar to reduce the organization's datacenter power consumption.

Industry: Education Eaton www.eaton.com

Unified Communications

Project lead: William Blausey, Senior VP, CIO

Project description: Eaton implemented VoGAN (voice over global area network) technologies as the foundation of a unified communication and collaboration strategy that leveraged the company's existing AT&T data network as the primary transport for voice communications.

[ Read the full Eaton finalist profile | see Top 10 Finalists slideshow ]

Industry: Manufacturing

Elavon www.elavon.com

Enterprise IT Management Transformation

Project lead: David Brattain, SVP of Systems, EITM and Product Support

Project description: Elavon IT transformed the financial services firm's approach to network management, adopting ITIL best practices and automating and integrating workflows based on multiple IT management technologies from CA.

Industry: Financial services Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA www.emgs.com

I/O Optimization Project

Project lead: Helge Stranden, IT Manager

Project description: EMGS integrated file serving software from iBrix and 1,300 new Dell PowerEdge blade servers with its original 500 PowerEdge cluster and EMC storage system to support a 300 percent increase in demand for processing electromagnetic data surveys, more complex 3-D modeling, and fast data throughput with no system downtime.

Industry: Resources ETrade Financial www.etrade.com

Mobile Trading Platform

Project lead: Paul Vienick, Senior VP

Project description: ETrade developed ETrade Mobile Pro to provide customers real-time access to accounts on BlackBerry devices, using mobile software technology from Vaultus and J2ME.

Industry: Financial services

Fannie Mae www.fanniemae.com

Server Consolidatation and Virtualization

Project lead: Chris Lewis, VP, Networks and End-User Systems

Project description: Fannie Mae reduced its server footprint by 31 percent and increased its asset utilization by 37 percent as the result of a virtualization and consolidation initiative based on EMC SAN and VMware ESX clusters.

Industry: Financial services

GE Energy www.ge-energy.com

Nuclear Plant Collaborative Information Management System

Project lead: George Scott, Information Management Leader, Nuclear Plant Projects

Project description: GE developed an information management system to facilitate collaboration among engineers, suppliers, and customers, including customized engineering software, remote desktop and real-time work share functionality, and dedicated connectivity between six partner sites in three countries.

Industry: Energy Geokinetics www.geokinetics.com

IT Consolidation Initiative

Project lead: John Lewis, IS Director

Project description: Geokinetics integrated the IT operations of five independently managed entities with offices in six continents to be Sarbanes-Oxley compliant as part of an expansive acquisitions process that included archiving technology from Iron Mountain.

Industry: Resources German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources www.bgr.bund.de

Open Source Infrastructure

Project lead: Markus Dohmann, Geophysicist

Project description: The institute switched its entire infrastructure of its seismic activity monitoring operations to open source, adapting 100 programs to a new data-collecting and monitoring environment centered on Ingres.

Industry: Government GXS www.gxs.com

Datacenter Build-Out

Project lead: Gary Randolph, VP, Asset Management & Sourcing

Project description: GXS modernized its outdated datacenter operations, consolidating five legacy platforms onto one network and tapping energy-efficient blade frame servers with dual-continent fail-over capabilities.

Industry: Technology Healthways www.healthways.com

Self-Service e-Fulfillment Portal

Project lead: David Jarmoluk, Director of Enterprise Architecture

Project description: Healthways' C# development team built its IBM WebSphere-based self-service e-fulfillment portal using Mainsoft for WebSphere, ASP.Net 2.0, .Net Framework 2.0, and C# generics. The resultant portal integrates a custom .Net-based call center and document fulfillment functionality, Juniper load balancing, and more than 1TB of patient data.

Industry: Health care Hire a Hero www.hireahero.org

Services-Based Architecture

Project lead: Rob Barr, CEO

Project description: Hire A Hero integrated software from Salesforce.com, Your Membership.com, and XAware to create a services-based Web 2.0 platform for helping returning veterans find work in the United States.

Industry: Services HomeAway www.homeaway.com

Data Distribution Framework

Project lead: Ross Buhrdorf, CTO

Project description: To efficiently manage multiple Web sites and applications written in a variety of programming languages, HomeAway developed AtomServer, tapping Abdera from Apache and incorporating ideas from the Atom community. The data distribution framework has since been open-sourced under the Apache Software License.

