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IBM Recognises Leading Australian IBM Cognos Partners of the Year

IBM today announced its Australian 2009 IBM Cognos Partners of The Year.

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Sydney, NSW, Australia - 18 Mar 2009: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced its Australian 2009 IBM Cognos Partners of The Year.

The 2009 IBM Cognos Partner Awards recognise Australian channel partners that meet or exceed assigned revenue targets , such as license sales and maintenance deals, and, create successful customer relationships through the delivery of IBM Cognos Performance Management based solutions for the IBM full fiscal year 2008, ended December 31st 2008.

Solutions provider, Focus Strategies and Solutions, won Business Intelligence Partner of The Year for 2009 for the Australia/ NZ region.

Focus is an IBM Cognos Platinum Partner and an IBM Cognos Accredited Consulting partner which provides a comprehensive client services framework which includes consulting, implementation, and training services.  Over the past year, the company has signed on new IBM Cognos customers in both the public and private sector and added expertise and skills in support of its business intelligence revenue. During the course of 2008 Focus also expanded its operations to Melbourne in order to further support their customer base and extend their relationship with IBM Cognos.

Catapult BI, one of Australia’s largest consulting firms specialising in the delivery of business intelligence solutions, won “The 2009 Queensland and Northern Territory Partner of the Year”, while Melbourne-based Tridant was named as “The 2009 Victorian and Tasmanian Partner of the Year” as it continued to develop its broad and versatile Cognos practice.

In addition, Solution Minds was named “The 2009 South Australia and Western Australia Partner of The Year” for its high quality service and reputation for delivering results on key customer projects.

Professional consulting firm, Cubewise, scooped two awards, including “2009 Financial Performance Management of The Year Award” and “2009 New South Wales and ACT Partner of the Year.”

“These awards recognise partners that are helping set the bar higher for others in information management and we are delighted to work with them as well as with all our partners in providing customers with solutions for driving growth and productivity.  At the same time, these award-winning partners have been able to continue to innovate in this dynamic industry and grow their businesses as they develop a stronger partnership with IBM Cognos despite the tough economic conditions.  While nothing differentiates a product or solution more than the superior technologies behind it, making a solution suitable for today’s business needs is where our partners add immense value.

“We look forward to working with all our partners in the year ahead in driving exceptional returns for our customers in their IBM Cognos investment,” said David Merchant, Sales Manager, Partners and General Business, IBM Business Intelligence & Performance Management.

IBM Cognos works with partners through the IBM Cognos Partner Program providing the software, training, support and services which partners need to achieve outstanding results in their particular markets and areas of specialisation.


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Contacts

Carla McMurray
IBM Communications A/NZ
P: 02 9463 5344 
E: carlacm@au1.ibm.com

Kara Jecks
Text 100
P: 02 9956 5733 
E: kara.jecks@text100.com.au  

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