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2013 Ventana Research Leadership Awards Recognize Business and Technology Success

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Bend, OR / Apr 16, 2013 / by Ventana Research


San Ramon, Calif. - April 16, 2013 - Ventana Research has announced the results of the 8th annual 2013 Leadership Awards. The Leadership Awards recognize organizations and supporting technology vendors that have effectively achieved superior results through using people, processes, information and technology while applying best practices within specific business and technology categories.

The awards distinguish pioneers and leaders -- both organizations and individuals that exemplify clear visionary and transformative leadership. The award recipients have demonstrated an understanding that the successful management of their processes and performance requiring a heightened level of expertise, determination and a team effortVR_leadershipaward1.png.

The Leadership Awards have become an industry tradition, with leaders and innovators identified annually by the Ventana Research team. This year's Leadership Awards will present participants with an exciting opportunity to receive their award at the Ventana Research Business Technology Leadership Summit ( on May 29th and 30th, 2013 at the Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, CA. Members of the press are invited to come to the Summit and learn more about the advancements of these organizations using technology.

"I am excited to be able to present the winners of the 2013 Leadership Awards during the Awards Ceremony at the Ventana Research Business Technology Leadership Summit. This industry leadership recognizes and honors companies and individuals from over 26 categories that have distinguished themselves in their approach to using technology to implement impactful change," said Mark Smith, CEO and Chief Research Officer, Ventana Research. "I would also like to congratulate them for their achievements and also to congratulate the technology vendors for their support in helping their customers find the most value from their investments."

The annual leadership awards are delivered by the Ventana Research team, which through its benchmark research, on-demand advisory and education continues to pioneer new methods for organizations to become efficient and effective in their business. As part of the scoring process and methodology, Ventana Research examined the submissions to evaluate the nominated organization's use of people, processes, information and technology, the best practices it developed, the degree of team involvement and the project's business impact and value.

In addition to the top awards for Overall Business, Operational and IT Leadership, the Leadership Awards are awarded in categories spanning from Big Data and Business Analytics to Operational Intelligence. The winners and their associated technology vendor are:

Business Leadership Awards 

Overall Business Leadership: Chris Salles at Guitar Center using Ceridian

Chief Financial Officer: Meghan Maze at Rabobank, N.A. using Tagetik Software

Office of Finance: Chrysler Group using FinanceSeer

Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC): The Fauquier Bank using Datawatch Corporation

Human Capital Management: DENTSPLY using SuccessFactors a SAP Company

Sustainability: Boston University Medical Center (BUMC), Department of Medicine using Actifio

Business Technology Awards 

Big Data: Luminar, an Entravision Company using Hortonworks Inc.

Business Analytics: XO Communications using IBM

Business Collaboration: Pandora Media using Anaplan

Cloud Computing:  Bloomin Brands using Snaplogic

Mobile Technology: Citrix using Peoplefluent

Social Media: TELERX using IBM

Operational Leadership Awards 

Overall Operational Leader: Greg Ammons and David Crews at United Supermarkets using Kronos

Contact Center: using Echopass

Customer Excellence:  KPN using Teradata and Oracle

Marketing Excellence:  International Speedway Corporation using Teradata Aprimo

Sales Excellence: Zuora using Xactly

Service & Supply Chain Excellence:  W.W. Grainger using Stibo Systems

CIO and IT Leadership Awards

Overall IT Leader: Scott Franzel at OFS Brands using Information Builders

Chief Information Officer: UMass Memorial Health Care using Informatica

Analytics: Cisco Systems using Tableau Software

Business Intelligence (BI): Astellas Pharma, U.S. using QlikTech (Qlik Technologies)

Information Optimization:  Phelps County Regional Medical Center using Datawatch Corporation

Information Management: SportScheck GmbH using Heiler Software

Location Intelligence (LI):   Sasktel using Actuate Corporation (The BIRT Company)

Operational Intelligence (OI): Quicken Loans using CallCopy

About Ventana Research 

Ventana Research is the most authoritative and respected benchmark business technology research and advisory services firm. We provide insight and expert guidance on mainstream and disruptive technologies through a unique set of research-based offerings including benchmark research and technology evaluation assessments, education workshops and our research and advisory services, Ventana On-Demand. Our unparalleled understanding of the role of technology in optimizing business processes and performance and our best practices guidance are rooted in our rigorous research-based benchmarking of people, processes, information and technology across business and IT functions in every industry. This benchmark research plus our market coverage and in-depth knowledge of hundreds of technology providers means we can deliver education and expertise to our clients to increase the value they derive from technology investments while reducing time, cost and risk.

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