Ann Arbor-based ProQuest® has been named in the 2012 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 tools 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.
“We are proud to be recognized again as an innovative company that is making a meaningful difference in our customers’ research experiences and helping librarians fulfill their important missions,” said Kurt Sanford, ProQuest CEO. “We continuously challenge ourselves to find better ways to connect people to information and advance scholarly research around the world.”
This is ProQuest’s fourth consecutive appearance in the InfoWeek 500. The company is being recognized for its ability to navigate in a highly competitive industry, where new market entrants come from non-traditional sources and where customers are overwhelmed, at times, by the exponential growth in information. Particularly noted is the company’s creation of an efficient, unified resource management system for libraries. Being developed through ProQuest business unit Serials Solutions®, this web-scale venture – called Intota™ – provides the library market with a single, centrally-provisioned solution to manage the entire resource lifecycle, regardless of format. Intota captures and manages each element of the library’s collection, enabling librarians to focus on the important business of evolving their library during a time of rapidly changing user expectations and information growth.
“The InformationWeek 500 has recognized the most innovative users of business technology for 24 years, and this year’s innovations were particularly impressive,” said InformationWeek Editor In Chief Rob Preston. “What the editors looked for are unconventional approaches – new technologies, new models, new ways of grabbing business opportunities and solving complex business problems with IT.”
InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation’s most innovative users of information technology with its annual 500 listing, and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments, and administrative practices of America’s best-known companies. Past overall winners include PACCAR Inc., The Vanguard Group, CME Group, National Semiconductor, Con-Way, and Principal Financial Group. The InformationWeek 500 rankings are unique among corporate rankings as it spotlights the power of innovation in information technology, rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders.