The Lotus Beacon Award

IBM today announced that Instant Technologies of Boston, MA. (www.instant-tech.com) has won the coveted 2003 Lotus Beacon Award. There are 17,000 IBM Business Partners world wide, and 346 were nominated for IBM’s most prestigious software award. The Lotus Beacon Awards have 12 categories, Instant Technologies won in the auspicious Rising Star category.

"Instant Technologies broke new ground to capitalize on the competitive Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Office customer base which lacks integrated e-mail, chat, presence and application sharing in a secure environment. Instant Team Messenger for Microsoft Outlook integrates the capabilities of Lotus Sametime and Microsoft Office, providing a huge revenue opportunity for IBM and their partners worldwide," excepted from IBM's award announcement on www.IBM.com.

The winners were announced during Lotusphere 2003 in Orlando on January 26, 2003. Peyton McManus, Instant Technologies’ President, and Carl Tyler, Chief Technology Officer attended the ceremony. The Lotus Beacon Awards are presented annually to recognize Lotus Business Partners in the IBM PartnerWorld Business Partner Program who are at the leading edge of the software industry and have delivered outstanding products, solutions, and services to their customers, based on Lotus technologies, during the previous year. Judging is conducted by a combination of leading worldwide industry press and analysts, along with Lotus executives.

“Each year our Business Partners raise the standard of excellence for Lotus software-based solutions and this year is no exception,” said Frances West, director of channels, alliances and business development, Lotus Software, IBM Software Group. “Our business partner community continues to add tremendous value to the Lotus portfolio. The superior technology and thought leadership evident in the groundbreaking solutions offered by our winners demonstrates a strong and ongoing commitment to satisfying customer needs and creating the best Lotus collaborative solutions possible.”

The Rising Star category recognizes an IBM PartnerWorld Business Partner who is demonstrably breaking new ground in Lotus technologies. It distinguishes the Business Partner whose solution, business model, channel strategy and/or share and revenue attainment most impacts Lotus' position in the marketplace.

Instant's first product, Instant TeamMessenger, is the industry’s first integration product to seamlessly combine IBM Lotus Instant Messenger ("Sametime") corporate instant messaging technology into the Microsoft Outlook e-mail platform. IBM Lotus Instant Messenger ("Sametime") is the market leader in corporate instant messaging, with 10 million subscribers, while Microsoft Outlook is one of the world’s leading e-mail programs, with 65 million users. Instant's latest offering, Instant Agent Frameworktm, allows corporations that use IBM Lotus Instant Messaging software to quickly build and run automated agents ("BOTS") that perform common tasks from within an instant messaging conversation. Using Instant Agent Framework, IT departments can build and run agents that will draw data from a wide variety of storage formats, such as those used by Microsoft, IBM, and SAP R/3. Bridged together these two products, MS Outlook and IBM Instant Messenger ("Sametime") become the most powerful real time collaboration solution in the market today.

Rune Carlsen, Senior Consultant at Concrea, an IBM Company, remarked when hearing of the Award presentation to Instant Technologies, “ Instant Team Messenger is an outstanding application which seamlessly integrates Microsoft Outlook with IBM Lotus Sametime. We have found it increases response time, reduces email threads, as well as tracks and organizes all instant messaging input. By doing so, it significantly speeds decision-making. Concrea’s customers know their businesses, processes and demands. They demand that technology eliminate wasted cycles at work. Instant Team Messenger does this in a simple and very innovative manner. I am not surprised they won the Rising Star Beacon Award!!”

Instant Technologies has been one of IBM's most visible partners in this market space, with it ground breaking work in bridging IBM Instant Messaging Technologies with Microsoft’ Office suite of products.

"We are very pleased to receive such recognition from IBM. With IBM Lotus Instant Messenger (Sametime), IBM invented the business instant messaging market. Today, they are, by any metric, the undisputed market leader. For them to publicly state through this award that we are the “Rising Star” in this software application market means a great deal to us. By summer, we will have IBM Lotus Instant Messenger intelligently integrated into the entire Microsoft Office offering. That is the kind of real time collaboration our customers are asking for, ” said Tim Browne, CEO of Instant Technologies.


About Instant Technologies Corporation
Located in Beverly, Mass., Instant Technologies Corporation is a privately held software company dedicated to extending the software functionality associated with corporate instant messaging technologies to a wide variety of application platforms. More information is available at www.instant-tech.com.

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Instant Technologies Corporation
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