Industry: Hospitality Indiana Office of Technology iot.in.gov

Desktop Modernization Project

Project lead: Gerry Weaver, CIO; Paul Baltzell, Director

Project description: The Indiana Office of Technology standardized, consolidated, and refreshed its IT desktop environment, upgrading the majority of the state's 25,000 PCs and implementing a statewide network security system to enable remote shutdown of machines exhibiting infected behaviors.

Industry: Government Indianapolis Motor Speedway www.indycar.com

Traveling Wireless Mesh Network

Project lead: Chuck Ferguson, Senior Director of IS and Telecom

Project description: Indianapolis Motor Speedway built a traveling mesh network based on BelAir Networks wireless technology to support multiple communications applications, including enterprise VoIP and data connectivity.

Industry: Entertainment Infosys Technologies www.infosys.com

Green IT Implementation

Project lead: Pritam Kumar Sinha, Senior Project Manager

Project description: Infosys initiated a sustainable IT overhaul based on server consolidation, storage consolidation, blade server rollouts, and virtualization.

Industry: Services InnerWorkings www.inwk.com

ERP and Analytics Initiative

Project lead: Jan Sevcik, Senior Vice President, Technology

Project description: The managed print and promotional solutions provider redeveloped its in-house production management app, tapping development tools such as Eclipse, Junit, Rake, Spring, Hibernate, and CruiseControl to serve the needs of 290 users at 21 locations.

Industry: Services Interactive Data Corp. www.interactivedata.com

Network Optimization

Project lead: David Brukman, VP of Technology, Interactive Data Real-Time Services

Project description: The financial market data delivery service overhauled its client site processing infrastructure to meet the growing demands for global market data, tapping 10 Gigabit Ethernet and Dell servers to optimize the efficiency of its market data feeds.

Industry: Financial services Inverness Medical Innovations www.invernessmedical.com

Human Resource Management Project

Project lead: Kristin Ferrara, HRIS Specialist

Project description: Having acquired several companies in the past year, Inverness sought to consolidate the disparate HR approaches and practices of more than 20 different companies into a single HRM platform, cleansing data across each company and integrating Workday HRM with several payroll, benefits, and candidate management apps.

Industry: Health care IPAC www.ipac.caltech.edu

HPC Storage Platform Project

Project lead: Eugean Hacopians, Senior Systems Engineer

Project description: IPAC has designed and is building out its multinode Exanode cluster for processing and extracting images of up to 30 million objects captured each evening as part of its Palomar Transient Factory project for identifying undiscovered objects in the night sky.

Industry: Aerospace iRobot www.irobot.com

On-Demand Customer Service Platform

Project lead: Maryellen Abreu, Director of Global Technical Support

Project description: iRobot, maker of the Roomba vacuum cleaning robot, brought its previously outsourced customer service program in-house, integrating the RightNow CRM suite with the company's order management, e-commerce, and registration systems and incorporating multimedia content to improve self-service instructions for less tech-savvy customers.

Industry: Retail JasperSoft www.jaspersoft.com

Community Collaboration Portal

Project lead: Brian Gentile, CEO

Project description: JasperSoft partnered with Essentia to develop an open source community collaboration platform to support the company's growing stable of BI developers and customers.

Industry: Retail Kansas Spine Hospital www.ksspine.com

Storage and Server Virtualization

Project lead: Mike Knocke, CIO

Project description: Kansas Spine modernized its IT infrastructure, consolidating server operations in a virtualized VMware environment, while increasing the performance of its storage architecture using the thin provisioning, tiered storage, and storage virtualization functionality of Compellent SANs.

Industry: Health care Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us

My Konica Minolta 2.0 Portal Initiative

Project lead: Nelson T. Lin, VP of IT and CIO

Project description: Konica Minolta Business Solutions integrated open source portal technology from Jetspeed with enterprise CMS and ERP applications to create a common employee/b-to-b platform that has aided in the development of customized apps for new business channels.

Industry: Technology Lehman Brothers www.lehman.com

Configuration Management and VoIP Migration

Project lead: Jisoo Lee, VP of Performance Management

Project description: Lehman merged Clarus Systems integrated voice service management software and dozens of Cisco VoIP apps as part of a systemwide VoIP infrastructure overhaul. [Ed: Jisoo Lee and team have since been acquired by Barclays Capital.]

Industry: Financial services MacadamianTechnologies www.macadamian.com

Project Management Initiative

Project lead: Sylvan St. Germain, Director of Process Improvement IT

Project description: To give its project managers an objective view of project health, and to increase knowledge sharing across its global workforce, Macadamian launched a project management implementation to interface with issue tracking, wiki, communications, source control, and time management apps.

