IBM PartnerWorld Beacon Awards Salute Outstanding Business Partner Achievements

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WHITE PLAINS, NY - 09 Feb 2005: IBM today announced the winners of its annual PartnerWorld Beacon Awards competition, honoring IBM Business Partners for their ingenuity, customer satisfaction and outstanding achievements in providing On Demand Business solutions. Nearly 600 nominations were judged by a team of leading industry journalists, analysts, and IBM executives, who selected winners in 31 award categories.

IBM also selected three Distinguished Blue Diamond award winners -- one from each of IBM's three geographic regions -- who are considered the most outstanding based upon their impact on the marketplace, content of IBM products and services in their solutions, competitive success, business contribution to IBM, customer satisfaction and customer value delivered.

"The IBM PartnerWorld Beacon Awards recognize Business Partners who are combining technology expertise with business insight to help their clients solve important business issues that help them become more competitive," said Donn Atkins, general manager, IBM Global Business Partners. "Winners of this award demonstrate great passion, determination, and a keen understanding of their clients' needs."

Winners and finalists from around the world will be honored during the IBM PartnerWorld 2005 Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, Feb. 27-March 2. This year's IBM PartnerWorld Beacon Award winners are:

Distinguished Blue Diamond:

Americas: MSI Systems Integrators, Inc., Omaha, NE, United States

Europe, Middle East and Africa: FRITZ und MACZIOL Software und Computervertrieb GmbH, Ulm, Germany

Asia Pacific: Kanematsu Electronics Ltd., Tokyo, Japan


Best DB2* Information Management Solution: BlueWare, Cadillac, MI, United States

Best Lotus* Software Solution: iEnterprises, Inc., Murray Hill, NJ, United States

Rational* -- Most Valuable Partner Award: Praxis Engineering Technologies Inc., Annapolis Junction, MD, United States

Best Tivoli* Intelligent Management Solution: ASIC S.A., Bogota, Colombia

Best IBM WebSphere* on demand Solution: Infowave, Round Rock, TX, United States

Systems and Technology:

Best IBM iSeries* on demand Solution: Sirius Computer Solutions, San Antonio, TX, United States

Best IBM pSeries* on demand Solution: Jeskell, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, United States

Best IBM xSeries* on demand Solution: Agilysys, Alpharetta, GA, United States

Best IBM zSeries* on demand Solution: NTT DATA Corporation, Tokyo, Japan

Best IBM TotalStorage* on demand Solution: Metro Systems Corporation Public Company Limited, Bangkok, Thailand

Best IBM Systems and Technology Group Teaming to Win -- Industry by Industry: Hamer Enterprises, McAllen, TX, United States

Best Power Architecture Solution: MontaVista Software Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, United States

IBM Global Services:

Resellers -- Teaming To Win in the Mid-Market with IGS: Mainline Information Systems, Tallahassee, FL, United States

Consultants and Integrators -- Teaming To Win in the Mid-Market with IGS: Pasporte Limited, Bagshot, Surrey, United Kingdom

ISV's -- Teaming To Win in the Mid-Market with IGS: Akamai Technologies Inc., Cambridge, MA, United States

Personal Computing:

Best ThinkVantage* Technologies Solution: Future Tech Enterprise Inc., Holbrook, NY, United States

Best ThinkVantage* Technologies Solution in SMB: Atea Finland, Vantaa, Finland

Best IBM PCD Express Solution in SMB: Tech Pacific (India) Ltd., Vikhroli, Mumbai, India

Printing Systems:

Commitment to New IBM Customer Acquisition with PSD Offerings: Sirius Computer Solutions, San Antonio, TX, United States

ISV & Developer Relations:

Hot Linux Solution: eOne Group, Omaha, NE, United States

Best Industry-Optimized Solution: Frontline Consultancy & Business Services Ltd., Wilmslow, Chesire, United Kingdom

On Demand Business Innovative Solution: DataSynapse, New York, NY, United States

Consultants & Integrators:

Best Use of IBM Technology in a Business Solution by a Global Consultant and Integrator Business Partner: Computer Sciences Corp., Austin, TX, United States

Best Regional Consultant and System Integrator On Demand Business Solution: Software Architects, Inc., Westchester, IL, United States

Global Small & Medium Business:

Most Innovative Express Solution: Digital Union, Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom

Global Solutions Marketing:

Global Solutions Marketing -- On Demand: Siebel Systems, Inc., San Mateo, CA, United States

Global Solutions Marketing -- Best Solution with a New Strategic Alliance: SSA Global Technologies Inc., Chicago, IL, United States

Global Solutions Marketing -- Best Industry Solution: Cisco Systems, Herndon, VA, United States


IBM Retail Environment for SUSE Linux: 360 Commerce, Austin, TX, United States

Retail Emerging Business Opportunity: Cuesol, Inc., Quincy, MA, United States

Best Product Lifecycle Management Implementation in Small and Medium Business: RAND WorldWide Denmark, Albertslund, Denmark

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