LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Oakwood Worldwide, the global leader in corporate housing and serviced apartments, announced that it earned a spot on this year's InformationWeek 500 – a list of the top technology innovators in the United States. Oakwood Worldwide, a newcomer to the rankings, placed in the Hospitality and Travel category for developing its innovative Global Technology Platform.
"We are pleased and honored to be included on this year's list, especially along with so many excellent leading companies and innovators," said Marina Lubinsky, senior vice president and chief information officer for Oakwood Worldwide. "It's rewarding to be recognized for our new Global Technology Platform, which centralized and modernized several of our systems, allowing us to provide leading-edge data management to improve customer service and help our associates be more efficient."
Oakwood Worldwide was recognized for making several enhancements to its IT programs and systems, including developing EPICSM, a worldwide, innovative and award-winning online procurement outsourcing tool that helps clients better meet their business needs. In addition, the company created a proprietary pricing tool, an integral part of its Global Technology Platform, which provides consistent, real-time price quotes in one place for associates to provide to their customers.
"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 nation's most innovative users of information technology 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. The full list and additional details on the InformationWeek 500 can be found online at www.informationweek.com/iw500/.
About Oakwood Worldwide
Oakwood Worldwide®, based in Los Angeles, Calif., is the leading provider of corporate housing and serviced apartment solutions through its two well-known brands, Oakwood® and ExecuStay®. Both brands provide move-in-ready furnished housing designed to meet the needs of business travelers on long- and short-term assignments. Oakwood® has access to the largest selection of housing options and a presence in all 50 United States and more than 55 countries. ExecuStay is the preferred corporate housing partner of Marriott® International and is the only corporate housing brand where guests can earn Marriott Rewards® points for stays at any ExecuStay location in the U.S.
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