2006 Technology Innovation Award

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At Digital Ball® 2006, Accenture announced the winner of the 2006 TechBridge Technology Innovation Award:

CHRIS Kids aims to break the cycle of abuse by healing children, strengthening families, and building community, founding the Therapeutic Group Homes program in 1981. CHRIS Kids implemented a web-based application with customized components to collect, store, transfer, and analyze data from multiple sites, while maintaining the confidentiality of data. This enabled standardized outcomes tracking and measurement, continuous improvement and significant time savings. They also developed an intranet website and leveraged portable technologies to improve internal processes, fundraising and advocacy efforts, while minimizing costs associated with manual processes and transportation.
We also congratulate our two finalists:

Consumer Credit Counseling Service
Founded in 1964, Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) educates consumers about money management and helps people to overcome financial difficulties, serving 130,000+ individuals in 2005. CCCS electronically downloads and warehouses credit report data, resulting in more complete, more accurate data; a savings of 8-10 mins/session; the ability to report on effectiveness of counseling advice; and triple the number of counseling sessions delivered Sep 2005 – Jan 2006. An on-line bankruptcy education program was launched, along with adding live chat functionality to their website, which also provides financial materials/tools in English and Spanish, reducing marketing and mailing costs and increasing consumer use. CCCS experienced a 40% increase in website activity in 2005, reaching 237,304 hits.


Families First
Families First provides individual and family counseling; foster care and group homes for children; transitional housing for young pregnant women; and support services for foster parents and people who want to adopt. Families First outsourced its IT management, rebuilt its network infrastructure and implemented a centralized, web-based agency management system to handle both the clinical and back office sides of health and human services agencies’ work. Delivered functionality was enhanced by customized extensions. Families First has achieved a reduction in paper handling and associated overhead costs, and improvements in communications, reporting, and fundraising. Prior to implementation, staff rated computer technology the #1 source of frustration and dissatisfaction in their work – now they rate computer technology the highest point of satisfaction.


2006 Technology Innovation Award Judging Panel

An esteemed panel of judges from both the nonprofit and for-profit business communities assessed the candidates.

Ron Stewart – Partner, Accenture
Ed Baker – Publisher, Atlanta Business Chronicle
Fran Dramis – CIO, BellSouth
Larry Frey – CIO, BlueLinx Corporation
Darryl Lemecha – CIO, ChoicePoint
Greg Morrison – CIO, Cox Enterprises
Jon Kerner – VP of Operations & CIO, Earthlink
Rob Webb – CTO, Equifax
Marian Lucia – EVP & CIO, Federal Home Loan Bank
James Dallas – Former CIO, Georgia-Pacific Corporation
Jason Shipp – Network System Administrator, Hemophilia of GA
Dave Gutierrez – CIO, ING
Thomas Gaines – CIO, King & Spalding
Ann Franks – CIO, Lanier Worldwide Inc
Larry Clark – CIO, Randstad NA
Don Addington – CEO, Seagull Software
Bill Nussey – President & CEO, SilverPop
Bob DeRodes – EVP & CIO, The Home Depot
Betty Hanacek – VP Information Resources, United Way
Dave Barnes – CIO, UPS

2006 Technology Innovation Award Nominees

Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends, Inc.

Baitul Salaam Network, Inc.
Be Someone, Inc.
CCCS of Greater Atlanta
Crime Victims Advocacy Council
Families First
Foundation for Hospital Art
Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, Too!
Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority, Inc.
Georgia Aquarium
Georgia Association of Homes and Services for Children Foundation, Inc.
Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, Inc.
Georgia Legal Services Program, Inc.
Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc.
Greenfield Hebrew Academy
Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia
Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta
Latin American Association
Operation P.E.A.C.E., Inc.
PEDS (Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety)
Senior Services North Fulton
Shut-In Outreach Ministry, Inc.
St. Jude’s Recovery Center, Inc.
The Community Welcome House, Inc.
The Frazer Center
The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc.
Touch the Future, Inc.