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September 01, 2011 12:12 ET

Westfield Insurance Recognized as a 2011 Best Practices Awards Winner in the Enterprise BI Category by TDWI

WESTFIELD CENTER, OH--(Marketwire - Sep 1, 2011) - Westfield Insurance has been recognized as a 2011 Best Practice Award Winner in the Enterprise BI category by The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI), the premier provider of in-depth, high-quality education and training in business intelligence (BI) and data warehousing (DW). The Best Practices Awards winners were honored at the TDWI World Conference held Aug. 7 - 12, 2011 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego Hotel.

TDWI honored Westfield based on their integrated approach to delivery and adoption of business intelligence across the enterprise. Westfield combined four elements -- collaboration and iterative design; enterprise-wide data governance; analytical center of excellence; and change management discipline -- to create a broadly supported integrated effort that drove success and adoption of business intelligence at Westfield.

"Delivering an enterprise BI solution requires a culture that encourages collaboration and teamwork. Winning this award is an indication of our strength in this respect: the combined efforts of people from all across the organization have created a valuable asset for the organization," comments Beth Riczko, Westfield analytics leader." Ultimately, though, the value of BI is not in its delivery. The value is in its adoption and use. From people using BI to make better, more informed decisions."

TDWI's Best Practices Awards program is designed to identify and honor companies that have demonstrated excellence in developing, deploying, and maintaining BI and DW applications. Companies and sponsoring solution providers from diverse industries submitted entries that were judged in a variety of categories. The nominated solutions were evaluated based on business impact, maturity, innovation, and relevance.

"As a thought leader in the business intelligence space, TDWI is pleased to honor forward-thinking organizations that have developed and implemented innovative solutions," said Richard Zbylut, president of TDWI. "This year's Best Practices Awards winners showcase the best work being done in our industry, and TDWI is happy to help share that work with a broader audience. The awards highlight implementations that can provide valuable lessons and insight for other BI/DW teams seeking to realize the full potential of business intelligence."

The TWDI award follows the recent recognition of Westfield's BI efforts by IBM in their "Masters of Change" series. IBM saluted Westfield's success in a nationally broadcast news vignette and an online case study. IBM also plans to film a brief documentary on Westfield's BI journey later this year.

About Westfield Insurance
In business for more than 163 years, Westfield Insurance provides commercial and personal insurance in 21 active states and surety services to customers in 31 states. Westfield is one of the nation's 50 largest property and casualty insurance groups, represented by a network of over 1,100 independent insurance agencies. Westfield Bank provides banking solutions for businesses and individuals, and Westfield Services provides service and training support for independent insurance agencies. Learn more about Westfield Insurance at

About TDWI
TDWI, a division of 1105 Media, Inc., is the premier provider of in-depth, high-quality education and research in the business intelligence and data warehousing industry. TDWI is dedicated to educating business and information technology professionals about the best practices, strategies, techniques, and tools required to successfully design, build, maintain, and enhance business intelligence and data warehousing solutions.

TDWI also fosters the advancement of business intelligence and data warehousing research and contributes to knowledge transfer and the professional development of its members. TDWI offers a worldwide membership program, five major educational conferences, topical educational seminars, role-based training, onsite courses, certification, solution provider partnerships, an awards program for best practices, live webinars, resourceful publications, an in-depth research program, and a comprehensive website:

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