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Information Builders

June 08, 2009 09:01 ET

Information Builders Presents Customers With Awards of Distinction for Exceptional Business Intelligence and Integration Implementations

Columbus City Schools, Ford, New York Public Library, US TRANSCOM, and TNT Recognized at Annual User Conference

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwire - June 8, 2009) - Information Builders, an independent leader in business intelligence (BI) solutions, and iWay Software, an Information Builders company and an innovator of enterprise integration solutions, today announced the winners of the annual Awards of Distinction for original and innovative use of BI and integration technology. Information Builders is honoring the winners at its 2009 Summit User Conference, which highlights successful customer implementations from around the world along with contributions from leading industry analysts and pundits.

Featuring more than 100 customer-led sessions addressing relevant business issues, this year's Information Builders Summit also showcases new products and features throughout the event.

The honored customers are deploying BI and integration solutions for a variety of business issues -- from improving patient care to becoming more efficient organizations. The companies that are receiving awards exemplify the Summit theme of expanding the scope of business intelligence as these organizations are continually finding innovative applications for BI and integration technologies.

"The companies receiving awards have all found new and exciting ways to leverage Information Builders technology," said Information Builders Founder and CEO Gerald Cohen. "By identifying new uses for BI and expanding the number of BI users, these companies are getting the maximum value for their BI investment. Through BI and integration technology, the award winners are more productive and are improving decision-making throughout their organizations."

The following Information Builders customers are being recognized with Awards of Distinction:

-- Best Enterprise BI Application - Ford

While the automotive industry is facing tough challenges, Ford Motor Company found a way to save money through BI. With Information Builders' Web-based reporting system deployed across 9,000 dealerships, dealers can compare their performance on warranty costs with peers. The system enables dealers to identify anomalies and isolate problems, saving Ford $40 to $60 million per year in covered warranty expenses.

-- Most Innovative BI Implementation - New York Public Library

The library created a BI system called Metrics On Demand (MOD) that allows employees to effectively track visitor traffic, borrowing habits, and other key metrics. This information helps library personnel make judicious decisions about which library resources and services are most important to the general public. These capabilities have become extremely important in the face of recent budget cuts. The library faces budget reductions from both public and private sources, which means managers need to make tough, strategic choices about where money is spent. Personnel at 91 locations use MOD to analyze many facets of the library operation, helping personnel track traffic patterns, use of materials, and inventory to preserve the services people care about most. The dashboard-driven environment empowers hundreds of employees to share information and create customized reports.

-- Most Humanitarian Use of BI - Nationwide Insurance and Columbus City Schools

Columbus City Schools is bringing greater insight and accountability to the education of more than 55,000 students at 130 schools in central Ohio. Nationwide Insurance, which is headquartered in Columbus, developed a tool with the school district using BI technology that helps administrators analyze student data. The resulting environment connects 4,000 teachers and administrators to student assessment data, attendance data, and discipline data with the overall goal of improving student achievement.

-- Best Use of BI in the Public Sector - US TRANSCOM

A critical function of the United States Transportation Command (US TRANSCOM) is patient evacuation, a complex, logistical challenge where speed is essential. BI technology is helping US TRANSCOM devise optimal patient-movement plans based on urgent medical needs, available facilities, in-transit visibility, and enterprise-wide cost and performance analytics. Thanks to an operational BI system, the military's evacuation and patient movement activities in places like Iraq and Afghanistan are more efficient -- boosting overall patient care.

-- Best Use of iWay Software - TNT

TNT meets the mail and express delivery needs of customers worldwide. With high volumes of data in multiple locations, in a variety of languages, and on several platforms, the company brought in iWay integration solutions to help. Integrating with legacy systems, iWay's service-oriented architecture (SOA) solutions allow business units to access the data they need, when they need it for improved decision-making.

Information Builders will host a Webcast for press and analysts from the Nashville-based annual user conference. This live, online event will showcase the expanding use of BI and new WebFOCUS and iWay product highlights. The Webcast will take place June 9, 2009 at 10:00 AM CDT (8:00 AM PDT, 11:00 AM EDT, 16:00 GMT, 17:00 CET). Press and analysts can register for the Webcast at www.informationbuilders.com/events/seminars/SUMWEB09.html.

About iWay Software

iWay Software's integration methodology is simple: it uses a single, integrated set of graphical design tools to assemble powerful pre-built components for enterprise-class business-to-business (B2B) integration, business process automation (BPA), or enterprise information management (EIM) integration scenarios -- without the use of custom code. Integration configurations can be deployed in a stand-alone manner to any environment supporting a JVM -- or to Web application servers from any vendor. iWay delivers the fastest, most cost-effective, and simplest way to integrate and streamline critical business processes. iWay Software's vendor-, platform-, and protocol-neutral solutions achieve the promise of SOA: true reusability. For more information visit: http://www.iwaysoftware.com

About Information Builders

Information Builders' award-winning combination of business intelligence and enterprise integration software has been providing innovative solutions to more than 12,000 customers for the past 30 years. WebFOCUS is the world's most widely utilized business intelligence platform. It provides the security, scalability and flexibility needed at every level of global extended enterprises. Its simplicity helps create executive, analytical, and operational applications that reach dozens to millions of users. Information Builders' iWay Software suite provides state of the art, multi-purpose, pre-built integration components that address all SOA, application, data and information management requirements. Its integration adapters have been adopted by the leading software platform providers. Together, these products give Information Builders' customers the ability to grow and innovate according to their needs.

Information Builders' customers include most of the Fortune 100 and U.S. federal government agencies. Headquartered in New York City with 90 offices worldwide, the company employs 1,450 people and has more than 350 business partners. More information is available at http://www.informationbuilders.com.

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