2001 Innovator Awards

Information technology (IT) leaders and developers are constantly asked to build better products faster and cheaper. As technology advances, IT development teams are expected to build systems that can solve pressing business problems.

Behind the marketing hype of many of the top corporations worldwide, development teams are building and deploying new technologies that can create new efficiencies and economies of scale, while keeping one step ahead of the competition.

The annual ADT Innovator Awards celebrate this spirit of innovation, honoring the creativity, originality and engineering know-how of IT development teams and managers who used new technologies, methods and ideas to solve important business problems and boost business performance.

A slew of IT units entered projects in the 2001 competition in five distinct categories: Application Engineering, Component-based Development, E-business Application Development, Middleware/Application Integration and Data Warehousing.

In this seventh annual competition, each entry was reviewed by a team of judges that included several consultants from Keane Inc., a Boston-based consulting firm, and a group of ADT editors.

Profiles of the winning and honorable mention projects selected by the judges follow. These stories explore how each team built and deployed some very innovative applications.

Each profile examines the winning projects through the eyes of the development team—the problem to be solved and why they turned to specific methods, tools and technologies to build an application and/or to fix it.

Application Engineering

Winner: JD Williams
Honorable Mention: eTapestry.com

Component-Based Development

Winner: Prudential Insurance Company of America
Honorable Mention: Prudential Insurance Company of America

E-Business Application Development

Winner: Nationwide Insurance Systems
Honorable Mention: Fireman's Fund Insurance Company

Middleware/Application Integration

Winner: Electronic Data Systems (EDS)
Honorable Mention: Northeast Utilities (NU)

Data Warehousing

Winner: Prudential Insurance Company of America
Honorable Mention: Wisconsin's Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS)