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Ventana Research Announces 2012 Overall Leadership Awards Recipients

Overall business technology awards present special accolades to exceptional leaders and organizations that have gone above and beyond to achieve spectacular outcomes

Bend, OR / Nov 20, 2012 / by Ventana Research


San Ramon,Calif. – November 20, 2012 – Ventana Research has announced the 2012 Overall Leadership Award winners. The Leadership Awards recognize individuals and their organizations that have effectively achieved superior results through using people, processes, information and technology while applying best practices within specific business and technology categories. The Overall Leadership Awards recognize leadership award winners who stand out among the leadership award recipients as top performers in three categories; business and Finance, Operational and IT.


The top awards for the 2012 Overall Business, Operational and IT Leadership are:

Overall Business Leader: Todd Frascht at 3M Overall Operational Leader: Mohammad Rifaie at RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) OverallIT Leader: Mike Klinkenberg HMS Holdings Corp View the full listof the 2012 Ventana Research Leadership Award winners here:

The Leadership Awards have become an industry tradition, with leaders and innovators identified annually by the Ventana Research team. This year's Leadership Awards presented participants with a new exciting opportunity to receive their award at the Ventana Research Business Technology Innovation Summit. The summit sessions and award presentations can be viewed at:

“On behalf of Ventana Research, I want to personally congratulate the overall leaders of the 2012 Leadership Awards.” said Mark Smith, CEO and Chief Research Officer, Ventana Research “This is the largest industry leadership awards to date with over 26 awards honoring organizations on their contribution to business using technology. These individuals have distinguished themselves for going above and beyond in their approach to using software and technology to advance business. At 3M, Todd’s dedication to business planning in finance, at RBC, Mohammad’s dedication to using analytics to improve customer related processes and at HMS Mike’s dedication to using analytics to improve the quality of health care processes.”

"I'm very honored to receive the 2012 Ventana Research Leadership Award for both the Analytics category and for Overall IT Leader award. I'm blessed with a great development team and a very supportive and engaged executive team that has allowed us to quickly deliver new analytic capabilities to move our business forward." said Mike Klinkenberg, Sr Director, Business Intelligence, HMS Holdings "I would like to commend Ventana Research for putting together a very informative technology summit, and bringing recognition to innovative analytic solutions via their awards program."

These Leadership Awards, the largest business and technology awards program in the industry, cover 28 categories spanning from big data to human capital management. Submissions are evaluated based on the stringent guidelines set out by awards program criteria. Submissions by technology vendors are evaluated on the technology innovations for business and IT. To participate in the 2013 Ventana Research Leadership Awards, organizations or individuals can request a submission form by emailing The submissions must be received by March 11, 2012.  To learn more about the Ventana Research Leadership Awards, go to:

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