ORLANDO, Fla., March 29, 2004 — Microsoft Business Solutions recently announced the winners of its eighth annual customer achievement awards. Presented during Convergence 2004: Microsoft Solutions Conference for Customers, an annual Microsoft® customer conference held in Orlando, Fla., the Pinnacle Awards honor Microsoft Business Solutions customers that have achieved outstanding success with their Microsoft Business Solutions applications.
Pinnacle Awards were presented in the categories of Excellence in Education, Excellence in Business Analytics, Excellence in Customer Service, Fast Track Excellence, Excellence in Teamwork, Excellence in Innovation, Evangelism, and Overall Excellence. Nominated by Microsoft Business Solutions customers, partners and team members, the recipients of the 2004 Microsoft Business Solutions Pinnacle Awards include the following customers:
Excellence in Education: Kansas State University Department of Accounting, Manhattan, Kan.
Excellence in Business Analytics: Relational Funding Corp., Rolling Meadows, Ill.
Excellence in Customer Service: Hansen Technologies Corp., Burr Ridge, Ill.
Fast Track Excellence: Aspen Marketing Services, West Chicago, Ill.
Excellence in Teamwork: Open Text Corp., Waterloo, Ontario, Canada;KEF America Inc., Marlboro, N.J.
Excellence in Innovation: Baudville Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich.; AAA Mortgage, Alpharetta, Ga.
Evangelism: National Association of Home Builders, Washington, D.C.; Form-Rite Australia Pty Ltd., Australia
Overall Excellence: International Ministries, Valley Forge, Pa.
Microsoft Business Solutions Annual Pinnacle Awards
The Excellence in Education Award recognizes a special group of customers that, through their role in higher education, have greatly enhanced their students’ learning experience by integrating Microsoft Business Solutions products into their curricula.
The Excellence in Business Analytics Award recognizes customers that utilize analytical applications to discover insights into the financial performance of their organization, leading to enhanced profitability, operation and management. Candidates for this award are evaluated on profitability improvement, operational performance gains and management effectiveness.
The Excellence in Customer Service Award honors customers whose business management system helps them measurably improve the value and level of services delivered to their internal and/or external customers.
The Fast Track Excellence Award recognizes customers that have achieved significant results from their Microsoft Business Solutions implementation in its first year.
The Excellence in Teamwork Award recognizes customers whose collaborative efforts in their organization, with Microsoft Business Solutions or with their partners, have produced a result that would not have been achieved without the collaboration.
The Excellence in Innovation Award recognizes customers whose innovative use of technology in their business management system delivers measurable benefits to their organization. Candidates for this award are judged on creativity, vision, and the overall results and benefits of their implementation.
The Evangelism Award is presented to customers that have demonstrated a strong commitment to their Microsoft Business Solutions technology and services. These customers not only evangelize Microsoft Business Solutions business management solutions, but are a source of continual feedback on Microsoft Business Solutions technology and services.
The Overall Excellence Award recognizes a customer that demonstrates extraordinary efforts in multiple Pinnacle Award categories.
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