Fox Rothschild Named Among Top U.S. Technology Innovators on 2012 InformationWeek 500 List

September 12, 2012 – Press Releases

Fox Rothschild LLP made this year’s InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation’s most innovative users of business technology. It was the firm’s first appearance on the list, which was revealed yesterday evening at a gala awards ceremony at the exclusive InformationWeek 500 Conference held at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA.

Fox received this recognition for creating a customized and paperless solution to what was an onerous and time- and labor-intensive internal check request process. Michael Rinehart, Fox’s Chief Information Officer, led a team of in-house professionals from the firm’s Information Services Department who designed and built a tailored and innovative application for deployment and use throughout the firm’s national network of 16 offices.

“The firm’s prior system for requesting and processing checks internally was inefficient on numerous fronts,” said Rinehart. “It was a manual endeavor – using a paper form that had to be routed -- that often resulted in processing delays due to information gaps. It was burdensome on the firm’s Accounting Department and frustrated our attorneys, who should be focusing their time on client work but were instead pulled away into consultations surrounding the requests.”

“We explored numerous options for an automated check request system that we could purchase off the shelf, but none matched our firm’s needs,” Rinehart continued. “We concluded our best option was to create our own solution, which we developed after extensive due diligence with members of the firm’s Accounting Department and comprehensive testing to ensure our application met and exceeded expectations. Our solution was so well-received during the testing phase that employees not in the pilot group began conscripting their colleagues’ test links and using the product prior to our official announcement of its availability and training on the program.”

“The InformationWeek 500 has recognized the most innovative users of business technology for 24 years, and this year’s innovations were particularly impressive,” said InformationWeek Editor In Chief Rob Preston. “What the editors looked for are unconventional approaches—new technologies, new models, new ways of grabbing business opportunities and solving complex business problems with IT.”

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 best-known companies. Past overall winners include PACCAR Inc., The Vanguard Group, National Semiconductor, Con-Way and Principal Financial Group.

The InformationWeek 500 rankings are unique among corporate rankings as it spotlights the power of innovation in information technology, rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders.

Additional details on the InformationWeek 500 can be found online at www.informationweek.com/iw500.