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Computerworld places Walgreens CIO on ‘Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2012’ list

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens’ chief information officer Tim Theriault has been named to Computerworld‘s "Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2012," a list that annually recognizes individuals who have made significant impacts on their organization through technology excellence and leadership, the drug retailer announced Friday.

"This is great recognition for our IT professionals who share a passion for creative ideas, innovative technology and developing IT strategies that can significantly enhance a company’s work environment," Theriault said. "At Walgreens, we’ve built a sophisticated platform for the future to support an expanding suite of healthcare services, more than 240,000 employees and our expansive national footprint of more than 7,700 stores."

Under Theriault’s direction, Walgreens IT team recently began Walgreens 2.0, a multi-year initiative to enhance the company’s technology infrastructure across multiple platforms. The project comprises several key components, including:

  • New data center: The new center will feature new technology and bring added capacity;

  • Scalable healthcare platform: Connecting data across the Walgreens network that leverages new technology to support and further the company’s transformation as a leading health and daily living destination;

  • Next generation store technology: New store applications, technology and point-of-sale systems to enhance customer service and the overall shopping experience for customers; and

  • Internal technology enhancements: Email, web conferencing and mobile upgrades to improve productivity and efficiency.

Computerworld‘s Premier 100 IT Leader Awards honor individuals who manage internal IT organizations, mentor and motivate their IT teams and business colleagues, create a positive work environment, envision innovative solutions to business challenges and effectively manage and execute IT strategies. The awards ceremony will be held in Phoenix, Ariz., in March.

Walgreens also was named to this year’s InformationWeek 500, where it ranked 29th on the list of top technology innovators in the U.S.


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NeoMedia reports dramatic increase in mobile bar code scans

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — NeoMedia Technologies on Thursday reported a dramatic 240% rise in mobile bar code scans via its scanning software application NeoReader for Black Friday 2011 compared with last year, including 13% growth in 2-D scans over 1-D.

"Retail is going mobile. People are not only using their phones to get more information on goods and services, both in-store and on the go, but also to purchase," stated Laura Marriott, NeoMedia CEO. "This year has been a great year for mobile bar codes, and we are confident usage will continue to increase over the busy Christmas shopping period. This surge in usage demonstrates growing consumer awareness, which will continue to create opportunities for all those in the mobile bar code ecosystem."

The increase not only demonstrates that consumers are using their mobile phones as a shopping tool, but that they are actively engaging with the mobile bar codes that retailers are incorporating in sales and marketing communications.

In 2011, the types of mobile bar codes scanned were 87% 2-D, versus 13% 1-D compared to 2010 when 74% were 2-D versus 26% 1-D, demonstrating a trend toward 2-D mobile bar code prevalence. Android was the leading operating system when it came to number of scans, accounting for 53%, while 27% came from iOS and 8% from Symbian. 

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