Microsoft Announces Winners of the Eighth Annual Retail Application Developer Awards

REDMOND, Wash., June 2, 2003 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the winners of the eighth annual Retail Application Developer (RAD) Awards. The annual awards program recognizes application developers that make the best use of Microsoft®
technology to provide business benefits to customers in the retail and hospitality industries.

“The RAD Awards program gives us the opportunity to recognize application developers for their excellence in offering provable, outstanding, Microsoft-based business solutions to users in the retail and hospitality industries,”
said Tom Litchford, director of marketing and channel of Retail and Hospitality Industry Solutions Group at Microsoft.
“We are always extremely pleased with the tremendous participation by the leading retail and hospitality solution developers in the RAD Awards program. All entrants offer innovative line-of-business technology solutions that enhance a company’s business agility.”

The RAD Awards program allows application developers to submit their solution for consideration by an expert panel, including members of the press, analysts, consultants, academics and retailers. Contestants’ solutions are scored according to the following criteria: quantifiable business benefits, best use of available Microsoft technology, ease of adoption, and best integration and exploitation of Web services technology.

The 2003 winners for the Retail Application Developer Awards are as follows:

  • Business Intelligence: Radiant Systems for 6e Dashboard

  • Hospitality Back Office: Eatec Corp. for EatecNetX

  • Hospitality Point of Sale: MICROS Systems Inc. for RES 3000 and Workstation 4

  • Hospitality Point of Service: Ameranth Wireless Inc. for HostAlert

  • Hospitality Property Automation: Palm Hospitality Technologies Inc. for Just in Time Housekeeping Integrated

  • Marketing: Daylight Software for Daylight ASP

  • Merchandising: Compris Technologies for Multi-Site Maintenance System

  • Retail Back Office: Radiant Systems Inc. for 6e Workforce

  • Retail Point of Sale: Innovax Corp. for SafariStore

  • Retail Store Automation: AccessVia for Web dSignShop

  • Supply Chain: Edifice Information Management Systems for

  • Supply Chain: Vista Software Solutions Inc. for Vista Software

Special Recognition Awards

In addition, the judges handed out two special recognition awards, which were selected from all entries received. The special recognition award categories and winners are as follows:

  • Greatest Business Impact: ProClarity Corp. for ProClarity 5.2 Analytic tool

  • Best Use of Microsoft .NET Technologies: Newmarket International for NetXchange I-Server

Honorable Mentions

Honorable mentions were awarded to the following companies participating in the 2003 Microsoft Retail Application Developer Awards:

  • ASI (Action Systems Inc.) for Write-On Handheld

  • CommercialWare Inc. for CWStore

  • Datavantage Corp. for Store21

  • KSS for PriceStrat

  • MenuLink Computer Solutions Inc. for BOA.Net

  • Pinnacle Corp. for Oasis Manager Workstation

Winners will be recognized at awards ceremonies June 10, 2003, at the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum in Chicago, and June 24, 2003, at Gallier Hall in New Orleans.

About RAD

The Microsoft RAD Awards program was established in 1995 to showcase solutions developed by ISVs and customers that have used Microsoft products to solve technology challenges for hundreds of retail and hospitality companies, from small businesses to large enterprises across all industry segments, including food and drug, general merchandise, specialty retail, restaurants, lodging, gaming, and entertainment.

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