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

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Microsoft Malaysia, Hewlett-Packard Malaysia, and Cisco extended their market leadership by taking 21 out of 45 available categories in the 8th edition of the Computerworld Malaysia Readers Choice Awards (RCA). The winners of the 2009 RCA, which are also commonly referred to as the 'Oscars of the IT industry', were announced on 7th of September by leading technology and business publication Computerworld Malaysia.

Microsoft Malaysia, Hewlett-Packard Malaysia, and Cisco extended their market leadership by taking 21 out of 45 available categories in the 8th edition of the Computerworld Malaysia Readers Choice Awards (RCA). The winners of the 2009 RCA, which are also commonly referred to as the 'Oscars of the IT industry', were announced on 7th of September by leading technology and business publication Computerworld Malaysia.

In all, Microsoft took ten awards, HP six, and Cisco five. Other star performers who took home more than one award were: IBM and SAP, each with four; Symantec with three; and, 3Com, Dell and Telekom Malaysia with two each.

The honour roll also includes APC, Blue Coat, Fuji Xerox, Nokia, Oracle, Polycom, 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 Malaysia, following industry best practices to deliver statistically valid results from the country?s qualified information and communication executives, including Computerworld Malaysia 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 Malaysia at an Award Ceremony on the 6th of October, to formally receive their trophies and celebrate their victory with us.

Microsoft has won awards for the following categories: System Management Software; Application Server (Software); IT Asset Management System; Identity Management; Content Filtering; Unified Threat Management; Data Mining; Collaboration Platform; Enterprise Content Management; and, Unified Communications Software Suite.

HP has taken the following: Storage Enterprise Disk Systems; Storage Management Software; Hardware Midrange Servers; Multifunction (All-In-One) Printers/Photocopiers; Consulting & Integration Service Provider; and, Support & Maintenance Service Provider.

Cisco has: Enterprise Firewall and VPN; Intrusion Detection/Prevention Systems; Unified Communications Hardware Provider; SAN Switches; and, Enterprise Routers.

IBM: Patch Management Software; Storage Tape Systems; High-End Enterprise Servers; and, Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Service Provider.

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

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

3Com: Enterprise Switches and Wireless Routers. Dell: Mobile Computers and Entry-Level Servers.

And Telekom Malaysia: Data Centre and Hosting Services and Managed Connectivity Services Provider.

The complete winners list is available at http://www.computerworld.com.my/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 AvantiKumar, Deputy Editor of Computerworld Malaysia. "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: AvantiKumar, Tel: +603 7804 3692.

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