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IT FACTORY Named Global Winner, Alongside Accenture and Compaq,
for Innovative Microsoft Exchange 2000-Based Solution for Deloitte & Touche

IT FACTORY, a leading global supplier of knowledge technology solutions, announces that the company has won the worldwide award for “Collaborative Solution of the Year” from Microsoft Corp., based upon an innovative Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server solution the company developed with professional services firm Deloitte & Touche. Chosen among 775 award nominations, IT FACTORY’s Microsoft Expertise Centre won for the best worldwide solution in this category, chosen among five worldwide finalists for the award at the Microsoft Fusion 2001 conference in Anaheim, California.

“Winning the Microsoft Certified Partner Award for Collaboration Solution of the Year clearly demonstrates IT FACTORY’s expertise and commitment to excellence in developing Exchange applications,” said Kevin McCuistion, group product manager for Exchange at Microsoft Corp. “IT FACTORY’s Microsoft Expertise Centre is showing it is fully-poised to take optimal advantage of the rich development capabilities of Exchange 2000 to deliver real-world collaborative solutions to customers.”

IT FACTORY earned this prominent recognition by delivering a Microsoft Exchange 2000-based solution for Deloitte & Touche, along with internal developers at Deloitte & Touche, designed to facilitate collaboration and improve communications between departments and teams, enhance team productivity, and leverage existing corporate knowledge at all levels within the organization. The solution integrates workspace-oriented solutions for three distinct Deloitte & Touche organizations into a common environment. As well as this shared framework for efficiency, each group enjoys a unique interface metaphor that identifies with its mission.

“We are extremely pleased to receive this recognition for our pioneering efforts in Exchange 2000-based application development,” said Andy Sakalian, executive vice president of IT FACTORY’s Microsoft Solutions Practice. “We have made a significant investment in the development of both technology and expertise to enable faster, more efficient deployment of applications based on Exchange 2000 and SharePoint Portal Server. IT FACTORY’s solutions will be instrumental in enabling companies to realize the full benefit of Microsoft’s advanced collaborative technologies.”

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About the Microsoft Certified Partner Program

To help them build successful Microsoft-based businesses, Microsoft offers its Certified Partners a variety of resources including training, technical support, early access to Microsoft products and peer-networking opportunities that allow a variety of partners to come together and provide end-to-end customer solutions. All Microsoft Certified Partners maintain a staff of Microsoft Certified Professionals or have certified products that have been tested compatible with Microsoft’s Windows platform.


About IT FACTORY

IT FACTORY is a leading global provider of knowledge technology solutions that increase organizational effectiveness, and turn enterprise knowledge into enterprise profit. IT FACTORY solutions build upon an organization’s existing investment in the advanced communications platforms, Lotus Notes/Domino, Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server. The company leverages the ITF Business Applications, Development Tools, Architecture and Services to enable rapid, cost-effective deployment of knowledge based solutions. IT FACTORY customers include IBM, Minolta, Phillips, GN Netcom, the American Management Association, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and many other well-known international firms. IT FACTORY provides solutions via its own professional service organization and field sales force, as well as via an international network of more than 300 highly qualified business partners. The Company is headquartered in Boston, with more than 400 people in 17 offices throughout the world.

Find out more at http://www.itfactory.com.

IT FACTORY, and the ITF logo are registered trademarks of IT FACTORY A/S. ITF Software Development Kit, ITF Architecture, and ITF Business Suite are trademarks of IT FACTORY A/S. Lotus and Lotus Notes are registered trademarks and Notes and Domino are trademarks of Lotus Development Corp. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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Deirdra Griffin-Duce
IT FACTORY
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Email: deirdra.griffin-duce@itfactory.com

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PR Artistry
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email: andreina@pra-ltd.co.uk


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