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PNNL named to CIO 100 - again

Lab honored for creating new software that streamlines project management

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August 25, 2009 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. — Developing an original project management software put the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in a list of the nation's 100 organizations that most effectively use technology to create business value.

PNNL will be honored with a CIO 100 award from the business technology leadership magazine CIO at an award ceremony tonight as part of the CIO 100 Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo. This is the second year in a row that the magazine has recognized PNNL, which was the first national laboratory to receive CIO 100 honors in 2008. This year's other recipients include IBM, GE Energy, AT&T and the Internal Revenue Service.

The laboratory earned CIO 100 status this year for creating collaborative project management software called Project Central. The software is designed to provide a central framework for managers and staff to measure, monitor and report on the progress of their projects.

"Project Central is valuable tool that creates one key place for managers to keep tabs on their ever-changing projects," said PNNL CIO Jerry Johnson. "It can replace isolated computer applications and allow PNNL researchers to concentrate on what they do best — develop and deploy science and technology that addresses big challenges in energy, the environment, national security and basic science."

PNNL staff integrated three existing commercial software systems that the laboratory uses — Oracle Business Intelligence, Hewlett-Packard TRIM and Microsoft SharePoint — to create the one-of-a-kind software application. Project Central is designed specifically to streamline management for the approximately 3,000 research, development and other projects that PNNL does each year. The software should dramatically decrease the need for physical document storage and enable quicker access to important records.

Until May, Project Central was used at PNNL on a pilot project basis. The laboratory then began incrementally rolling out the software for wider use at the end of May and expects to have most new projects managed with Project Central during the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

Go to conference website for more information about the CIO 100 Symposium.


Tags: Energy, Environment, National Security

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