BETHESDA, Md., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- International Data Group's (IDG) CIO magazine has announced that Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a recipient of the 2010 CIO 100 award for the eleventh time. The 23rd annual award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT).
In an effort to support hotel operations and profitability Marriott leverages electronic distribution channels to distribute room inventory to a broad cross-section of customers. The Direct Connect for External Channels initiative simplifies how distribution channels connect to Marriott's central reservation system. These enhancements to the inventory distribution infrastructure and additional capabilities are facilitating growth in current and new markets while lowering costs and increasing speed to market.
"The demand for business agility and speed to market is stronger than ever," said Carl Wilson, executive vice president and CIO. "By applying a modern architectural approach to the problem of supporting legacy and newer technologies, we are now able to reach new markets faster than ever before. We are honored that our efforts have been recognized by CIO Magazine."
"This year's CIO 100 awards draws well-deserved attention to companies that are not only innovating with IT but creating genuine business value as well," said Maryfran Johnson, Editor in Chief of CIO magazine & Events. "These winning companies and their IT organizations are an inspiration to businesses everywhere."
About the CIO 100
The recipients of this year's CIO 100 award were selected through a three-step process. First, companies filled out an online application form detailing their innovative IT and business initiatives. Next, a team of judges reviewed the applications in depth, looking for unique practices and substantial results. Finally, CIO editors reviewed the judges' recommendations and voted on the final 100. Once the top 100 honorees were selected, several honorees were chosen to receive an additional special award. The recipients of this special award will be revealed at the CIO 100 awards ceremony in August.
Complete coverage of the 2010 CIO 100 awards will be online at www.cio.com on June 1, 2010 and in the August 1st issue of CIO magazine.
Marriott International is a leading lodging company with more than 3,400 lodging properties in 70 countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, the Autograph Collection, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; licenses and manages whole-ownership residential brands, including The Ritz-Carlton Residences, JW Marriott Residences and Marriott Residences; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA and had approximately 137,000 employees at 2009 yearend. It is recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the best companies to work for, and by Newsweek magazine as one of the greenest big companies in America. In fiscal year 2009, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of nearly $11 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com. For the latest company news, please visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.
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