InformationWeek 500 ranks Worldspan

Worldspan ranked 76 on the
2007 InformationWeek 500, revealed at a September gala awards ceremony,
part of the InformationWeek 500 conference in Tucson, Arizona.
The ranking elevates Worldspan’s 2006 standing from 128 on the list, moving
the company into the top 100 and representing the only global distribution
system (GDS) company to achieve such a position this year.
  For nearly 20 years, InformationWeek has identified and honored the
nation’s most innovative users of information technology with its annual
listing. The list is unique among corporate rankings because it spotlights
the power of innovation in information technology, rather than simply
identifying the biggest IT spenders.
  “We’d like to extend our sincere congratulations to all InformationWeek
500 honorees. These companies represent today’s leading technology
innovators, many of whom have joined us this week,” said InformationWeek
vice president and publisher, John Siefert. “This group has prompted
fascinating discussion on some of the most forward looking business
technology initiatives to date.”
  “It is an honor for Worldspan to once again be included in the
InformationWeek 500, and particularly to rank among the top 100 companies
in 2007,” said Sue Powers, chief information officer, Travelport GDS. “As
the latest addition to Travelport GDS, Worldspan will continue to deliver
innovative technologies that ensure the best possible experience for all
participants in travel. Worldspan by Travelport and sister GDS Galileo by
Travelport are focused on improving customer efficiencies, operations,
sales and services, and providing the tools and content delivery
capabilities they need to offer the best travel buying experiences to the
traveling public worldwide.”
  Worldspan is recognized for next-generation advancements in its
Worldspan Intellicache(SM) airline shopping technology, which included
moving the industry-exclusive caching solution from TPF (transaction
processing facility) to an open systems server environment. Intellicache
plays a critical role in today’s market for low-fare shopping, particularly
the online marketplace. Tens of millions of flight availability request
messages generated by consumers and travel retailers hit airline
reservations systems each hour. Intellicache controls message request
overload on airline systems, reduces sell failures and operational costs
for airlines, and increases sales opportunities. It also ensures travel
buyers successfully purchase travel with utmost accuracy. Worldspan is also
recognized in 2007 for the innovative steps it took with
software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions focused on sales force automation
and administrative services, replacing less effective applications
supporting enterprise functions. SaaS developments delivered low-cost
alternatives with advanced features, support Worldspan’s contemporary
business practices, and are accessible from any Internet browser.