Industry: Technology Malin www.malinusa.com

Field Service Optimization Initiative

Project lead: Justin Schmid, VP of Mobile and M2M

Project description: The electric forklift dealership integrated technology from Sierra Wireless, OnTerra Systems, Verizon, and Microsoft to create an automated vehicle locating and monitoring solution geared toward improved field service efficiency.

Industry: Technology Management Council - Ohio Education Computer Network www.mcoecn.org

Storage Backup and Virtualization Standardization

Project lead: Duane Baker, COO, Technology Solutions Group

Project description: The Ohio Education Computer Network standardized the backup, archive, and disaster recovery of 14 of its 23 IT centers using VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 and STORServer, protecting the data and continuity of IT operations of more than 400 Ohio school districts.

Industry: Education MasterCard Worldwide www.mastercard.com

Debit and Prepaid Platform for Financial Institutions

Project lead: George Spies, Group Executive, Global Debit Operations, MasterCard Global Technology and Operations

Project description: MasterCard brought previously outsourced debit capabilities in-house, integrating approximately 50 applications for debit and prepaid processing, ATM offerings, and a customer-facing interface into its Integrated Processing Solutions platform for providing a debit network and card issuer payment processing services to financial institutions.

Industry: Financial services Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) www.aei.mpg.de

Ethernet Compute Cluster

Project lead: Prof. Dr. Bruce Allen, Director

Project description: The Max Planck Institute built a 5,000-CPU Ethernet cluster, comprising 1,342 compute nodes, each with its own dedicated Ethernet connection to a Woven Ethernet switch. The Planck Institute's Atlas is the fastest Gigabit Ethernet cluster in the world, with a performance rating of 32.8 teraflops per second.

Industry: R&D Miami-Dade County Public School District www2.dadeschools.net

Power Management Initiative

Project lead: Tom Sims, Director of Network Services

Project description: Miami-Dade Schools implemented BigFix power management technology to maximize the energy efficiency of 80,000 computers across 370 sites in its school system. Working together with the facilities group, Miami-Dade Schools IT also coordinated computer and HVAC electricity conservation programs to reduce the use of air conditioning during computer shutdown cycles.

Industry: Education Midland Memorial Hospital www.midland-memorial.com

Open Source E-Health Record System

Project lead: David Whiles, Director of IS

Project description: Midland Memorial implemented the Medsphere-backed open source OpenVista e-health records platform, integrating more than 10 critical health applications on a fully open source technology stack, resulting in a near-paperless operation, as well as an 88 percent reduction in infection rates and a 59 percent reduction in medication errors.

[ Read the full Midland Memorial finalist profile | see Top 10 Finalists slideshow ]

Industry: Health care

Monsanto www.monsanto.com

Seed Chipping Technology

Project lead: Paul Skroch, Bioinformatics Scientist

Project description: Monsato developed extensive in-house software as part of its seed-chipping initiative to extract genetic information from plants prior to planting and thereby allow breeders to select seeds based on desired traits.

Industry: Agriculture Morgan Keegan www.morgankeegan.com

Ultra High-Resiliency Infrastructure

Project lead: John Threadgill, CIO

Project description: Using a combination of Microsoft clustering, Veritas storage, and MAN fibre-ring connectivity, Morgan Keegan constructed a stretch-cluster, high-speed MAN infrastructure for replicating data transactions between the brokerage's primary trading facility and its secondary datacenter to ensure resiliency and redundancy.

[ Read the full Morgan Keegan finalist profile | see Top 10 Finalists slideshow ]

Industry: Financial services

Moses Taylor Hospital www.mth.org

E-mail Migration

Project lead: Frank Fallo, Manager of Network Systems and Workflow Development

Project description: Moses Taylor Hospital migrated its Exchange-based messaging operations to Linux-based PostPath, expanding e-mail access to 1,200 employees and extending full e-mail and collaboration capabilities to mobile devices.

Industry: Health care Nationwide Insurance www.nationwide.com

Master Data Management Initiative

Project lead: David Vasquez, Associate Vice President, IT Applications

Project description: Nationwide launched a master data management project to integrate automotive data from several, disparate data sources into a centralized, hybrid data warehouse.

Industry: Insurance Nationwide Insurance www.nationwide.com

SOA and AJAX-Enabled Customer Service

Project lead: Richard L. Peterson Jr., AVP, IT Applications

Project description: Nationwide overhauled its call center operations with project ZOOM, a Jacada WorkSpace-based desktop initiative that serves 26 business systems to representatives' desktops, integrating them with the company's comprehensive SOA infrastructure.

Industry: Insurance The New England School of Law www.nesl.edu

Datacenter Virtualization Initiative

Project lead: Nathan Reisdorff, Director of IT

Project description: The New England School of Law upgraded its infrastructure to take advantage of virtualization technologies and transition its two datacenters from a DAS to a SAN environment, achieving high availability and a reduced carbon footprint.

Industry: Education New Jersey Transit www.njtransit.com

On-Demand Customer Service Platform

Project lead: Dennis Martin, Senior Director of Customer Service

Project description: New Jersey Transit tapped Force.com to customize its Salesforce-based customer service platform, building several custom applications, including field-investigation tools for undercover agents and a correspondence management system for customer complaints.

Industry: Transportation OhioHealth www.ohiohealth.com

Server Consolidatation and Virtualization

Project lead: Michael Krouse, CIO

Project description: OhioHealth achieved a 20:1 server consolidation ratio and a more robust disaster recovery plan by migrating more than 100 custom applications to a VMware-based virtualized server environment.

Industry: Health care Oklahoma City IT Services www.okc.gov

Public Safety Wi-Fi Initiative

Project lead: Mark Meier, Director

Project description: Oklahoma City IT built out an extensive Wi-Fi mesh network using technology from Tropos, Accela, Motorola, and NetMotion and integrated CAD, reporting, records management, GPS tracking, Web-based crime databases, mapping systems, video monitoring, and the vast majority of the city's IT apps into the network.

Industry: Government Orient Overseas Container Line www.oocl.com

Lifecycle Management Visibility Initiative

Project lead: Matthew Rosen, Director of Application Development

Project description: OOCL improved visibility into its IRIS-2 lifecycle management system, integrating application performance management software from SL Corp. with a wide array of legacy systems, including Oracle's OC4J, Tibco EMS, Hawk, and BusinessWorks.

Industry: Transportation Parkview Adventist Medical Center www.parkviewamc.org

SSO and Biometrics Initiative

Project lead: Bill McQuaid, AVP/CIO

Project description: Parkview Adventist implemented SSO and finger biometrics into its unified health care information system, integrating Imprivata SSO technology and UPEK biometrics into the medical center's Meditech-based information system.

Industry: Health care Pitney Bowes Canada www.pitneybowes.ca

Real-Time Mobile Field Service

Project lead: Jacques L'Africain, Vice President, Customer Service

Project description: Pitney Bowes Canada overhauled its field service infrastructure, tapping communication technology from Antenna Software, while transitioning its legacy CRM system to Siebel and shifting its field workers from Windows Mobile to BlackBerry devices, to construct a real-time mobile field service platform with hooks into the company's existing field service mainframe.

Industry: Technology Polycom www.polycom.com

Global Network for Unified Communications

Project lead: Glenn Noga, CIO

Project description: Polycom's comprehensive transformation of its network infrastructure began with a bottom-up design of the company's global WAN and LAN environments, with an emphasis on reducing the latency, jitter, and packet loss of high-definition video, VoIP, and business app traffic, spanning 500 network devices and 5,000 end-user devices at more than 40 locations.

Industry: Technology Propel www.propelfuels.com

Real-Time Vehicle Emissions Tracking Platform

Project lead: Rob Elam, CEO

Project description: To help customers of its alternative fueling stations, Propel developed the CleanDrive carbon emission tracking platform, tapping several open source technologies. The system networks Propel's clean-fuel locations, links fuel purchases to customer records, and presents users with calculated emissions reductions based on their fuel blend preferences.

Industry: Retail Qualcomm www.qualcomm.com

Windows Server Virtualization

Project lead: Brian Baker, VP IT Infrastructure; Matthew Clark, Director of IT; Paul Poppleton, Senior Staff Engineer

Project description: Qualcomm virtualized 75 percent of its Windows application server environment tapping VMware ESX, Virtual Center, and VMotion; Platespin Power Convert for P2V (physical-to-virtual) migration; and Virtugo Optimize for greater guest VM density. Among the servers virtualized were Active Directory, IIS, and SMS, affecting nearly all employees and reaping more than $25 million in datacenter costs.

[ Read the full Qualcomm finalist profile | see Top 10 Finalists slideshow ]

Industry: Technology

Raytheon www.raytheon.com

Video Communications Initiative

Project lead: Mark Tarleton, Manager, Webcast Operations, IIS Information Systems

Project description: Raytheon tapped CDN and IP multicasting technologies to develop a global video Webcast network in partnership with Qumu.

