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IBM Receives High Marks in Everything Channel’s 2008 VARBusiness Annual Report Card


IBM Receives High Marks in Everything Channel’s 2008 VARBusiness Annual Report Card.

DALLAS, Texas - IBM, (NYSE: IBM), today announced that it has received high marks in the 2008 Annual Report Card (ARC) from Everything Channel’s VARBusiness. Now in its 23rd year, the VARBusiness ARC Awards recognize outstanding partner programs and superb vendor service in 18 major product categories. The ARC awards were held at an awards ceremony held on August 18 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Dallas.
IBM was named the ARC Overall Winner and Company of the Year in Data & Information Management software category and received mention for the Volume Mainstream Business Servers category. The company was also awarded first place in the Support subcategory and in the Partnership subcategory.

“For 23 years we’ve asked Solution Providers to grade their vendor partners on criteria such as product quality and innovation, partner programs and support, and each year the results of these grades have created the VARBusiness Annual Report Card which reflects the level of commitment vendors have to the channel and to their Solution Provider partners. Congratulations to all of the winners,” said Robert C. DeMarzo, senior vice president and editorial director, Everything Channel editorial.

Winners were selected by VARBusiness editorial based on the survey results of more than 5,000 systems integrators, IT consulting organizations, value-added resellers (VARs), solution providers and software developers.

“IBM graciously accepts these awards as a testament to our leadership in the industry and the value that we add for our Business Partners and the channel,” said Michael Gerentine, vice president of Global Channel and Solutions Marketing for IBM. “These mentions reinforce the fact that we are taking our business in the right direction and we will continue to expand to meet the needs of our partners.”


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