arc|ademy BI Challenge 2012: arcplan Awards Students 5000 Euros

Students of Cologne University of Applied Sciences, the University of Technology in Munich, and the University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, produce impressive hands-on BI solutions

Langenfeld, Germany – June 19, 2012 – The time has come: arcplan, the leading provider of innovative business intelligence (BI) and planning software solutions, has announced the winners of its arc|ademy BI Challenge 2012. Three computing and economics students took home 5000 Euros each 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, first place went to John Winkelmeyer from Fachhochschule Köln with his application "Intranet-Analysemodul – Erhebung von Nutzungsinformationen eines Intranets" (intranet analysis model - investigation into usage information for an intranet). In the Fast Mover category, the winner was Iman Sheikholmolouki from TU Munich with a management information system. This is a mobile iPad application for analyzing company data which is being used by Scout 24, one of the leading European groups of companies in the online marketplace. Daniel Horlbeck from Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin won the Business Excellence category. The business IT student developed an arcplan Enterprise 7 dashboard that supports the partner managers of Digital Wallet, a virtual organization that enables electronic financial transactions.

The arc|ademy competition's goal was 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.

"We are delighted to announce the winners of the arc|ademy BI Challenge 2012, and once again, to warmly congratulate the three winners," said Roland Hölscher, CEO of arcplan. "Business intelligence plays an ever-greater role in daily business and we need innovative BI designers to develop targeted applications that help businesses achieve better results. It was really exciting to see how the next generation is using our software to provide information for improved decision-making and increased competitive advantage."

The presentation of awards took place last week in Düsseldorf. The winners will present their solutions to the larger public at the arcplan user conference arc|planet 2012, which takes place October 30-31. Details about next year's BI Challenge 2013 will be released shortly at

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arcplan's flagship product arcplan Enterprise® was rated the #1 3rd party tool for SAP BW, Oracle Essbase, and IBM Cognos TM1 in The BI Survey 10 (2011).

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