CDW donated $20,000 to the American Red Cross as part of this year’s Chicago CBS Cares Telethon promoting fire safety and recovery efforts. In a video interview, Aletha Noonan, vice president of higher education, CDW-G, said that CDW coworkers were proud to give back to the community by donating time, treasure and talent to the cause.
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Technology tools are increasingly used in hiring and recruiting, but they won’t succeed if they are misunderstood, misapplied or misguided, according to recruiting experts at The Human Resources Management Association of Chicago’s recent panel discussion. CDW recently adopted a new video-interviewing program designed to reduce the time hiring managers needed to screen candidates. “When you put people, processes and technology together, you have to address all three. If you’re thinking about making an investment in technology, make sure you take implementation seriously,” said Rick Rosario, senior talent acquisition leader, CDW.
Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) worked with CDW to architect and deploy its new virtualization server environment. The virtualization implementation is part of the organization’s effort to raise $1 billion annually until 2022. “It’s very custom and very cool. Our goal is one-stop for everything. If it’s not one-stop for everything, it can’t be brought into CMN,” said Nick Ward, IT vice president, CMN.
Hiring veterans isn’t just the patriotic thing to do – it’s also good for the IT talent pool, given veterans’ skills in cybersecurity and IT. To commemorate Veterans Day 2014, Computerworld honored companies that have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their commitment to hiring veterans into IT and other business positions, recognizing CDW as a great company for veterans in IT. The article notes that CDW earned a spot on Computerworld’s Best Places to Work in IT list and is a member of the 100,000 Jobs Mission.
CDW reported third-quarter net income of $55.6 million, surpassing Wall Street expectations for earnings. The technology solutions provider also posted revenue of $3.27 billion in the period, beating Street forecasts of $3.1 billion.
CDW announced that its Board of Directors approved a 59 percent increase in its quarterly cash dividend and authorized a new $500 million share repurchase program. The company also acquired a minority stake in U.K.-based IT solutions provider, Kelway – enhancing its ability to provide IT solutions to U.S.-based multinational customers.
The newest iteration of CDW’s popular “People Who Get IT” integrated brand campaign, “Smart Growth 2.0,” highlights how CDW’s cloud computing, mobility, power and networking solutions help businesses keep up with the rapid pace of technological change. The author notes that CDW worked with the Arizona Cardinals to implement wireless access across the team’s stadium, and will soon provide access in the outdoor concourse and parking lots.
CDW again partnered with former NBA star Charles Barkley for the continuation of its “People Who Get IT” integrated brand campaign. For a campaign that has been running for two years, the partnership between CDW, Ogilvy & Mather and Charles Barkley is an example of advertising that just works, the author says.
Mobile Sports Report
While the state of Nebraska might not have a professional football team, University of Nebraska fans now have a pro-style wireless experience at home games, thanks to the high-density Wi-Fi network and Internet protocol TV features CDW recently installed at Memorial Stadium. Combined with a new mobile app that delivers live video streams and replay options, the author says Cornhusker fans now have a wireless in-game experience that is among the best anywhere – in both collegiate and pro stadiums.
Business 2 Community
Chief marketing officers must meet six imperatives in order to succeed in the age of anti-advertising: mad men must become math men by capitalizing on big data, maximizing investment in brand campaigns, finding new ways to deliver brand story, equipping sales to compete in the evolving digital landscape, getting human and following the customer. The author quotes Neal Campbell, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, CDW, who emphasized the importance of brand campaigns and giving companies a human face in advertising.
Leaders at Sauk Prairie Healthcare understand that open communication between healthcare providers is essential to delivering optimal patient care; the fast-moving hospital setting, however, can make it difficult to track down the right doctor or nurse. To facilitate efficient communication, Sauk Prairie worked with CDW Healthcare to implement a mobility-based nurse calling system, while also building a new data center to accommodate future technology growth.
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Golf is a fundamentally simple game, but awash in statistics, so it is up to producers to blend the action with an array of compelling statistics highlighting player performance. Since the early 2000s, the PGA TOUR and its technology partner, CDW, have collaborated to develop the ShotLink data system, which logs various statistics on the 32,000 shots hit in full-field events each year.