InfoWorld has come out with this presentation where InfoWorld 100 awards to celebrate 100 IT organizations that have implemented and integrated technologies in innovative ways in pursuit of concrete business goals. These 100 real- world projects stand as proof that striking a new path in IT can reap deep organizational rewards. From the 100, 10 rise above the rest.

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What strike me the most is that all the technologies implemented are to optimize or streamline the existing processes. Isn’t it the need of the hour due to the recent economic climate?

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The top 10 finalists are :

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1. Accenture

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The services firm launched a comprehensive collaboration initiative, leveraging a wealth of technologies, including telepresence, VoIP, and videoconferencing to establish a “borderless workplace” conducive to face-to-face collaboration among coworkers dispersed across the globe.

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2. ADP

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ADP centralized its IT operations into two identical datacenters, consolidating data processing operations, centralizing fragmented line- of-business operations into a utility computing infrastructure, and reducing its overall carbon footprint by 24,000 tons per year.

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3. BlueStar Energy Services

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The energy services firm developed its NextStar SOA initiative to streamline and automate core business processes, including customer enrollment, provisioning, care, and billing, from the ground up, relying in large part on open source technologies.

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4. Con-way

To minimize planning time and distance traveled by forklifts at freight docks, Con-way developed Step Saver, a Web-based interactive system based on numerous development tools, cutting planning time by 38 percent to the tune of $3 million in annual savings.

5. Direct Energy

The energy services firm developed Jumpstart, a multilayered BI solution that includes a 100GB data warehouse, a 40GB data mart, OLAP cube repositories, and ETL-based integration. The project, thanks to deep analytics and forecasting capabilities, has saved Direct Energy $30 million in bad debt and customer churn to date.

6. Eaton

The diversified manufacturing firm dramatically reduced the cost of communications across its global operations by establishing a voice- enabled global area network, replete with unified communications and collaboration functionality — all without completely recapitalizing its legacy telephony environment.

7. Midland Memorial Hospital

The Texas-based hospital transformed 1970s-era code into a modern EHR (electronic health records) system, integrating 10 critical health applications into a near-paperless environment at a third the cost of proprietary EHR systems, resulting in vastly reduced infection and medication error rates.

8. Morgan Keegan

To gird against downtime, the financial services firm re-architected resiliency into its systems by tapping virtualization, splitting its clustered environment in half, and building a metropolitan area network from the ground up.

9. Qualcomm

The mobile technology firm consolidated 75 percent of its Windows server environment, extending virtualization to the desktop, and pushing the company toward thin mobile computing as part of an effort to establish a next-generation, organizationwide cloud-based architecture.

10. Wells Fargo & Co.

Wells Fargo developed a next-generation ATM platform tapping state-of- the-art development technologies and integrating the resultant dynamic UI with the company’s mainframe systems to deliver customized services based on transaction history and customer preferences.

So what is your company doing to optimize or streamline processes? Any specific examples you have in mind to share…

Note: Here are previous few winners from 2007 InfoWorld 100, 2006 InfoWorld 100, 2005 InfoWorld 100, 2004 InfoWorld 100, 2003 InfoWorld 100.

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