Inteva Products CIO Dennis Hodges Recognized as a Protostar in Constellation SuperNova Awards

TROY, Mich., Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Inteva Products Chief Information Officer Dennis Hodges is a Protostar winner, an award semifinalists of the Constellation SuperNova Awards, which celebrate and honor innovative technological leaders who successfully bring new approaches and systems to business success. Hodges is a semifinalist in the Cloud Computing category for his outstanding work in implementing an ERP system under strict requirements for Inteva's launch in 2008. Hodges will be recognized at a gala dinner on October 28, 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Hodges was selected for exemplifying a balance across a vigorous set of criteria that reflects real-world and pragmatic experience in six areas: building the business case for executive sponsorship, applying change management critical success factors, deploying innovative uses of emerging and disruptive technology, measuring the metrics that matter, assessing the impact of innovation, and coolness factor for the story.

"When Inteva Products was launched as an independent company, the challenge was to restructure the company's information and data management systems with the requirement to reduce IT costs by 50 percent," said Dennis Hodges, Chief Information Officer, Inteva Products. "I have the privilege of leading one of the industry's most talented IT teams and we not only met this requirement, we exceeded expectations."

Hodges developed the comprehensive plan and gained leadership support in choosing to use cloud computing for an ERP system as this was the best fit for the company. Under Hodges' leadership, Inteva met its extremely tight implementation timeframe by migrating all sites worldwide to Plex Online in under 12 months. Hodges selected Plex Online because it could provide access to consistent, accurate, real-time business information from the shop floor to the top floor for all employees around the globe. At the same time, he knew that it could support a quality management system that would enable the company to achieve continuous improvement by emphasizing defect prevention and the reduction of variation and waste throughout the supply chain.  

"Applying technology innovation to effect business results requires exceptional organizational leadership and teamwork. It is not enough to simply implement the technology. To ensure success, these leaders had to build buy-in relationships across all levels of the organization – appealing to rational and emotional senses – as well as make tough calls in system delivery to make change easier," noted Amy Wilson, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Constellation Research, Inc.

The Constellation SuperNova Awards celebrates the explorers, the pioneers, and the unsung heroes who successfully put new technologies to work.  An all-star cast of judges identified and selected applicants who embody the human spirit to innovate, overcome adversity, and successfully deliver market changing approaches.

"The judges have spoken and these are the best of the best among the submissions," noted R "Ray" Wang, Principal Analyst and CEO, Constellation Research, Inc. "The competition was fierce and the Protostars selected have what it takes to be the next  stage - SuperNova."

About Constellation Research, Inc.

Constellation Research is a research analyst and advisory firm focused on disruptive and emerging technologies. The renowned group, led by Ray Wang, is a collection of prestigious analyst that bring real world experience, independence, and objectivity client solutions to span cross-role, cross-functional and cross-industry points of view. For more information about Constellation Research, please

About Inteva Products, LLC

Inteva Products, LLC is a leading global supplier offering value-based innovation and environmentally-friendly products that enhance quality and performance. Inteva serves original equipment manufacturers in six key markets: automotive, commercial vehicle, defense, marine, consumer and industrial. Focused on delivering high-value quality, on time and on budget, Inteva has global resources for engineering, manufacturing and customer service for Closure Systems, Interiors Systems, Motors and Electronics, and Roof Systems. Inteva is focused on sustained global growth, providing excellent customer service and being a best place to work for employees. The company is headquartered in Troy, Michigan and employs over 8,000 people in 18 countries. For more information, please visit

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