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IBM Honors Most Innovative System i Clients in Third Annual IT Innovation Awards

Winners Demonstrate Unique Implementations Involving Solution Innovation, IT Simplification, Business Resiliency, Education, and Community Support on the System i Platform

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ANAHEIM, CA - 30 Apr 2007: IBM (NYSE: IBM) and COMMON announced the six winners of its third annual IT Innovation Awards at COMMON, the System i user group conference where thousands of System i users gathered today. These clients were chosen for best-in-class, innovative uses of technology that deliver true benefits to their businesses.

The awards specifically showcased the achievements of clients who use IBM's "all-in-one" System i business computing platform to deliver IT innovation. The 2007 award winners are: Bank of America Foreign Items Systems, The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), Walt Disney World Co., FedEx Ground, Gateway Technical College and www.AngustheiTChap.com.

"For the third year, the Innovation Awards showcase System i innovations that help our clients succeed as well as deliver more value to their own customers," said Mark Shearer, IBM System i general manager. "Innovation is what the IBM System i is all about -- taking the very best technologies available and integrating them in a way that helps customers simplify their IT environment, reduce costs and fuel innovation in their businesses."

Here are the details of this year's winners:

"COMMON and IBM are very pleased to recognize outstanding customer achievements by honoring innovation in businesses and data centers where users are finding new ways to deliver even greater value using IBM System i," said Randy Dufault, COMMON board president.

The winners and finalists, honored this evening at an awards ceremony hosted by Mark Shearer, IBM System i general manager, and Randy Dufault, COMMON board president, were chosen by a panel of 25 judges that included IT-industry leaders, analysts, and IBM and COMMON executives. Current IBM System i customers could be nominated by an IBM Business Partner, IBM employee or themselves. Winners represent the United States and Canada.

About COMMON

COMMON is the world's largest users group of midrange IBM and IBM-compatible information technology users. The organization comprises more than 4,000 individual and corporate members. They represent more than 22,000 IT professionals involved with the IBM System i, i5/OS and related solutions.

About IBM

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