National Geographic Uses SAS

The National Geographic Society has seen a ROI of 200 to 300 percent, with the best-performing customer segments realizing 50 percent overall campaign performance improvement using SAS Analytics, according to a company release. 
“We handle marketing analysis for our direct-response divisions – magazines, books, videos, catalog, e-mail and travel,” said David Harkness, National Geographic’s marketing analysis manager. “It all converges in the marketing database. By gathering transactional data we get a single view of what, where and how often a customer is interacting with us. Predictive analytics from SAS help us better understand our customers and determine which products and offers are the most relevant. Not only are we forecasting with greater accuracy which customers are highly interested in our products and services, we can simultaneously better identify underperforming customer segments with SAS.” 

Leading Online Poker Game Developer Uses Infobright 

bwin Games AB, a leader in the development of digital poker products, deployed Infobright Enterprise Edition to manage the increasing volume of data generated by its online poker business. 
IEE is enabling bwin Games to store and quickly mine terabytes of data, without putting a heavy burden on the company's hardware or administrative resources. 
“IEE's compression capabilities are enabling us to store far more information than we could before, and we can run intensive queries in minutes instead of days – all with minimal set-up and administration needed," said Carl Klingberg, managing director of bwin Games AB. "We honestly didn't think this level of performance was possible, especially at such a reasonable price point. Infobright has delivered beyond our expectations.”

NASDAQ Dubai Exchange Selects SunGard

SunGard extended the capabilities of its GMI system to facilitate processing of equity derivatives traded on NASDAQ Dubai, the Middle East’s international stock exchange.  
GMI is a clearing and accounting solution for exchange traded derivatives, futures and options.
Jeff Singer, chief executive of NASDAQ Dubai, said, “SunGard’s GMI offers an efficient, fast and cost-effective processing service for our international and regional members. GMI’s support will help encourage further growth in our derivatives market, which has expanded substantially since it launched in November 2008.” 

GlaxoSmithKline Uses Informance for Manufacturing Performance BI

GlaxoSmithKline plc, one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and health care companies, fully deployed Informance solutions and advisory services in their Clifton, New Jersey and Aiken, South Carolina manufacturing facilities. 
Under the agreement, GlaxoSmithKline names Informance as a preferred solution to assess improvement opportunities, align plant tactics with corporate strategies, and exercise the most efficient use of the information to sustain the effects of operational excellence activities.

Gander Mountain Selects Oracle 

Gander Mountain Company, the nation's largest retail network of stores for hunting, fishing, camping, marine and outdoor lifestyle products and services, selected Oracle Retail stores applications to help improve customer service and optimize store performance.
The retailer plans to implement Oracle Retail Point-of-Service, Oracle Retail Back Office and Oracle Retail Central Office as part of its strategy to create business value by streamlining and improving retail operations while also establishing a flexible, scalable foundation for growth.
"Oracle is a valued partner and we are pleased to build on our strategic relationship with them,” said Pitou Keo, Senior Director of Information Services, Gander Mountain. “We expect to achieve a number of significant, short-term benefits from our investment in the Oracle Retail solutions while also establishing a strong foundation to support our long-term growth.” 

Wet Seal Selects SAS

Wet Seal Inc., a leading specialty retailer of contemporary apparel, selected SAS Size Profiling to more effectively distribute clothing sizes in its individual stores. 
“Using SAS Size Profiling means our customers will find the fashion they want in their preferred sizes through most of the main selling season,” said Wet Seal CIO Jon Kubo. “We expect this will minimize markdowns and lost sales as the use of accurate, store-specific size profiles for each style will minimize situations where we order too many or too few of any specific size. We anticipate this will enhance our customer service and boost our margins.  Automating this aspect of our ordering and buying processes with the very sophisticated size-related analytics in SAS Size Profiling helps ensure no opportunity is lost.” 

EFG Financial Products AG Selects Appian BPM

Swiss securities dealer EFG Financial Products AG, part of the EFG Group, the third largest banking group in Switzerland (based on BIS Capital Ratio), selected Appian Enterprise as its process improvement technology platform. 
EFG Financial Products AG will initially deploy Appian to automate, manage and improve various workflow processes within the company.
“A focus on process automation and improvement is essential to our mission of providing the highest quality products and services to meet the demanding needs of the market and our customers’ requirements,” said Alex Rüegg, Managing Director, Head of IT at EFG Financial Products AG. “Appian delivered a completely integrated solution for process visibility, document and content management and comprehensive reporting, with an entirely Web-based architecture to enable rapid deployment and broad user adoption which is critical to our business operating model.”

Nordstrom Selects Oracle 

Nordstrom, Inc., a fashion specialty retailer, selected Oracle Retail Size Profile Optimization to help maximize assortment productivity and ensure a better alignment of the right merchandise in the right sizes to meet customer demand and improve customer service. 
“We have always viewed our technology efforts as customer service initiatives to improve our merchandise offering and the way we serve customers,” said Jan Walsh, vice president and business information officer for Nordstrom. “We believe the Oracle Retail Size Profile Optimization application will help us improve how we assort merchandise for our customers, helping to ensure we have the right merchandise at the right time for customers. Our partnership with Oracle continues to drive measurable results to our business.”

FAA Selects Progress FUSE 

The Federal Aviation Administration selected Progress FUSE products to provide the open source integration underpinnings for their System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Program. 
The selection of FUSE open source products allows the SWIM program to interoperate with many other existing vendor technologies already in use by the FAA.  The SWIM Segment 1 program comprises seven SWIM Implementing Programs that manage weather and flight data, as well as aeronautical and National Airspace System status information, and provides it to NAS users in a clear format. The FUSE technologies will play the role of middleware mediator in the FAA’s existing infrastructure.

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