Microsoft, Cisco and IBM Excel in Prestigious Malaysia IT Awards

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Microsoft Malaysia was the stand-out performer--followed by Cisco, IBM, HP, SAP and Symantec--in the prestigious 7th annual Readers Choice Awards. The awards, which have been dubbed the 'Oscars of the Malaysian IT community', were presented last night by leading technology and business publication Computerworld Malaysia.

Microsoft Malaysia was the stand-out performer -- followed by Cisco, IBM, HP, SAP and Symantec--in the prestigious 7th annual Readers Choice Awards. The awards, which have been dubbed the 'Oscars of the Malaysian IT community', were presented in the evening of October 13, 2008, by leading technology and business publication Computerworld Malaysia.

Other star performers, who took home more than one award, were Oracle, SAP and Telekom Malaysia. Other award winners included 3Com, APC, Dell, FORTINET, Fuji Xerox, Juniper, McAfee, Nokia, Panasonic, and Samsung.

The coveted Computerworld Malaysia Readers' Choice Awards go to vendors that score well with their customers (who vote for products) in the areas of price, performance, functions and ease of use of their products and services.

Fairfax Business Research, the research arm of Fairfax Business Media, annually conducts the awards survey on behalf of Computerworld Malaysia, following industry best practices to deliver statistically valid results from the magazine's Malaysia readership.

There were more than 750 product and service contenders in 45 product categories this year, nearly a 33 percent increase over the number of contenders seen last year. At a ceremony on October 13, at the Mandarin Oriental, technology companies proudly received a total of 45 Computerworld Malaysia Readers' Choice Awards trophies.

There were seven award sections this year; Platform & Tools, Security, Enterprise Applications, Communications, Storage, Hardware and Services.

Microsoft took home three awards (system management software, application servers, IT asset management systems) in the Platform & Tools section; three awards (identity management, patch management software, content filtering) in the Security section; two awards (collaboration platform and enterprise content management) in the Enterprise Applications section and one award (service oriented architecture) in the Services section.

Cisco won three awards (unified communications software suites, unified communications hardware providers and video conferencing) in the Communications section and one each (enterprise firewall and VPN and enterprise routers) in the Security and hardware sections respectively.

IBM garnered two awards (tape systems, enterprise disk systems) in the Storage section, two awards (consulting & Integration, support & maintenance) in the Services section and one (high-end enterprise servers) in the Hardware section.

HP took home two awards (storage management software, SAN switches) in the Storage section, and two awards (entry-level servers, mid-range servers) in the Hardware section.

SAP won three awards (customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning, supply chain management) in the Enterprise Applications section.

Symantec won two awards (backup software, e-mail archiving systems) in the Storage section and one (information security suites) in the Security section. Visit http://www.computerworld.com.my/RCA08 for the complete winners list.

Andrew Smart, Director of Fairfax Business Media Asia said that winning a Readers' Choice Award was one of the strongest endorsements that IT professionals from end-user organisations could give to technology vendors.

"By winning a Computerworld Readers' Choice Award, an enterprise receives confirmation that its product or solution has delivered on its promise and has achieved market leadership," Smart said. "It's heartening to see that the benchmark for quality products and services is continually being raised."

Computerworld Malaysia Deputy Editor, AvantiKumar said that the competition for the awards was fierce again this year and a broader range of products and services was nominated.

"The number of products and services voted for in the awards this year, reflects the dynamic and vibrant state of the IT industry," AvantiKumar said. "Competition was particularly tough in the enterprise applications, storage and hardware categories and all the winners deserve to be particularly proud of their achievements."

For inquiries, please contact:
AvantiKumar -- W: + 603 7804 3692 - E: akumar @ fairfaxbm.com

Andrew Smart -- W: +65 6395 8059 - M: +65 9873 3306 - E: asmart @ fairfaxbm.com

Ross O. Storey - W: +65 6395 8058 - M: +65 9023 4498 - E: rostorey @ fairfaxbm.com

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