PHOTO - One of the Computerworld Malaysia Readers Choice 2012 Awards
Hewlett-Packard Malaysia (HP Malaysia) and Microsoft Malaysia have topped the honour roll again and have taken almost half of the available categories in this year's, the 11th edition, Computerworld Malaysia Readers Choice Awards (RCA), themed "Record Breakers, History Makers - the Gold Medal Winners of the Year". Commonly acknowledged as the 'Oscars of the IT industry', the awards were presented on 25th September at the Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel.
HP Malaysia and Microsoft Malaysia each bagged ten awards. Other star performers were: SAP Malaysia with three awards; and Fortinet, Symantec Corporation and VMware, with two each.
The honour roll also included: APC by Schneider Electric, Apple, Blue Coat Systems, Check Point Software Technologies, Cisco Systems Malaysia, CommScope, EMC Corporation, IBM Malaysia, Lenovo, Telekom Malaysia and VADS.
The Awards go to vendors, products, services or solution families that score the highest with their customers who voted in the areas of price, performance, feature sets, reliability and ease of use.
Every year, Fairfax Business Research, the research arm of Fairfax Business Media, conducts the RCA online survey on behalf of Computerworld Malaysia, following industry best practices to deliver statistically valid results from the country's qualified information and communication executives, including Computerworld Malaysia readers.
There are altogether 40 categories divided into nine award sections: Communications, Enterprise Applications, Hardware, Platform and Tools, Security, Services, Storage, Virtualisation, and a newly added category for this year - Cloud.
In total, there were close to 1,000 product and service contenders for the Awards this year.
The positive side of 'sportsmanship'
HP Malaysia's win were in the following categories: Consulting and Integration; Data Centre and Hosting; Enterprise Disk Systems; Enterprise Routers and Switches; Entry-Level Servers; High-End Enterprise Servers; Infrastructure-as-a-Service Provider; Mid-Range Servers; Storage Management Software; and Support and Maintenance.
Microsoft Malaysia's were in: Application Servers Software; Business Intelligence and Analytics; Collaboration Platform; Database Management System; Enterprise Content Management; IT Asset Management System; Platform-as-a-Service Provider; Software-as-a-Service Provider; System Management Software; and Unified Communications Software Suite.
Mark Hobson, Asia Regional Manager, Fairfax Business Media, praised the leadership efforts of all award winners."We noted that what makes for winning leadership includes the qualities of determination and a desire to excel for the pure satisfaction of achievement, The winners of the Computerworld Malaysia Readers Choice Awards 2012 have all demonstrated that they will conquer any obstacle to make sure that their customers always have the best tools to win their business goals."
"We know the industry values the genuine appreciation conveyed by receiving Computerworld awards as these are independently given by end user organisations," he added. "We are proud to honour these gold winners: the industry players who worked hard to make it through a difficult year - successfully."
Adding his praise, was AvantiKumar, Editor of Computerworld Malaysia, who said, "Industry practitioners can adopt a negative or a positive attitude to competition. All the winners and indeed, most of the industry in Malaysia, demonstrate the positive aspects of good 'sportsmanship', which results from tuning into inner creativity, and to produce the high-value ICT products and services that customers need to help them get thir own 'gold' in terms of ROI."
The complete winners list is available at www.computerworld.com.my/rca2012
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