Caterpillar, Hallmark, Lenovo, Owens Corning, Sydney Water, UnityPoint, University of Utah Healthcare Named Finalists for ANNY Excellence in Analytics Award

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Winner to be announced at 2016 International Institute for Analytics Symposium in Boston

2016 Analytics Symposium - Boston
“The seven ANNY finalists went above and beyond to develop advanced analytics capabilities that have created lasting benefits for their businesses,” said IIA CEO Jack Phillips.

The International Institute for Analytics (IIA), the leading independent research and advisory firm focused exclusively on guiding its clients to leverage the power of analytics, named the finalists for the 2016 ANNY Award to recognize their dedication to using analytics to improve business results at the project or organizational level. The winner will be announced at IIA’s Analytics Symposium in Boston Sept. 26-27.

Organizations were invited to submit an application or were nominated by IIA’s Research and Advisory Network of analytics experts and practitioners because they demonstrated excellence in their use of advanced analytics to drive measurable business impact. All nominees and applicants were asked to complete an in-depth application and were evaluated in five key areas:

  • Outcomes: Evidence of sustained, measurable success against planned targets and objectives
  • Ambition: Evidence of innovative and unique quantitative analytical techniques being applied
  • Scale: Level of coordinated internal resources to foster a meaningful, enterprisewide analytics program
  • Skills: Evidence of a commitment to improving analytical skills of all user types across the enterprise
  • Insights: Evidence of higher-quality insights and decision-making resulting in the analytical activity

A panel of judges led by IIA Vice President and Research Director Daniel Magestro closely reviewed each application. After the judges’ careful consideration and casting of their anonymous ballots, Caterpillar Inc.; Hallmark Cards Inc.; Lenovo; Owens Corning; Sydney Water Corp. together with Data61 and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation; UnityPoint Health; and University of Utah Healthcare were named the finalists for the 2016 ANNY.

“The seven ANNY finalists went above and beyond to develop advanced analytics capabilities that have created lasting benefits for their businesses,” said IIA CEO Jack Phillips. “We look forward to celebrating their success and innovation at the Analytics Symposium in Boston and announcing the winner at the Welcome Reception Sept. 26.”

The Analytics Symposium is an annual event that brings together analytics practitioners and thought leaders — including IIA’s clients, faculty and expert network — for moderated discussions on key analytics topics, industry specifics and functional applications. This year’s event is being held at the State Room in Boston and features keynote addresses and guest speakers from organizations including Intel Corp. and John Deere.

The International Institute for Analytics (IIA) is an independent research and advisory firm for organizations committed to accelerating their business through the power of analytics. Co-founded by Tom Davenport and CEO Jack Phillips, IIA works across a breadth of industries to uncover actionable insights from its network of analytics practitioners, industry experts and faculty. IIA’s research clients gain access to an extensive research library, faculty-moderated executive roundtables and phone conversations. IIA also provides analytics assessments, dynamic inquiry and advisory services to its members, allowing business leaders and analytics professionals to keep their fingers on the pulse of analytics in the new data economy. Since its inception SAS, Intel, Teradata and Dell have supported IIA as underwriters. For more information about IIA, and how you can become a member, visit

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