YRC Worldwide Inc. today announced that it has been named to the 2011 InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation's most innovative users of business technology. The 2011 list was revealed last night at the awards ceremony at the exclusive InformationWeek 500 Conference held in Dana Point, CA.
As part of the survey for the ranking, InformationWeek evaluated the YRC Remodeling the Mainframe Project. In March 2009, YRC Worldwide completed a merger of the Yellow and Roadway transportation networks, creating YRC. While the transportation network was unified, the information was not. YRC applications ran on separate, non-integrated mainframes, an approach that created user-access and system-management challenges. The project consolidated all mainframe applications into a single environment and integrated the capabilities, allowing YRC to manage the workload across multiple physical machines. The move to one environment required changes in the YRC physical hardware configuration and similar system-level configurations.
"It is an honor to be recognized again this year by InformationWeek," said Mike Naatz, president-customer care division and chief customer officer of YRC Worldwide. "This award is a direct reflection of our continued commitment to developing technologies to enhance our transportation network. Remodeling the Mainframe Project was an innovative way for our company to improve our IT approach, cut costs and create a beneficial new billing structure. By migrating applications, this project has encouraged employees throughout YRC to adopt new, unified work practices – and a more unified team effort that continues to grow as we move forward."
"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."