FORT WORTH, Texas – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Alcon (SIX / NYSE: ALC), the world’s leading provider of ophthalmology committed to brilliant vision, has received the FutureEdge 50 Award from the International Data Group (IDG). This prestigious award is given to companies that are ahead of the curve with innovative technologies to advance their business for the future.
The FutureEdge 50 Award recognizes ForeSight – a proprietary, world-class enterprise data and analytics platform developed by Alcon. The platform, which was scalable and secure in just 12 months, provided Alcon with several key benefits, including the ability to separate the company’s IT services from its former parent company when Alcon became an independent company.
“I am both excited and humble to accept the FutureEdge 50 award on behalf of Alcon’s entire IT organization,” said Sue-Jean Lin, Alcon senior vice president, chief information and transformation officer. “In order to become an independent, stand-alone company, ForeSight was of crucial importance to ensure a complete and timely separation of our existing global IT infrastructure. The platform enabled Alcon to save time and money – and at the same time position the company as the industry leader in data analysis. ”
Alcon took an innovative approach with ForeSight by designing the platform step-by-step and building it quickly instead of taking months to create a multi-year roadmap. This agile approach enabled Alcon to design, build and implement the first iteration of the fully functional data and analytics platform in just 67 days.
“This year’s FutureEdge winners course demonstrated tremendous innovation, creativity, and resilience as they strived to grow their business in a challenging 2020,” said Anne McCrory, Group VP, Customer Experience & Operations, IDG Communications, Inc. and Chair of the FutureEdge 50 Awards. “We are honored to showcase their initiatives and recognize the teams who made them possible as they use technology to create a future edge for their businesses.”
The FutureEdge 50 Award follows a series of recognitions Alcon received this year, including the CIO of the Year ORBIE Award; Certification “Best Place to Work 2021”: Alcon USA and Alcon Malaysia; Certification as Top Employer 2021: Europe; and Top Employer 2021 certification: including Alcon Brazil, Alcon France, Alcon Poland, Alcon Russia, Alcon Spain and Alcon Switzerland.
Alcon accepted his award at the Future of Work Summit, which took place virtually on September 22, 2021.
Alcon helps people see brilliantly. As the world’s leading provider of ophthalmology with a tradition spanning more than seven decades, we offer the most comprehensive product portfolio for improving eyesight and people’s lives. Our surgical and visual care products touch the lives of more than 260 million people in over 140 countries each year living with conditions such as cataract, glaucoma, retinal disease and refractive errors. Our more than 23,000 employees improve the quality of life through innovative products, partnerships with opticians and programs that promote access to high-quality ophthalmology. Learn more at www.alcon.com.
About the FutureEdge 50 Awards
The FutureEdge 50 Awards recognize companies that are ahead of the curve with new technologies to advance their business for the future. As the successor to the Digital Edge 50 Awards, the FutureEdge 50 not only recognizes established initiatives that drive business success, but also early-stage projects that are being pursued due to their turning point potential. These initiatives can take place in R&D, proof of concept or pilot phases. With this, the FutureEdge 50 awards aim to bring the most modern attempts and applications of new technologies – and the innovative cultures that make them possible – closer to our audience at the Future of Work Summit.