DM Review is pleased to announce the winners of our annual World Class Solution Award.

With a long-standing tradition of excellence, this award represents industry best practices - showcasing those vendors and companies who have implemented solutions that address a persistent business problem and, in turn, provide a significant return on investment. This prestigious award marks the elite companies within the business intelligence, analytics and data warehousing industry. The companies that creatively implement technology solutions and the vendors who facilitate this success are recognized with the award.This year, seven winning solutions were selected by a panel of business intelligence industry experts, and judging criteria were weighted to the degree the implementation solved a business challenge and demonstrated innovation, measurable return on investment and business benefit. More than 70 entries were distributed to the judges. Many indicated a sophisticated use of technology to advance their strategic goals.

"The popularity and history of this prestigious award demonstrate a desire within the industry for innovative and sustainable solutions to business challenges. Congratulations to all the winners."
- Julie Heileman, Managing Editor, DM Review

2006 Judges

We sincerely thank this year's judges for their time and consideration of all the entries.
Sid Adelman, principal,
Sid Adelman & Associates

Jonathan Geiger, EVP,
Intelligent Solutions, Inc.

Larry Goldman, president, AmberLeaf

Steve Hoberman, BI/data management practitioner and trainer

Michael Jennings,
VP, Professional Services, EWSolutions, Inc.

Chuck Kelley, senior architect,
BI Practice, Hitachi Consulting

Stephan Kudyba, founder,
Null Sigma Inc.

David Marco, founder & president, EWSolutions, Inc.

Joyce Norris-Montanari,
president, DBTech Solutions, Inc.

Mary Jo Nott, editor in chief,
DM Review

Clay Rehm, president,
Rehm Technology

Jonathan Wu, senior principal, Knightsbridge Solutions

2006 Winners

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Cardiac Rhythm Management Laboratory implementing Visual Numerics, Inc..
Category: Analytic Applications
"An impressive aspect of this solution is the innovative use of BI for medical purposes." - Analytic Applications Judge

Airlines Reporting Corporation implementing  Teradata, a division of NCR Corporation
Category: Business Intelligence
"This solution basically transformed the organization to compete in the information economy more effectively." - Business Intelligence Judge

Accor Asian Pacific implementing  Witness Systems
Category: Corporate Performance Management and Balanced Scorecards
"This solution is something very different, innovative and very significant in the success of this company." - Corporate Performance Management and Balanced Scorecards Judge

MGM Mirage implementing IBM
Category: Data Integration
"This solution not only provided real near-term benefits, but it also paved the way to make future integration efforts happen with surprising ease." - Data Integration Judge

Sprint Corp. implementing Hewlett-Packard Company
Category: High Availability, Performance and Systems Management
"The ability to track thousands of records per second without failure adds to the complexity of the solution." - High Availability, Performance & Systems Management Judge

Nationwide implementing Informatica Corporation with Deloitte
Category: Data Management
"This solution addresses data and metadata integration." - Data Management Judge

RBC Financial Group implementing Teradata, a division of NCR Corporation
Category: Enterprise Data Warehousing
"This is a huge implementation with lots of data and users - an impressive implementation." - Enterprise Data Warehousing Judge

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