IBM Launches First Annual Beacon Awards Program For Outstanding Software Business Partners

New Awards Honor Excellence in e-business Solutions And Services

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ARMONK, NY - 12 Oct 1999: -- IBM today announced the IBM Beacon Awards, which will recognize IBM Software Business Partners worldwide who excel in providing IBM customers with quality e-business solutions and services. The new awards will be presented at the PartnerWorld 2000 Conference, Jan. 23-26, in San Diego.

Building on the highly successful Lotus Beacon Awards, IBM will recognize IBM Software Business Partners that have distinguished themselves in several areas. Award categories include: Greatest Business Impact, Rising Star, Excellence in Partnering, Best Leveraging Information for Competitive Advantage Solution, Best Managing Technology Solution, and Best Transformation and Integration Solution. Award recipients will be selected by an independent panel of software industry publication editors and analysts.

In addition, a distinguished achievement award will be presented for each geographic region. This award recognizes the IBM Software Business Partner who drives awareness and acceptance of IBM technology and solutions in their markets through unwavering loyalty to IBM customers.

"Our Business Partners' pursuit of excellence in e-business is what the IBM Beacon Awards are all about," said Jocelyne Attal, vice president of Worldwide Channel Sales and Marketing, IBM Software. "This program will honor the Business Partners who are best at what IBM does: transforming our customers' business processes, enhancing their competitive advantage and turning them into successful e-businesses."

Business Partners may be nominated by IBM account representatives or they may nominate themselves. Nominations may be submitted after Oct. 15, 1999, and must be received by the close of business on Nov. 12, 1999. For more information on the Beacon Awards program, visit the Web site at

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