Computerworld's Innovative Technology Awards 2003

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Innovative Technology Awards 2003

What happens when vendors tune in to IT customers' needs? They produce technology that solves real business problems, from fixing broken links and slow pages on a bank's Web site to helping a construction company save nearly $300,000 per year on cell phone calls. This year's 30 Innovative Technology Award winners listened to their IT customers—and delivered.

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Methodology of the Computerworld Innovative Technology Awards 2003

An explanation of the methods used to select the winners of Computerworld's second annual Innovative Technology Awards.

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Watchfire: Monitoring SunTrust's Web Site

SunTrust Banks uses Watchfire's WebXM to automate the task of quality-checking its Web pages, looking for broken links, slow pages and faulty checkouts.

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GXS: Cutting VAN Costs for an Automaker

An automaker drove down its VAN costs by connecting its manufacturing facility with all of its VANs and suppliers via an EDI system from Global Exchange Services.

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Brocade: Simplifying SAN Management for 45th Wing

The 45th Space Wing of the U.S. Air Force installed 16 Brocade 3800 fabric switches with the Brocade Fabric Manager software tool, cutting backup time from 14 hours to just two.

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EnvoyWorldWide: Providing Cheap Messaging to PACE

EnvoyWorldWide worked with PACE to develop an Internet-based communications service capable of creating and sending several thousand messages per hour to multiple recipients.

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Traq-wireless: Slashing Cell Phone Bills at Kleinfelder

Traq-wireless helps companies like The Kleinfelder Group lower their cell phone costs, by searching out the best airtime deals.

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Extended Systems Inc.: Bridging Reps and Customers at M.R. Williams

Extended Systems' OneBridge provided the bridge between M.R. Williams' corporate data and the applications its customers use to order inventory.

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ZoneLabs: Putting Muscle Behind Security at Health Club Chain

24 Hour Fitness Worldwide uses Zone Labs Integrity to protect remote users from worms, viruses and hackers.

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ReefEdge: Gives Doctors Uninterrupted Wireless Service on Campus

ReefEdge's wireless security technology has enabled Memorial Health System to provide wireless access to patient data.

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ClearForest: Scaling Dow's Paper Mountain

Following its merger with Union Carbide, Dow Chemical used ClearForest's technology to integrate the thousands of technical reports it inherited into the Dow system.

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Sonic Software Corp.: Sharing in the Military's Integration Effort

Northrop Grumman uses middleware developed by Sonic Software to allow applications in heterogeneous enterprises to share data.

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Innovative Technology Awards 2003

A list of 20 of the winners, divided by category.

Copyright © 2003 IDG Communications, Inc.

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