IDG’s InfoWorld Announces Winners of Annual Product of the Year Award

SAN MATEO, Calif. — 01/17/2000 — IDG’s InfoWorld, the IT newsweekly that defines technology for business, today announced the winners of its 19th annual Product of the Year awards.

Product of the Year winners were selected from hundreds of products, solutions and services reviewed in the InfoWorld Test Center during 1999. Analysts in the Test Center selected Product of the Year award winners based on how well they solved the most pressing business problems of IT executives. These awards reflect the performance and integrity of products in the most real-world testing environment in the industry. With more than a $21 million investment, the InfoWorld Test Center can be configured to reflect a simple departmental workgroup or complex, distributed wide-area network — and everything in between.

The winners are:

Back-end services:

– Oracle Corp., Oracle 8i

Contact: Rheema Bhanasy; 650.506.3397

Business productivity software:

– Microsoft Corp., Office 2000

Contact: Amy Drew; 503.443.7000;

Client hardware:

– Sony Electronics Inc., Vaio PCG-F190 laptop

Contact: Marie Domingo; 408.955.5142;

Development tools:

– IBM Corp., Visual Age for Java 3.0, Enterprise Edition

Contact: Stephanie Clark; 919.760.7230

E-commerce solutions:

– Trilogy Software, Inc., Buying Chain 2.0

Contact: Steve Myer; 512.794.5900

Mid-tier services:

– BEA Systems Inc., WebLogic 4.02

Contact: Angie Trah; 408.570.8354

Mobile computing:

– Research in Motion Ltd., BlackBerry

Contact: Sara Usilton; 617.587.2800;

Network hardware

– IBM Corp., RS/6000 Enterprise Server S80

Contact: Stacey Cooper; 908.889.6066

Network management:

– Network Associates Inc., Sniffer Pro Portable Analysis Suite 2.5

Contact: Robert Kusters; 408.346.5511;

Operating systems:

– Red Hat Inc., Linux 6.1

Contact: Melissa London; 919.547.0012;


– IBM Corp., eNetwork Firewall 3.3

Contact: Elise Porter; 919.854.0550, ext 245

Web-site solutions:

– Macromedia Inc., Generator 2

Contact: Susan Nicolls (; 415.553.2751

"The InfoWorld Product of the Year award isn't based on technical specs, marketing glitz or a vendor's reputation. These awards are given to the products that performed best in a realworld setting under the watchful eye of experienced IT professionals," said Siobhan Santinelli, Test Center Director. "This is a true test of a product's mettle in meeting customer requirements, and these vendors are to be commended for producing the best solutions to the most pressing problems of the IT executive."

As part of the Product of the Year Award, InfoWorld columnists created categories and winners of their own to reflect the sentiments of their readers.

The InfoWorld columnist awards are:

Brian Livingston, Window Manager

– Window Manager Award, Linux (Linux wins because it is challenging