Computerworld Honors Program names 2008 awards recipients

Ten organizations win Achievement Awards for their use of technology at 20th annual ceremony

WASHINGTON — The recipients of the 2008 Computerworld Honors Program awards were announced at a gala ceremony here Monday night, with 10 organizations receiving the top prizes for their use of technology to promote social, educational or economic advances.

The winners of this year's 21st Century Achievement Awards were chosen from among 50 finalists — five in each of the 10 categories. The finalists, which were named and recognized at the 20th annual awards ceremony, came from a group of 204 companies and organizations designated as 2008 Laureates for submitting case studies about technology projects that met criteria for originality, breadth of vision and significance to society. Each of the Laureates was honored at a medal ceremony earlier in the day.

The following is a list of the Achievement Awards recipients by category:

Business & Related Services

Deaf Link Inc.

San Antonio-based Deaf Link has developed a set of videoconferencing services that banks, companies, emergency shelters and other organizations can use provide American Sign Language interpreting to their customers, employees and clients.

Education & Academia

Arizona Telemedicine Program

Established by Arizona's legislature in 1996, the Tucson-based ATP operates a broadband network that links 55 independent health care organizations statewide and offers telemedicine services in 60 different medical categories.

Environment, Energy & Agriculture

The Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Maritime Research and the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences

The institute and the center, which are based in Germany, jointly developed a system called Pangaea for archiving and sharing scientific research data in the fields of environmental oceanography, marine geosciences and marine biology.

Finance, Insurance & Real Estate

State Street Corp., Global Infrastructure Services

The Boston-based investment services firm has implemented an IT infrastructure plan called "Zero Footprint, Maximum Impact" that relies on regional data centers and reduces the IT footprint in local offices through the use of desktop virtualization and other technologies.


U.S. Department of Homeland Security — Customs and Border Protection

The Customs and Border Protection agency within the DHS is developing a Java-based cargo-processing system designed to help the federal government identify potential terrorists and terrorist shipments while facilitating the more efficient movement of legitimate cargo.

Health Care

Emergency Management and Research Institute

EMRI, a not-for-profit organization in Secunderabad, India, has created a system that is being used to automate emergency call center operations in the state of Andhra Pradesh and also is being expanded to other parts of India.


Embraer SA

The aircraft maker, which is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has developed an automated flight-test engineering system that utilizes a three-layer architecture featuring Wintel servers and a clustered database environment.

Media, Arts & Entertainment

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

The zoo is using a wireless mesh network to extend its interactive distance-learning program to its seven most popular exhibits. Based on videoconferencing technology, it's aimed at students who are unable to visit the facility.

Nonprofit Organizations

Byrraju Foundation

The Hyderabad, India-based foundation has set up a telemedicine program built on top of a wireless broadband network to deliver various health care services to residents in rural areas of Andhra Pradesh.


BNSF Railway Co.

The Fort Worth, Texas-based railroad has reduced its overall fuel consumption by 1.5% through the use of business intelligence technology for analysis and forecasting.

In addition, the following individual awards were handed out at the awards ceremony:

  • The EMC Information Leadership Award

    John White, head of manufacturing at The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC's RBS Americas unit
  • The Morgan Stanley Leadership Award for Global Commerce

    Mike Lazaridis, president and co-CEO, Research In Motion Ltd.
  • The IBM Global Public Sector Innovation Excellence Leadership Award

    Richard Williams, vice president and group CIO, AstraZeneca PLC

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