The ANNY Excellence in Analytics Award

2018 ANNY Finalists

Congratulations to our 2018 ANNY Excellence in Analytics Award finalists!

Freddie Mac, HDFC Bank, Honeywell, and Steelcase used advanced analytics in innovative ways to drive measurable business results. The four finalists will share best practices and lessons learned from their winning projects at IIA’s Analytics Symposium – Atlanta on Oct. 10, 2018, where the winner will be announced and presented with the 2018 ANNY award.

About the ANNY Award

The ANNY Excellence in Analytics Award acknowledges companies that go above and beyond to develop advanced analytics capabilities. Since 2012, the International Institute for Analytics has presented this award each fall at our Analytics Symposium.

Selection Process

Organizations are evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Outcomes: Evidence of sustained, measurable success against planned targets and objectives

  • Ambition: Evidence of innovative and unique quantitative analytical techniques being applied

  • Scale: Level of coordinated internal resources to foster a meaningful, enterprise-wide analytics program

  • Skills: Evidence of a commitment to improving analytical skills of all user types across the enterprise

  • Insights: Evidence of higher quality insights and decision-making resulting in the analytical activity

Finalists – and eventually the winner – are selected after a rigorous review process conducted by IIA Faculty led by Co-Founder Tom Davenport and CAO Bill Franks.

Previous Winners

2017 Recipient:

CEO Jack Phillips and CAO Bill Franks present the ANNY Award to Sri Srikanth and Corey Sykes from Cisco

Cisco’s marketing division won the Excellence in Analytics Award for its Marketing Accountability analytics initiative. Cisco marketing’s analytics team guided the organization to focus on three key performance indicators tied to several core functions: customer and partner engagement, lead generation, and marketing-sourced bookings. Dashboards track the three indicators and assess performance across all of Cisco’s marketing activities on a daily basis. Marketing functional teams use the dashboards to plan, execute and enhance campaigns, and senior leadership use them to optimize investments.

“Cisco’s marketing analytics project stood out for its clear, measurable business impact and is a great example of well-executed change management,” said IIA Chief Analytics Officer Bill Franks. “Congratulations to Cisco for its highly effective analytics initiative.”

The other two finalists for the 2017 ANNY were Bank of America Merchant Services and Navistar.

2016 Recipient:


IIA CEO Jack Phillips and Research Director, Dan Magestro present the 2016 Excellence in Analytics Award to Tori Rollings and Ken Masters of Caterpillar.

The International Institute for Analytics is pleased to announce that Caterpillar Inc. has won the 2016 Excellence in Analytics Award. Tori Rollings, Manager Assurance of Supply and Ken Masters, Information & Analysis Supervisor of Caterpillar accepted the award on behalf of their organization.

“Caterpillar’s supply network optimization project is a shining example of how analytics can provide critical insights and make processes more efficient,” said IIA Co-Founder and CEO Jack Phillips. “Congratulations to Caterpillar for creating such an innovative and successful analytics strategy.”

Watch the video that showcases Caterpillar’s winning initiative:

The 2016 Finalists for the Excellence in Analytics Award were:

  • Caterpillar
  • Hallmark
  • Lenovo
  • Owens Corning
  • Sydney Water
  • Unity Point
  • University of Utah Healthcare

2015 Recipient:

UPMC Health Plan was awarded the 2015 Excellence in Analytics Award for its development of The Learning Engine, a tool for surfacing and evolving the knowledge required to optimize quality of care for UPMC Health Plan’s member population.

The 2015 Finalists for the Excellence in Analytics Award were:

  • Dignity Health
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Enova International
  • UPMC Health Plan
  • XL Catlin

2014 Recipient:

Ford Motor Company was awarded the 2014 Excellence in Analytics Award for its impressive work optimizing inventory management for its nearly 3,000 Ford and Lincoln dealerships in North America with its “SMART INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM” (SIMS). SIMS uses advanced analytics to produce dealer-specific vehicle order recommendations to ensure dealers have the right number and mix of inventory to accommodate customer preferences and demand. As a result, SIMS increased annual revenue and Ford dealerships are confidently making smart and cost-effective inventory ordering decisions.

The 2014 Finalists for the Excellence in Analytics Award were:

2013 Recipients:

2012 Recipient:


The Excellence in Analytics Award


IIA CEO Jack Phillips presents the 2015 ANNY Award to Dr. Pamela Peele of UPMC


IIA CEO Jack Phillips presents the 2014 Excellence in Analytics Award to John Ginder of the Ford Motor Company.


IIA Faculty Member Dwight McNeill, IIA Co-Founder Tom Davenport and IIA CEO Jack Phillips present Intermountain Healthcare with the 2013 Excellence in Analytics Award


IIA Co-Founder Tom Davenport presents the 2012 Excellence in Analytics Award to Procter & Gamble.

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