Freeman Earns a Spot on 2011 InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators Across America
– Freeman, the premier provider of integrated marketing solutions for face-to-face events, today announced that it made this year’s InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation’s most innovative users of business technology. Freeman earned the 134th ranking on the list for creating the Event Collaboration System, a new, efficient tool for seamlessly processing customer orders. The 2011 list was revealed last night at a gala awards ceremony at the exclusive InformationWeek 500 Conference taking place at the St.Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA.
“Communicating customer requirements for execution supports the backbone of our business, and the new Event Collaboration System allows us to do so efficiently and effectively,” said Richard Maranville, chief information officer of Freeman. “The tool has saved our employees significant labor hours, meaning we can dedicate more time to customer service.”
In response to its growth, Freeman redesigned its original process to better serve customer needs as well as reduce processing time and errors. Freeman created the Event Collaboration System, a paperless tool that allows employees to manage and access event documents and work tickets in a centralized location. Other benefits include the ability to track orders throughout the process, improving planning capabilities and reducing duplication of efforts. Freeman is also planning to extend these benefits directly to customers to further improve collaboration in the near future.
“For 23 years, the InformationWeek 500 has chronicled and honored the most innovative users of business technology,” said InformationWeek Editor In Chief Rob Preston. “In this day and age, however, being innovative isn’t enough. Companies and their IT organizations need to innovate faster than ever before to stay a step or two ahead of their customers, partners, and competitors. This year’s ranking placed special emphasis on those high-octane business technology innovators.”
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. Top winners have included: The Vanguard Group, CME Group, Conway, National Semiconductor, Kimberly-Clark, Hilton Hotels and Unum. 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/.
Since 1927, Freeman has provided customers with comprehensive services for face-to-face marketing events including expositions, conventions, corporate events and exhibits. Headquartered in Dallas, with 70 offices in North America, Freeman produces more than 14,000 special events annually, including more than half of the 200 largest U.S. trade shows. Freeman has the ability to assist customers in all aspects of the trade show process, from set-up to take-down and everything in between. An employee-owned company, Freeman places an emphasis on respect for people, providing unparalleled customer service. Freeman has received numerous awards for excellence in the trade show industry. For more information visit www.freemanco.com.
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