Award Recipients Exemplify Excellence
At CSC, amazing projects around the world come to life every day. While these works don’t all make headlines, many make people’s lives better and safer. We feel that deserves recognition.
Our Chairman’s Award for Excellence is the most prestigious honor for CSC employees. It is given each year to recognize people who deliver solutions demonstrating the highest levels of original thinking and value to customers across numerous industries.
“The winners reflect the global nature of our business, and their work represents groundbreaking achievements in a range of industries and solution areas,” says Michael W. Laphen, CSC’s chairman, president and CEO. “Taken together, these outstanding projects exemplify the commitment to partnership and excellence that CSC is known for demonstrating every day.”
The notable projects for 2011 include:
As organizations turn to virtual environments to save hardware resources, many are finding that the cost of managing overhead is higher than anticipated because of required increases in monitoring and reporting. Erik Franz, a CSC senior systems engineer in Bad Homburg, Germany, built a cloud management tool that monitors and analyzes more than 5,000 host servers and 75,000 virtual machines seven days a week, 24 hours a day. His creation, ViCeMonitor Pro, supports more than 150 CSC and customer accounts across industries, countries and the public and private sectors.
Bytes, business and bricks
Antalis is the largest European group active in the distribution of communications support materials. The company’s recent acquisition of paper supplier Map Merchant reinforced its geographic presence, especially in the Netherlands. In order to further develop the Antalis brand there and to take full advantage of the potential synergies, the group wished to integrate Map Merchant and its two major subsidiaries in the Netherlands to create a new legal and commercial entity. This merger, along with the consolidation of five warehouses into a single organization at a single site, was one of the largest transformation projects undertaken by the group.
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Reliable communications in rugged environments
To meet the rigorous demands of the mining industry, CSC developed the Industrial Wireless Service (IWS), which enables real-time communications in harsh environments. The service is currently in use at several mining operations in Australia and can be applied to other industries as well.
New markets at faster speeds
Zurich Financial Services’ Global Life unit partnered with CSC to standardize its global life insurance business on a single technology platform. Zurich can now enter new markets more quickly, and more easily leverage its vast resources throughout the world. Using a standardized global platform is unique in the insurance business and has helped Zurich become one of the top five global insurers.
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Innovative training application
Training operations are essential to prepare military aviators for combat, and much of this is conducted at the U.S. Navy’s Southern California Offshore Range (SCORE). To replace aging warfare training monitoring software with a more robust and flexible open-source application, CSC software engineer Michael Tran developed SCORE IO, a Java-based 3D command-and control application that provides the Navy with a visually rich, real-world training environment.
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Platform for the future
CSC revamped the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) legacy traffic management system, which had reached its capacity for managing flight traffic in an ever-expanding market. The modernized Traffic Flow Management System (TFMS) is a cornerstone for enabling planned improvements over the next 15 years as part of the FAA’s Next Generation (“NextGen”) transformation program to address the growing demand for use of the national airspace.
Our TFMS work focused on data and application-level software to avoid database deadlocks and enable concurrent access to key databases, improving response times and stability. TFMS has been running round the clock since August 2010, supporting more than 50,000 flights daily — with up to 8,000 active aircraft operating simultaneously on peak days. The new system keeps air traffic moving safely and efficiently, reducing air space congestion, air travel delays, commercial airline operating costs and emissions.
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