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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
· BlueWare, Cadillac, MI, United States
· dit Software, Torrijos, Toledo, Spain
· XP Systems, Moorpark, CA, United States
Best Lotus* Software Solution
· Collaborative Learning Network Inc., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
· iEnterprises, Inc., Murray Hill, NJ, United States
· ThroughBox IT Ltd., Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Rational* - Most Valuable Partner Award
· LogicaCMG, Den Haag, Netherlands
· Praxis Engineering Technologies Inc., Annapolis Junction, MD, United States
· Unisys Corporation - ETS, Blue Bell, PA, United States
Best Tivoli* Intelligent Management Solution
· ASIC S.A., Bogota, Colombia
· Blue World Information Technology Inc., Seattle, WA, United States
· Enterprise IT Solutions BV, Almere, Netherlands
Best IBM WebSphere* on demand Solution
· Beijing e-Channels Century Technology Co., Ltd., Beijing, China
· Infowave, Round Rock, TX, United States
· Prolifics, New York, NY, United States

Systems and Technology:

Best IBM iSeries* on demand Solution
· Advanced System Designs, Inc., Morton, IL, United States
· Silverlake System Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
· Sirius Computer Solutions, San Antonio, TX, United States
Best IBM pSeries* on demand Solution
· Faritec, Johannesburg, South Africa
· Jeskell, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, United States
· Service IT Solutions, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Best IBM xSeries* on demand Solution
· Agilysys, Alpharetta, GA, United States
· Qurius IS, Zaltbommel, Netherlands
· Sirius Computer Solutions, San Antonio, TX, United States
Best IBM zSeries* on demand Solution
· Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc., Springfield, IL, United States
· NTT Data Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
· OVERLAP, Courbevoie, France
Best IBM TotalStorage* on demand Solution
· Metro Systems Corporation Public Company Limited, Bangkok, Thailand
· OVERLAP, Courbevoie, France
· Sirius Computer Solutions, San Antonio, TX, United States
Best IBM Systems and Technology Group Teaming to Win - Industry by Industry
· GERS Retail Systems, San Diego, CA, United States
· Hamer Enterprises, McAllen, TX, United States
· PROFI Engineering Systems AG, Darmstadt, Germany
Best Power Architecture Solution
· Metro Systems Corporation Public Company Limited, Bangkok, Thailand
· MontaVista Software Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, United States
· Wind River Systems Inc., Alameda, CA, United States

IBM Global Services:

Resellers - Teaming To Win in the Mid-Market with IGS
· Computer Gross Italia S.p.A., Empoli, Florence, Italy
· HEXALIS, Velizy Villacoublay, France
· Mainline Information Systems, Tallahassee, FL, United States
Consultants and Integrators - Teaming To Win in the Mid-Market with IGS
· Buchanan Associates, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
· Pasporte Limited, Bagshot, Surrey, United Kingdom
· Sogeti Transiciel Spain, Madrid, Spain
ISV's - Teaming To Win in the Mid-Market with IGS
· Akamai Technologies Inc., Cambridge, MA, United States
· InterWare de Mexico, DF, Mexico
· ZANTAZ Inc., Pleasonton, CA, United States

Personal Computing:

Best ThinkVantage* Technologies Solution
· ComputerCORP Pty. Ltd., West Perth, Australia
· ePlus Technology, Herndon, VA, United States
· Future Tech Enterprise Inc., Holbrook, NY, United States
Best ThinkVantage* Technologies Solution in SMB
· Atea Finland, Vantaa, Finland
· Technology Services Group Ltd., Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
· Whizz-Work Pte Ltd., Singapore
Best IBM PCD Express Solution in SMB
· ComputerWorld (Wales) Ltd., Cardiff, United Kingdom
· Tech Pacific (India) Ltd., Vikhroli, Mumbai, India
· Zones, Auburn, WA, United States

Printing Systems:

Commitment to New IBM Customer Acquisition with PSD Offerings
· Kanematsu Electronics Ltd., Tokyo, Japan
· PEAK Resources, Inc., Denver, CO, United States
· Sirius Computer Solutions, San Antonio, TX, United States

ISV & Developer Relations:

Hot Linux Solution
· eOne Group, Omaha, NE, United States
· Expro Solutions, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, United States
· Versko Ltd., Glasgow, United Kingdom
Best Industry-Optimized Solution
· Bristol Technology, Danbury, CT, United States
· Frontline Consultancy & Business Services Ltd., Wilmslow, Chesire, United Kingdom
· Harlosh Ltd., Cirencester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
On Demand Business Innovative Solution
· DataSynapse, New York, NY, United States
· Digital Union, Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom
· OpenDemand Systems, Inc., Newark, NJ, United States

Consultants & Integrators:

Best Use of IBM Technology in a Business Solution by a Global Consultant and Integrator Business Partner
· Accenture, Chicago, IL, United States
· Capgemini LLC, New York, NY, United States
· Computer Sciences Corp., Austin, TX, United States
Best Regional Consultant and System Integrator On Demand Business Solution
· Primitive Logic, San Francisco, CA, United States
· Silverblaze Solutions, Inc., Markham, Ontario, Canada
· Software Architects, Inc., Westchester, IL, United States

Global Small & Medium Business:

Most Innovative Express Solution
· Digital Union, Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom
· Manage Inc., Seattle, WA, United States
· Matrix Infosystems Ltd., Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Global Solutions Marketing:

Global Solutions Marketing - On Demand
· NetRouter, Inc., Austin, TX, United States
· 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
· Symbol Technologies, Inc., Holtsville, NY, United States
· Vormittag Associates, Inc., Ronkonkoma, NY United States
Global Solutions Marketing - Best Industry Solution
· Cisco Systems, Herndon, VA, United States
· PureEdge Solutions, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
· Siebel Systems, Inc.,San Mateo, CA, United States

Industry:

IBM Retail Environment for SUSE Linux
· 360 Commerce, Austin, TX, United States
· Capgemini, Woking, United Kingdom
· PCMS Datafit, Inc., Cincinnati, OH, United States
Retail Emerging Business Opportunity
· Active Decisions, San Mateo, CA, United States
· Cuesol, Inc., Quincy, MA, United States
Best Product Lifecycle Management Implementation in Small and Medium Business
· Cad Solution Provider, Latina, LT, Italy
· RAND Worldwide, Albertslund, Denmark
· TransCAT GmbH & Co.KG, Karlsruhe, Germany

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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