Australian integrator Synergy Plus has been acknowledged as one of IBM's top business partners in the Asia-Pacific region, winning the Distinguished Achievement Award at Big Blue's PartnerWorld Conference in Atlanta.
The prize was awarded by IBM to acknowledge the Melbourne reseller's success in building e-business solutions to customers, based on IBM and Lotus with Tivoli technologies - a market that Synergy Plus CEO Peter Granger identifies as a rapidly growing area.
"Synergy Plus has been doing this now for just over two years," he told ARN. "The market has certainly escalated and we have had the good fortune to be an early adopter of these solutions."
Granger is "delighted" with the award, which was one of four regional prizes granted by an independent panel to judge the event.
"We are very pleased," he said. "IBM looks at its partners all around the world. They partner with more than 90,000 businesses worldwide, but I am sure they are operating in a lot of different capacities."
Synergy Plus products are primarily IBM-focused. The company began as an AS400 Business Partner and now employs more than 140 staff in offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.
"Our company focuses on helping businesses with significant investment in heritage systems to take advantage of the Internet. We build solutions that surround these systems based on Web sphere and Java applications."
Cirrus Technologies was also honoured as a finalist in the Best WebSphere e-business Solution category. The company also took out the WebSphere/Transformation category at the AP Star Awards recently.
"The Awards recognise great technology innovators and great salespeople, the qualities we see constantly in our Australian business partners," Steve McWhirter, general manager, IBM Software, Australia/New Zealand, said in a statement. "For three of our local partners to be honoured at the highest level is evidence of their excellent sales and integration skills."
Photograph: Synergy Plus CEO Peter Granger