The top 100 IT projects of 2009

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O2 Litmus
SOA Initiative
Project lead: James Parton, Head of O2 Litmus
Project description: O2 Litmus unified its communications network around a software-based delivery platform that embraces WOA and SOA principles blended with native protocols.
Industry: Communications infrastructure overhaul

Organic Valley Family of Farms
Storage Consolidation Initiative
Project lead: Curt Parr, Technical Services Manager
Project description: Organic Valley Family of Farms, in partnership with Mocha Data and VMPowered, launched a storage efficiency initiative centered on NetApp technology in service of its VMware-based server environment.
Industry: Agriculture

Peerless Foods
Open Source Business Intelligence System
Project lead: Adrian Hamilton, CIO
Project description: Peerless Foods developed an ERP system based on open source software from Ingres and Jaspersoft, automating end-to-end business processes, including forecasting, ordering, production, packaging, and distribution.
Industry: Retail

Pegasus Solutions
Customer Reservation Initiative
Project lead: Peter Ehlke, Principal Systems Engineer, Architecture Team
Project description: Pegasus built RezView, a central reservation system based on Oracle RAC, Splunk, and OpenSolaris, migrating more than 8,000 hotels to the system.
Industry: Services

ProcureStaff Technologies
Human Capital Business Intelligence Data Warehouse
Project lead: Allen Rittscher, President and CTO
Project description: ProcureStaff launched a business intelligence and data warehouse initiative geared toward aggregating and cleansing human capital management data for BI analysis, tapping SQL Server, ETL packages based on SQL DTS, and various reporting, OLAP, and analytics technologies.
Industry: Services

Purdue University
Multi-Campus Supercomputing Initiative
Project lead: John P. Campbell, Associate Vice President of IT
Project description: Purdue built DiaGrid to pool unused compute cycles across several campuses using the open source Condor distributed computing system developed by the University of Wisconsin and Cycle Computing CycleServer compute management functionality, pushing the total capacity of its supercomputing system to 177 teraflops.
Industry: Education

Qwest Communications
Web Portal
Project lead: Rick Wertheimer, Program Manager; Betsy Keyes, Director of eMarketing
Project description: Qwest, in partnership with EffectiveUI, consolidated 12 portals pulling data from more than 100 legacy systems into a unified online hub for large business customers
Industry: Service provider

RCN Metro
Order Management System Initiative
Project lead: Christopher Lowe, Senior Director of IS/IT
Project description: RCN Metro built a .Net-based order management system that leverages Oracle 11g on the back end and integrates into legacy NOC, trouble-ticketing, alarm-monitoring, material requisition, and billing systems.
Industry: Service provider

Reliance Communications
Web 2.0/SSO-Enabled Collaborative Platform
Project lead: Dr. Sumit Chowdhury, CIO
Project description: Reliance Communications developed a Web 2.0-based collaborative platform, unifying multiple, department-focused information architectures through use of SAP ERP, WebSphere, Intel servers, F5 load balancers, LDAP servers, single sign-on, and iGoogle as a design framework.
Industry: Service provider

Reliance General Insurance
Mobile Claims Management Initiative
Project lead: Sriram Naganathan, Chief Technology and Operations Officer
Project description: Reliance General developed a .Net-based claims management system around an SOA framework and extended this CMS in partnership with Vieva Intech to field agents via Web and SMS technologies.
Industry: Insurance

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