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'NETWORK WORLD' HONORS EIGHT COMPANIES FOR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE GAINED WITH NETWORK TECHNOLOGY

 FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- "Network World" today announced that eight companies had won its annual User Excellence Awards for enhancing their computer network technology to gain a competitive advantage or improve company operations.
 Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company, Hartford, Conn., and CS First Boston, an investment banking firm headquartered in New York City, shared first place honors in the competition.
 The national newsweekly of enterprise network computing said six organizations received honorable mention. They are: Maricopa Community College of metropolitan Phoenix; the State of Oregon Government, Salem, Ore.; MeritCare Medical Group, Fargo, N.D.; Dana Corp., Toledo, Ohio; U.S. Air Force, Los Angeles; and Federal Express Corporation, Memphis Tenn.
 Articles focusing on the networking strategies of this year's winners appear in today's (Nov. 22) issue of "Network World." The eight winners will receive their awards at a special ceremony at the Communications Networks Conference and Exposition '94 (ComNet) in Washington, D.C. in January.
 Competitive Networking Strategies
 User Excellence Award winners are chosen for "significantly improving their operations with innovative networking strategies," said "Network World" Editor John Gallant. "Efforts such as theirs are considerable contributions to the competitive difference that our information networking infrastructure will make in the world marketplace."
 Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Co. improved productivity by 35 percent in terms of reduced labor costs and office expenses by rebuilding its network to use on-line document imaging. This enabled the company to improve customer service through instantaneous access to policy information and to redesign the business process so employees can better assess applicant risk before issuing an insurance policy. The company has 1.5 million policy- and shareholders with $90 billion in life insurance coverage.
 CS First Boston, which manages $80 billion of securities transactions daily, improved its network to generate new revenue by speeding up securities trade processing. The new network tightly links workstations on traders' desks to the back office systems. This enables traders to more accurately assess risk by determining how much the company has available to invest and how much it has set aside to pay for trades at any point in the day, knowledge that can make or break billion- dollar deals in a matter of seconds.
 "Network World" has sponsored the User Excellence Awards competition since the publication was established in 1986. The national newspaper covers all aspects of enterprise network computing -- from corporate backbone networks to departmental LANs, including the computers, applications and peripherals that comprise those networks. "Network World" is published by Network World, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG).
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