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EMC Honoured by Microsoft As 2009 Notes Transition Partner of the Year

EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced it has been selected as the 2009 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference Awards winner for Notes Transition Partner of the Year, marking the company’s 19th Microsoft Partner of the Year distinction. EMC was chosen out of an international field of top Microsoft partners for delivering its market-leading NoteSwitch Complete solutions built on Microsoft technology.

“EMC consultants have years of experience helping customers achieve their business objectives by combining automated tools, unparalleled Microsoft subject-matter expertise, and proven methodologies to address the challenges of managing complex migrations,” said EMC’s Dave Cox, Vice President, EMC Consulting. “Microsoft praised EMC Consulting for its ability to handle enterprise-scale projects while addressing and managing critical risk factors. EMC’s NoteSwitch Complete Framework received a near-perfect score from the awards judges, recognising our ability to help customers eliminate surprises, reduce risk and increase the predictability of the migration process.”

Awards were presented in a number of categories, with winners chosen from a pool of more than 2,000 entrants worldwide. The Notes Transition Partner of the Year award recognises partners who have attained excellence in helping their customers migrate from IBM Lotus Notes to a comprehensive solution using Exchange Server, Office SharePoint Server, or the Microsoft Office system. Successful entrants demonstrate the capability to effectively assess customers’ business challenges, articulate the business value of a migration, efficiently migrate customer environments, and preserve and improve IT-driven business processes.

EMC won the distinction of Notes Transition Partner of the Year for its comprehensive set of capabilities delivered in accordance with EMC’s NoteSwitch Complete Framework, and specifically for its work at a global manufacturing company and a leading pharmaceutical company.

EMC is currently part of a global initiative to migrate the collaboration applications supporting the pharmaceutical company's 110,000 users to a hosted Microsoft Business Productivity Online Services environment. EMC Consulting analysed the company’s highly complex environment and worked with them to develop a strategy for migration. By leveraging its Global Service Delivery team and its extensive experience with the NoteSwitch framework, EMC is accelerating delivery, while lowering costs. In addition to migrating 110,000 mailboxes, EMC Consulting is helping migrate the company's Notes-based, team-and-task-management application, a fundamental element of the customer’s work culture. Significant effort has been made to transition the user experience into the new, Microsoft-based version. In addition, the EMC team is focused on redevelopment of the customer’s Intranet, including the re-composition of its user interface, information architecture, and taxonomy.

“Microsoft is proud to recognise EMC Corporation as the Notes Transition Partner of the Year, for their in-depth knowledge of performing complex migrations to Microsoft technologies,” said Ross Brown, Vice President, Solution Partners and ISVs, Microsoft Corp. “EMC has proven their understanding of migration methodologies and has familiarised themselves with best-in-breed tools to prove their commitment to cost-effectiveness and customer satisfaction.”

The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference Awards recognise Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the last year. EMC is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with ten competencies, a Global Systems Integrator, a Global Alliance Partner, and a Worldwide ISV. Through its membership in the Microsoft Partner Program, EMC Consulting provides end-to-end capabilities to address the full spectrum of customer needs for Microsoft enterprise solutions: strategise, advise, architect, implement, manage, and support. EMC Consulting offers the strategic guidance and technology expertise organisations need to address their business and information infrastructure challenges and derive the maximum value from their information assets and investments.

Recognising the breadth of EMC Consulting’s capabilities across the entire Microsoft portfolio, EMC Consulting was also named a finalist in two additional categories: Custom Development Solutions-Application Infrastructure Development Partner of the Year, and Digital Agencies Partner of the Year.