IBM Captures Honors as Company of the Year for 'Information Management' and 'Volume Business Servers' in Everything Channel's 2010 Annual Report Card

25th Annual Award Recognizes Outstanding Partner Programs and Superb Vendor Service

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ARMONK, N.Y. - 02 Sep 2010: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it has received six awards in Everything Channel's prestigious 2010 CRN Annual Report Card (ARC), including top honors for Volume Mainstream Business Servers and Data & Information Management.

For 25 years, the Annual Report Card has served as the definitive benchmark of vendor/partner relationships and an industry standard for measuring excellence in the channel community. This year, Everything Channel's research team surveyed more than 3,700 solution providers in 18 product/service categories and asked them to evaluate the importance and satisfaction with their vendors' products, support and channel programs.  

IBM was named the ARC Overall Winner and Company of the Year in Data & Information Management and Volume Mainstream Business Servers.  In the Data & Information Management category, IBM captured top honors in the Support sub-category. IBM took top honors for Product Innovation in the Midrange High-End Servers category. The company was also awarded top marks in the Support and Partnership sub-categories in Volume Mainstream Business Servers.

"For 25 years, we have asked solution providers to rate vendors on their channel commitment and excellence in providing superb service to identify the true leaders of the channel. Winning the CRN Annual Report Card is one of the most prestigious honors in the IT channel industry, and we congratulate IBM for making it to the list," said Kelley Damore, VP, Editorial Director, Everything Channel.

The ARC awards were presented on Aug. 24 at the 2010 XChange Americas conference at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Dallas.   The complete listing of the 2010 Annual Report Card will be featured in the October issue of CRN Magazine and online at www.crn.com.

"IBM is pleased to receive such a strong vote of confidence from the solution provider community in the strategically important areas of information management and core business servers. This recognition reflects the breadth of our IBM-wide commitment to helping our channel partners pursue new opportunities for profitable growth and deliver innovative solutions to organizations worldwide,"  said Rich Hume, IBM, General Manager, Global Business Partners & Midmarket.

About IBM

For more information about IBM, please visit www.ibm.com/partnerworld.

About Everything Channel

Everything Channel is the premier provider of IT channel-focused events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing services. With over 30 years of experience and engagement, Everything Channel has the unmatched channel expertise to execute integrated solutions for technology executives managing partner recruitment, enablement and go-to-market strategy in order to accelerate technology sales. Everything Channel is a UBM company. To learn more about Everything Channel, visit us at http://www.everythingchannel.com.

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