Fritz & Macziol Receives IBM Beacon Laureate Award

              Fritz & Macziol Receives IBM Beacon Laureate Award

Fritz & Macziol recognized for exemplary achievement in technical excellence.

PR Newswire

ARMONK, N.Y., March 1, 2013

ARMONK, N.Y., March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced
the winner of its Beacon Laureate Award, which recognizes a Business Partner
which has consistently demonstrated exemplary achievement in a single Beacon
Award category. IBM Business Partner Fritz & Macziol was selected for the
award for its outstanding achievements in the category of technical


"Since 2005, Fritz & Macziol have successfully participated within the IBM
Beacon Awards with particularly high achievement in the area of technical
excellence," said Mark Hennessy, general manager, IBM Global Business
Partners. "It is my pleasure to award Fritz & Macziol with the highest honor a
Business Partner can receive at IBM. We are very appreciative of the
resources they continually dedicate to providing outstanding technical and
cross-brand knowledge across all IBM brands which is invaluable to enhancing
the client experience."

As a winner of the IBM Beacon Award for technical excellence the past three
years, Fritz & Macziol has continued to compete at the highest level -
showcasing their skills and expertise to help deliver innovative solutions for
its clients. As an early adapter of IBM technologies and solutions, Fritz &
Macziol has won 15 Beacon Awards in the past eight years in categories
covering hardware, software, and services. Their commitments to ensuring their
employees develop deep product skills and technical expertise of IBM
technology translates to consistent business growth and high levels of client

''As one of the first customers on board, we benefitted from the vast IBM
know-how of Fritz & Macziol, so we were always at the forefront when it came
to meeting new requirements through optimal IT implementation. For 25 years,
we have been technologically up-to-date and it has helped lead to our
continued success,'' says Gerhard Kaminski, CIO at Schwenk Zement KG, a
leading German manufacturer of cement and specialty materials.

"We always focused on outstanding technical excellence which fits perfectly to
our cross-brand know-how. The Beacon Laureate Award is, for us, a recognition
of our achievement in the disciplines of quality and performance during our
now more than 25 year-long successful and trustful partnership with IBM," says
Heribert Fritz, CEO of the Fritz & Macziol group.

The Beacon Laureate Award and 30 additional Beacon Award winners were
announced at the IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference 2013 in Las Vegas,
Nevada. More than 2,000 Business Partners and IBM executives from around the
world attended the conference.

Christine Paulus
IBM External Relations
+49 89 4504 1396

Lizette Kodama
IBM External Relations


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