Microsoft Announces Certified Partner Award Finalists

REDMOND, Wash., June 26, 2001 — Microsoft Corp. today announced 60 finalists for the global Microsoft® Certified Partner Awards. A panel of Microsoft judges selected the finalists from 775 entries submitted by solutions and services partners worldwide. Finalists were determined based on excellence and innovation in customer solution delivery and service. The winner in each of the 12 award categories will be announced July 15 at Microsoft’s Fusion 2001 partner event in Anaheim, Calif.

Fusion is Microsoft’s annual technology and business briefing for industry partners worldwide. About 3,000 partners are expected to attend. Fusion 2001 will be held July 13-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center and will feature a keynote presentation by Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates. Several other senior Microsoft executives will discuss strategies, emerging enterprise technologies and business opportunities for industry partners. Ian Rogoff, vice president of the Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft, will host Fusion 2001 and will announce the Certified Partner Award winners.

“The Microsoft Certified Partner Awards allow Microsoft to reward excellence in emerging technologies,”
Rogoff said.
“Delivering exceptional customer value has made these partners leaders in their respective categories. Selecting the winners was a difficult task, as we found a wealth of innovative business solutions being implemented around the world by Microsoft Certified Partners.”

Microsoft Certified Partner Award finalists will be selected from each of the following categories: Anti-Piracy Advocate of the Year, ASP Solution of the Year, Business Intelligence Solution of the Year, Microsoft CTEC Solution of the Year, Collaborative Solution of the Year, CRM Solution of the Year, E-Commerce Solution of the Year, ERP Solution of the Year, Infrastructure Solution of the Year, Packaged Application of the Year, Small Business Solution of the Year and Support Services Solution of the Year. (The attached list includes finalists in each category).

About Fusion

Initiated in 1997, Fusion is host to the largest worldwide gathering of Microsoft business partners, including Microsoft Certified Partners, independent software vendors, systems integrators and resellers. Fusion is Microsoft’s most important worldwide partner event of the year and recently won the Allie Award for Best Corporate Event in 2000. Premier event sponsors for Fusion 2001 are Compaq Computer Corp., EDS, IBM Corp., Intel Corp., Nortel Networks Ltd. and Unisys Corp. More information can be found at .

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Anti-Piracy Advocate of the Year

Asia/South Pacific: Volante Group Ltd., Melbourne, Australia
Latin America: BS BOLIVIA LTDA, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Middle East/Eastern Europe/Africa: Alna, Vilnius, Lithuania
North America: I.B.I.S. Inc., Norcross, Ga.
Western Europe: Softcat Plc, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

ASP Solution of the Year

Asia/South Pacific: SmartTransact Sdn. Bhd., Cyberjaya, Malaysia
Latin America: Terra Networks Brasil SA, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Middle East/Eastern Europe/Africa: nVision IT (Pty) Ltd., Woodmead, South Africa
North America: USinternetworking Inc., Annapolis, Md.
Western Europe: KSg Systems AB, Gothnburg, Sweden

Business Intelligence Solution of the Year

Asia/South Pacific: Fusion Technology Group Pty Ltd., Pymble, Australia
Latin America: SofHar Tecnologia em Telematica, Curitiba, Brazil
Middle East/Eastern Europe/Africa: PAC BIOS, Ural, Russia
North America: Quilogy Inc., St. Charles, Mo.

Western Europe, Conchango plc, Surrey, United Kingdom

Microsoft CTEC Solution of the Year

Asia/South Pacific: Com Tech Education Services, Sydney, Australia
Latin America: Lanlink Informatica Ltda, Ceara, Brazil
Middle East/Eastern Europe/Africa: Netscope Training (Pty) Ltd., Western Cape, South Africa
North America: The Information Management Group, Chicago
Western Europe: QA, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Collaborative Solution of the Year

Asia/South Pacific: Planet Software PTY Ltd., N. Adelaide, Australia
Latin America: Air-Go Technologies, Mexico City, Mexico
Middle East/Eastern Europe/Africa: Middle East Network Solutions (MNS), Cairo, Egypt
North America: ECMS Inc., Columbia, S.C.
Western Europe: Team Brendel AG, Basel, Switzerland

CRM Solution of the Year

Asia/South Pacific: Infra Corp.: Milsons Point, Australia
Latin America: JL Sistemas CA, Caracas, Venezuela
Middle East/Eastern Europe/Africa: TerraLink, Moscow, Russia
North America: CosmoCom Inc., Melville, N.Y.
Western Europe: PCS AG Germany, Solingen, Germany

E-Commerce Solution of the Year

Asia/South Pacific, Adroit Innovations Ltd., Singapore
Latin America: Paradigma Tecnologia e Orientacao de Negocios Ltda., Florianopolis, Brazil
Middle East/Eastern Europe/Africa: Public Warehousing Co., Safat, Kuwait
North America: Immedient Corp., Dallas, Texas
Western Europe: Ivis Group Ltd., London, United Kingdom

ERP Solution of the Year

Asia/South Pacific: Suntec Software (Shanghai) Company Ltd., Shanghai, China
Latin America: Thebas SA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Middle East/Eastern Europe/Africa: Columbus IT Partner Russia, Moscow, Russia
North America: Epicor Software Corp., Irvine, Calif.
Western Europe: Scala Business Solutions NV, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Infrastructure Solution of the Year

Asia/South Pacific: LK Solutions Asia Pacific Sdn. Bhd., Selangor, Malaysia
Latin America: TBA Informatica, Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil
Middle East/Eastern Europe/Africa: Seven Seas Computers, Dubai, UAE
North America: Sequoia, an Analysts International Company, Auburn Hills, Mich.
Western Europe: Sysproject srl, Crema, Italy

Packaged Application of the Year

Asia/South Pacific: Infoserve Inc., Makati City, Philippines
Latin America: Gemco, Tecnologia de Gerencia Comercial SC Ltda., Sao Paulo, Brazil
Middle East/Eastern Europe/Africa: SoftPro, Zagreb, Croatia
North America: FormScape Inc., Morrisville, N.C.
Western Europe: Agresso Group ASA, Oslo, Norway

Small Business Solution of the Year

Asia/South Pacific: Soft Systems Pvt. Ltd., Kochi, India
Latin America: Thebas SA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Middle East/Eastern Europe/Africa: Enel Split doo, Split, Croatia
North America: Center for Computer Resources LLC, Oak Park, Mich.
Western Europe, Mamut ASA, Oslo, Norway

Support Services Solution of the Year

Asia/South Pacific: Compaq Computer, Seoul, Korea
Latin America: Qualita Integraci
n SA de CV, Mexico City, Mexico
Middle East/Eastern Europe/Africa: The Information Center Co., Safat, Kuwait
North America: Stream International, Canton, Mass.
Western Europe: Compaq Computer, Bristol, United Kingdom

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