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Solution providers get awarded

Frost & Sullivan hosted an awards ceremony to honour some of the significant performers in the solution provider market in India. The awards ceremony was titled '2004 Technology Awards Nite', and was held in Mumbai. The event hosted on Thursday, August 26, 2004 at the JW Mariott, Juhu attracted a large audience comprising vendors, solution providers, and even user company CIOs.

The awards was given out to 20 companies in various categories which covered areas like call management, IP Telephony, security, e-mail, healthcare, and video conferencing.

The objective of the award according to Frost & Sullivan was to recognize outstanding industry achievements by presenting the awards to top companies in regional and global markets. Teams of industry experts at Frost and Sullivan aims to recognize the diligence and innovation required to implement a successful business plan, and excel in the increasingly competitive global marketplace. These awards are recognized worldwide by the media, the investment community and end-user markets.

Frost & Sullivan Awards are presented to companies that demonstrate excellence in their industry, commending diligence, commitment and innovative business strategies required to advance in the global marketplace. The company claims to rigorously analyze specific criteria to determine award recipients in a vast array of industries.

The categories

Awards were given in four main categories-'Market Leadership Award', 'Industry Leadership Award', 'Competitive Strategy Award', and one award for the 'CEO of the Year'.

The recipients

Tata Telecom bagged 10 out the 20 awards of the evening. It won Market Leadership Awards in market categories like PBX, IP Telephony, ACD, CTI Enabling Software, and Call Monitoring Solutions. It won Industry Leadership Awards in market categories like Interactive CRM, and Enterprise Voice Equipment. The company's partnership with Avaya Telecom helped a great deal to achieve this position.

Avaya's Niru Mehta also won the 'CEO of the Year' award.

Cisco won 'Industry Leadership Awards' in Network Security, and Wireless LAN. And other companies like SAP, Sify, Talisma, And Nortel Networks won awards in other categories.

For a complete list of winners see table on the next page.

Alok Shende, Director-Technology Practice made a presentation titled 'Looking Ahead', in which he made a lot of references to Dr. Mohanbir Sawhney, McCormick Professor of Electronic Commerce & Technology, Kellogg Graduate School of Business Management.

The awards were presented by Sailesh Dave, Director, Global Best Practices Group of Frost & Sullivan . And Anand Rangachary, Director of the company delivered the closing note.

- Soutiman Das Gupta

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