IDG’s Solutions Integrator Announces Finalists in First Annual SI Impact Awards Program; Mix of Vendors and Solutions Integrators Emerge as Finalists in 26 Categories

SAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE) — June 9, 1999–IDG's Solutions Integrator today announced the finalists in their inaugural SI Impact Awards program.

The program was designed to recognize and promote excellence among solutions integrators and their vendor partners.

The sheer number of entries for a first-time program was impressive and clearly points to the need for a credible marketing tool for the integration community and the vendors with whom they partner in delivering solutions to enterprise customers. And, while the number of entries was impressive, the quality was even more so.

"Our entrants went to great pains to point out specific benefits to their customers, providing in some cases, concrete ROI numbers and strong customer testimonials," said John Russell, vice president and editor-in-chief of Solutions Integrator.

"I have been involved with other award programs during my career but the caliber of these entries and the enthusiasm they show for demonstrating best practices surpasses anything I have seen before," Russell added.

Nominations were reviewed by an expert panel of judges who worked independently of one another to determine finalists in each category. The panel was an impressive cross section of experts drawn from the solutions integrator and distributor communities.

"We were honored to have so many highly respected names on our judging panel from companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Gates Arrow, Deloitte & Touche, Pinacor and others. They all put forth a tremendous effort to thoroughly review and score the entries," said Dave Brambert, executive editor.

After thoughtful review and consideration, the list of finalists in 26 categories emerged: -0- *T FINALISTS Solutions Integrator Categories

Best Enterprise Solution

— Edgewater Technology, Inc.

— Ernst & Young Technologies, Inc.

— Phoenix Systems Integration

Best Intranet/Extranet Solution

— Interlynx Technology

— Logical Design Solutions (LDS) — Micro Modeling Associates, Inc.

— NetNumina Solutions

Best Customer ROI Solution

— Aspect Development, Inc.

— Bell Atlantic Data Solutions Group

— PricewaterhouseCoopers

Best Outsourcing Solution

— AT&T Solutions

— Corio, Inc.

— IBM Global Services

— NetNumina Solutions

The New Business Award

— Semper Systems, Inc.

— Technology Solutions Company

Best Remote Management Solution

— Alvaka Networks

— iPass, Inc.

Best Migration Solution

— AllTech Data Systems, Inc.

— Integration Projects

— Interim Technology

— KDM Associates, Inc.

Best Customized Application Solution

— Cognizant Technology Solutions

— DoxSys, Inc.

— IBM Global Services

The Service Award

— Benchmark Automation Software & Engineering

— Emerging Market Technologies

— UNIFIED Technologies, Inc.

The Customer Satisfaction Award