Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen Receives Innovation Award for Successful Implementation of Social Software

June 25, 2009

McLean, VA — Booz Allen Hamilton has been honored with the Open Enterprise 2009 Innovation Award—an industry salute to the work it has done to embrace collaborative and transformative enterprise 2.0 tools—at TechWeb’s Enterprise 2.0 Conference on June 23, 2009, in Boston. The conference is attended by vendors who build Web 2.0 and social networking technologies for the enterprise, as well as IT practitioners who have implemented the applications within their organizations.

Booz Allen received the award for its Enterprise 2.0 portal, hello.bah.com, which was established in August 2008. The portal enables Booz Allen’s staff to blog, create wikis, and communicate with those with similar interests. Employees find information faster, contribute to professional and alumni communities, locate mentors, build their brands as subject matter experts, and network with colleagues in offices across the U.S.

The innovative portal is easy to use: It features tools with which employees are already familiar, such as blogs, podcasts, RSS, and wikis. Its homepage consists of Communities, People, Forums, Blogs, Wikis, and Bookmarks. Communities aggregate their activities around Alumni, Business, Diversity, and Technology topics. There are over 300 communities around interests such as Wireless Communications, Emerging Technologies, and Cyber Security.

As the winning organization, Booz Allen presented a case study on the portal along with other organizations before the 1,500 member crowd at the TechWeb conference.

In accepting the award on behalf of the firm, Booz Allen Senior Associate Walton Smith said, “We’re honored to receive this award. Hello highlights the strength of innovation across the firm, our people and our connections to the communities that tie us together.”

The award is part of a larger project called “Open Enterprise 2009” which sought to identify the core qualifications of what it means to be “Enterprise 2.0” and identify the leading businesses that have moved beyond pilot projects and department-level installations to true "Enterprise 2.0" status.