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QLogitek an Application Integration Finalist in the 2011 Microsoft Partner Network IMPACT Awards

Microsoft Canada Inc. Recognizes Achievements of Leading Canadian Technology Partners (November 10, 2011)

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 11/10/11 --

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QLogitek, a Toronto-based B2B EDIsupply chain solutions provider, announced that it has been selected as a finalist in the Application Integration category for the 2011 Microsoft Partner Network IMPACT Awards. The ninth annual IMPACT Awards recognize excellence within the Microsoft technology partner community in Canada. In July 2011, QLogitek was also recognized as a finalist in this same category for Microsoft's worldwide awards competition.

"Technology partners are at the core of Microsoft's business," said Neil Tanner, Vice-President, Small Business, Midmarket Solutions & Partners, Microsoft Canada Inc. "We are honoured to celebrate and recognize the outstanding achievements of industry leaders like QLogitek through the Microsoft Partner Network IMPACT Awards. We are proud to work with them as they deliver innovative solutions to mutual customers."


QLogitek was chosen as a finalist in the Application Integration Partner of the Year award category for delivering a solution in the middleware and integration space on a Microsoft technology platform. The company significantly enhanced its internal operations with the most recent release of the Microsoft BizTalk Server Enterprise platform (BizTalk) and, in doing so, achieved improved integration time and supply chain trading partner visibility for its customers. A desire to improve the agility and transparency of its IT infrastructure, which hosts critical supply chain transactions for leading North American enterprises, pushed the solution forward. "Any downtime is unacceptable. If our systems went down, our customers would not be able to take orders, manage distribution centres, or track products," explains John Magalhaes, Executive Vice President of Technology Solutions at QLogitek. Along with enhancements to its error-handling processes, the company created a self-service web application called Trading Partner eXchange. The application speeds up the time that it takes a trading partner to connect to its retail or consumer packaged goods (CPG) hub organization for EDI order fulfillment by 90%. The solution has been deployed across a number of QLogitek's North American enterprise clients.

BizTalk forms the core operational technology used within numerous enterprises in Canada as it facilitates the connection of disparate technology processes and applications. It is used most heavily in the manufacturing, retail, CPG, healthcare and financial services industries. Since the natural platform progression from BizTalk is to Windows Azure, QLogitek has gained the flexibility to expand its offerings into the public cloud. "We are pleased to receive this recognition for technology integration, as this is at the core of our business. Delivering our mission-critical offerings on the Microsoft platform provides us with the agility to make our applications rapidly available to small companies or large enterprises around the globe," said Isa Qureshi, EVP and COO at QLogitek.

QLogitek, along with other technology partner winners and finalists in each of the award categories, will be honored at an award ceremony in Toronto on November 30, 2011.

About the Microsoft Partner Network IMPACT Awards

In 2003, Microsoft Canada Inc. launched the IMPACT Awards, a program to recognize the numerous achievements within its technology partner community. This year's awards program is bigger than ever with over 35 award categories designed to recognize excellence across Microsoft Partner Network competencies, emerging technologies, community involvement as well as sales, marketing and partnering excellence. The IMPACT Awards are open to Active Canadian members of the Microsoft Partner Network.

For a list of all 2011 finalists, and more information on the Microsoft Partner Network IMPACT Awards, please visit http://www.microsoft.ca/awards.

About QLogitek

QLogitek is a B2B EDI supply chain integration solutions provider. Its suite of 9 products and services enable processes such as EDI exchange for supplier order fulfillment, inbound management, repair-order tracking, scan-based trading, product lifecycle management, and payment management. 31,000 trading partners including manufacturers, shippers, and distributors are mobilized by QLogitek across 170 countries for leading North American retail and consumer packaged goods (CPG) enterprises such as the Hudson's Bay Company, Rogers Communications Inc., Best Buy Canada, and LG Electronics.

Contacts:
For more information, press only:
QLogitek
Sadia Qureshi
416.741.1595 x.231
sadia.qureshi@qlogitek.com

For more information on Microsoft Partner Network
IMPACT Awards only, please contact:
Microsoft Canada
Danielle Shedletzky
t-danies@microsoft.com


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