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KOM NETWORKS RECOGNIZED BY COMPUTERWORLD AS A 2011 HONORS LAUREATE
In Their “Search for New Heroes”
Ottawa, ON Canada – June 7, 2011 — IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program has announced KOM Networks as a 2011 Laureate. The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change.
“We are pleased that Computerworld Honors Program has recognized our company’s efforts to bring about social and environmental change while keeping in mind the needs of our customer in a down economy,” says Taher Shaath, CEO, KOM Networks. “As we celebrate our 42nd year in business we feel compelled to share in our good fortunes and pave the road for others to pay it forward. It is a privilege to set an example and inspire others to have a positive impact on the environment and give back to the community”.
“The number and quality of nominations this year were very inspiring and demonstrate how valuable IT is to community change,” said John Amato, Publisher, Computerworld. “Computerworld is very proud to name the 2011 class of Laureates and showcase their initiatives benefiting society through innovative uses of IT.”
KOM Networks’ Junk-A-Juke Upgrade Program was initiated to provide a cost-free way to help customers overcome the upgrade costs for secure archive storage solutions and at the same time responsibly recycle end-of-life optical storage and other electronic waste keeping it out of our landfills and donate the money generated from the resale of usable components to Feed The Children US and Speroway (formerly FTC Canada) to help children in our own communities and around the world. The upgrade program offers budget constrained organizations in highly regulated industries an opportunity to exchange their obsolete and legacy archive storage equipment for a new KOMpliance Archive Storage appliance with equal capacity and superior performance free-of-charge with a three year maintenance agreement. KOM’s goal is to collect and recycle enough hardware to feed one million children!
“When times are tough, businesses need to be more responsible in helping out where they can, so KOM Networks tried to think about ways we could help. There are still large numbers of inefficient, slow, expensive obsolete archive and storage devices being used,” said Kamel Shaath, CTO of KOM Networks. “Our free storage upgrade to KOMpliance will increase efficiency, protect data, and lower liability, risk and TCO; but the opportunity to protect our planet for future generations and feed hungry children today is our motivation. Junk-A-Juke has had great appeal and has been expanded to include the trade-in of any storage device for eligibility. It is truly a win-win-win situation; our customers benefit in some cases saving as much as $200K from their operating budgets; collectively with our customers we remain responsible to our environment and the future of our children; and most importantly we are able to help feed the children who are less fortunate in these hard economic times.”
The Computerworld Honors awards will be presented at the Annual Laureates Medal Ceremony & Gala Awards on June 20, 2011 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
About Computerworld Honors Program
Founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, The Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. Additional information about the program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies and oral histories of Leadership Award recipients can be found at the Computerworld Honors website (The 2011 Computerworld Honors Program).
About KOM Networks
Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results. Computerworld’s award-winning Web site (http://www.computerworld.com), bi-weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research forms the hub of the world’s largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Magazine of the Year by American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) awards in 2010, the 2009 Best Blog from the Neal awards, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from ASBPE. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3.5 million unique, monthly visitors (comScore Media Metrix, August 2010). Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events, and research company. Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com.
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