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IBM Software Receives Ingram Micro 2001 Award Of Excellence


SOMERS, NY - 13 Nov 2001: IBM today announced it has received a 2001 Award of Excellence from Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE:IM), a global wholesale provider of technology products and supply chain management services, for its innovation in launching new software products. Ingram Micro's Award of Excellence recognizes top performing business partners that demonstrate excellence in profitability, sales volume and partnerships.

IBM's relationship with Ingram Micro is a critical part of its channel strategy to serve the needs of small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) through Business Partners who add value with service and technology enhancements.

IBM was honored with the award in the Software category for its outstanding support over the past year; expanding its channel program and product offerings which added value to Ingram and its resellers. Ingram Micro also recognized IBM for being a key sponsor of its Solutions Center, a multifunctional development, testing and training lab for solution providers and vendor partners. This Solutions Center also features North America's first WebSphere* Innovation Center designed exclusively for channel partners.

"We're honored to receive this Award of Excellence from Ingram Micro," said Mike Colleary, vice president, Software Channels Sales, IBM Americas Group. For more than 10 years, IBM and Ingram Micro have forged a thriving partnership which we're sure will continue to grow in the future."

"IBM Software has partnered with Ingram Micro on many fronts," said Kevin Murai, President Ingram MICRO US. "IBM has designed creative SMB programs that are profitable for Ingram Micro and our resellers, added more field sales reps and channel account reps to support Ingram Micro and assist in calling on our resellers, and have requested our feedback and guidance to improve IBM's own processes and channel programs."

The Ingram Micro Awards of Excellence were presented at the company's 2001 Symposium on Oct. 2, and winners were selected in the following categories: software; peripherals; storage; and technical products.

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IBM Media Relations
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