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IBM salutes the 2013 CIO 100 winners

March 5, 2014

I recently blogged about IBM’s leadership position in the 2014 Forrester Wave™ for Big Data Hadoop Solutions: the Academy Awards for Hadoop distributors...and it’s time to roll out the red carpet again!

CIO.com recently published their CIO 100 for 2013, a group of 100 companies that “exemplify the strategic partnership of IT and business,” delivering exceptional innovation and business value. Sure, it was good to see IBM appear on the list, but even more exciting was seeing a number of our big data clients on there as well. When I talk to people at events, one thing I hear repeatedly is that people are still in the experimental phase with big data. The technologies in this space are new enough that many are still figuring out exactly what to do with them. Yet the excitement of big data is not about technology, but about what you can do with it: the business value and the outcomes. It’s not to say the technology isn’t important, but it’s just one side of the coin. Big data is certainly bringing IT and business closer together, and holding both responsible for creating value.

That’s what this report celebrates: 100 projects that leverage multiple technologies to deliver real innovation. CIO.com presents several details about each company’s project including technologies used, primary business function and the business impact of each project.

While there are many great project descriptions, there were a few that stood out to me. One company scanned real-time information from more than 150 million online sources to analyze the impact of an isolated tweet or post and determine how to engage with individual customers as a result.

Another company was looking for a faster way to deploy new products and services, but was hampered by IT restrictions. By developing a private cloud with virtualization capabilities, they were able to do integrated development and testing at a much more rapid pace. As a result, they were able to bring new products to bear in a fraction of the time it used to take.

Another company used collaboration tools and security technologies to combine demographic data with behavioral insights across mobile devices to create a revenue source.

IBM made the list for extending the accessibility of its multimedia content. Through the IBM Media Captioner and Editor, employees can easily upload content and automatically caption video, podcasts, web conferences and other rich media content, creating more collaborative and inclusive experiences for everyone, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing, non-native language speakers or employees in globally-integrated enterprises.

I encourage you to view the report, and let me know in the comments what you think. Do you agree with the list? What are some of your favorite projects? How are you using big data technologies to deliver innovation and business value?

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