Industry: Services Red Bull Technology www.redbullracing.com

HPC for Formula 1 Racing

Project lead: Steve Little, Business Development Manager

Project description: Red Bull and HPC specialist Platform Computing collaborated to construct and implement a high-performance computing environment geared toward accelerating Red Bull's CAD and engineering processes for testing and designing Formula 1 racing cars. The system identifies IT resources across the company to pool processing resources, tapping servers, mainframes, and individual desktops.

Industry: Technology Redlands Community Hospital www.redlandshospital.org

Virtual Desktop Management Initiative

Project lead: Richard Gagnon, Director of IS

Project description: Redlands Community Hospital collaborated with VDIworks to launch a virtual desktop management initiative at its Surgery and Maternal Child Services building, tapping VMware ESX, ClearCube I-ports and blades, and Sentral virtual desktop management technology.

Industry: Health care Ross Stores www.rossstores.com

Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Project

Project lead: Gerard Darby, Director, Enterprise Business Intelligence

Project description: Ross Stores revamped its legacy data warehouse and reporting system to provide employees real-time business intelligence by integrating data warehouse technology from Netezza and MicroStrategy's BI platform into the company's existing network infrastructure.

Industry: Retail Schneider Electric www.schneider-electric.com

Network Performance Enhancement

Project lead: Mike Czirr, Senior IT Manager

Project description: Schneider Electric increased the efficiency of its network infrastructure using triage tools from Compuware to uncover network performance issues.

Industry: Manufacturing Scientific Division of Thomson Reuters scientific.thomson.com

IP Research and Analysis

Project lead: Eftim Pop-Lazarov, VP of Technology

Project description: Thomson Reuters developed Thomson Innovation, an intellectual property research and analysis tool that required Thomson Reuters to develop a new information architecture, search functionality, and RIA interface, then integrate the resultant system with data, identity, e-commerce, and order fulfillment infrastructures.

Industry: R&D Singapore Health, National Health Center www.nhc.com.sg

Mobile ePaper Project

Project lead: Dr. Terrance Chua, Deputy Medical Director, Senior Consultant

Project description: Singapore Health's mobile e-paper initiative brought together Tablet PCs, campuswide WLAN infrastructure, Bluetooth bar-code readers, RFID and biometric security, and SSO to create a secure, mobile, paperless information transmission and retrieval system for the National Health Center.

Industry: Health care Smead Manufacturing www.smead.com

Virtualized IT Infrastructure

Project lead: Joseph Vossen, VP of IS

Project description: Smead Manufacturing consolidated its 20-app datacenter operations from 120 servers to less than 10, tapping virtualization technology from Microsoft, EMC storage solutions, and Unisys servers.

Industry: Manufacturing St. Jude Medical www.sjm.com

Storage Consolidation Initiative

Project lead: Tom Becchetti, Senior Storage and Unix Engineer

Project description: St. Jude modernized and consolidated its storage operations into an open source storage architecture, partnering with Laurus Technologies to protect and manage the data and virtualization of 325 servers using technology from Sun Microsystems, IBM, Symantec, and Red Hat.

Industry: Health care Swiss Railway www.scs.ch

Delphi/C++ Application Integration

Project lead: Martin Frey, Project Manager

Project description: Swiss Railway integrated its Delphi-based rail weight distribution application with C++-based user terminal software from Supercomputing Systems via technology from CodeMesh.

Industry: Transportation Tata Consultancy Services www.tcs.com

Global Online Collaboration Platform

Project lead: Alok Kumar, VP and CIO

Project description: Tata Consultancy developed its Idea Storm portal-based platform to enable employees across the globe to collaborate on business challenges using a dynamically scalable infrastructure that included presence, collaboration, and knowledge management technologies.

Industry: Services Tele2 Netherlands www.tele2.nl

Next-Generation IP Network

Project lead: Anton Verheijen, Manager Media Solutions

Project description: Tele2 launched a next-generation IP network for delivering voice, fast Internet, and interactive TV over IP, tapping technology from ToughStream to improve the network's quality of service.

Industry: Service provider Tidewater Marine www.tdw.com

Disaster Recovery Initiative

Project lead: John Chaffe, Director of IT

Project description: Having faced a natural disaster well beyond its original worst-case scenario assumptions in the form of Hurricane Katrina, Tidewater initiated a more comprehensive disaster recovery and business continuity plan, tapping Fibre Channel, iSCSI, and Compellent SAN technology at the maritime support service's New Orleans headquarters and a second site in Dallas.

