SOURCE: Ascentn

August 15, 2005 12:43 ET

Ascentn's 3rd-Generation AgilePoint BPMS Suite Wins the 2005 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference

Ascentn Recognized for Technology Innovation in 'Information Worker Solutions'

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 15, 2005 -- Ascentn, the leading provider of .NET-based Business Process Management System (BPMS) solutions, today announced that it has won the 2005 Microsoft® "Partner of the Year" Award in the Technology Innovation category for Information Worker Solutions. Ascentn was selected from more than 1800 entries worldwide by a panel of judges consisting of international and field partner representatives, Microsoft executives, product group managers and partner program managers. The company was honored July 10 during the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2005, Microsoft's premier annual partner event, held July 8-10 in Minneapolis.

This award recognizes Ascentn's innovative use of Microsoft technologies in pioneering the Microsoft .NET-based BPMS software market with the introduction of the AgilePoint Suite. AgilePoint allows any business to leverage a standard stack of Microsoft technologies to derive all the benefits of BPM with reduced risk and faster deployment. Unique in its support of non-programmers and programmers alike, AgilePoint costs 5-10 times less than BPMS products based on the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE™), a competitor to .NET. Through close and careful integration with .NET, Ascentn effectively extends the affordability of BPM solutions to mid-size and small businesses.

"Each year, Microsoft has the distinct pleasure of recognizing Registered, Certified and Gold Certified partners that have demonstrated an impressive level of creativity in using technology to deliver excellence to their customers," said Allison Watson, vice president of the Worldwide Partner Sales and Marketing Group at Microsoft. "The finalists and award winners announced today have exceeded expectations in delivering outstanding business values and optimization through Microsoft technologies. To have so many great entries from partners is a tremendous reflection of the amazing scope and quality of partners who are meeting customer needs by providing solutions with Microsoft technology."

"With the mission to deliver a new generation of value- and usability-driven process-based business solutions, we migrated our solution from J2EE to .NET. It was a good move on our part because it allowed us to provide the highest price-performance BPMS solution in the industry," said Jesse Shiah, President and CEO, Ascentn.

Mr. Shiah added: "We entered this competition in the information worker competency area to demonstrate our strong product offering and the ways in which we have leveraged the Microsoft Office platform to deliver a comprehensive enterprise-class solution that is both affordable and easy to implement. We are delighted to be recognized as a Microsoft Partner of the Year Award winner. We look forward to our continued close relationship with Microsoft and with its channel partners that provide BPMS solutions to their corporate customers."

About Microsoft

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About the Microsoft Partner of the Year Award and Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference

The Microsoft Partner of the Year Award recognizes Microsoft partners that have developed exemplary solutions for their customers during the past year. Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference provides Microsoft's partner community with access to key marketing and business strategies, leadership and information regarding specific customer solutions designed to help partners succeed in the marketplace. Along with informative learning opportunities covering sales, marketing, services and technology, the Worldwide Partner Conference is an ideal setting for partners to garner valuable knowledge from their peers and from Microsoft. For more information on the conference, visit: For Microsoft's press release on its award winners, visit:

About Ascentn

Founded in 2002, Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Ascentn has more than a decade of experience in creating both Windows- and J2EE-based enterprise-class workflow and process-based business solutions. Committed to delivering unprecedented value and usability, the company pioneered the AgilePoint Suite, an enterprise-class BPMS solution based on the Microsoft .NET Framework. AgilePoint empowers a broad range of information workers to quickly realize new levels of process values by providing visually intuitive BPMS solutions that do not require programming. This frees information workers to deploy, manage and continuously improve end-to-end business operations by allowing them to execute their process models directly. From financial services and insurance to manufacturing, communications and healthcare, industries around the world are using Ascentn software to drive process excellence, reduce costs and dramatically improve business agility. Ascentn's global customer base includes Hewlett Packard, Moody's, Chinatrust, Cellcom, Elbit Systems and DaisyBrand. For more information, please call +1-650-968-6789, email or visit

NOTE: AgilePoint is a trademark of Ascentn Corporation. Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

Contact Information


    Jesse Shiah
    Ascentn Corporation
    Tel: 650/968-6789
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    Maria Vetrano
    Vetrano Communications
    Tel: 617/876-2770
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