IBM Recognizes Top Innovators on iSeries Systems

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CHICAGO, IL - 15 Mar 2005: COMMON -- IBM and COMMON, an iSeries users group, honored five companies that are setting new standards for iSeries innovation as the winners of the first ever eServer iSeries Innovation Awards at the COMMON users conference in Chicago today.

The eServer iSeries Innovation Awards, designed to showcase end-user achievements in IT innovation using the IBM iSeries platform, recognized the following winners in these categories: U-Bix Konica Minolta (Industry), Kingland Systems Corporation (Insurance), GHY International (Infrastructure Simplification), ScottKlement.com (Intellectual Solutions) and Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (Invention).

"Our clients around the world are finding more and more ways to save money, and make their businesses more flexible and resilient," said Mark Shearer, IBM iSeries general manager. "In fact, by using an iSeries platform, customers can reap the rewards of becoming an on demand business. IBM and COMMON wanted to create a program to annually recognize those leaders who are consistently striving to unleash innovation on the iSeries server to create and deliver greater business value and cutting-edge solutions."

"The entries we received demonstrate the visions that end users are executing on the iSeries platform and we believe will spark far reaching innovation on existing and new iSeries systems in the coming months and years," said Beverly Russell, COMMON board president.

Winners, honored last night at an awards ceremony hosted by Mark Shearer, IBM eServer iSeries general manager, and Beverly Russell, COMMON board president, were chosen by a panel of 25 judges that included IT-industry leaders, analysts, and IBM and COMMON executives. Current IBM iSeries customers could be nominated by an IBM Business Partner, IBM employee or themselves. Winners represent the United States, Canada and New Zealand, and were chosen from nearly 60 entries submitted. The awards program will be expanded to the European COMMON conference in June.

For more information on the awards, log onto: http://www.ibm.com/eserver/iseries/innovation/awards/