Industry: Resources TLC Companies www.tlccompanies.com

Payroll Operations Automation

Project lead: Leslie Schuhbauer, Architect/Development Manager

Project description: TLC transformed its traditional, paper-based payroll operations into an automated, paperless system that integrates eight applications and provides for full offsite disaster recovery. Eliminating manual processing enabled the SMB payroll service provider to increase its client roster without increasing the cost of its operations.

Industry: Services Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association www.tristategt.org

NAC Implementation

Project lead: Dave Buffo, IT Senior Security Administrator

Project description: Tri-State increased the security of its power-generation plants' network infrastructure, integrating network access control technology from Mirage into its layered defense architecture while ensuring ongoing compliance with NERC and FERC guidelines.

Industry: Utilities U.S. Army call.army.mil

Lessons Learned Integration: Information Management Architecture

Project lead: Steven Mains, Colonel

Project description: The Center for Army Lessons Learned re-architected its pull-based information sharing strategy to a full-fledged push-based L2I (lessons learned integration) network, replacing its previous e-mail- and forum-dependent knowledge management system with an architecture integrated across 72 organizations. The L2I program has disseminated more than 265,000 products, briefed more than 54,000 soldiers and leaders, and has transferred more than 24,000 lessons from military and civilian analysts to forces both in combat and stationed in the United States.

Industry: Government U.S. Postal Service www.usps.com

Personalized Stamped Envelopes Initiative

Project lead: Thomas Stewart, Program Manager, IT

Project description: To provide consumers with more choices for personalized stamped envelopes, the U.S. Postal Service re-engineered its PSE initiative to connect with a state-of-the-art printing facility, tapping EDI for order intake and data transmission, as well as a customized Web-based order fulfillment app.

Industry: Government UKFast www.ukfast.co.uk

Automatic Server Deployment System

Project lead: Lawrence Jones, Managing Director

Project description: UKFast developed its in-house automated server deployment system using open source technologies, integrating the company's sales and technical databases to enable online server requests to be fulfilled automatically based on client requirements.

Industry: Service provider Unisys www.unisys.com

Information Sharing Initiative

Project lead: Dr. Suzanne Taylor, Portfolio Director

Project description: Unisys tapped Microsoft Office SharePoint Server to develop its Portfolio Center platform, integrating the company's engagement knowledge database and its 3-D blueprint repository, plus additional sales and delivery assets, to disseminate up-to-date information and expertise to field staff.

Industry: Services Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University www.vt.edu

Automated Procurement and Business System

Project lead: Tom Kaloupek, Director of Materials Management

Project description: Virginia Tech built out an automated procurement system based on SciQuest's on-demand platform, integrating "HokieMart" with the university's financial systems, SunGard ERP system, and other internal supply-chain systems to manage more than $280 million in transactions per year.

Industry: Education Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida www.cba.ufl.edu

Virtualized Datacenter for Distance Learning

Project lead: Eric Olson, Assistant Director of the Dudziak-McClintoc Business Technology Center

Project description: Warrington modernized its IT infrastructure, consolidating 30 stand-alone distance-learning apps onto three VMware servers and shifting its one-to-one direct-attached storage environment to a virtualized Compellent SAN architecture.

Industry: Education Wells Fargo & Co. www.wellsfargo.com

ATM Platform

Project lead: Jimmy Wang, Technology Manager, WebATM Development, VP

Project description: Wells Fargo developed a next-generation ATM platform tapping state-of-the-art development technologies and integrating resultant dynamic UI with the company's mainframe systems to deliver customized services based on transaction history and customer preferences.

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Industry: Financial services

Willis www.willis.com

Network Performance Optimization

Project lead: Eoghan Doyle, Director of Infrastructure and Operations

Project description: Willis optimized its infrastructure to improve data sharing among global teams by increasing its network performance using Riverbed technology and consolidating applications at two primary datacenter in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Industry: Services Zappos.com www.zappos.com

Fulfillment Initiative

Project lead: Brent Cromley, Director of Development

Project description: Zappos partnered with Kiva Systems, integrating Kiva mobile fulfillment technology into Zappos' existing warehouse management system and deploying a number of autonomous mobile robots at Zappos' distribution center to increase the efficiency of its fulfillment operations.

Industry: Retail

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