Skip to Content
Author's profile photo Christine Donato

Vote Now! Top 5 Companies Embracing Disruptive Technology

SuperNova Award Image.PNG

Did you vote yet?

I’m talking about the 2015 Constellation SuperNova Awards, of course!  Voting lasts two weeks beginning on Monday September 21, 2015 and ending on Friday October 2, 2015.

What are the 2015 SuperNova Awards?

Disruptive technology keeps the world constantly improving, and only the companies that take the risk to innovate will excel. To fully and successfully adopt disruptive technology, leaders must overcome many challenges.  Resistance from those who fear change, myopia, and financial constraints can all impede a leader’s ability to take the leap.

The 2015 SuperNova Awards celebrate the organizational leaders who have beaten the odds to successfully apply disruptive technologies to their organizations.

The five finalists are strong leaders who have helped their organizations (and society as a whole) realize that when new and emerging technologies succeed, wonderful things can happen.

Vote for your pick here.

Your vote matters.

The panelist of judges is comprised of influential thought leaders and journalists who think futuristically and understand digital business.

Winners will be determined by a combination of public votes and judges’ votes. The judges’ votes will be weighted at 70% of the total.

You, the voter, control 30% of the finalists’ fate.  Click here and vote now.

Winners will be announced on November 4, 2015 at the SuperNova Awards Gala Dinner.

Meet the finalists:

The finalists are recognized as individuals who demonstrate the most forethought, creativity, and measured-audacity in successfully implementing emerging technologies for their organizations.

Check out the five finalists below.  You can vote for your favorite by following the link on their logo or name.

SNA_Mercy.pngMercy Health, Jamie Oswald, Associate Principal Data Analyst:

Mercy, the 7th largest Catholic health care system in the US, employs nearly 40,000 people and serves millions of patients each year.

Running Mercy’s 30+ perioperative units proved costly. With medical reimbursements declining and supply costs going up, Mercy had to find opportunities to better manage its finances.

By leveraging its existing analytics toolset (SAP BusinessObjects) and SAP HANA as a sidecar database for performance, Mercy can now analyze a vast amount of data and determine which procedures or supply categories have the most variability.

Analyzing the supplies used on total knee replacements saved over $1.2 million dollars in the last fiscal year. Operationally, Mercy was able to improve operating room block utilization by 12%, and the organization also eliminated an auto-transfusion device from a number of cases, saving unnecessary process and cost without negatively impacting the procedure’s outcome.

Read the full blog here.

SNA_Indiana.pngThe State of Indiana, Joshua Marshall, Deputy CIO, MPH, State of Indiana:

Problem solvers by nature, if a Hoosier feels something needs to be fixed, they’ll work as hard as they can to do it.

Traditionally, the state spread funding evenly across initiatives, targeting the issues that officials “suspected” were the root causes of problems. However, the state’s infant mortality rate is alarmingly high, and it needed a way to effectively analyze each contributing factor and properly fix the problem.

By running SAP HANA to store and process data and SAP Predictive Analysis and SAP Lumira for visualization and analytics capabilities, the state is able to examine infant mortality in new ways and use sophisticated algorithms to identify at-risk subpopulations.

As result, the state developed legislation and approved $13 million in funding for targeted prenatal programs and implemented a state-wide public awareness campaign. Now women identified as high risk can be connected to programs targeted to their situation for better prenatal care.

Beyond the issue of infant mortality, state leaders aim to use a data-driven approach to tackle other problems including domestic violence and recidivism.

Read the full blog posts here:

Running Gov’t Like a Business

Infant Mortality

Lowering Recidivism

SNA_MUDO.jpgMUDO, Rasim Manavoglu, CIO, MUDO:

MUDO is the leading Turkish retailer of clothing lines, furniture, accessories, and home decoration. Starting in 1964 as a small gift shop, MUDO has grown to include 125 stores nationwide as well as a strong online presence.

This fast growth creates a tremendous amount of data each day, and the company needed a better way to gather comprehensible insights from this information.

The answer was SAP Business Warehouse powered by SAP HANA to better manage the data from different non-SAP source systems. With its new solution, MUDO significantly improved reporting performance with faster user response times, more productivity, real-time execution of ad hoc requests, and insight into very detailed transactional data.

Within 3 months of go-live, MUDO noted 50% fewer reports, 96% less time spent on reporting, and a 50% reduction in development time. The company expects to save one million USD in the first year.

SNA_ConAgra.jpgConAgra Foods, David Tomlinson, Senior IT Director, ConAgra Foods:

ConAgra Foods, Inc., is one of North America’s largest packaged food companies with 12.3 million food products sold daily.

To better understand the forecast of product demand and costs associated with input, production, and supply chain, ConAgra partnered with SAP.

Its new solution runs on the SAP HANA Platform and provides costs at the lowest level of granularity and forecasting capabilities to model scenarios to better predict the future.

Since implementation, the company has increased its decision making, improved performance, and can now understand the true cost and revenue drivers at the product and customer level.

In addition, by leveraging greater detail in costs related to transportation, ConAgra was able to work with certain retailers to modify rates and save thousands of dollars.

SNA_NBA.jpgNational Basketball Association (NBA) , Bill Zhang, Senior Director, Product Strategy GTM, Platform Solutions Group, SAP, SAP and the NBA:

The NBA is a global sports and media business built around three professional sports leagues.

With a desire to provide teams, media, and fans with access to advanced analytics for a deeper understanding of the game in real time, the NBA partnered with SAP. The partnership aims to grow and celebrate the game of basketball on a global basis while showcasing the power of SAP HANA.

The NBA wanted to make its collection of 70 years’ worth of statistics available to the global fan base, providing an optimal digital experience.

SAP HANA was able to handle tens-of-thousands of concurrent fans on the page while delivering an unprecedented statistical experience. Now the site is utilized by enthusiastic fans, the media, and all 30 NBA teams as the one-stop source for all NBA statistics.

Content from can be easily shared with others via the social networks Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

SAP HANA has dramatically improved the NBA’s ability to engage with the growing global fan base.  By enabling faster data and video uploads and supporting innovative interactive capabilities, website traffic has increased by over 65% and boosted the average time spent on the site by approximately 60%. The statistical data on the site can be viewed in more than 4.5 quadrillion combinations providing an unparalleled resource for everything fans and media want to know about the game.

For more information on the 2015 SuperNova Awards, click here.

For more stories, follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Assigned Tags

      Be the first to leave a comment
      You must be Logged on to comment or reply to a post.