Minitab Congratulates Baldrige, IQPC Process Excellence Award Winners

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Users of Minitab Statistical Software around the world earn top honors in quality improvement.

Winners of this year’s top quality awards come from many industries and different parts of the world, but they have something in common: Minitab Statistical Software.

These organizations truly epitomize the spirit of quality improvement. Minitab is dedicated to meeting the needs of quality practitioners, and we’re honored that so many of these organizations use our software.

When you see a list of organizations that have achieved recognition for excellence, it’s natural to wonder whether some common element underlies their success.

Winners of this year’s Baldrige National Quality Awards and the International Quality and Productivity Center (IQPC) Process Excellence Awards for North America and Europe represent many different industries and many different parts of the world, but they do have something in common: Minitab Statistical Software.

“These organizations truly epitomize the spirit of quality improvement,” says Michelle Paret, Minitab product marketing manager. “Minitab is dedicated to meeting the needs of quality practitioners, and we’re honored that so many of these organizations use our software.”

The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is the United States’ highest presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership. Four of this year’s recipients are Minitab customers:

    MEDRAD of Warrendale, Pa.
    Nestlé Purina Petcare Co. of St. Louis, Mo.
    Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital of Downers Grove, Ill.
    Montgomery County Public Schools of Rockville, Md.

Minitab customers also swept this year’s IQPC Process Excellence Awards for North America and Europe. These awards recognize and promote quality improvement projects that demonstrate true best practices and expand and increase the application of Six Sigma globally.

Minitab has been used to analyze data in virtually every major Six Sigma quality improvement initiative worldwide. When the European Process Excellence awards, announced in April at IQPC’s annual PEX Week Europe, the list of winners was dominated by Minitab customers. Winners included:

    Best Project Contributing to Innovation: Scottish Power
    Best Lean Transformation: Virgin Media
    Best BPM Program: Firstsource Solutions USA LLC
    Best BPO Program: Serco Consulting, Serco plc
    Best Start Up Process Improvement Program: Kuwait Petroleum International
    Best Process Improvement Program: Lloyd's Register

IQPC’s 2011 Process Excellence Awards for North America were presented during the organization’s Lean Six Sigma and Process Improvement Summit in Orlando, Fla. in January. Winners included:

    Best Project Contributing to Innovation: Capgemini Business Services (India) Ltd.
    Best Green Process Improvement Project: LSG Sky Chefs
    Best Process Improvement in Service and Transaction Project:
    Large corporations: Firstsource Solutions Ltd BFSI
    Small to medium corporations: Firstsource Advantage LLC
    Best Process Improvement Project Under 90 Days: TCS eServe Ltd.
    Best Improvement Program: Anderson Packaging
    Best Start-up Program: Singtel
    Master Black Belt of the Year: Dr. Anurag Mishra, Firstsource Solutions Ltd.
    Community Contribution of the Year: Diane Francisco, Covance

As the leading provider of software and services for quality improvement, Minitab congratulates all of these organizations, and is honored to provide the data analysis package they use to achieve success.

About Minitab Inc.

Minitab Inc. is one of the world's leading developers of statistical analysis and process improvement software for academic and commercial users.

Minitab Statistical Software is the preferred data analysis tool for businesses of all sizes and is used in more than 80 countries by thousands of distinguished companies, including Toshiba, DuPont, Boeing, Royal Bank of Scotland, Nestlé and the leading Six Sigma consultants. It has been used to implement virtually every major Six Sigma quality improvement initiative, and to teach statistics in over 4,000 colleges and universities worldwide.

Quality Companion by Minitab is the package professionals use to plan and execute Six Sigma projects in companies around the world, including Xerox, ITT Industries, Providence Health System, Nissan North America, and LexisNexis.

Quality Trainer by Minitab provides easy access to quality statistics expertise whenever you need it. This subscription-based online learning course lets you learn or refresh your knowledge anytime and helps you use Minitab to apply statistics properly. Interactive lessons based on real problems make concepts easy to retain.

Minitab Inc., headquartered in State College, Pa., operates offices in the United Kingdom, France, and Australia, and has additional representatives throughout the world. For more information, visit http://www.minitab.com

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