Mobile Productivity Enablement for Field Teams
Project Lead: Bob Pischke, Vice President
Project Description: Avnet launched a mobile initiative to provide field employees with direct access to corporate data in an effort to improve customer service. Integrating data from 20 systems, including mainframe apps such as ERP and CRM, as well as the company's security architecture, Avnet created a Java-based gateway app, tapping Vignette as a portal and Windows Mobile for its mobile devices. Secure access connects field staff to business process via a J2EE mobility server, which translates Raw XML from back-end systems into HTML, XML, or JSON as necessary.
Bank of America www.bankofamerica.com
Pioneer Trading System
Project Lead: Nathan Zhang, Managing Director of Electronic Trading Technologies
Project Description: The bank developed the Pioneer Trading System to provide a high-speed real-time trading platform across its financial trading units. Tapped by more than 200 business users across the globe, the Java-based system has increased the trading volume of the bank's busiest desks by a factor of 10. [ Readthe full Bank of America finalist profile | See Top 10 Finalists slideshow ]
Industry: Financial Services
BAT Belgium www.bat.com
Global Information Management
Project Lead: Koen Dehaen, Business Systems Manager
Project Description: Using software from Business Objects and Kalido, British American Tobacco Belgium created a unified BI platform in the wake of its 2005 merger with STC. Although previously sister companies, the two tobacco manufacturers used multiple custom-built data warehouses to monitor sales performance, pulling in data from differing sources to fuel significantly different SAP instances. The combined BI platform replaces the separate data warehouses with a single Kalido-based data warehouse, providing business executives with consistent, consolidated, up-to-date sales performance and market share data.
BNSF Railway www.bnsf.com
Web-Based, Standardized Transportation Support System
Project Lead: Bonnie Henn-Pritchard, Assistant Vice President Technology Services
Project Description: Seeking to enhance its ability to track more than 6,000 locomotives, 220,000 freight cars, and 40,000 people across more than 50,000 miles of track, BNSF revamped its Transportation Support System, transforming the "green screen," text-command legacy app into the Web-based, user-friendly TSS Xpress. The new tracking system reduces more than 3,400 commands to fewer than 100 transportation-focused menu items and offers data filtering, sorting, and exporting tools.