SOURCE: Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric

September 15, 2011 08:52 ET

Schneider Electric Earns a Spot on 2011 InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators Across America

MONARCH BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 15, 2011) - Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, today announced that it was named in this year's InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation's most innovative users of business technology. This is Schneider Electric's first year on the prestigious list while major brand APC by Schneider Electric has been featured on the list in previous years. The 2011 list was revealed last night at a gala awards ceremony at the exclusive InformationWeek 500 Conference taking place at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA.

"To be named to the InformationWeek 500 is a great accomplishment for Schneider Electric," said Herve Coureil, CIO, Schneider Electric. "Over the past year we've put in a tremendous amount of hard work to enable the various IT teams across the globe to function as an effective and efficient singular team, and being named to this list is a great recognition for all involved."

Schneider Electric recognized that all large companies must respond to the ongoing need to ensure that their internal and external business functions are operating in unison. Over the years, with expansions, acquisitions and outreach into new and emerging markets, the silo structure of the organization became more cumbersome and difficult to manage. In response, Schneider Electric, with more than 110,000 employees in over 100 companies, created the One program in 2009 with the goals defining change objectives in line with the company's strategy; leveraging the right resources to achieve these objectives, and encouraging action both inside and outside the company.

With the creation of the Information, Process and Organization (IPO) and globalization of Schneider Electric's IT teams, the company has been able to greatly increase the efficiency of internal IT services, centralize and streamline processes and position the IPO organization to tackle global projects and initiatives in the most effective and efficient ways possible.

"For 23 years, the InformationWeek 500 has chronicled and honored the most innovative users of business technology," said InformationWeek Editor In Chief Rob Preston. "In this day and age, however, being innovative isn't enough. Companies and their IT organizations need to innovate faster than ever before to stay a step or two ahead of their customers, partners, and competitors. This year's ranking placed special emphasis on those high-octane business technology innovators."

InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation's most innovative users of information technology with its annual 500 listing and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments and administrative practices of America's best-known companies. Top winners have included: The Vanguard Group, CME Group, Conway, National Semiconductor, Kimberly-Clark, Hilton Hotels and Unum. The InformationWeek 500 rankings are unique among corporate rankings as it spotlights the power of innovation in information technology, rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders.

Additional details on the InformationWeek 500 can be found online at www.informationweek.com/iw500/.

About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centers/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company's 110,000 plus employees achieved sales of more than $26 billion in 2010, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations "Make the most of their energy."

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