Blackberry 7100t Finalist For eWeek’s Annual Awards


eWeek a magazine that reports on Enterprise solutions has nominated RIM’s Blackberry 7100t for Best Desktop & Mobile Hardware. The other nominees are HP iPAQ h6315 Pocket PC and IBM Thinkpad X40. We’re very surprise that the Palm Treo 650 did not make the list. The numerous problems and delays regarding the release of the new Treo from PalmOne most likely played a significant role as to why the Treo was snubbed.

NEW YORK, March 28 /PRNewswire/ — eWEEK, “the enterprise newsweekly” and a Ziff Davis Media publication, announced today the finalists in its 5th annual Excellence Awards program. The awards honor the most innovative and relevant enterprise hardware, software and services announced in 2004 and available by the end of the first quarter of 2005. The winners will be announced in a special report that will run in the April 11th issue of eWEEK and at The winners will be honored at a special ceremony in Boston on April 26.

“Product evaluation is a critical job function for our readers, but it’s one that’s getting increasingly difficult as the number and complexity of products and business needs increases from year to year,” said Eric Lundquist, Editor-in-Chief, eWEEK. “We’re proud of the direction we’ve been able to provide to our readers through five years of conducting the Excellence Awards program. We’re also pleased that, through the program, we’ve been able to donate to non-profit organizations that leverage technology to serve young people.”

The Excellence Awards program provides enterprise decision makers with a comprehensive benchmark for assessing technology products and services. Evaluating the entries is a panel of experts including eWEEK Labs analysts and eWEEK Corporate Partners — senior enterprise IT professionals who act as reader representatives for eWEEK’s editorial staff.

The finalists in the 5th Annual Excellence Awards are:

Analytics & Reporting
Cognos Inc.’s Cognos Enterprise Planning 7.2
Composite Software Inc.’s Composite Information Server 3.0
Informatica Corp.’s PowerExchange 5.2.1

Application Development
Embarcadero Technologies Inc.’s ER/Studio 6.6
Sun Microsystems Inc.’s Sun Java Studio Enterprise 7
VA Software Inc.’s SourceForge Enterprise Edition 4.1

Business Integration Systems
AmberPoint Inc.’s AmberPoint 4.0
Fuego Inc.’s FuegoBPM 5.5
Unify Corp.’s NXJ 10.5

Business Relationship Management
eGain Communications Corp.’s Service 7
Epiphany Inc.’s Epiphany Interaction Advisor E6 Inc.’s Enterprise Edition Winter ’05

Desktop & Mobile Hardware
Hewlett-Packard Co.’s HP iPAQ h6315 Pocket PC
IBM’s ThinkPad X40
Research In Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry Wireless Solution 7100t

E-Business Foundations
IBM’s IBM DB2 Universal Database 8.2
Novell Inc.’s Open Enterprise Server
Sun Microsystems Inc.’s Solaris 10

E-Mail Management & Security
IronPort Systems Inc.’s C-Series Messaging Gateway Appliances
Sendmail Inc.’s Mailstream Content Manager 1.0
Voltage Security Inc.’s Voltage SecureMail 1.5 with Voltage IBE Gateway

Enterprise Collaboration
Microsoft Corp.’s Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005
Netspoke’s Netspoke Conferencing
Siemens Communications Inc.’s HiPath OpenScape 2.0

Enterprise Storage Hardware
Decru Inc.’s DataFort 2.0
Isilon Systems Inc.’s Isilon IQ 1440 & 2250
OnStor Inc.’s OnStor NAS Gateway with Version 1.2 software

Enterprise Storage Software
EMC Corp.’s EMC ControlCenter 5.2
Onaro Inc.’s SANscreen 2.8
Storage Technology Corp.’s Storability Global Storage Manager 4

IT Quality Assurance Tools
Agitar Software Inc.’s Agitator and Dashboard 2.0
Airespace Inc.’s Airespace Wireless Location System 1.0
Mercury Interactive Inc.’s Mercury Business Process Testing 8.2

Productivity Applications
Agilix Labs Inc.’s Agilix GoBinder 2005
DataDirect Corp.’s Stylus Studio 6
Novell Inc.’s Novell Linux Desktop 9

Server Hardware
Azul Systems’ Azul Appliance
DataSynapse Inc.’s GridServer Virtual Enterprise Edition 4.0
Netezza Corp.’s Netezza Performance Server 8025

Networking & Management Tools
AirMagnet Inc.’s AirMagnet Enterprise 5.0
Packet Design Inc.’s Route Explorer/EIGRP Edition 3.0
Visual Networks’ Visual UpTime Select 1.1

Networking Infrastructure
Aruba Wireless Networks’ Aruba Grid Controller 6000
Force10 Networks Inc.’s TeraScale E300
Redline Networks Inc.’s E/X Application Front End 3670

System & Application Management
Citrix Systems Inc.’s Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server 3.0
NetIQ Corp.’s AppManager Suite 6.0
VMware Inc.’s VMware ESX Server 2.5

Authentication & User Management
Oblix Inc.’s COREid 7.0
RSA Security Inc.’s RSA Federated Identity Manager
Sun Microsystems Inc.’s Sun Java System Directory Server Enterprise
Edition 2004Q2

Network Data-stream Protection
Mazu Networks Inc.’s Mazu Profiler 5.0
Teros Inc.’s Teros 200 5.0
Vernier Networks Inc.’s Adaptive Security Platform 1.0

Vulnerability Assessment & Remediation
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.’s Integrity 5.0
Citadel Security Software Inc.’s Hercules 3.5
McAfee Inc.’s McAfee Foundstone Enterprise 4.0

Each vendor that submitted entries was charged a non-tax deductible entry fee of $150; vendors could enter any number of products that met the program guidelines. After program expenses, proceeds will be donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of America clubhouses in New York, San Francisco, and Lawrence, Mass.

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