IBM Announces Finalists Of Ninth Annual Lotus Beacon Awards

Reinforcing its commitment to industry leadership and innovation, IBM Corporation today announced the finalists of the 2003 Lotus Beacon Awards. Judged by a team of leading industry journalists and analysts, this year's Beacon Awards recognize IBM PartnerWorld Business Partners who have excelled at providing quality products, innovative solutions and superior services to customers based on Lotus software technologies.

The 2003 Lotus Beacon Award winners will be announced on January 27 at IBM's annual Lotusphere conference in Orlando, Florida. Lotusphere is IBM Lotus software's forum for sharing technical and business knowledge and the successful implementation of collaborative solutions from IBM and its partners around the world. The Beacon Awards include 13 categories covering all aspects of innovative collaborative solutions that represent the way individuals and businesses work together to achieve success.

Categories and Finalists
The categories and finalists of the Lotus Beacon Awards are as follows:

Rising Star Award
This award recognizes an IBM PartnerWorld Business Partner who is demonstrably breaking new ground. This award distinguishes the Business Partner whose solution, business model, channel strategy and/or share and revenue attainment can significantly impact Lotus' position in the marketplace. (Industry judge: Laura Ramos, Giga)

CITIC Application Service Provider Co., Ltd (iCITIC)
Instant Technologies Corporation (formerly “Invitix LLC”)
PSC Group, LLC
Shree Consultants

Best Knowledge Discovery Solution
This award recognizes a solution that assists organizations in the discovery and application of knowledge to drive business value by applying capabilities that capture, organize, locate and disseminate knowledge. Solutions may include content management, employee resource management, corporate taxonomies, search solutions, expertise location and automated workflow. (Industry judges: Hugh McKellar, executive editor, KM World and Mike Gotta, Meta Group)

EKM Corporation
Landray (ShenZhen) Management Consulting Support System Co., Ltd.
Presence Online

Best Learning Solution
This award recognizes an on-line learning solution. The winning solution must use IBM Lotus LearningSpace for on-line delivery of education. The winning on-line learning solution will demonstrate how Lotus technologies were used to enable an organization's value chain, increasing effectiveness and yielding a measurable return on investment. (Industry judges: Ryann Ellis, editor, Learning Circuits and Jennifer Vollmer, Meta Group)

AIT Work Group Technology Sdn Bhd
Multimedia Marketing.Com
Nanfor Iberica
Safmarine Computer Services (SC)

Best Collaborative Solution
This award recognizes an on-line collaborative solution for the corporate intranet, extranet, or Internet. An on-line collaborative solution may be any business application that leverages Lotus collaborative technologies to enhance communication, efficiency, and organizational effectiveness. Examples of collaborative applications include collaborative commerce, customer relationship management, sales force automation, Web self-service, supply chain integration, and electronic marketplaces. (Industry judges: Steve Gillmor, editorial director, InfoWorld and David Marshak, Patricia Seybold Group)

Eden Communications
iEnterprises, Inc.
Titan Solutions Group, Inc.

Best Mobile/Wireless Solution
This award recognizes a mobile or wireless solution. This solution provides key information to field and mobile workforce employees or end-users utilizing Lotus technologies to keep them up to date. (Industry judge: Christa Coleman, managing editor, Advisor)

Brookstone Technologies Pty Limited
QED Advanced Systems Ltd.
X-dot GmbH

Best Portal Solution
This award recognizes a solution that leverages Lotus collaborative components within the IBM WebSphere Portal Family to create a dynamic workplace for either employees (intranet) or customers (extranet) and/or suppliers. (Industry judge: Sharon Gaudin, managing editor,

Cordial Co., Ltd
Loughheed and Associates

Best Industry Solution
This award recognizes an outstanding solution in the Commercial or Public sector. Commercial sector solutions target Financial Services (including Banking, Finance and Insurance), Manufacturing and Distribution (including Retail and Travel). Public sector solutions focus on Government, Academic, Health Care, Utilities or Telecommunications segments. (Industry judge: John Dix, editor-in-chief, Network World)

Anesis, Inc.
Modern Devices (China) Ltd
Winchester Business Systems

Best Messaging Migration Solution
This category is awarded to a messaging migration solution. These include solutions that migrate a customer's non-Lotus mail system, such as Microsoft Mail, to IBM Lotus Notes and Domino or iNotes and encourage them to Move2Lotus. (Industry judge: Elizabeth Olsen, managing editor, Advisor and Sara Radicati, The Radicati Group)

Advanced Development Group, Inc.
BMS Systems GmbH

Best Philanthropic Solution
This award recognizes the Business Partner who has developed an effective solution for a not-for-profit, environmental or humanitarian effort or one in support of broader civic participation. (Industry judge: Maryfran Johnson, editor-in-chief, ComputerWorld)

Cadence Solutions, LLC
Computech Resources, Inc.
Convergens A/S

Best Tool/Utility Solution
This award recognizes a tool or utility used to enhance a business solution that brings measurable market benefits to a customer. These value-added products include component-based, data integration, and team development tools which make developing, deploying, and administering applications more productive in a customer environment. (Industry judge: Harry McCracken, executive editor, PC World)

CommonTime Limited Inc.
PistolStar, Inc.
Ytria Inc.

Excellence in Partnering
This award recognizes two or more business partners who utilized their complementary skills to deliver a total customer solution.

Berwanger, Inc., and onClick Corporation
BinaryTree, Inc., ReCor Corporation and Wolcott Systems Group
IEnterprises, Inc., and NuTechs
Northern Collaborative Technologies and Webb Consulting, Inc.

Additionally, the winners for the following awards will be announced at the Lotusphere Showcase in Orlando:

Best in Lotusphere Showcase
This award recognizes an innovative application that leverages the latest cutting-edge Lotus technology (Lotus Notes and Domino 6, Sametime, QuickPlace, Workflow, Discovery Server, Extended Search, LEI, iNotes, etc.) to demonstrate the problem- solving power of Lotus software. (Industry judges: Libby Schwarz, editor, e-Pro Magazine and Dan Rasmus, Giga)

Distinguished Achievement Awards
Honors the top IBM PartnerWorld for Software Business Partners from each region of the world. Winners must demonstrate excellence in driving revenue, innovation, loyalty, ability to open new regional markets, as well as positive stature in the Business Partner community. (Judges: In region, IBM Business Partner Sales and Channel Managers)

About Lotus Software from IBM
Lotus Software from IBM sets the standard for truly innovative software and services that reflect the brand's unique representation of the new ways individuals and businesses work together to achieve success. Lotus software is further redefining the concept of conducting business through practical knowledge management, e-business and other ground-breaking ways of connecting ideas, thinkers, buyers, sellers and communities around the world via the Internet. Lotus software is marketed in more than 80 countries worldwide through direct sales and extensive Business Partner channels.

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Lotus Beacon Awards Showcase Software Technologies And Services That Have Significantly Improved The Way Customers Conduct Business




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