IDG’s Solutions Integrator Announces Winners in First Annual SI Impact Awards Program

SAN DIEGO, CA, August 5, 1999 – IDG's Solutions Integrator today announced the winners in their inaugural SI Impact Awards program.

"Our goal when we launched this awards program was to recognize and encourage excellence among solutions integrators and their vendor partners. We've reached that goal with twenty six award winners who represent the highest achievement in delivering best of breed products and solutions," said John Russell, vice president and editor-in-chief.

The awards program launched in March with a call for entries which resulted in over two hundred nominations. From there, a panel of judges drawn from the industry screened all entries and selected finalists in each category. The winners were then selected by votes cast by more than 3,000 readers of Solutions Integrator and a small portion of voters drawn from IDG's other enterprise publications such as InfoWorld and NetworkWorld.

At a gala celebration this evening, awards were presented in twenty six categories with thirteen awards in the vendor category and thirteen in the solutions integrator category. All winners represent an impressive list of entrants, ranging from established organizations to brand new start-ups.

Winners are as follows:

Solutions Integrator Categories Vendor Categories

Best Enterprise Solution Best Network Hardware

Ernst & Young Technologies, Inc. Nortel Networks Corp.

Best Migration Solution Best Storage Hardware

KDM Associates, Inc. ATL Products, Inc.

Best Intranet/Extranet Solution Best Storage Software

Interlynx Technology Corp. OTG Software

Best Remote Management Solution Best Enterprise Application Package

Alvaka Networks Systems Consulting Co.

Best Customized Application Solution Best Enterprise System Management Solution

DoxSys, Inc. Computer Associates International, Inc.

Best Customer ROI Solution Best Enterprise Server (hardware)

First Edge Sornson, LLC Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Best E-Commerce Solution Best Workgroup Server (hardware)

Fort Point Partners, Inc. Hewlett-Packard Company

Best Outsourcing Solution Best Groupware/Messaging Software

IBM Global Services Interactive Intelligence, Inc.

The Marketing Award Best Middleware Solution

Ernst & Young Technologies, Inc. Bluestone Software, Inc.

The Service Award Best Development Environment

Benchmark Automation Software Pervasive Software, Inc. & Engineering, Inc.

The New Business Award Best E-Commerce Solution

eLoyalty Bluestone Software, Inc.

The Customer Satisfaction Award Best Security Solution

IBM Global Services, Business Information Resource Engineering, Inc.

Recovery Services (IRE)

Solutions Integrator of the Year Channel Program of the Year

eLoyalty IBM Corp.

The two top honors, Solutions Integrator of the Year and Channel Program of the year went to two companies who are striving to become key architects of the world of e-business–an effort shared by many SI Impact Award entrants. eLoyalty, winner of The Solutions Integrator of The Year, is a new member of the "e" crowd and is positioning itself for fast growth in this category.

The other top honor went to IBM for their Business Partner Software Program. The program's breadth and depth plus IBM's overall channel savvy helped earn them recognition from their partner community.

About Solutions Integrator: As of October 1, 1999 Solutions Integrator magazine will convert from a print publication to a Web-exclusive resource (www.solutionsintegrator.com) serving enterprise integrators whose primary business is providing complex IT solutions to middle market companies and divisions of Fortune 500 companies. The site focuses on complex technology integration issues including technology assessment and implementation, IT buying practices and plans, business strategies, vendor technology roadmaps and vertical industry opportunities.

In addition to Solutions Integrator, IDG currently publishes 24 channel publications in 21 countries, serves enterprise integrators through events such as IDC's Solutions Integrator Forum and provides channel-focused research services through its global research arm International Data Corp. (IDC). Solutions Integrator's web site can be found at www.solutionsintegrator.com.

About IDG:

Headquartered in Boston, International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. Founded in 1964, IDG had 1998 revenues of $2.35 billion and has more than 9,000 employees worldwide. IDG offers the widest range of media options, which reach 90 million IT buyers in 75 countries representing 95% of worldwide IT spending. IDG's diverse product and services spans six key areas, including print publishing, online publishing, expositions and conferences, market research, education and training, and global marketing services. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

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