Hot IT Projects at Biogen, Sony Pictures and 22 Other Firms

Infrastructure upgrades, a data center buildout and a major virtualization undertaking are among the hot IT projects underway at the 24 Fortune-ranked and mid-market companies highlighted here. Biogen, the Department of Homeland Security and Sony Pictures are among the organizations featured in our latest roundup.

Information for this feature is provided exclusively to CIO Insight by the researchers at DiscoverOrg and covers technology deployments, software implementations, and IT department changes across Fortune-ranked and mid-market companies.

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Biogen Idec

Weston, MA

Implementing Blue Coat Web Content Filtering globally. Scott Berg, Project Manager, is leading the initiative.


Auburn Hills, MI

Has a comprehensive rights management system in place and is seeing an increase in its deployment across the enterprise. Jamal Farhat, CIO, is involved in the initiative. 

Centra Health

Lynchburg, VA

Chooses TIGR’s unique communication system for condition-specific educational content, patient safety information and other hospital messaging.

City of Bloomington

Bloomington, IN

Completed a strategic plan for internal, online and broadcast video services. Rick Dietz, Director, Information Technology, is involved in the project.

Cricket Communications / Leap Wireless

San Diego, CA

Completed a corporate billing system restructuring project. Nick Gottner, Senior Project Manager, led the project.

Department of Homeland Security

Washington, DC

Pursuing on-demand video capabilities for smartphone mobile use. Richard Spires, CIO, is involved in the initiative.

Edwards Brothers

Ann Arbor, MI

Implementing massive infrastructure upgrades, including server consolidations, virtualization and networking upgrades. Barb Dawson, CIO, is involved in the process.

Idaho Power

Boise, ID

Implemented Archer GRC. Jared Thompson, Enterprise Systems Administrator, led the project. Thompson also recently led the project to implement Team Foundation Server 2010 and oversees ongoing server support.

Insight Enterprises

Tempe, AZ

Migrated its infrastructure from SQL Server 2000/2005 x86 to SQL Server 2008 x64. John Couch, Lead Database Administrator, led the project. 

Neiman Marcus

Dallas, TX

Michael R. Kingston, CIO, oversaw the upgrade of VMware View 3.1 to 4.6.

Ryan Specialty Group

Chicago, IL

Implemented a secondary data center with hardware and software failover for all primary enterprise systems. Rick Olsen, Manager, IT Infrastructure & Support, led the project.

SafeAuto Insurance

Columbus, OH

Implementing Cisco Nexus 1000v in VMware Virtual Center for Cisco distributed switching. Diallo Earley, Senior Systems Engineer, is heading the project. 

Scripps Networks

Knoxville, TN

In the midst of a business process re-engineering initiative for ad sales, trafficking, billing and ad serving.

Sealed Air

Elmwood Park, NJ

In the midst of merging with Diversey. CIO Warren Kudman is overseeing the consolidation of the IT departments. 

Seattle Children’s Hospital

Seattle, WA

Completed an Oracle eBusiness Suite system migration. Drexel DeFord, CIO, was involved in the project. The organization also recently completed Cystic Fibrosis, Croup and Febrile Seizure Clinical Standard Pathway Design & Implementation projects.

Shands Jacksonville Medical Center

Jacksonville, FL

Selected the Rothman Index as a solution to address improvements in the quality and cost of patient care. CIO Kari Cassel will oversee the deployment. 

Sony Computer Entertainment

Foster City, CA

Implementing a data integration platform. Vishal Verma, Senior Enterprise Data Architect, is leading the project.

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Culver City, CA

Rolling out Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8 across the enterprise. Laura Pastoriza, Program Manager, is right-sizing and overseeing the process. 

Southwest Airlines

Dallas, TX

Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7 Enterprise, affecting 15,000+ computers and 38,000 end users. Tom Sparks, Senior Program manager, is leading the project. 


Miamisburg, OH

Upgrading Oracle from to 12.1.3. Terry Highley, Team Lead, Oracle Database Administrator, is leading the project.

TravelCenters of America

Westlake, OH

Upgraded from HCM 8.9 to HCM 9.1 and also upgraded to Peopletools 8.51.05. Eamonn Cannon, Senior PeopleSoft Programmer Analyst led the projects.

Travelers Companies

St. Paul, MN

Upgrading to Windows 7, Office 2010 and Internet Explorer 9. 

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

In the midst of a large-scale virtualization of its physical servers. Henry Pritchard, Computer Systems Engineer, is involved in the project. 


Long Beach, CA

Completed a refresh project for its Frankfurt data center network and servers. Ron Glickman, CIO, was involved in the project. 

Source: CIO Insight / DiscoverOrg, June 5, 2012

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