Ford, HP, John Deere, and XL Group Named Finalists for IIA’s 2014 Excellence in Analytics Award

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Winner to be Announced and Presented with the “ANNY” at the CAO Summit October 21, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada

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“The caliber of these four finalists and their innovative analytics programs is further proof that analytics is indeed at an inflection point."--Jack Phillips, IIA CEO and Co-Founder

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, today named Ford Motor Company, Hewlett Packard, John Deere, and XL Group as finalists for its annual Excellence in Analytics Award (The ANNY). The winner will be announced and presented with the award at IIA’s 3rd annual Chief Analytics Officer (CAO) Summit October 21, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV at the Bellagio Hotel.

Recipients of the ANNY award are nominated by IIA’s community of analytics experts and practitioners in recognition of each organization’s use of analytics to drive measurable business impact. All nominees 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, enterprise-wide 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

The finalists were selected after a rigorous review process conducted by IIA’s Research Director Tom Davenport and IIA Faculty. This annual award acknowledges companies that go above and beyond to develop advanced analytics capabilities. These trailblazing organizations make use of analytics to deliver significant business impact. Previous years’ winners have included Procter & Gamble, UnitedHealth Group, and Intermountain Healthcare.

“The caliber of these four finalists and their innovative analytics programs is further proof that analytics is indeed at an inflection point. Organizations that fail to recognize a strong analytics program as a critical component to success in a data-driven economy will no doubt be left behind. I applaud Ford, HP, John Deere, and XL Group as well as the other nominees for their strong efforts,” said IIA Co-founder and CEO, Jack Phillips.

About the CAO Summit
The CAO Summit is one of IIA’s signature client events that convenes analytics professionals to discuss and share the latest research findings and best practices in analytics. The event is designed for business leaders charged to deliver measurable impact with analytics. With a cross-industry focus, the CAO Summit will provide thought-provoking strategies and tactics to advance any analytics program. For more information about the CAO Summit, visit

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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 Research Director Thomas H. 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 Enterprise Research clients gain access to an extensive research library, faculty-moderated executive roundtables and phone conversations. IIA also provides analytics benchmarking, 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 or call 503-467-0210.

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