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London, 8th July 2007: CNET Networks UK, the UK’s largest online-only publisher, today unveils the finalists for its sixth annual UK Business Technology Awards. The awards celebrate the greatest achievements of the UK’s business technology innovators, leaders and doers, and bring together the industry elite for the networking party of the year.

Winning a CNET Networks UK Business Technology Award has become one of the most sought-after accolades for all those involved in business technology in the UK. The Awards continue to attract entries from the entire spectrum of UK user organisations and technology companies whether they are a small start-up, vertical specialist or technology giant.

Worthy of special mention this year is the CIO of the Year Award, a category designed to honour individual achievements. With each of this year’s nominees boasting a CV of remarkable accomplishments, it may prove to be the most hotly contested award of the evening.

Tony Hallett, Editorial Director, Technology and Business, for CNET Networks UK, and Chair of the Judging Council, said; “Despite the current economic climate, it is clear that business technology in the UK continues to go from strength to strength. The sheer quantity and quality of entries received highlights the outstanding talent in the industry and we’re proud to recognise some of the most exciting developments of the last year.”

Winners will be selected from the many entries received by the Awards Judging Council. The panel comprises senior practitioners and experts from the technology industry and media including Mark Kobayashi-Hillary, Director, UK National Outsourcing Association; Julie Meyer, Chief Executive, Ariadne Capital; Brinley Platts, Independent Consultant; Sir Robin Saxby, Founding CEO and Chairman of ARM Holdings; John Suffolk, CIO, UK Government; and Dr. Carsten Sørensen, Senior Lecturer in Information Systems, London School of Economics.

In what is one of the most prestigious networking events in the IT calendar in 2008, the winners of the sixteen categories will be honoured on 23 September at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

For more information on the CNET Networks UK Technology and Business Awards and to book places for the event please visit: http://www.cnetnetworks.co.uk/awards

Notes to Editors:

THE FINALISTS 2008

Server or Storage Product of the Year

Parallels - Virtuozzo Containers 4.0
PlateSpin - PowerConvert
Platform Computing - Platform LSF 7.0.1
Stratus Technologies - Stratus ftServer 4400
VMware - VMware Infrastructure 3.5

Business Application of the Year

Nasstar plc - Nasstar Hosted Desktop
ScriptLogic Corporation - Desktop Authority
SmithBayes Limited - SmithBayes
Tideway - Tideway Foundation 7.0
Zimbra - Zimbra Collaboration Suite

Networking Product of the Year

Corvil - CorvilNet 4.0
Covergence - Covergence Session Manager
Emulex - LightPulse LP21000 Family of Converged Network Adapters (CNAs)
iPass - iPass Mobile Office
Ruckus Wireless - ZoneFlex 802.11n Smart Wireless LAN System

Security Product or Service of the Year

Absolute Software - ComputraceOne
MessageLabs – MessageLabs Email Archiving Service V3
ScanSafe - Anywhere+
Websense - Websense® Data Security Suite v 6.5
Yoggie Security Systems - Gatekeeper Pico Pro

Communications Product or Service of the Year

BT - Web 21C Software Development Kit (SDK)
Neverfail - Neverfail for RIM BlackBerry® Enterprise Server
ShoreTel - ShoreTel 7.5 Unified Communications System
SpinVox Ltd - SpinVox CallMail
SpinVox Ltd - SpinVox Enterprise Voicemail

Mobile Product or Service of the Year

BigHand - BigHand Mobile (BlackBerry Edition)
Electronic Media Services Ltd - i-MO
LogMeIn - Rescue+Mobile
Opera Software - Opera Mobile 9.5
Orange - Orange Mobile Forms

Technology Innovation of the Year

Cable&Wireless - Fixed-Mobile Convergence
Citrix - Citrix XenDesktop
Concentra - C-PORT
Ruckus Wireless - Ruckus SmartMesh (TM) Technology
SpinVox - SpinVox Enterprise Voicemail

Public Sector Technology Project of the Year

Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) – SPIRE
Pharmaceutical Oncology Initiative Partnership (POIP) - C-PORT
Rural Payments Agency (RPA) - Implementing Ultra Thin-Client Technology at the Rural Payments Agency
Scottish Police College - Police Information Net For Scotland
West London Cancer Network - Service Improvement Programme

Financial Services Technology Project of the Year

ABN AMRO - SPOT
Homeserve - The Homeserve 'Gateway' project
Reuters - Reuters Latency Monitor
The Nottingham Building Society - Open heart surgery to improve financial services
Wonga - SameDayCash.co.uk

Retail & Leisure Sector Technology Project of the Year

Fiat - FIAT online sales channel
innocent - innocent European EDI Expansion
JD Sports - JD's Solid IT Foundations
Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons – Wireless LAN Deployment
The Pier - The Pier New POS solution

Green IT Initiative of the Year

BT Operate - 21st Century Network (21CN) Data Centre Project
Fujitsu Siemens Computers - The DDC Challenge
HP - Dynamic Smart Cooling

Technology PR Campaign of the Year

Brands2Life - Micro Focus ‘Recognising the True Value of Software Assets’
Johnson King - Sophos ‘The Facebook Probe – who’s controlling the corporate network?’
OCTANE PR - PlusNet ‘Boldly connecting with a national audience’
OnRelay - ‘The Green Benefits of Fixed Mobile Convergence’
Weber Shandwick Technology - MessageLabs ‘The Art of Cybercrime Detection’

Technology Marketing Campaign of the Year

April-Six - Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0 (One Solution)
Creative Direction Consultants Ltd - Fujitsu Siemens Computers ‘The DDC Challenge’
DWA - NEC Corporate Branding Online Campaign 2007-08
Mason Zimbler – Microsoft ‘Your dream office’
Mason Zimbler - Toshiba ‘Bringing innovation to life’

IT Team of the Year

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP - IT Department
Credit Suisse - GEARS (Global Equities Aggregated Risk System) IT
Iceland Foods Ltd - Iceland IS Department
VocaLink - The VocaLink Faster Payments Tea

CIO of the Year

Neil Cameron, Global CIO, Unilever
Catherine Doran, Director of Information Management, Network Rail
Tania Howarth, CIO, Birds Eye Iglo Group
David Lister, Chief Architect, Royal Bank of Scotland
Phil Pavitt, Group CIO, Transport for London

-ENDS-

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Natalie Godsell / James Ellerington, Brands2Life
020 7592 1200
natalie.godsell@brands2life.com / james.Ellerington@brands2life.com

Helen Cooke, CNET Networks UK
Tel: 020 7021 1100
Email: helen.cooke@cnet.com

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