Network World Chooses Winners of Annual Enterprise All-Star Awards

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – SEPTEMBER 27, 2006 – Network World, Inc. honors 40 outstanding network IT enterprise projects with this week's announcement of its Enterprise All-Star Award winners. The winners, selected from nearly 200 entries by a panel of editorial judges, represent the best use of technology within eight technology categories. From building virtualized Linux applications infrastructures to rolling out VoIP across the organization, Enterprise All-Star winners are applying innovative technologies to help their companies enter new markets, streamline business processes, increase competitive advantage and dramatically reduce costs.

Cost-cutting was a key driver among the majority of All-Star winners, cumulatively reporting savings of more than $20.7 million in the first year of implementation. The winning projects took a median of eight months from planning to production, with 82% requiring less than a year.

"This year's competition can be summed up in one word: innovation," said Beth Schultz, editor, Network World's Signature Series. "Recognizing such companies is rewarding. One winner for example stands as a proving ground for chip-level security, while another bucked conventional wisdom and used freeware to automate configuration across dozens of makes and models of desktops."

Some facts about the winners include:

— 10 winners in the healthcare category, the vertical industry with the most wins

— Six years for the longest running project. One month for the shortest.

— $939,733 for the mean project savings

— 56 total vendors used in the award-winning projects

All 40 Network World Enterprise All-Star award winners along with a description of project goals and technologies are profiled in the September 25 Signature Series issue and can be viewed online by industry and technology category at www.networkworld.com/allstar/2006

2006 Network World Enterprise All-Star Award Recipients

1-800-flowers.com Aeroplan

Alamance Regional Medical Center Appalachian State University

BNSF Logistics BNSF Railway

Cabell Huntington Hospital Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

City of Loma Linda Community Health Network

Continental Airlines Credit Suisse

Evolution Benefits FirstHealth of the Carolinas

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Goldsmith Agio Helms

Harvard Business School Inergy Automotive Systems

Kansas City Power & Light Kindred Healthcare

Las Vegas Review-Journal MasterBrand Cabinets

MedicAlert Foundation NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Ochsner Health System Paccess

Papa Gino's and D'Angelo Sandwich Shops PHH Mortgage

Priceline.com Prudential Financial

Saugus Union School District Southwest Washington Medical Center

Subaru of Indiana Automotive Taleo

University at Buffalo Health Sciences U.S. Department of Health and Human

Services, Office of the Inspector General

Vassar Brothers Medical Center Wachovia Bank

Wilson & Company, Engineers and Wound Technology Network

Architects

About Network World's 2006 Enterprise All-Star Award

The Network World Enterprise All-Star Awards recognize exceptional use of network technology to further business objectives of organizations across a range of industries. Forty enterprise IT organizations representing the best, most innovative application of network technologies were selected. These award-winning network IT projects are profiled in Network World's special edition Signature Series Enterprise All-Star Issue published September 25, and on the Web site at www.networkworld.com/allstar/2006 .

About Network World

Network World, Inc., the Leader in Network Knowledge, empowers Network IT Executives through education, information and community. Network World, an IDG company, is the leading provider of news, analysis, reviews, events and education on information technology. Network World publishes the leading newsweekly, Network World, hosts the most active online community ( www.networkworld.com ) and produces educational seminars and events worldwide. Network World's portfolio of strategic marketing programs provides marketing and agency professionals with the tools to generate high-quality leads, optimize marketing campaigns and create new revenue opportunities.

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