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IBM Announces Finalists in IBM PartnerWorld Beacon Awards Competition

Annual Competition Recognizes Outstanding Business Partner Achievements

White Plains, NY - 24 Jan 2005: IBM today announced 92 finalists in its annual PartnerWorld Beacon Awards competition, which recognizes IBM Business Partners for their unique solutions for On Demand Business, ingenuity, and customer satisfaction.  Nearly 600 nominations were judged by a team of leading industry journalists, analysts, and IBM executives.

Winners in each of the 31 award categories, as well as the Distinguished Blue Diamond award winners from each of IBM's three geographic regions, will be announced on Feb. 8.  Winners and finalists from around the world will also be honored during the IBM PartnerWorld 2005 Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, Feb. 27-March 2.

"Business Partners play a critical role in IBM's go-to-market strategy," said Donn Atkins, General Manager, IBM Global Business Partners. "This IBM-wide recognition program acknowledges the best On Demand Business and Small and Medium Business customer solutions our Business Partners have implemented using IBM products and technologies."

This year's finalists are:

Software:
Best DB2* Information Management Solution

Best Lotus* Software Solution

Rational* - Most Valuable Partner Award

Best Tivoli* Intelligent Management Solution

Best IBM WebSphere* on demand Solution

Systems and Technology:
Best IBM iSeries* on demand Solution

Best IBM pSeries* on demand Solution

Best IBM xSeries* on demand Solution

Best IBM zSeries* on demand Solution

Best IBM TotalStorage* on demand Solution

Best IBM Systems and Technology Group Teaming to Win - Industry by Industry

Best Power Architecture Solution

IBM Global Services:
Resellers - Teaming To Win in the Mid-Market with IGS

Consultants and Integrators - Teaming To Win in the Mid-Market with IGS

ISV's - Teaming To Win in the Mid-Market with IGS

Personal Computing:
Best ThinkVantage* Technologies Solution

Best ThinkVantage* Technologies Solution in SMB

Best IBM PCD Express Solution in SMB

Printing Systems:
Commitment to New IBM Customer Acquisition with PSD Offerings

ISV & Developer Relations:
Hot Linux Solution

Best Industry-Optimized Solution

On Demand Business Innovative Solution

Consultants & Integrators:
Best Use of IBM Technology in a Business Solution by a Global Consultant and Integrator Business Partner

Best Regional Consultant and System Integrator On Demand Business Solution

Global Small & Medium Business:
Most Innovative Express Solution

Global Solutions Marketing:
Global Solutions Marketing - On Demand

Global Solutions Marketing - Best Solution with a New Strategic Alliance

Global Solutions Marketing - Best Industry Solution

Industry:
IBM Retail Environment for SUSE Linux

Retail Emerging Business Opportunity

Best Product Lifecycle Management Implementation in Small and Medium Business

About IBM PartnerWorld Beacon Awards:

For more information about the IBM PartnerWorld Beacon Awards, please visit http://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/pwhome.nsf/weblook/pw2005_beacon.html.  To learn more about PartnerWorld, a comprehensive program that offers marketing and sales resources, training, certification and technical support to help create new revenue and market opportunities for IBM Business Partners, please visit http://www.ibm.com/partnerworld.

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Contact(s) information

Michael Maloney
IBM Media Relations
914-642-5008
maloney2@us.ibm.com

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