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Todd Pacific Base Case

By Evan Schuman  |  Posted 2006-03-06 Print this article Print

The CIO picked PDAs to replace time cards and clocks as a way to improve project management and worker safety. But the new system had to meet airtight security standards.

Todd Pacific Base Case

Headquarters: 1801 16th Ave. S.W., Seattle, WA 98134

Phone: (206) 623-1635

Business: Repairs, overhauls and builds commercial and military ships.

Chief Information Officer (during project deployment):

Mike Taylor

Financials for nine-month period ending Jan. 1: $169.2 million in revenue, up by 88% from same period in previous year; $8.35 million in net income, up by 68%.

Challenge: Replace a paper-based time card system with a network of personal digital assistants to track employee time and whereabouts; adhere to strict military security procedures.


  • Make employee tracking system pay for itself within 12 months.

  • Ensure that information about employees is available immediately, eliminating 24-hour lag.

  • Exceed security requirements by deploying 156-bit encryption, up from 128-bit advanced encryption standard.

    Story Guide:
    Todd Pacific: PDAs Help Keep Shipyard on Course

  • Even Hardened PDAs Were Tough to Implement
  • PDA Net Still Pays Off
  • Handhelds Replaces Time Reporting System
  • Todd Pacific Base Case

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    Evan Schuman is the editor of CIOInsight.com's Retail industry center. He has covered retail technology issues since 1988 for Ziff-Davis, CMP Media, IDG, Penton, Lebhar-Friedman, VNU, BusinessWeek, Business 2.0 and United Press International, among others. He can be reached by e-mail at Evan.Schuman@ziffdavisenterprise.com.
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