IBM Presents 2011 Beacon Awards at Annual PartnerWorld Conference

IBM Corp. presented winners of its 2011 Beacon Awards in some 27 categories across Smarter Solutions, developerWorks, technical excellence and Smarter Industries at its annual PartnerWorld Leadership Conference in Orlando, FL held February 15 - 16, 2011.

This year IBM added awards for cloud computing innovation and smart solutions in various industries, including banking, insurance, retail, travel and transportation, energy and utilities, telecommunications, health care and government.

For the second year in a row, the vendor also offered a category called Choice Awards for channel partners that demonstrate business excellence in delivering IBM-based solutions.

Winners and finalists gain visibility in the market, promotional support and industry recognition, IBM said.

"The IBM Beacon Awards recognize Business Partners who exemplify the ability to deliver business value to our mutual clients through innovative solutions, technical excellence and industry expertise," said Rich Hume, IBM general manager, global business partners & midmarket.

"These awards reflect the breadth of our commitment to helping IBM Business Partners build skills, support clients and pursue new opportunities for profitable growth worldwide," he said.

Some 1,500 channel partners and IBM executives worldwide attended the event.

Beacon Awards 2011, Smarter Solutions

Outstanding Solution for Midsize Businesses: N2N Global (U.S.)
Cloud Computing Innovation - Cloud Builder: Sogeti (France)
Cloud Computing Innovation - For Application Providers: Meetrix Communications Inc. (U.S.)
Outstanding Business Analytics Innovation: Revelwood (U.S.)
Outstanding Information Management Innovation: Advanced Digital Technology Co. Ltd. (China)
Outstanding Software Innovation: Test Pro Pty. Ltd. (Australia)
Outstanding Business Value through Social Business: Trilog Group Inc. (U.S.)
Outstanding Integrated Service Management Solution: Controlware GmbH (Germany)
Outstanding Business Agility Solution: Summa (U.S.)
Outstanding Virtualization and Consolidation Solution: Agilysys Inc. (U.S.)
Outstanding Collaboration with IBM Global Technology Services: Sogeti (France)
Smarter Systems - Outstanding Power Systems Solution: Agilysys Inc. (U.S.)
Smarter Systems - Outstanding System x and BladeCenter Solution: Netbox Blue (Australia)
Smarter Systems - Outstanding IBM System z Solution: Shenzhen Skybility Technology Co. Ltd (China)
Smarter Systems - Outstanding IBM Storage Solution: Logicalis Inc. (U.S.)

Beacon Award 2011, developerWorks

Most Innovative Use of developerWorks to Drive Business Results: Sunbay AG (Switzerland)

Beacon Awards 2011, Technical Excellence

Outstanding Technical Excellence (mature markets, co-winners): Sirius Computer Solutions (U.S.), Fritz & Macziol group (Germany)
Outstanding Technical Excellence (growth markets): ITCen Systems (Korea)

Beacon Awards 2011, Smarter Industries

Best Industry Solution for Banking (co-winners): Cincom Systems (U.S.), FIS (U.S.)
Best Industry Solution for Insurance: Silanis Technology Inc. (Canada)
Best Industry Solution for Retail (co-winners): Zobrist Consulting Group Inc. (U.S.), CrossView (U.S.)
Best Industry Solution for Travel and Transportation: INDRA (Spain)
Best Industry Solution for Energy & Utilities: GridManager A/S (Denmark)
Best Industry Solution for Telecommunication: generationE Technologies (U.S.)
Best Industry Solution for Healthcare: Napier Healthcare Solutions Pte. Ltd. (India)
Best Industry Solution for Government: PROFI Engineering Systems AG (Germany)

Choice Awards 2011

Northeast Europe Innovation Award: PIDAS Aktiengesellschaft (Switzerland)
Northeast Europe "Totality of IBM" Award: Barrachd (UK)
Southwest Europe Business Partner of the Year: I.R.I.S. ICT (Belgium)
Southwest Europe Midmarket Partner of the Year: Var Group spa (Italy)
Growth Market Unit Solution Excellence Award: Metro Systems Corp. (Thailand)
Growth Market Unit Most Outstanding Distributor: Digital China (China)
Growth Market Unit Strategic Growth Award: Interactive Convergence (Pakistan)
North America Excellence Award: VSS (U.S.)
North America Excellence Award: Logicalis Inc. (U.S.)
Japan Excellence Award, Partner of the Year: Nippon Information and Communication Corp. (Japan)
Japan Excellence Award - Distributor of the Year: iGUAZU Corp. (Japan)
Mid-Market Leadership Award: CDW (U.S.)
Mid-Market Leadership Award: Maxima Holdings plc (UK)
Mid-Market Leadership Award: Pronto Software Pty. Ltd. (Australia)

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