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  • 17 March, 2005 16:14

<p>Sydney, Australia, March 17,2005 -- Avanade Inc., the premier global technology integrator for Microsoft enterprise solutions, has announced the appointment of Allen Smith as Business Development Executive.</p>
<p>With a professional career in sales extending nearly 20 years, Smith will be responsible for growing and managing Avanade's new business initiatives by developing strong, long term relationships with its partners and customers, including key partners Microsoft and Accenture.</p>
<p>"As well as targeting new customers who have Microsoft solutions and technologies with Avanade's superior IT services, it will also be my role to work with Avanade's existing customers to ensure they are getting the maximum efficiency out of their existing enterprises," said Smith.</p>
<p>In this position, Smith will report to Trevor Harper, Managing Director, Avanade Australia and New Zealand.</p>
<p>"Services is one of the fastest growing areas in IT," said Harper. "As a leading services provider in a competitive market it was important that Avanade hired someone like Allen Smith with demonstrated professional sales skills in IT services to develop new business opportunities and maintain the company's growth momentum."</p>
<p>Smith spent 12 years with pioneering Australian IT company, Computer Power. Allen's last position at Computer Power was General Manager, Professional Services, where he was responsible for the strategic direction of the services business unit with a major focus on sales and marketing.</p>
<p>Prior to joining Avanade, Smith spent five years with publicly listed Australian IT services company, Volante. For the last two years, Smith held the position of National Sales Manager, where he was responsible for all sales and marketing related functions.</p>
<p>In addition to being a member of both the ACS and AIM (Australian Institute of Management), Allen holds a Diploma in Computer Programming and has completed the Advanced Management Program from the University of Western Australia.</p>
Avanade is the world's premier technology integrator for Microsoft solutions. The certified technologists at Avanade help customers use Microsoft technology to realise a lower total cost of ownership for their infrastructure and application investments. Additional information can be found at</p>
<p>Avanade and the Avanade logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Avanade Inc. Other product, service, or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.</p>
<p>For further information, please contact:
David Sanday, Bowes Communications, +61 (0)2 9387 2332,</p>

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