Today’s pace of change is exhilarating. Innovative uses of technology across and beyond the organization which result in high impact and value creation are the basis for competitive advantage. DM Review created this Innovative Solution Award to recognize solutions that are groundbreaking and provide quantifiable business value. DM Review is proud to recognize the innovation and inventiveness on the part of the forward-looking companies honored today. Congratulations to all the winners. View the entry submissions in their entirety below.

Thanks to the Judges

The winning solutions were selected from 89 submissions in nine categories. The panel of judges rated each implementation in the areas of demonstrated innovation, solving the business pain, ROI and sustainability. We thank all who participated as judges for their time, thoughtful reflection and careful decision-making. The panel included:
Sid Adelman, Adelman & Associates
John Colbert, BPM Partners
Guy Creese, Burton Group
Jim Ericson, BI Review
David Hatch, Aberdeen Group
Mike Jennings, EWSolutions
Chuck Kelley, Independent consultant
William Laurent, Independent consultant
Clive Longbottom, Quocirca
William McKnight, Conversion Services International
Steve Miller, OpenBI
Joyce Norris-Montanari, DBTech Solutions
Mary Jo Nott, DM Review
Tony Politano, Independent consultant
David Raab, ClientXClient
Alan Schlukbier, Schlukbier Consulting
Rick Sherman, Athena Solutions
“The dedication and inventiveness of end-user companies is the real driver of change in the software and services industry, and we are pleased to honor their achievements. Congratulations to the winners and to many others who also presented strong cases for their work.” Jim Ericson, DM Review Editorial Director

2007 Award Winners

Business Intelligence

Catalina Marketing with Netezza Corporation
Innovative: The combination of improved technology around a data warehouse appliance designed for increased data access and innovative use of customer incentive programs based on new data insights makes this very innovative.
Measurable ROI: Data footprint reduced by 80 terabytes. Florida Rock Industries with Noetix Corporation
Innovative: The concrete business is not known to be at the cutting-edge of BI applications, so extending dashboards out to the external customer is very innovative within this industry.
Measurable ROI: Significant savings resulted from moving customer service online.

Business Process Management

Geisinger Health System with TIBCO Software, Inc.
Innovative: Transformative business change was brought on by an innovative and comprehensive application of technology.
Business benefit: Geisinger’s complex processes were 100 percent customized to meet their unique challenges.

Corporate Performance Management

Restaurant Technologies Inc. (RTI) with PROPHIX Software Inc.
The system enabled decisions for headcount investment to improve company performance and evaluate distribution cost efficiencies.
Business value: Dramatic improvements in accuracy of forecasting and alignment of their performance management application to the intricacies of the business.

Data Integration

RLPTechnologies with DataFlux Corporation
The degree of automation for data quality and the sheer scale of the project are very impressive.
Sustainability: Originality in applying lean manufacturing principles to the discipline of data management. ...The new solution will revolutionize how vehicles are bought and sold, with significant improvements in the customer experience.

Data Management

Nationwide Insurance with Teradata Corporation
Nationwide integrated their master data management with metrics.
Business value: Improved enterprise data management processes and procedures through data governance.

Data Warehousing

Frontier Airlines with Greenplum
Predictive analytics help Frontier maintain a profitable yield management system based on large data volume number crunching on a BI appliance.
Qualitative benefits: Enhances Frontier’s reputation as an innovator and a progressive industry leader.

Enterprise Application Integration

Magma Design Automation with Cast Iron Systems
Innovative: The programmers thought outside the box about complex programming and got a new “box.”
Sustainability: The emphasis is on analysis and not complex coding. Getting more innovative and simplifying provides real business value.

Enterprise Content Management

Condé Nast with Varonis
Innovation: Sophisticated technology works by watching user behavior. This ECM capability is key for a media company and will move into other organizations over time.
Business benefit: Highly granular security, providing security of centralized access and identification of improper use rapidly. Rapid time to capability.

Web Analytics

Procter & Gamble with SEMDirector
Innovation: This organic insight is new to the industry and provides good benefits.
ROI: Major effort reduction, superior competitive analysis.


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