AUSTIN, Texas, April 28, 2008 – Perficient, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRFT) a leading information technology consulting firm serving Global 2000 and other large enterprise customers throughout North America, today announced it has joined the IBM Data Governance Council, an industry group of leading companies designed to help organizations take a more disciplined approach to handling data. The group, which was formed by IBM three years ago — and now has more than 50 leading corporations, institutions and technology solution providers — is a global effort to develop a ‘blueprint’ of common solutions for challenges that apply to security, privacy, trust and corporate compliance issues.
As organizations struggle to manage and control the mountains of data that reside within different parts of their business, it becomes harder for them to measure the value of their data, and calculate the risks around data loss. Data governance addresses this need, providing processes to help companies govern their critical data by assessing value, measuring risk and mitigating security and operational exposures.
The Data Governance Council is working to redefine the management of data governance policy, the impact of policy on business processes and practices, and the enforcement of policy in IT infrastructure, information management and organizational behavior. Members of the Council are collaborating on ways to address these issues using IBM and business partner solutions and concepts. Perficient’s addition to the Data Governance Council brings added vision and expertise in information management, business integration, service oriented architectures and security and risk management.
“Data Governance is a maturing market and we are clearly seeing leading companies succeed in this critical area, thanks in part to our Data Governance Maturity Model,” said IBM’s Steve Adler, chair of the Data Governance Council and program director. “With cross-organizational governance models, improved transparency and better decision-making, our members are working together to explore the nature of data stewardship and overcome the complexities of organizational stovepipes with new approaches to data governance. We look forward to Perficient’s participation in the Council, as they bring new insight and expertise into complex data integration and data quality initiatives.”
“We’re honored to accept this exclusive invitation,” said Nagesh Kanumury, Perficient’s Master Data Management Practice Director. “Our industry-leading expertise around IBM’s Information on Demand portfolio of products including IBM Information Server, InfoSphere Master Data Management Server, FileNet Enterprise Content Management and the IBM Compliance Warehouse will enable us to play an active and valuable role on the council.”
“Information Management-based solutions deliver meaningful value to our clients and are playing an increasingly important role in our success,” said John Jenkins, Perficient’s Vice-President of IBM Field Operations. “We look forward to sharing our experience and insights to make meaningful contributions to this important endeavor.”
For more information on the Data Governance Council, go to www.ibm.com/ibm/responsibility/world/security/data-governance.shtml.
Perficient is a leading information technology consulting firm serving Global 2000 and enterprise customers throughout North America. Perficient’s 1,500 professionals serve clients from a network of 18 offices in North America and three offshore locations, in Eastern Europe, India and China. Perficient helps clients use Internet-based technologies to improve productivity and competitiveness, strengthen relationships with customers, suppliers and partners and reduce information technology costs. Perficient, traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market(SM), is a member of the Russell 2000® index and the S&P SmallCap 600 index. Perficient is an award-winning "Premier Level" IBM business partner, a TeamTIBCO partner, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, a Documentum Select Services Team Partner and an Oracle-Siebel partner. For more information, please visit www.perficient.com.
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