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SOURCE ProQuest LLC
Ann Arbor-based firm is honored for innovating with customer-focused technologies
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.
For more than 30 years, InformationWeek has provided millions of IT executives worldwide with the insight and perspective they need to leverage the business value of technology. InformationWeek provides CIOs and IT executives with commentary, analysis, and research through its thriving online community, digital issues, webcasts, proprietary research, and live, in-person events. InformationWeek's award-winning editorial coverage can be found at www.informationweek.com.
InformationWeek is produced by UBM Tech, a global media business that brings together the world's technology industry through live events and online properties. Other UBM Tech's brands include EE Times, Interop, Black Hat, Game Developer Conference, CRN, and DesignCon. The company's products include research, education, training, and data services that accelerate decision making for technology buyers. UBM Tech also offers a full range of marketing services based on its content and technology market expertise, including custom events, content marketing solutions, community development, and demand generation programs. UBM Tech is a part of UBM (UBM.L), a global provider of media and information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion.
75th Anniversary of Landmark Innovation
ProQuest is celebrating the 75th anniversary of microfilm and the legacy of innovations that have supported researchers and librarians for more than a century. The launch of University Microfilms, Inc. (UMI) introduced a new era for libraries, enabling preservation and sharing of large document collections.
To commemorate this pivotal milestone, the company created a comic book that tells the story in true superhero fashion of how microfilm became the gold standard for information preservation. Eugene B. Power and the Wild Beginnings of UMI is available in print and ebook format.
About ProQuest (www.proquest.com)
ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company's products are a gateway to the world's knowledge including dissertations, governmental and cultural archives, news, historical collections and e-books. ProQuest technologies serve users across the critical points in research, helping them discover, access, share, create and manage information.
The company's cloud-based technologies offer flexible solutions for librarians, students and researchers through the ProQuest®, Bowker®, Dialog®, ebrary®, EBL® and Serials Solutions® businesses – and notable research tools such as the Summon® discovery service, RefWorks Flow™, Pivot™ and Intota®, a new library services platform. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.
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