COMMON Impact Award Presented to Richard Dolewski of WTS

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WTS, Inc. announced that Richard Dolewski has been recognized with the inaugural Impact Award from COMMON.

COMMON Impact Award Recipient Richard Dolewski

Measuring success in your career often means measuring what you have done for others before what you have accomplished for yourself and your organization

WTS, Inc., a provider of managed disaster recovery and IT infrastructure services for IBM i environments running on IBM Power Systems, announced that Richard Dolewski, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Business Continuity Services for WTS, has been recognized with the inaugural Impact Award from COMMON. This annual award is presented to the COMMON member who had the greatest impact on other attendees attending the COMMON Annual Meeting in the previous year, as chosen by the attendees.

Established in 2009, this COMMON Impact Award is inspired by the late Al Barsa, Jr. Mr. Barsa was the recipient of COMMON's highest honor, the COMMON Distinguished Service Award, and was a true example of someone who year-after-year had a powerful impact upon other attendees at the COMMON Annual Meeting.

Richard received the Impact Award in a ceremony on May 6, 2010 at COMMON's 2010 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, Florida. He was nominated for the Impact Award by his peers within the COMMON user group because of his contributions to technical education and his "How can I help?" attitude at the conference. Richard has been a member of COMMON for 15 years, served 5 years on various COMMON committees, received 15 speaker medals, and has been recognized by COMMON in their Speaker Excellence Hall of Fame.

"Richard's willingness to share his information technology perspectives and take time to answer member questions reminds me of Al Barsa, whose passing inspired the COMMON Impact Award," said Mr. Larry Youngren, retired leader of IBM's System i5 journal microcode design team. "I have always benefited from Richard's educational sessions at COMMON and valued his insight into solutions that better the System i community. I am delighted that Richard was selected as the 2010 recipient of this prestigious honor."

"Measuring success in your career often means measuring what you have done for others before what you have accomplished for yourself and your organization," said Tom Hughes, President and CEO of WTS. "This award from COMMON illustrates Richard's awareness of the needs of the COMMON community and their recognition that his contributions have made an impact, improving the experience for all members. WTS is proud that Richard has been recognized for his commitment to COMMON."

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Richard Dolewski will be a featured presenter at COMMON's 2010 Fall Conference and Expo in San Antonio, Texas from October 4-6, 2010. More about COMMON's Fall Conference can be found at

Richard's book titled System i Disaster Recovery Planning is available from MC Press and Richard and his teams have supported over 18 computer room disaster recovery events and conducted over 250 disaster recovery tests. He is responsible for WTS' portfolio of recovery services including Recovery Plan consulting, iSeries Disaster Recovery solutions, Highly Available Systems, and customized Business Continuity solutions designed for Oracle's JD Edwards software customers.

WTS customers experience greater benefit and value from their operational investments by leveraging WTS' expertly managed IT infrastructure and years of experience in applications management--allowing customers to focus on their core business. WTS achieved its leadership position by focusing on customer satisfaction and delivering advanced technology solutions to companies running IBM's iSeries or xSeries servers.

About WTS
WTS, Inc. is the leading provider of hosting, managed disaster recovery, and IT infrastructure services for Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and JD Edwards World products. WTS customers benefit from an industry-leading and proven solution that increases efficiency, enables business and technology change, and reduces IT risk. Founded in 1997, WTS is a privately held corporation with headquarters in Seattle, Washington, a regional office on the Oracle campus in Denver, Colorado, and data centers in Tukwila, Washington and Denver, Colorado. Additional information about WTS is available at

COMMON is the world's largest users group of midrange IBM and IBM-compatible technology. The organization comprises more than 4,000 individual and corporate members. They represent more than 22,000 IT professionals involved with the Power Systems (IBM i, AIX, Linux and related solutions). For more information about COMMON, visit

Ward Quarles
Director, Marketing & Communications
WTS, Inc.
1100 Olive Way, Suite 1100
Seattle, WA 98101

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