SOURCE: IBM

March 10, 2005 10:13 ET

IBM Named 2005 CRN Channel Champion

Honored as the Top Vendor in 11 Categories and Overall Channel Criteria Champion; Study Is Premier Resource to Evaluate Channel Vendors and Programs

ARMONK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 10, 2005 -- IBM was named a 2005 CRN Channel Champion in 11 categories and selected as the Overall Channel Criteria Champion at an awards ceremony in New Orleans on March 8. The CRN Channel Champion's award program, now in its 15th year, is sponsored by CMP Media's CRN, provider of vital information for VARs and technology integrators.

IBM earned top honors in Notebooks, Advanced Desktops & Workstations, Databases (tie), Application Integration Middleware, Systems & Network Management, Storage Management Software, Storage Area Network Arrays, Network Attached Storage Appliances, Storage Backup Subsystems, Low End Servers and High End Servers. The IBM product families represented by these winning awards include ThinkPad*, ThinkCentre*, DB2*, WebSphere*, Tivoli*, TotalStorage*, and eServer* xSeries*, iSeries* and pSeries*. IBM won the Overall Channel Criteria Champion award for having the highest average channel satisfaction scores in the survey.

The CRN Channel Champions study measures overall business and technology integrator perceptions of vendor products and services in 28 categories. The survey is the largest and broadest-based technology integrator market study in the industry. "The CRN Channel Champions study is a premier resource for solution providers to use throughout the year to evaluate vendors and programs," said Dan Dignam, publisher, CRN. "IBM has demonstrated that it delivers high quality solutions and has many satisfied business partners."

"We are honored that the solution provider community selected IBM to win a record number of Channel Champion awards," said Donn Atkins, general manager, IBM Global Business Partners. "Business Partners have told us that consistency and predictability are essential to help them run successful businesses, and that's what IBM's PartnerWorld program delivers. We will continue to use the feedback they give us to build upon our strengths, enhance our capabilities, and offer the best Business Partner program in the industry."

About IBM PartnerWorld

PartnerWorld is a comprehensive program that offers marketing and sales resources, training, certification and technical support to help create new revenue and market opportunities for IBM Business Partners. For more information on teaming with IBM, please visit http://www.ibm.com/partnerworld

About CRN

CRN provides Solution Providers and Technology Integrators with the crucial information and analysis they need to drive their company's sales. As an advocate for and voice of the Channel, Solution Providers turn to CRN first for immediate information. With more than 20 years of experience, CRN is the most trusted source for 117,000 channel professionals. CRN can be found on the Web at www.crn.com.

About CMP Media LLC

CMP Media LLC (http://www.cmp.com) is a leading integrated media company providing essential information and marketing services to the entire technology spectrum-the builders, sellers and users of technology worldwide. Capitalizing on its editorial strength, CMP is uniquely positioned to offer marketers comprehensive, integrated media solutions tailored to meet their individual needs. Its diverse products and services include newspapers, magazines, Internet products, research, direct marketing services, education and training, trade shows and conferences, and custom publishing.

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