Troux Customers, Northwestern Mutual, SWIP and National Grid

Troux Customers, Northwestern Mutual, SWIP and National Grid Win
Coveted 2012 Enterprise Architecture Award From Forrester and
Organizations Teamed With Troux to Achieve Award-Winning Enterprise
Architecture Programs and Deliver Sustainable Business Value 
AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 10/09/12 --  Troux, the global leader
in Enterprise Portfolio Management (EPM) and Enterprise Architecture
(EA) software, today announced that three of its customers, SWIP
(Scottish Widows Investment Partnership Limited), one of Europe's
largest asset management companies; Northwestern Mutual, a leading
provider of financial security solutions; and National Grid, an
international electricity and gas company, are winners of the
prestigious 2012 InfoWorld Enterprise Architecture Awards. The awards
recognize companies whose EA practice has delivered substantial
business benefit to their organizations.  
Penn State Center for Enterprise Architecture, an innovative program
focused on advancing the discipline of EA through research, education
and partnerships between academia and industry, has joined with
InfoWorld and Forrester and will use the 2012 winners as the basis
for their research on effective enterprise architecture. 
"This year's Enterprise Architecture Awards are very significant to
Troux," said David Hood, CEO of Troux. "We are honored that three of
the five award recipients are Troux customers and they each exemplify
our focus on obtaining sustainable business value by strategically
managing IT. We recently announced our partnership with Penn State's
Center for Enterprise Architecture, who joins InfoWorld and Forrester
Research in recognizing EA programs that have achieved strategic
control of IT, allowing their Business and IT leaders to make better
decisions about business and IT transformational initiatives. "  
"Transforming Enterprise Architecture in Ten Months" at SWIP
 SWIP is
one of the largest asset management companies in Europe. In its
submission titled "Transforming EA in Ten Months," SWIP describes how
they established a single point of truth for business, information
applications and technology architecture, shifting from reacting to
the business to effectively leading change.  
SWIP's initiative is led by Lead Architect Jon Gasparini and his
Enterprise Architecture team. The SWIP EA team supports 550
colleagues including fund managers, research analysts, quantitative
analysts, dealers and other financial professionals across a number
of business teams including but not limited to back office,
compliance and risk. SWIP deploys cutting-edge technology designed to
process huge volumes of data and manage sophisticated products, all
within policies designed to meet and exceed industry standards for
risk management and compliance. 
"Ten months ago we couldn't easily communicate what we did or measure
how well we were doing. Now we have initial metrics in place and are
building more into the program on an on-going basis. As a result of
increased and earlier engagement with the business as well as a shift
from technology-lead to business-lead discussions, we've raised the
bar for EA at SWIP," said Gasparini. "As a team, we are now actively
engaged with every part of the organization." 
"Transforming Enterprise Architecture to Increase Business Value" at
Northwestern Mutual
 Faced with external and internal forces, trends
and marketplace changes, the Northwestern Mutual EA team knew they
needed to reevaluate how they delivered enterprise value. In their
submission, "Transforming EA to Increase Business Value," they
detailed how they changed their organization's cultural perception of
IT to manage technology as a company asset. 
Lead by Karl Gouverneur, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer,
the EA team re-engineered the solution design process and implemented
a new Applied Architecture Process. The new process works in concert
with Northwestern Mutual's project delivery disciplines and
integrates with the company's corporate project portfolio by
establishing accountability for designs managed by a solution lead.
Also, an Architecture Review Board was established to provide
architectural governance and visibility to all architecturally
significant design decisions.  
Northwestern Mutual has realized several benefits from their EA
transformation, including a significant increase in project
predictability, reduced risk to business operations and an increased
satisfaction amongst business partners and internal clients. 
Continued focus on managing the fundamentals, while maintaining and
sustaining progress made to date, remains an ongoing priority.
"Without strong fundamentals," shared Gouverneur, "credibility does
not exist. And without credibility, EA is not viable." 
Establishing Business Architecture at National Grid
 At a time of
profound change in the energy and utilities industry, National Grid
is undertaking a fundamental transformation of its Information
Services (IS) function. This transformation aims to make IS more
agile and responsive to the needs of National Grid's business. In
response to these industry demands, IS at National Grid worked to
become more strategically aligned to the needs of the business. An
expanded Enterprise Architecture (EA) function was built to help
drive this alignment by creating a common language that facilitates
the dialogue between IS and business stakeholders. As a result, the
scope of initiatives and programs can be expressed and agreed upon
faster and the business is able to easily see what capabilities are
most affected by the introduction of new technology or business
"I am delighted to receive this award which recognizes the increasing
maturity of the Enterprise Architecture function at National Grid,"
says Nigel Davies, Chief Enterprise Architect at National Grid. "Part
of that increasing maturity is the use of solutions from Troux
Technologies to help us manage our portfolio of applications and
technologies, as well as assist us in expressing and understanding
the relationships within our architecture." 
Click here to find out how Troux customers are delivering sustainable
business value. 
About Troux
 Troux's mission is to forever change the way businesses
make decisions. With Troux solutions, business leaders, CIOs and
their teams can use the power of Enterprise Architecture to
successfully manage the connected set of enterprise portfolios that
define their business. Better-informed decisions powered by the
unique TrouxView(TM) Enterprise Portfolio Management approach helps
businesses save money, reduce risk and increase business agility.
With the largest and fastest growing base of successful customers,
Troux delivers results for some of the world's best known brands
including: American Express, AstraZeneca, Bayer Health Care, Boeing,
Cisco, Disney, Fidelity, Lloyds, U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Vodafone and
Volkswagen Group of America. 
About SWIP
 Created in 2000, SWIP has quickly become one of the
largest and most dynamic asset management companies in Europe. In
total, SWIP manages GBP  138.2 billion worth of funds, as at 30 June
2012 (Source: SWIP). SWIP forms part of the Wealth & International
division within its parent company, Lloyds Banking Group. As well as
running its own range of funds and institutional business, SWIP is
the centre of excellence for Lloyds Banking Groups' asset management
activity. SWIP manages commercial property assets worth GBP  8.5
billion across the UK, Europe and North America, making SWIP one of
Europe's largest real estate managers. SWIP offers a range of direct
and indirect property funds that invest in the UK and overseas,
offering an attractive range of commercial property investment
For further information regarding SWIP, please visit our website 
About National Grid
 National Grid (LSE: NG) (NYSE: NGG) is an
electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources
through its networks. The company is at the heart of one of the
greatest challenges facing our society -- to create new, sustainable
energy solutions for the future and developing an energy system that
underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century. National Grid
holds a vital position at the centre of the energy system and we
'join everything up.'  
For further information regarding National Grid, please visit 
Amie Coleman
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