Ann Arbor-based ProQuest is making its fifth consecutive appearance in the InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation’s most innovative users of business technology. ProQuest is best known for its creation of information and technology solutions that support research. InformationWeek is a premier source of news and analysis of leading-edge products and vendors in the business IT industry. Its InformationWeek 500 list is considered unique among industry rankings for its spotlight on the power of innovation in information technology.
Highlighted in ProQuest’s submission is the company’s revival of the iconic Dialog® corporate information service, making its rich, unique content – about a billion digital documents – accessible for the first time to researchers of all skill levels. Dialog was the world’s first commercial online information service, launched decades in advance of the Internet. Despite its storied past, the service’s search technology was left unchanged during the information revolution. Searching Dialog content required advanced techniques and intensive tutoring, leaving its unique combination of highly sought and informative data inaccessible to a generation of users raised on Google. ProQuest acquired Dialog, invested in its rebirth and delivered a completely rebuilt and widely acclaimed service earlier this year. Now called ProQuest Dialog, it is an intuitive, robust information service that supports businesses that rely on intensive, thorough information searches, such as STM, legal and patent, and pharmaceuticals firms.
“This recognition reinforces our commitment to continuously evolving, challenging the status quo, and taking risks to deliver outstanding research solutions to our customers,” said Rich Belanger, ProQuest CIO. “Innovation is one of the values that defines ProQuest as a company so it is particularly gratifying to be highly ranked among our peers. We take great pride in this honor.”
“The theme of this year’s InformationWeek 500 is digital business. It’s a movement, rooted in data analytics, mobile computing, social networking, and other customer‐focused technologies that are turning companies and industries on their ear,” said InformationWeek Editor In Chief Rob Preston. “Every enterprise is now a digital business—or needs to become one fast. The organizations in our ranking are leading the way.”
InformationWeek identifies and honors the most innovative users of information technology in the U.S. with its annual InformationWeek 500 listing, and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments, and administrative practices of some of the best‐known organizations in the country. Past overall winners include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, PACCAR Inc., The Vanguard Group, CME Group, National Semiconductor, Con‐Way, and Principal Financial Group. Unique among corporate rankings, the InformationWeek 500 spotlights the power of innovation in information technology.