Last week, Information Week released its top 500 CIO Innovators in InformationWeek 500. The list includes companies that you would not typically expect to be the innovators in technology, for instance, Levi Strauss or Catalina Marketing. Listed below are the top five of the list. Enjoy!
No. 1: PACCAR
Key Strategy: To develop an on-board network to collect data from sensors to warn of performance problems, a navigation system crafted to meet the needs of truckers, and wireless links to send that data back to dispatchers so they have real-time information on a truck’s location and performance.
No. 2: Levi Strauss
San Francisco, Calif.
Key Strategy: Levi Strauss is using social media to redefine how the company relates to its customers. It was the first major retailer to add Facebook’s “Like” button to its commerce site and also created the first Facebook-oriented social shopping experience, where customers can share “Likes” and purchases through their Facebook networks.
No. 3: Waste Management
Key Strategy: Waste Management created a price-optimization system that uses statistical models of the factors that drive market prices in each of its 25 regions, giving pricing managers the data they need to better negotiate with customers and provide insight into whether to raise prices or not.
No. 4: Quintiles
Key Strategy: Quintiles launched Infosario to help drug makers safely get new drugs to market by providing a suite of systems to manage pharmaceutical processes, do analytics, and store and manage data.
No. 5: Catalina Marketing
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Key Strategy: Catalina Marketing uses in-database processing to more quickly analyze the massive amount of data it has on shoppers, producing within seconds predictive models that used to take hours. That has helped increase coupon redemption rates from around 1% to as high as 25% in some cases.