Sun Selects Winners of iForce Partner Excellence Awards

4/11/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SUNW) announced the winners of its inaugural iForce Partner Excellence Awards, co-sponsored by Computerworld. The eleven awards honor the iForce partners and their customers who worked together to bring the most innovative solutions to market in areas such as decision support systems, supply chain management, product design and development and communications.

"The iForce Partner Excellence Awards deliver on Sun's promise to increase recognition for partners, allowing our partners to showcase their success to customers and prospects," said Michael Walsh, director of marketing for Sun's U.S. Partner management and sales organization. "These awards were designed to mirror the iForce program, honoring partners that have created, developed and delivered proven solutions that enable customers to quickly realize a return on IT investment."

A panel of 15 executives and members of the media and analyst community evaluated more than 125 entries to select one winner in each of the following categories:

"In recognition of the 'best of the best', the iForce Partner Excellence Awards distinguish the exemplary performance of iForce partners who have achieved outstanding customer success in delivering best-in-class solutions based on the Sun platform," said Stuart Wells, senior vice president, Market Development Organization, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Recipients were honored at an awards ceremony on April 9, 2003, at the iForce Partner Summit in Orlando, Florida. Winners will receive marketing funds to leverage the Sun brand in marketing campaigns.

The iForce Excellence Awards recognize partners that have utilized the iForce initiative to achieve customer success. The iForce Initiative is the collaboration of Sun and its partners working with customers as a community to address customer's business issues. Additional information about the award-winning solutions can be found at or

About Computerworld
Computerworld is the only integrated media company focused exclusively on the information needs of IT Leaders those who manage and implement technology in Global 2000 organizations. The company's flagship weekly newspaper along with its Web site and conference series for IT Leaders form the U.S.-based hub of the world's largest (58-edition) worldwide IT media network. Publishing since 1967, Computerworld has been recognized numerous times by Folio: Magazine and the Computer Press Association as the best computer newspaper, and was named to the "Media Power 50" in 2002 by Crain Communications' BtoB Magazine. Winner of more than 70 print and online editorial awards since 1998, Computerworld has a newspaper circulation of 202,000, a total print audience of 1,846,000 (according to IntelliQuest CIMS v.9.0), and an online audience of 800,000 unique monthly visitors (according to DoubleClick). Breaking news and resources for IT Leaders are available at

Computerworld is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 330-targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and IDG's research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Sun Fire, Sun StorEdge and iForce are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in other countries.

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