REDMOND, Wash., June 28, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today announced 12 top corporations as sponsors of Fusion 2002, Microsoft’s annual worldwide premier partner event and business symposium. The sponsors include the following:
Industry co-sponsor: Intel Corp.
Platinum sponsors: Hewlett-Packard Co. and IBM Corp.
Gold sponsors: Cingular Wireless, POPStick Corp., Sapient Corp. and Siemens Enterprise Networks
Fusion 2002 will take place July 12–15 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
“Intel is pleased to be a premier participant in Fusion, bringing Microsoft’s top solutions partners into our alliance efforts. Intel and Microsoft formalized an e-Business alliance to win marquee end-user accounts and to promote the outstanding scalability, reliability and business value of the Intel- and Microsoft-based e-Business solutions. We’ve come a long way, and we look forward to accelerating that progress with Microsoft’s help,”
said Mike Splinter, executive vice president and director of the Sales and Marketing group at Intel. Splinter will address attendees during a keynote presentation on Friday morning, July 12.
In addition to the corporate sponsors, Microsoft® product groups participating in Fusion include Windows® XP and Office XP, Windows Media (TM) , Microsoft Project, Visio® , MapPoint® , Microsoft Great Plains® , Visual Studio®
.NET, Microsoft Systems Architecture and Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers. The involvement of these groups will give Fusion 2002 attendees a chance to meet Microsoft product teams, discuss upcoming releases and view the latest technologies.
Since its debut in 1996, Microsoft Fusion has become the largest and most anticipated worldwide partner event of the year, providing valuable information, networking opportunities and product exhibits for Microsoft partners. More information and event registration can be found at http://www.microsoftfusion.com/ .
About Fusion Sponsors
For more than three decades, Intel has developed technology enabling the computer and Internet revolution that has changed the world. Founded in 1968 to build semiconductor memory products, Intel introduced the world’s first microprocessor in 1971. Today, Intel supplies the computing and communications industries with chips, boards, systems and software building blocks that are the “ingredients” of computers, servers, and networking and communications products. These products are used by industry members to create advanced computing and communications systems. Intel’s mission is to be the pre-eminent building block supplier to the Internet economy.
HP is a leading global provider of technology products, solutions and services to consumers and businesses. The company’s offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services, and imaging and printing. The merged company had combined revenue of approximately $81.7 billion in fiscal 2001 and operations in more than 160 countries. Information about HP and its products can be found at http://www.hp.com/ .
Cingular Wireless is the second largest wireless carrier in the United States, and is dedicated to self-expression and customer-friendly service. As a leader in mobile voice and data communications for both individuals and enterprises, Cingular, a joint venture between SBC Communications and BellSouth, currently serves more than 21.3 million consumer and business customers nationwide, including more than 420 of the Fortune 1,000 companies. Cingular offers customers advanced technologies in simple, cost-effective ways that permit them to tap the creative potential of wireless through their own self-expression. Details of the company are available at http://www.cingular.com/ .
As a leader in e-business and computing solutions, IBM eServer xSeries servers deliver reliability, power, manageability and security for Microsoft Windows operating systems and .NET products. IBM offers customers great solutions by combining Windows with some of the latest technologies available in the industry.
POPstick delivers interactive sales and marketing technologies to Global 2,000 corporations across a range of industries. Positioned at the forefront of interactive solutions, POPstick is focused on providing solutions that enable sales and marketing executives to maximize event attendance, increase revenues, shorten sales cycles and grow prospect databases. In the past 12 months, POPstick has developed more than 20 rich media campaigns for 30 Microsoft executives and channel partners. Additional POPstick customers include Xerox, Dictaphone and Corporate Software. With two previous Internet startups and an MIT Media Lab background, Daniel Kastner founded POPstick in 1998. The company is located in Boston. More information can be found at http://www.popstick.com/ .
Sapient, a leading business and technology consultancy, helps Global 2,000 clients achieve measurable business results through the rapid application and support of advanced information technology on a fixed-price basis. Founded in 1991, Sapient employs more than 1,900 people in offices in Atlanta, Cambridge (Mass.), Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Dsseldorf, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Milan, Munich, New Delhi, New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, Toronto and Washington, D.C. Sapient is included in the Standard & Poor’s (S & P) 500 Index.
Siemens Enterprise Networks
Siemens Enterprise Networks is a leader in converged enterprise-class networks. Its HiPath enterprise convergence architecture offers practical convergence today. Siemens’ comprehensive IP convergence portfolio includes industry-leading IP- and circuit-switched communications platforms, IP telephones, multimedia PC clients, IP-based applications for mobility, messaging, and contact centers, and professional services. HiPath solutions ensure a smooth, self-paced migration to converged voice and data over IP and substantial investment protection. With more than 1 million enterprise customers, leading analyst firms place Siemens as the world’s No. 1 enterprise solutions provider.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.
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