Two Conway corporations have been recognized as digital business leaders in the 2013 InformationWeek 500, a list of top technology innovators in the U.S.
Acxiom, an enterprise data, analytics and software-as-a-service company, has been ranked No. 16. Acxiom has appeared on the list for nine of the last 10 years. This year marks the company’s second appearance in the top 20. Southwestern Energy Company, the fifth largest producer of natural gas in the U.S., made the list for the first time this year.
Technology innovations have driven Acxiom’s business for more than 44 years starting with patented identity linking, to grid based parallel processing, to numerous advances in analytics, digital media platforms, and multichannel marketing integration.
Acxiom’s roadmap for 2013 includes the release of more innovative products. In April, the company announced PrivateCloud, cloud computing technology for security sensitive organizations. Last week, Acxiom unveiled a beta version of AboutTheData.com, the first online consumer profile of its kind that allows individuals to view and update the personal data Acxiom makes available to advertisers. Later this month, Acxiom will launch the Audience Operating System, a series of technologies meant to provide marketers, agencies and publishers one to one marketing capabilities across all channels and devices.
“Acxiom is focused on delivering game changing innovations that are redefining the future of marketing,” says Scott Howe, Acxiom’s President and CEO. “Moving up in the InformationWeek 500 ranking confirms that we are on the right track.”
Southwestern Energy earned a spot for its Rig Data Intelligence (RDI) project. RDI utilizes a satellite-based local area network to collect and transmit data from rigs drilling in the field to a central Operations Support Center at SWN’s office in Conway.
“With this technology, we are able to continually monitor the drilling process in near real-time, and make modifications as needed based upon current conditions as well as data collected from previous drilling efforts,” said Christina Fowler, communications specialist.
RDI also provides improved analysis of operating trends experienced in previous drilling efforts to improve drilling success.
Fowler said the project involved multiple teams working together with industry partners, industry standards and the existing internal IT architecture to provide an innovative system rig teams and Operations Support Center have been able to use to discover new opportunities for efficiency, quality and safety.
“We are always evaluating ideas to improve our operations at Southwestern Energy. The capabilities of our RDI project have led to the discovery of new opportunities for efficiency, quality and safety,” said Jim Vick, Sr. Vice President of Business Information Services. “To earn a spot on the InformationWeek 500 and receive recognition as a leading innovator in the use of business information technology is an added bonus.”
InformationWeek is produced by UBM Tech, a global media business that brings together the world’s technology industry through live events and online properties. It identifies and honors the nation’s most innovative users of information technology with its annual InformationWeek 500 listing, and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments, and administrative practices of some of the best-known organizations in the country.
“The theme of this year’s Information Week 500 is digital business. It’s a movement, rooted in data analytics, mobile computing, social networking and other customer-focused technologies that are turning companies and industries on their ear,” said InformationWeek Editor in Chief Rob Preston. “Every enterprise is now a digital business - or needs to become one fast. The organizations in our ranking are leading the way.”
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