Winners of the second annual "Wilshire Award" recognizing best practices in meta data management were honored at an awards ceremony at the Wilshire Meta- Data Conference and DAMA Symposium, in Orlando, Florida, on April 30, 2003. Ron Powell, of DM Review magazine and co-sponsor of the award, presented the awards to seven companies in an awards ceremony.

The second annual Wilshire awards for Meta Data Best Practices were given to corporate data organizations to recognize excellence in meta data management – business value, innovation and excellence in design and/or implementation of meta data as a critical component in data management success.

The primary award – the Outstanding Enterprise Meta Data Implementation – was given to BellSouth Corporation, of Atlanta, Georgia. Allstate Insurance Company of Northbrook, Illinois received the top award for Outstanding Data Warehouse Meta Data Implementation. Additional awards for Highly Commended Meta Data Implementation were given to United Parcel Service and Abbey National plc.

Recognition was also given to additional award finalists from Fleet Bank, HQ Air Mobility Command, Thomson Learning and Workers Compensation Board of Alberta.

The panel of judges included: Ron Powell, Publisher of DM Review; Robert S. Seiner, Founder, KIK Consulting, Publisher, The Data Administration Newsletter (; David Hay, President of Essential Strategies; Terry Moriarty, President of Inastrol; Sid Adelman, Principal Sid Adelman & Associates; Mike Jennings, HRe Technology, Data Warehousing and Architecture Hewitt Associates; Karen Lopez, President of InfoAdvisors; Todd Moore, Project Manager – Metadata Management, RBC Financial Group; Patrick O'Brien, Partner at Orbtech; and Tony Shaw, Chairman Wilshire Conferences.

In commending the award winners, Ron Powell, said "The winners of the Meta Data Best Practices Award have demonstrated they understand the true business leverage gained from effective meta data management. They've also shown they are capable of realizing that leverage through innovation, management commitment and, of course, hard work."

Acknowledging the award, R. Todd Stephens, BellSouth's Director of Metadata Services Group, reiterated the importance of the meta data strategy at his organization: "BellSouth is delighted to have won this year's Enterprise Meta Data award. Over the past three years, we have dedicated ourselves to building a repository collection that delivers true business value to the enterprise. Meta data is an imperative to building an enterprise environment and I can't see any organization being successful without a solid meta data strategy. This award is really a reflection of the dedication, commitment and never-ending focus of the individuals that make up BellSouth's Metadata Services Group."

Chairman of the judging panel, Tony Shaw of Wilshire Conferences, remarked on the closeness of the judging: "The quality and quantity of nominations was remarkable this year, resulting in very tough competition. The judging was very close. I think it's evident that management of corporate meta data is an increasingly important priority for organizations in all sectors, and this was reflected in the high quality of the submissions we received."

What was it that set the winners apart? According to Shaw, the leading companies demonstrated substantial ROI and proved the biggest meta data impact across enterprise IT assets. Among the judges, Robert Seiner, said "BellSouth's meta data program is among the best organized I have seen. It has a strong management team and is producing well-defined benefits." Karen Lopez, said "the senior management support and commitment at BellSouth is evident. The meta data ROI is clearly enabled by that commitment."

The judges selected Allstate Insurance to receive the Outstanding Data Warehouse Meta Data Implementation award on the strength of its homegrown codes management solution. Award judge Sid Adelman complimented many aspects of Allstate's meta data program, including "good reuse, the stewardship is well done, and they have employed an interesting use of meta data to communicate requirements to outside data vendors." Linda Hall, Systems Director, Enterprise Data Services at Allstate said: "We are extremely gratified to have won the Wilshire award this year. This is great validation of the effort Allstate has put into the development and implementation of warehouse meta data to enable our business initiatives."

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