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Logicalis Awarded IBM's Top Business Partner Award for The Americas

Multi-vendor partner builds $200 million of U.S. IBM revenues in two years from standing start

(PresseBox) (Berlin , ) Global solutions provider Logicalis has won IBM's top award for business partners in the Americas, the IBM Business Partner Excellence Award

Competing with resellers, consultants, integrators, and independent software vendors throughout the Americas, according to IBM, Logicalis was selected from among all of its Business Partners because of its impact on the marketplace, its unique, replicable and integrated solutions using IBM products and services, its business contribution to IBM, its shared values with IBM, and its demonstrated client satisfaction and value delivered.

"Year after year, Logicalis has exhibited its commitment, leadership and dedication to IBM, the Business Partner community, and clients," said Ayman Antoun, IBM's vice president for Business Partners, Americas.

"This is a highly significant award," says Logicalis global CEO, Ian Cook. "In past years the award has routinely gone to IBM-only partners. But IBM has recognised that the world has changed - customers demand integrated offerings. The fact is, though, that IBM creates value for us and we create value for our customers. It works - that's why we've been able to take our IBM business in the US from near zero in 2004 to $200 million in 2006."

Additional awards In addition to the Top Business Partner Award, Logicalis won IBM's Beacon award for Overall Technical Excellence and was a finalist for two other Beacon awards: IBM Global Services Teaming Award for Resellers, and Best IBM System Storage Virtualization Solution award. IBM cited Logicalis' ability to deliver newer technologies such as virtualization and server consolidation that provide demonstrable real business benefits to its clients.

SOA and Web 2.0 "PartnerWorld focused on innovation and collaboration. Just as IBM is using the PartnerWorld Value Net Connections program to add value through developing deeper levels of collaboration and a broader ecosystem in its partners, our growth has been underpinned by delivering value for our customers by unleashing the benefits of collaborative strategies and technologies. In doing this we also use our expertise in SOA and Web 2.0 to ensure we deliver unique, integrated solutions that get the best out of their existing investments,"adds Cook.

"Logicalis has been a true partner," said Jay Syverson, President, Achieve Health Care. "They work with us directly on the objectives and strategies we bring to them. The real partnership comes from them consistently going above and beyond. They understand our business, and they help us with the big picture strategies on a proactive basis, filling in the gaps that our resources may lack or be too busy to focus. I wanted a partner, not a vendor, and I am ending up with a strategic partner. "

"Strategic partnership is our goal with all our customers," said Mike Cox, Chairman, Logicalis US. "Technology provides little value if it doesn't meet a customer's business needs. Everything we do with IBM is designed to help our customers meet their strategic objectives."

Previous awards The IBM Top Business Partner award is the latest in a string of awards presented to Logicalis by its strategic partners. In 2006, Logicalis was presented with the 'Best IBM xSeries On Demand Solution' award at the annual IBM PartnerWorld Beacon Awards. In 2006, Logicalis was awarded BT's 'Partner Solution of the Year' by delivering a 200 per cent increase in like-on-like sales. In the same year, Cisco presented the 'Cisco Worldwide Enterprise Partner of the Year' award - its top award for its enterprise partners - to Logicalis Argentina, as well naming the company 'Cisco South America Partner of the Year'. It also awarded, the 'Cisco European Services Partner of the Year', UK Gold Partner of the Year, and UK Services Partner of the Year to Logicalis UK. In 2007 Logicalis UK was presented with Cisco's `IP Communications Partner of the Year` and `Services Partner of the Year` awards as well as winning `European Services Partner of the Year` for the second time in succession.

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Logicalis is an international provider of high-performance IT integration solutions. With its international headquarters in the UK, the Logicalis Group employs 1200 people worldwide, including highly-trained service specialists who specify, design, deploy and manage IT infrastructure to meet the needs of over 5,000 corporate and public sector customers. Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as: Cisco; HP and IBM. In addition, Logicalis in the UK has achieved independent certification for its integrated management system supporting high quality responsible IT services and secure communications solutions supported with integrated quality, Information Security, IT Service and Environmental management systems: ISO 9001:2000, ISO 27001, ISO 20000 and ISO 14001 respectively..

Logicalis has global revenues of around $900 million from operations in the U.S., UK, Germany, and South America. The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, a $3.2 billion revenue business listed on the Johannesburg and London AIM Stock Exchanges For more information, visit www.logicalis.com