Wilshire Conferences, Inc. announced the winner of its third annual Wilshire Award for Meta Data Best Practices at the annual Wilshire Meta-Data Conference and DAMA International Symposium held recently in Los Angeles. The award for Outstanding Enterprise Meta Data Implementation - was given to Intel Corporation, of Folsom, California.

Additional finalists were CheckFree, Bank of Montreal, First Data Corporation and US Transcom. The submissions from the winner and finalists, along with the comments from the judges, can be viewed at www.wilshireconferences.com.

Chairman of the judging panel, Robert S. Seiner, publisher of TDAN.com and President & Principal of KIK Consulting & Educational Services, said "Intel Corporation was selected from a pool of accomplished entries because of the evolution of their solution and their demonstrated commitment to data and meta data quality." Seiner added "The judging was very close, but on balance the judges felt that Intel had best proven its long-term success in terms of the measurable ROI of their meta data program."

"Intel is excited to have won the 2004 Wilshire Award for Best Practices in Meta Data Management," acknowledged Gregg Wyant, Intel's Chief Data Architect and manager of the Enterprise Data Architecture team, in accepting the award. "This award recognizes the hard work and dedication of our Meta Data Services team in delivering a robust solution that enables our data quality and reuse initiatives. Meta data management, in conjunction with governance and measured business value results, is THE key enabler to achieve maintainable data quality. With the implementation of our second generation Enterprise Metadata Repository (EMR) and the processes that guarantee ongoing metadata quality, we have further enabled the foundation for managing data as an asset and enterprise architecture at Intel."

What does it take to win the Meta Data Best Practices Award? According to Tony Shaw, chairman of Wilshire Conferences, "the companies which did the best in the judging had a combination of a) long-term demonstrable success, b) proven ROI (with specific financial metrics to back up their claims) and c) continual improvement and expansion of the role of metadata in other IT programs, such as application development, quality initiatives, business intelligence, and/or governance/compliance.

Presentation of the Wilshire Award took place on at the Wilshire Meta-Data Conference & DAMA Symposium, in Los Angeles, California. John Ladley, president of KI Solutions, and a member of the judges panel, made the presentation.

The Wilshire Award is an annual award to a nominated organization which, in the opinion of the judges, best demonstrates business benefits and technical excellence in the implementation of meta data-based IT solutions. The Award was inaugurated in 2002 and is given to corporate practitioners (not to vendor companies). The judges of the Award in 2004 were:

  • Robert S. Seiner, President & Principal of KIK Consulting & Educational Services
    and Publisher, TDAN.com (Panel chairman)
  • Sid Adelman, Founder, Sid Adelman & Associates
  • John Ladley, President, KI Solutions
  • John Friedrich, President, JRFII, Inc.
  • Bonnie O'Neil, President, Westridge Consulting
  • Karen Lopez, President, InfoAdvisors
  • Todd Moore, Project Manager - Metadata Management, RBC Financial Group
  • Terry Moriarty, President, Inastrol
  • Doug Stacey, Area Manager, Allstate Insurance
  • Todd Stephens, Director, Metadata Services Group, BellSouth Corp.

The judging process, which takes approximately four weeks, requires that companies submit a nomination in response to a standard set of questions, followed by two rounds of judging. Additional questions are posed to the finalists following the first round of evaluation. Further information can be obtained from Tony Shaw of Wilshire Conferences, at (310) 477-4475 ext 102 or tony@wilshireconferences.com.


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