Computerworld announces finalists for the 2006 "Best Practices in Business Intelligence" awards

Honorees To Be Announced Sept. 27 at Business Intelligence Perspectives Conference in Las Vegas

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Aug. 31, 2006 -- Computerworld, the Voice of IT Management, today announced 25 finalists for its annual "Best Practices in Business Intelligence Award" program. From this prestigious field of finalists, judging will continue and 10 honorees will be selected and recognized at a gala ceremony on Sept. 27. The ceremony will mark an upbeat conclusion of Computerworld's upcoming Business Intelligence Perspectives Conference taking place Sept. 25-27 at the Green Valley Ranch Resort in Las Vegas.

The finalists (by company alpha order only) for Computerworld's 2006 "Best Practices Business Intelligence" awards program are:

Category: Creating a Strategic Vision and Using BI for ROI through IT Leadership

Cooper Communities, Inc., Rogers, AR

Helzberg Diamonds, Kansas City, MO

MWABank, Rock Island, IL

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

United States Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), Picatinny Arsenal, NJ

Category: Data Visualization, Prediction and Presentation by Leveraging Customized Solutions

BNSF Railway, Fort Worth, TX

Emergency Medical Associates, Livingston, NJ

Health Care Service Corp, Richardson, TX

Metro St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Plano Independent School District, Plano, TX

Category: Information Retrieval and Reporting by Leveraging Off-the-Shelf Enterprise Software

CME (Chicago Mercantile Exchange), Chicago, IL

HBOS, plc, Halifax, Great Britain

Reader's Digest, Pleasantville, NY

Time/Warner Retail Sales & Marketing (A Time Warner Company), New York, NY

Whirlpool, Benton Harbor, MI

Category: Planning, Designing and Building the BI Infrastructure

Cisco Systems, San Jose, CA

Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), Atlanta, GA

Leeds Hospital, Leeds, Great Britain

PayPal Inc., San Jose, CA

R. L. Polk & Co., Southfield, MI

Category: Use Competency Centers to Champion BI Technologies to Enterprise-Wide ROI

Accenture, Chicago, IL

Christian Broadcasting Network, Virginia Beach,VA

IBM Corporation, Business Performance Management Center of Excellence, Research Triangle Park, NC

Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT

Valero Energy Corporation, San Antonio, TX

"Business intelligence initiatives are at the center of converting information technology to information management and competitive advantage," said Ron Milton, Executive Vice President, Computerworld. "The organizations and professionals judged to be finalists in Computerworld's 2006 'Best Practices in Business Intelligence' Awards Program have unlocked the true value of business intelligence and applying analytics to their advantage."

Computerworld's "Best Practices in Business Intelligence" Awards Program for 2006 is sponsored by Hyperion.

About Computerworld

Computerworld is recognized worldwide as the premier source for news, information and opinion on the critical technology and management issues affecting senior technology professionals. Computerworld's award-winning weekly publication, Web site, focused conference series and custom research form the hub of the world's largest (58-edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including the 2004 and 2006 Magazine of the Year Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. Computerworld has an online audience of over 1.1 million unique monthly visitors (Omniture) and a total print audience of 1,337,000 (IntelliQuest CIMS Spring 2006). Computerworld is on the Web at

Computerworld is a business unit of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media, research and events company. A privately held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers, including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites, with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide, including Storage Networking World(R), Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Macworld Conference & Expo, DEMO(R) and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at

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