October 21, 2010

Discover Wins Award For Successful Integration Of Technology And Business Objectives

2010 Enterprise Architecture Award Recognizes IT Efforts That Deliver Substantial Business Benefit to Their Companies

RIVERWOODS, Ill., Oct 21, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Discover's efforts to transform its organizational alignment of business and technology objectives across the organization has earned the company a 2010 Enterprise Architecture Award from InfoWorld and Forrester Research.

The awards recognize companies who successfully assess the value of information technology activities and investments in line with business efforts to provide common ground for an organization and its technology arm to work together. Judges selected Discover "due to the transformative nature of (its) architectural initiative and its ongoing impact," said Eric Knorr, editor in chief of InfoWorld Media Group. This is the first award of its kind from InfoWorld and Forrester Research.

"Recognition of Discover's enterprise architecture success from InfoWorld is a testament to our team's collaborative ability to make meaningful and profitable changes for our company," said Glenn Schneider, chief information officer for Discover. "Business line managers can easily collaborate with IT working from a single, common enterprise architecture repository, and critical funding decisions for new projects can be made quickly and with confidence."

Discover's entry described IT efforts to recast the enterprise architecture function from being solely focused on technical analysis and standards to being a facilitator of strategic business alignment across all stakeholders in the company. Discover's enterprise architecture team of a little more than a dozen people supports all lines of business, including credit card issuing, direct banking and payment services. It also serves corporate stakeholders, including line of business leaders and executive committee members.

Other award winners were Aetna, Barclays Bank, Skandia UK & International and Wells Fargo Bank.

For more information on the InfoWorld and Forrester Research 2010 Enterprise Architecture Awards, go to

About Discover

Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company operates the Discover card, America's cash rewards pioneer, and offers personal and student loans, online savings accounts, certificates of deposit and money market accounts through its Discover Bank subsidiary. Its payment businesses consist of Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation's leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance in more than 185 countries and territories. For more information, visit

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