(company with more than 250 employees)
AWARD CRITERIA:A qualified Nominee is a company WITH MORE THAN 250 EMPLOYEES that has defined, introduced and marketed a technology-based service. Through this service the company has shown success in addressing an industry need or market niche.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2011 TECHCOLUMBUS INNOVATION AWARD WINNER!
OCLC Webscale Management Services
OCLC is a global library cooperative dedicated to furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. The economic environment has negatively impacted library budgets while increasing the demand for library services. Library funders, leaders, and staff are continually balancing available resources to meet the needs of their communities. Behind the scenes, the systems that support the work of a library selecting, acquiring, describing, and delivering collection materials are largely based on decades-old technology running on local servers. OCLC’s integrated Webscale Management Services introduces a cloud-based system with unified and simplified workflows for these mission-critical back office activities of the library. WMS facilitates sharing of infrastructure costs and resources. Libraries can also share data, applications and workflow improvements with peer institutions, end users and partners. For patrons, the world’s libraries’ collective catalogs become visible on the Web through search engines and via their preferred access points. Over 150 libraries worldwide have selected WMS, and it is already in use in over 30 libraries serving 95 branch locations.
Todd Young, VP of Operations
As the pizza category has evolved from simply ordering a carry out from your neighborhood pizzeria to the ultra competitive category of today, it takes much more than just a great tasting pie to win the hearts of loyal customers. Convenience and price have become greens fees in the pizza wars today, so differentiating yourself from your competition in these two critical areas is the key to success. Since Donatos has set the quality and taste standard for pizza in the Columbus market since 1963, it was imperative for the chain to attract customers with an online ordering system that was the technological equivalent of putting 100 pieces of pepperoni on a large pepperoni pizza! Donatos rolled out their new and improved system in July of 2010 and the sales results have been dramatic.
Information Control Corporation
Steven Glaser, CEO
The ICC Information Factory, an onshore data integration delivery service, was developed by Information Control Corporation. ICC’s Information Factory focuses exclusively on converting outsourced offshore markets by delivering data integration solutions in Central Ohio at a cost equal to offshore vendors, while providing superior quality results at a faster pace.
In addition to providing a Zero Defect Guarantee to clients on their Information Factory implementations, ICC has developed an accurate estimating process that allows the company to confidently generate detailed Information Factory fixed priced outcome-based contracts -- unheard of in offshore models. Through innovation, a unique data integration delivery model, and an established training academy for Central Ohio talent, Information Factory offers a groundbreaking cost-competitive alternative for clients who are considering using offshore vendors for their business intelligence needs, or have been dissatisfied with their offshore experience.
Claims Bank Card
When a disaster strikes, it is Nationwide’s job to rebuild our members’ lives to the extent that money and caring can. The Claims Bankcard project brought together Nationwide Bank, Nationwide I.T., and a strategic merchant provider to create an innovative solution that provides instant access to claim payments during a period of loss, allowing members to start rebuilding their lives immediately. The Claims Bankcard is an innovation that is critical to fulfilling our mission and differentiating our services to our members and potential customers.
During the unprecedented catastrophic weather events in 2011, Claims Bankcards were a key component of Nationwide’s presence in impacted communities, supporting Nationwide’s continued leadership in catastrophe response within the industry. The convenience of the card (distribution and usage) is a differentiating customer experience for our members during their time of loss and has a direct correlation to the increased customer satisfaction scores Nationwide has realized in 2011.
The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
David Billiter, Director - Research Informatics Core
The Research Informatics Core (RIC), located at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, is a high performance, innovative, and agile informatics service provider. RIC supports the Centers of Emphasis located in The Research Institute, Clinical Researchers, and National Cancer Cooperative Group and international disease consortiums/consortia. RIC provides custom application development, data integration and analytical services, image based solutions, and overall informatics consulting.
Innovation is a key ingredient to the continued success of RIC. The innovative solutions are focused in the fields of translational research, telemedicine, and predictive and personalized medicine. RIC has developed a high dimensional data warehouse solution to support clinical trials running in a cloud environment, multiple data collection applications running on mobile devices to enhance patients experience, and advance digital pathology applications utilizing a natural user interface (voice and gesture controls) and cutting-edge web-based image viewer. RIC, through its state-of-the-art solutions and services, is advancing the field of informatics while aiming to increase the cure rates and decreasing the side effects in disease.