Cummins Inc. Earns Spot on 2012 InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators Across America

COLUMBUS, Ind.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– September 17,2012

Cummins Inc. (CMI) today announced that it was among a select number of companies on this year’s InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation’s most innovative users of business technology. The annual list was revealed late last week during an awards ceremony at the exclusive InformationWeek 500 Conference. Cummins Inc. last received this honor in 2007.

“Cummins was founded on innovation and it remains one of our core values today,” said Bruce Carver, Cummins Vice President and Chief Information Officer. “Globally, our 45,000 employees working together generate the ingenuity necessary to make us better, fast, first. We are honored to be recognized by InformationWeek as one of the top 500 technology innovators.”

During 2011, while Cummins was growing from a $13 billion to $18 billion company, it was important to harness business innovations to support it. The Order Management System (OMS) was one innovation that played a key role. Cummins Emission Solutions (CES) implemented the OMS in 2011, allowing for rapid expansion of the CES business, a key factor in the growth of the entire enterprise. This impact of the OMS was a primary reason that Cummins received the InformationWeek award.

CES was launched in 2002 and in just 10 years ago, the business has grown to a $1 billion business within Cummins. The Order Management System provides CES increased capabilities, streamlines processes and offers greater flexibility to be more responsive to customer needs. OMS also provides the foundation on which Cummins receives, schedules, and manages orders throughout North America, enabling Cummins employees to respond more swiftly to customers.

A cross-functional team of business experts and IT professionals worked together for more than 18 months on the development and implementation of the new system. Dwayne Allen, Executive Director of IT in Components, said, “This was a team win across the board: a successful implementation offering new business capabilities and aligning with our long term IT strategies while improving service to our customers.” The solution went live on one of the top transactions days in the 10-year history of CES with no issues or disruption of service.

“The InformationWeek 500 has recognized the most innovative users of business technology for 24 years, and this year’s innovations were particularly impressive,” said InformationWeek Editor In Chief Rob Preston. “What the editors looked for are unconventional approaches—new technologies, new models, new ways of grabbing business opportunities and solving complex business problems with IT.”

InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation’s most innovative users of information technology with its annual 500 listing, and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments, and administrative practices of America’s best-known companies. Past overall winners include PACCAR Inc., The Vanguard Group, CME Group, National Semiconductor, Con-Way, and Principal Financial Group. The InformationWeek 500 rankings are unique among corporate rankings as it spotlights the power of innovation in information technology, rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders.

Additional details on the InformationWeek 500 can be found online at www.informationweek.com/iw500/.

 

About Cummins

Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, (USA) Cummins employs approximately 44,000 people worldwide and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of more than 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 6,500 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.85 billion on sales of $18.0 billion in 2011. News releases can be found on the Web at www.cummins.com.

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Congratulations to the 2012 Top 10 Breakaway Leaders!

Please join the CIO Leadership Network Board, the Global CIO Executive Summit Governing Body, the Judging Panel and our entire CIO community in offering up congratulations to the winners of this year’s Top 10 Breakaway Leaders Award.

Last night, we celebrated the leadership, dedication and influence of 10 individuals in our own community who have risen above the rest and were recognized as 2012 Breakaway Leaders.

This year’s awards focused on the theme of Business Acceleration and Leadership in the Evolving Global Economy – Predict. Transform. Deliver. This is the only CIO awards program where winners are determined by the CIO peer community alongside an elite judging panel.

John Foley, Former Lead Solo Pilot, Blue Angels; Nancy Wolk, CIO, Alcoa Inc.; Jill Singer, CIO, National Reconnaissance Office; Haden Land, VP, Engineering & CTO, Lockheed Martin Corporation; Don Stuckert, VP, Technology & Security, British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority; Ralph Loura, CIO, The Clorox Company; Michael Dunn, VP & CIO, SuperMedia; Dr. Curtis A. Carver Jr., Vice Chancellor & CIO, University System of Georgia; Twila Day, SVP & CIO, Sysco Corporation; Tom Murphy, CIO, DaVita Inc., Awards Chair

Not Pictured: Robert Dixon, SVP & Global CIO, PepsiCo, Inc. and Kristin Russell, Secretary of Technology & CIO, State of Colorado

“On behalf of more than 285,000 PepsiCo associates around the world, it is my pleasure to congratulate Robert Dixon, Jr. for his well-deserved recognition as a “Top 10 Breakaway Leader.” In the five years that Robert has served as PepsiCo’s global CIO, he has transformed our IT organization into a capability engine for the company. Robert’s unwavering focus on enabling PepsiCo’s performance by elevating the performance of his IT teams continues to generate value for our business and all of our stakeholders. Robert also embodies Performance with Purpose – PepsiCo’s promise to do right for the business by doing right for people and the planet – as demonstrated by his steadfast commitment to developing the next generation of IT leaders. We are deeply proud of Robert and join his wife, Sheree, children Robert Dixon III and Kiah, as well as the PepsiCo Business + Information Solutions organization in celebrating this tremendous recognition of Robert’s talents and achievements.”

– John Compton, President, PepsiCo, Inc.

How Charlotte’s CIO Prepared for the Democratic National Convention

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First Lady Michelle Obama and party leaders will take the stage Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. What you won’t see is the massive effort by the city to boost its security and technology infrastructure to host this event. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how Charlotte CIO Jeff Stovall pulled together the IT infrastructure.

In roughly 18 months, Stovall’s team undertook more than 100 projects, some large and some small, to be ready for the convention. His work shows what CIOs can do on a pressing deadline. If you think rolling out Windows 8 will be a challenge, try upgrading your organization’s security, network capabilities and call centers and then inviting the world’s media to visit to see how well it works.

“There isn’t a blueprint for how to do a Democratic National Convention,” Stovall told CIO Journal. So, he looked for experts and he contracted with Molly Rauzi, the former CIO of Denver. She experienced the 2008 Democratic National Convention and helped him determine Charlotte’s level of readiness.

“We have gone through some rapid maturing of our IT practices in order to manage the size and scope of an event like this,” said Stovall. One big undertaking was creating an enterprise-wide project management office that could handle the convention-related projects concurrently with large municipal projects such as replacing the city’s 35-year-old mainframe ERP system and moving to an Intel-based server system.

Attendance at the convention is expected to be only half of what the CIAA basketball tournament draws to Charlotte each year. Yet, so many of the convention’s attendees are high-level government officials and media that it calls for a whole different level of response in security and telecommunications, said Stovall.

Some of the largest projects involved beefing up the city’s security. Stovall’s team installed a city-wide video surveillance system that required an upgrade to the network’s capacity and storage. “You can’t host a national security event without having that level of capability,” said Stovall, who adds that the city’s video capabilities previously were ‘limited.’ His team also installed a digital radio system with encryption for the police and fire departments. The city received about $50 million in federal grants to pay for security-related costs but Stovall couldn’t break out how much of that was spent on information technology.

“The biggest challenge was coordinating the different staff and projects that needed to take place,” said Bellverie Ross, who oversees the city’s program management office. For example, the city upgraded its five call centers to voice over IP technology that will handle calls to the 311 information system and also handle questions about bus routes from convention attendees. Overall, the city involved about 125 of its IT professionals in convention planning along with additional outside contractors.

Even though the convention has started, the work isn’t done. “We are running a 24-hour help desk today and through the rest of the week,” said Stovall, adding that Ross has created an auxiliary help desk for technology that has been recently deployed. Tuesday morning, Stovall and Ross were busy staging those help desks. With any luck, the calls will be few and far between.

 

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