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BI Challenge 2012 Winners: arcplan Awards Students 5000 Euros Each


Back in September, we announced our BI Challenge 2012, a competition for students in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland to create innovative BI apps for a chance to win 5000 Euros. Last week, we held the awards ceremony in Düsseldorf and honored the 3 winners. They’ll present their apps to the larger public at our arc|planet user conference on October 30-31.

Three computing and economics students took home top prizes for applications they designed in the Innovation, Fast Mover and Business Excellence categories. From the many entries, the winners were selected by a professional jury of experts including Dr. Wolfgang Martin, one Europe’s leading analysts, Wolf Müller Scholz, publisher of Business Intelligence magazine, Hans Peter Wolff, CTO at arcplan, and representatives of Daimler AG and Wacker Chemie AG.

In the Innovation category, John Winkelmeyer from the Cologne University of Applied Sciences took 1st place with his application “Intranet Analysis Model – investigation into usage information for an intranet.” In the Fast Mover category, the winner was Iman Sheikholmolouki from the University of Technology in Munich with a mobile management information system for iPad that analyzes company data. It’s being used by arcplan’s customer Scout 24, one of the leading European groups of companies in the online marketplace. Daniel Horlbeck from the University of Applied Sciences, Berlin won the Business Excellence category. He developed an arcplan Enterprise 7 dashboard that supports the partner managers of Digital Wallet, a virtual organization that enables electronic financial transactions.

The BI Challenge’s goal is to allow tomorrow’s professionals and managers hands-on experience with arcplan’s flexible and innovative BI platform, arcplan Enterprise, during their studies. Examples of solutions that were submitted this year include management cockpits, web-based analysis and reporting applications, and Balanced Scorecards.

Congratulations to the winners! Interested in entering the competition? Details about next year’s BI Challenge 2013 will be released shortly at