NCARB Awarded a Place on 2011 InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators Across America

Washington, DC—The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is proud to announce that it has made this year’s InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation’s most successful innovators of business technology. A first-time award winner, NCARB is excited to be recognized for its efforts in serving its members and customers.

The 2011 list was revealed on 13 September 2011 at an awards ceremony at the InformationWeek 500 Conference taking place in Dana Point, CA. The InformationWeek 500 ranking is unique among corporate measures as it spotlights the power of innovation in information technology, rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders.

This summer, NCARB implemented a much-anticipated Single Sign On project to consolidate new and legacy services as they make progress in improving the organization’s information infrastructure. Using cutting-edge technology, the NCARB IS Team designed a system to federate the authentication of services, allowing clients to group all of their legacy services under one secure set of login credentials. The change also allows NCARB to seamlessly add new services on top of the upgraded technology platform.

NCARB uses an agile Scrum methodology and follows a high level of engineering best practices. The systems were implemented on a state-of-the-art hybrid private cloud with 90 percent virtualized servers that considerably reduces the company’s overall carbon footprint.

The project not only improves the security of NCARB services, but positions future development to replace legacy systems with an array of highly integrated applications that cover a wider range of services.

“For 23 years, the InformationWeek 500 has chronicled and honored the most innovative users of business technology,” said InformationWeek Editor In Chief Rob Preston. “In this day and age, however, being innovative isn’t enough. Companies and their IT organizations need to innovate faster than ever before to stay a step or two ahead of their customers, partners, and competitors. This year’s ranking placed special emphasis on those high-octane business technology innovators.”

InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation’s most innovative users of information technology with its annual 500 listing and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments and administrative practices of America’s bestknown companies. Top winners have included: The Vanguard Group, CME Group, Conway, National Semiconductor, Kimberly-Clark, Hilton Hotels, and Unum.

Additional details on the InformationWeek 500 can be found online at


The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ membership is made up of the architectural registration boards of all 50 states as well as those of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCARB assists its member registration boards in carrying out their duties and provides a certification program for individual architects.

NCARB protects the public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects. In order to achieve these goals, the Council develops and recommends standards to be required of an applicant for architectural registration; develops and recommends standards regulating the practice of architecture; provides to Member Boards a process for certifying the qualifications of an architect for registration; and represents the interests of Member Boards before public and private agencies. NCARB has established reciprocal registration for architects in the United States and Canada.


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