HP, Microsoft and Cisco Romp Their Way to Victory: Leading Companies Take Almost Half of Computerworld Singapore Readers Choice Awards 2009

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Hewlett-Packard Singapore, Microsoft Singapore and Cisco extended their market leadership by taking 21 out of 45 available categories in the 14th edition of the Computerworld Singapore Readers Choice Awards (RCA). The winners of the 2009 RCA, which are also commonly referred to as the 'Oscars of the Singapore IT industry', were announced on 7th of September by leading technology and business publication Computerworld Singapore.

Hewlett-Packard Singapore, Microsoft Singapore and Cisco extended their market leadership by taking 21 out of 45 available categories in the 14th edition of the Computerworld Singapore Readers Choice Awards (RCA). The winners of the 2009 RCA, which are also commonly referred to as the 'Oscars of the Singapore IT industry', were announced on 7th of September by leading technology and business publication Computerworld Singapore.

In all, Hewlett-Packard Singapore took ten awards, Microsoft six, and Cisco five. Other star performers who took home more than one award were SAP and Symantec Corporation, each with four, and SingTel with two.

The honour roll also includes APC, Blue Coat, Canon, Check Point Holding (Singapore), Dell Singapore, EMC, Fortinet, IBM, McAfee, Oracle, Polycom, Research In Motion, Samsung and Sony.

The Awards go to vendors, products, services or solution families that score the highest with their customers in the areas of price, performance, feature sets, reliability and ease of use. Their customers do the actual evaluation and then participate in an online survey.

Every year, Fairfax Business Research, the research arm of Fairfax Business Media, conducts the awards survey on behalf of Computerworld Singapore, following industry best practices to deliver statistically valid results from the country's qualified information and communication executives, including Computerworld Singapore readers.

There are altogether 45 categories divided into seven award sections: Platform & Tools, Security, Enterprise Applications, Communications, Storage, Hardware and Services. In total, there were about 800 products and services contenders for awards this year.

The winners will join Computerworld Singapore at an Award Ceremony on the 2nd of October, to formally receive their trophies and celebrate their victory with us.

Hewlett-Packard Singapore has won awards for the following categories: Systems Management Software; Application Server (Software); IT Asset Management System; Storage Tape System; Storage Enterprise Disk System; Hardware Entry-Level Servers; Hardware Midrange Servers; Hardware High-end Enterprise Servers; Consulting & Integration Services Provider; and, Support & Maintenance Services Provider.

Microsoft Singapore has taken the following six: Database Management System; Identity Management; Patch Management Software; Collaboration Platform; Enterprise Content Management; and, Unified Communications Software Suite.

And Cisco, five: Unified Communications Hardware Provider; SAN Switches; Enterprise Routers; Enterprise Switches; and, Wireless Routers.

SAP, four: Customer Relationship Management; Enterprise Resource Planning; Business Intelligence; and, Supply Chain Management.

Symantec, four: Information Security Suite; Content Filtering; Backup Software; and, E-mail Archiving System.

SingTel, two: Data Centre and Hosting Services; and, Managed Connectivity Services Provider.

The complete winners list is available at http://www.computerworld.com.sg/rca2009

"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," said Andrew Smart, Director and Asia Regional Manager, Fairfax Business Media. "The fact that these companies, and the products they've rolled out, have won these awards during such tough times, tells us that not only have they worked hard--they have delivered true and substantial value to their customers."

"It is good to see the emergence of new market leaders and a renaissance in the tech industry. The healthy competition that comes out of this business environment means higher value for customers," said Teng Fang Yih , Editor of Computerworld Singapore. "If anyone is looking for who to contract and what to purchase with their current budget through 2010, they should be referring to the latest Readers Choice Awards and Customer Care Awards winners as their first stop for the best technology options and services that money can buy."

About Computerworld -- Publications of Fairfax Business Media(Asia), Computerworld Singapore and Computerworld Malaysia magazines carry a stimulating mix of analytical reporting, in-depth discussions of current and emerging technology trends, enterprise IT, plus key technological developments and solutions that have an impact on regional IT professionals.

About Fairfax Business Media Asia (http://www.mis-asia.com) -- Fairfax Business Media (FBM), a Fairfax Media company, publishes market leading technology, business and finance titles. In Asia, these include Computerworld Singapore, Computerworld Malaysia, CIO Asia, and MIS Asia. In Australia, FBM's stable of publications includes The Australian Financial Review, BRW, CFO, MIS and AFR Smart Investor.

For inquiries on the Computerworld Singapore Customer Care Awards or Readers Choice Awards contact: Teng Fang Yih, DID: +65 6395 8028.

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