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View the 2008 winners.

TDWI's Best Practices Awards program is designed to identify and honor companies that have demonstrated best practices in developing, deploying, and maintaining applications for business intelligence, data warehousing, and related data management areas (like data quality and master data management). View a list of 2008 Best Practice cagegories. Winners are chosen by a panel of independent judges who have expertise in the field. Judges select winners from written applications and, if needed, follow-up interviews. They score entries on business value, maturity, innovation, and relevance to other organizations.


Any private or public company, government agency, or non-profit agency, which has implemented a BI/DW application to enhance corporate decision making is eligible. Applicants may nominate themselves for this award, or their solution vendor may nominate them. Solutions vendors may only nominate themselves if they are submitting an internal application that involves more than implementing your own product.

Organizations may apply in no more than two categories, and must submit a separate application for each category. Companies that submitted entries the prior year (but were not chosen) may enter again, but applications must be updated for the current year and re-submitted. Winners from a previous year may submit an entry for a new or different BI/DW implementation/category.

Judging Criteria

A team of judges comprised of TDWI staff and faculty members evaluates the entries using the following criteria:

  • Business Impact. What is the business value of the BI/DW initiative?
  • Maturity. To what degree has the solution's 'vision' been implemented?
  • Relevance. Does the BI/DW environment exemplify best practices that other companies can adopt?
  • Innovation. Does the BI/DW environment use an innovative design or approach? Innovation can relate to technology, business, organization, methodology, and so on.

Everyone who submits an award application receives feedback from TDWI judges in the form of constructive criticism. Entrants can apply this feedback to improving their implementation or their award application (which they can resubmit in a subsequent year).

TDWI may declare multiple winners per category or decline to declare a winner if the judges feel none of the entrants represent a best practice in the industry.