The top 100 IT projects of 2009

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Unified Collaboration Initiative

Project lead: Frank B. Modruson, CIO

Project description: Accenture developed Accenture Client Exchange, a communications and collaboration platform that provides employees and clients presence, secure IM, voice and videoconferencing, virtual desktop sharing, and network-enabled phone functionality based on technology from Microsoft and Cisco.

Industry: Services Activision Blizzard

WAN-Optimized Development Initiative

Project lead: Thomas Fenady, Senior Director of IT

Project description: Activision Blizzard increased the efficiency of its worldwide development efforts by revamping its network and moving away from MPLS (multiprotocol label switching) and DS3s (Digital Signal 3) in favor of WAN optimization technology from Riverbed.

Industry: Entertainment ADP

Client Service Initiative

Project lead: Jeff Mullins, Vice President, Field Automation Engineering

Project description: ADP developed Workspace Manager, a unified customer service agent desktop built on Microsoft .Net and integrating Web, Java, Win32, mainframe, and legacy applications within a single user interface, while supporting the development of new composite application interfaces and eliminating the need for client service agents to individually log into 17 Citrix Presentation Server infrastructures.

Industry: Services ADP Dealer Services

Mobile Field Service Initiative

Project lead: Doug Karlson, Vice President and General Manager, Field Services Engineering

Project description: ADP Dealer Services launched a mobile field service initiative centered around technology from Antenna Software to provide its field engineers access to legacy data and the company’s Clarify CRM app.

Industry: Services Advance Auto Parts

Energy Management Initiative

Project lead: James Curry, Energy and Systems Manager

Project description: Advance Auto Parts launched an energy management initiative, integrating technology from Teletrol Systems into its IT infrastructure at more than 500 of its 3,300 auto parts stores, reducing its per-store energy consumption by as much as 30 percent.

Industry: Retail Aflac

Distributed Call Center Support Initiative

Project lead: Dominic Cols, Senior Project Manager

Project description: Aflac developed a .Net-based rich-client call center application, integrating the IVR-initiated system to several information systems via an SOA.

Industry: Insurance Alvarado Independent School District

Disaster Recovery Consortium

Project lead: Kyle Berger, Executive Director of Technology Services

Project description: Alvarado overhauled its educational network, installing LCD projects and Smart Board technology in classrooms, equipping students with hosted electronic portfolios, and establishing a Compellent SAN-based disaster-recovery consortium for allocating backup space to both Alvarado and neighboring school districts.

Industry: Education AmerisourceBergen Specialty Group

Rapid Call Center Integration

Project lead: Greg Glaser, Program Manager for CRM solutions

Project description: AmerisourceBergen Specialty Group overhauled its call center operations, replacing six legacy systems in eight business units with a new platform based on technology from Salesforce and Cast Iron.

Industry: Pharmaceuticals Apptix

Unified Hosted Services Delivery Platform

Project lead: John Kersse, CTO

Project description: Apptix consolidated numerous service delivery platforms accumulated via acquisitions into a unified provisioning, billing, and management platform for all its hosted services.

Industry: Service provider Arrow Electronics

ERP Initiative

Project lead: Ash Brooks, Vice President of IT, Enterprise Computing Solutions

Project description: Arrow launched an Oracle-based ERP initiative within its Enterprise Computing Solutions business unit, implementing 34 modules, including functionality for CRM, lead management, finance, order processing, and SCM, integrating the SOA platform with several internal warehouse management and export compliance systems, as well as external partner interfaces via EDI and RosettaNet.

Industry: Retail

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