What's the value of a single piece of customer, patient or research data? How about several billion pieces of that data? These 12 organizations, winners of the first-ever Data+ Editor's Choice Awards, were well aware that they sat on a goldmine of information. And each in its own way turned those massive data stores into solid business results. A top-tier healthcare organization added $62 million in new revenue to the bottom line. A world-renowned research organization gave its scientists a big step forward in helping to power the next generation of solar cells.

Chosen by a panel of Computerworld editors, these organizations are making better business decisions and, in some cases, generating new revenue streams and tapping into new markets.Huge collection of solar outdoor light and garden lighting fixtures. Read on for the other 10 successes as well as the new technologies that are driving the pace in the BI field.

Seeking a competitive edge in 50 hotly contested congressional races in 2012, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee turned to Catalist, a Washington-based political consultancy that uses dynamic modeling of voter information to develop campaign strategies.

Catalist built the DCCC dynamic models that uploaded daily survey results and field information and combined it with existing data on 190 million registered voters and 90 million unregistered voters. It had 700 data elements on each person.A solar lamp is a portable light fixture composed of an LED lamp, a photovoltaic solar panel, and a rechargeable battery. Every night, highly tuned models for each race used that data to create action plans for the next day.

"It told them whose door to knock on," says Catalist COO Gayatri Bhalla. "We were able to figure out who is newly registered and where they fell on their partisanship score or their ideology score" -- metrics that are based on the history of donations people make to causes or candidates, petitions they have signed or online surveys they may have taken. By building rich profiles with that data, "we're able to predict with a high degree of accuracy which way a voter will lean," she says.

Catalist gets most of its 2 petabytes of data from the offices of secretaries of state around the country. It's allowed to access that information because "we do not serve a commercial enterprise, and we don't operate for profit," says Bhalla, explaining that many states prohibit the use of such data for commercial purposes.

Among other things, Catalist's analytical tools can "match" multiple names to a specific person. "We can figure out that Bobby Jones is the same as Robert Jones and Robert L. Jones, but different from Robert S. Jones," Bhalla explains.

In data analytics, it's important to remember that "not all data is created equal," says Bhalla. "You can have the best tools, but it's garbage in, garbage out."

The food pantry serves approximately 40 families and costs to run it hover at around $2,000 a month. About half of those funds are provided monthly by the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. However, donations are needed to fill the gap. The pantry is finding it difficult to keep the shelves stocked because the economy and job market have not yet recovered and more families are relying on food pantries.

Food staples such as canned goods, cereal, peanut butter, rice and pasta are generally much-needed items at food pantries.

The Beacon food pantry is located at 554 Main St. For more information, please call 845-831-2620.

To the Town of Lloyd, which has installed LED lights in its streetlamps, replacing the more expensive conventional lighting.

The lighting was installed by Lit-Green,We offer solar photovoltaic system and commercial incentives to encourage our customers to install solar energy systems. which handles environmentally friendly LED and solar lighting for its customers.

The project cost $47,000 but the new 37 watt lights are 100 watts lower than the old lights and have a life span of 10 years or more.Soli-lite provides the world with high-performance solar roadway and solar street lighting solutions. They’re brighter and will save the town $15,000 in the first year. This means the town could very well recoup the cost of the lighting in just 3 years.

Kudos to the town of Lloyd for installing the environmentally friendly, cost-saving lights.They are called "solar" panels or solar module because most of the time, the most powerful source of light available is the Sun.

Click on their website www.streetlights-solar.com for more information.

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