December 19, 2007 10:51 ET

Aldon Announces Winners of the 2007 IT Action Hero of the Year Award

Customer Contest Recognizes Superior Development Achievements With Aldon ALM Solution

EMERYVILLE, CA--(Marketwire - December 19, 2007) - Aldon, the leading provider of process-driven application lifecycle management (ALM) solutions, today announced that Iain Williamson, senior IT manager for change and risk management with Scotiabank, is the Aldon "IT Action Hero of the Year" first place winner, rewarded for his superior project achievements and processes management techniques that impact his global organization, using the Aldon ALM solution. The Aldon IT Action Hero of the Year contest was created to recognize and honor Aldon ALM customers for their innovation, hard work and outstanding achievements in development, project management and/or services in the use of application change management.

The contest drew dozens of entries from Aldon's worldwide customer base and winners were selected for the overall effectiveness of a specific application development project; commitment to best practices in the application lifecycle; implementation of processes and automation; and effective use of technology for compliance. The grand prize winner received a Nintendo Wii™ with top-rated games; second place winner received BOSE® Noise Canceling headphones and third place winners received gift certificates to

"Reading through the nominations, we were truly inspired by the level of excellence our customers deliver on a day-to-day basis and how many real IT action hereos are out there. The judging committee certainly had their work cut out for them," said Matt Scholl, president and COO of Aldon. "Aldon is even more encouraged to deliver solutions that help customers conquer business and IT challenges and rise above the competition."

Williamson's winning entry clearly outlined his role as the driving force and innovator behind Scotiabank's Change Management Strategy, one that ultimately brought automation, structure and repeatability into the leading Canadian bank's change process across a widespread geographically distributed team. Some instrumental highlights included automating IT Service Management (ITSM) processes with Aldon Community Manager, implementing a multi-tiered dynamic approval process based on application components, establishing consistent documentation of key information regarding changes and their associated risk to share across departments, and creating processes to help both individuals, teams and managers work more efficiently.

"I am absolutely thrilled to be called the IT Action Hero of the Year, and to be honored for what I have accomplished with the help of the Aldon ALM solution," said Iain Williamson, grand prize winner. "Aldon Community Manager has made it easy to introduce process controls around change management and it's been both enjoyable and easy to design templates supporting our key business processes. I can go home with peace of mind and enjoy playing my new Wii even more!"

Second prize winner is Baras Marie-France, CIO with ALD Automotive, awarded for centralizing the automotive finance company's complex IT environment (includes .NET, JAVA running on Linux and iSeries platforms), improving quality across application production, and bringing process and automation to each stage of the application lifecycle, all with the help of her IT development and production teams and Aldon ALM. Despite the complex infrastructure and teams working from multiple platforms, IT is now unified.

There was a tie for the third prize. Herie Estomata, application lead with Merck & Co., won for demonstrating superior performance with version control functions; managing multiple versions of many applications, each with complex customizations across five System i computers and doing so without complications. Estomata also established a system that makes Sarbanes-Oxley and FDA audit requirements a much smoother task, leveraging the reporting and security functions within Aldon ALM.

Tina Bremson, application manager with leading furniture retailer Ethan Allen, and her IT Development Group also won third place, rewarded for bringing new levels of efficiency across their department using Aldon which included issue management tracking, elevated reporting processes, and the ability to quickly meet stringent compliance requirements. The group can better prioritize work across the numerous projects within the department and business can gain insight into how much work IT is really taking on.

Aldon has more than 1,300 customers including AIG, AT & T, Boeing, Caterpillar, Del Monte Foods, Ford, HSBC, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, Merrill Lynch, Motorola, Nintendo, PepsiCo, Sony, Time Warner Cable, Victoria's Secret and Volvo.

About Aldon

Aldon is the leading provider of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solutions, bringing the benefits of process-driven application change management to IT, and accelerating the delivery of mission-critical business applications. Aldon ALM solutions support today's agile organizations by enabling IT teams to greatly improve their products' time to market, reduce business disruptions, achieve regulatory compliance and increase return on investment. More than 1,300 companies, including 70 of the Fortune 100, rely on Aldon ALM solutions for enterprise software configuration and change management for their IT business processes. Established in 1979, Aldon is headquartered in Emeryville, California and maintains 16 offices worldwide serving more than 40 countries. For more information, please visit

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