IBM Annnounces Inaugural 2008 Rational Award Winners

(PresseBox) (ORLANDO, FL, ) IBM (IBM: NYSE) today announced the winners of the inaugural IBM Rational Awards competition, recognizing IBM business partners for delivering outstanding value to clients and innovative approaches to solving business challenges. Winners were selected in four awards categories spanning the IBM Rational software portfolio.

With the rapid expansion of the IBM Rational Business Partner community, IBM is rewarding and highlighting excellence in solutions for improved software development and delivery. The award winners have proven they combine their deep technology and industry expertise with IBM technology to deliver exceptional solutions that solve real business problems.

Chosen from more than 400 eligible business partners, winners will be honored during the IBM Rational Software Development Conference keynote session on Wednesday, June 4. The 2008 IBM Rational Award winners by category are:

Outstanding IBM Rational Change and Release Management Solution
Ascendant Technology, LLC, Austin, TX Ascendant Technology works with large and small organizations to build modern solutions using existing IT investments combined with IBM software and the most innovative Web 2.0 applications and tools.

Outstanding IBM Rational Quality Management Solution
BSD Group, Denver, CO BSD Group helps customers manage their business processes. Combined with IBM core software, BSD works with customers to automate and simplify their software release development and testing - particularly with a solution that helps companies migrate from costly and proprietary Hewlett Packard test assets to IBM Rational software.

Outstanding IBM Rational Requirements and Portfolio Management Solution
CROZ, Zagreb, Croatia CROZ helps customers improve documentation of the software development process. CROZ solutions combined with IBM software improve productivity across all team-based roles in the software development lifecycle.

Outstanding IBM Rational Architecture Management Solution
Rocket Gang, Scottsdale, AZ Rocket Gang helps customers be successful in software development with architecture management solutions based on IBM software. Training, consulting and software assessments are delivered by specialists with decades of software engineering experience.

These IBM Rational business partner solutions result in quantifiable improvements in business performance through their use of IBM Rational software development tools. Winners were determined based on criteria including the use of multiple IBM Rational software solutions in the deployment of customer applications, lists of references, and successful engagements including business partner certifications. Consideration was also given to IBM Business Partners who have actively engaged, participated and demonstrated opportunity identification and ownership of small and medium-sized business opportunities and new customers through the use of marketing and field activities, as well as participated in IBM Rational sponsored events.

Another IBM Rational business partner was recently honored in April as a 2008 Beacon Award winner. Sogeti Group based in Paris, France, received a 2008 IBM Beacon Award for its Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Initiative.

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