High-powered analytics in the real world

Computerworld Data 2016 illustration by Michael Morgenstern [SINGLE USE]
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The 2016 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards honorees were selected for their ability to make smarter decisions for their organizations by extracting business insights from big data (sortable chart, below)

Welcome to the stories of the 2016 Computerworld Data+ Editors’ Choice Award honorees.

Chosen by a panel of Computerworld editors, this year’s 20 winning organizations have used data analytics to achieve a wide spectrum of gains, from improving business profitability to uncovering trends in criminal activity and reducing energy use — even keeping trains running on schedule.

Interested in finding a project that might be specific to what you do? We've collected and categorized them all in a searchable table, below — click through any item in the first column to see a project profile. Or, you can browse the projects by clicking through them in the navigation strip at the bottom of this story and all the project profiles. And remember to read through the full September digital magazine, which features the winners as well as news analysis, opinions and more.

2016 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards Projects

A.W. Chesterton Develop a comprehensive view of the company's sales health and activity worldwide Industrial products manufacturer Business intelligence and analytics software Targit
BRF Enable better and faster price reporting and research, and automate manual processes Food supplier Revenue and profit optimization software PROS
Cerner Build a more complete picture of people's health and predict potential risks Healthcare technology Big data analytics system Cloudera
CPL Online Process vast amounts of data to spot trends and provide customers with useful analysis Education Big data analytics system Lexis_Nexis Risk Solutions
Duke Energy Increase satisfaction by enabling customers to take control of their energy usage Energy Data analytics Tendril
GE Healthcare Migrate to a next-generation integration engine with zero disruption to customers Healthcare technology Enterprise service bus Talend
Halton Regional Police Service Implement a BI platform to extract value from data scattered throughout the organization Government Data warehouse, business intelligence, GPS Hexagon
Jet Propulsion Laboratory Search and analyze petabytes of past mission data in many formats, saving time and money Government Cloud-based interactive search and analytics In-house development
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Improve the efficiency and responsiveness of transportation operations, and better predict costs Government Real-time data feed aggregator In-house development, also partnered with Waze, Esri
KPMG Digitize client onboarding services in a searchable format to improve speed, accuracy and quality Professional services NoSQL database MarkLogic
Life Fitness Reduce downtime of gym equipment by anticipating problems before they happen Fitness equipment manufacturer Remote monitoring service In-house development
MFC Netform Center operations around ERP as a competitive differentiator to grow business Automotive equipment supplier Cloud-based ERP software Plex Systems
Pinterest Deliver a scaled help and support experience for users in a shorter amount of time Social media Customer satisfaction prediction application Zendesk
Qiagen Give sales teams data-driven insights from growing volumes of data Life science research and diagnostics App store, analytics database In-house development
Rhodes Group/TriCore Provide actionable lab result information to health plans, care coordinators and clinicians Healthcare technology Predictive analytics In-house development
State of Arkansas Reward healthcare providers that deliver high-quality care at reasonable costs Government Big data analytics system General Dynamics Health Solutions
Takeda Pharmaceuticals Capture an oncology drug patient's entire journey by managing prescription data at a lower level Pharmaceuticals Data management platform and analytics tool LiquidHub, Liquid Analytics, Tableau Software
TD Bank Deliver data to business users quickly, securely and with on-demand access Banking Data management tool Podium Data
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Use predictive analytics to reduce the occurrence of surgical site infections during colon surgery Healthcare Enterprise analytics platform Dell
Utah Transit Authority Keep trains on schedule, assess gaps in coverage and identify ways to improve services Government Big data analytics system Information Builders

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