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Best Architecture Product
Appistry Enterprise Application Fabric
The complexity of today's computing environments creates challenges for developers and administrators who must make disparate systems work together and squeeze the best performance possible from every application on the network. Appistry Enterprise Application Fabric works at the application layer to provide scale-out virtualization, application-level fault tolerance, and automated management. The company's "scale without fail" mantra is well suited to organizations running computational applications, image processing, and database transformations. Appistry Enterprise Application Fabric's support for Linux and Windows OSs and .NET, Java, and C/C++ development environments provides a competitive advantage.
—Amy Eisenberg

Best Business
Application Product Nintex SmartLibrary
Nintex SmartLibrary extends SharePoint Team Sites with advanced document management. Because SmartLibrary is built on Microsoft .NET technology, it fully integrates with SharePoint sites to maintain SharePoint's look and feel, and no additional software is required on client machines. A customizable workflow process lets you easily design workflows by using drag-and-drop functionality. Workflow features include serial and parallel approval at the document and folder level, progress reporting, reviewer comments, and customizable email alerts. SmartLibrary augments SharePoint document libraries with change auditing, statistic reporting, and document undelete features and includes the ability to publish approved documents to other systems.
—Blake Eno

Best Connected Systems Product
Neudesic Legacy Modernization with BizTalk Server 2006 and Host Integration Server 2006
Enterprises often use a reliable IBM mainframe or midrange system to run their line-of-business applications. But Windows is the preferred front end for new capabilities that need access to those systems, such as a check-out kiosk in a hotel lobby that must work with an IBM iSeries system. IBM on one side, .NET on the other—how do you get them to work together? BizTalk Server and Host Integration Server can help, but a successful implementation requires someone who understands both IBM and Microsoft technologies. You might have experts on both sides, but they don't speak the language of those across the technological divide. An expert in legacy modernization from Neudesic can bridge the language gap and make the difference between a long, painful implementation and a quick, successful one.
—Barb Gibbens

Best Management Product
Opalis Integration Server
Opalis Integration Server is a Run Book Automation solution that replaces repetitive manual tasks with automated IT best practices. Opalis Integration Server implements ITIL process automation, including problem-diagnostic, escalation, and repair processes; change management processes; and maintenance routines. It ensures compliance by automating manual audits and remediation, minimizing human intervention and thus reducing risk. Opalis Integration Server provides an easy four-step process for building customized workflows that requires no scripting. By eliminating repetition and reliably automating standard IT processes, Opalis Integration Server gives IT the freedom to deal with exceptions and the focus to support the business.
—Dianne Russell

Best Microsoft Management Product
System Center Essentials 2007
"Management" covers a broad range of products—from largeenterprise IT infrastructure tools to small point solutions. Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007 supplies a robust management solution to an overlooked segment of the market: companies in the middle tier. System Center Essentials brings to midsized companies an integrated management solution that suits a wide variety of implementations. Tuned out of the box and easy to install and set up, System Center Essentials provides comprehensive monitoring and reporting, update management, software deployment, and software and hardware inventory capabilities. By providing a unified solution that so closely addresses the unique needs of midsized companies, System Center Essentials provides tremendous value to a historically underserved market.
—Dianne Russell

Best Mobility Product
Zenprise for BlackBerry
Supporting a burgeoning number of mobile-device users is taking up ever larger chunks of IT administrators' time. Zenprise for BlackBerry provides a comprehensive monitoring scheme that reduces the complexity of managing a BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) environment. The product greatly simplifies BES monitoring, troubleshooting, and problem resolution. Zenprise for BlackBerry is also unique in that it monitors the multiple variables—such as mobile device, carrier, and the Exchange environment—that can affect BlackBerry availability and draws on an extensive technical knowledge base to explain how to resolve problems. Especially impressive is the breadth and depth of status information visible on screen and how easy it is to drill down to get detailed information about users, problem causes, and resolution instructions.
—Anne Grubb

Best Office System Product
KnowledgeLake Capture 2007
KnowledgeLake Capture 2007, a batch scanning and indexing solution for Microsoft SharePoint, supports virtually all scanners on the market and lets you scan and index files and then store them in SharePoint 2007 and 2003 in TIFF, PDF, and XPS file formats. You can scan one document at a time or scan documents in batches. If you're scanning images, KnowledgeLake Capture 2007 will use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology to extract document metadata. The software has a number of scanning and indexing features, including automated forms processing and the ability to read barcodes for document separation.
—Blake Eno

Best Security Product
GFI LANguard Network Security Scanner
GFI's LANguard Network Security Scanner provides an integrated tool that performs both network security vulnerability assessment and patch management. The latest release of LANguard Network Security Scanner incorporates a comprehensive security vulnerability checking capability based on OVAL (Open Vulnerability Assessment Language) and the SANS Top-20 Internet Security Attack Targets to provide more than 15,000 vulnerability checks. In addition, LANguard Network Security Scanner can scan for open ports as well as blacklisted applications and USB devices. Patch management capability supports 38 languages and can deploy as well as roll back patches. A built-in network and software auditing feature provides reports showing open ports, installed software, password strength, and connected USB devices.
—Michael Otey

Best Microsoft Security Product
Internet Security and Acceleration Server
Microsoft's ISA Server provides organizations with edge security and gives users fast and secure accessto Internet resources. ISA Server is an enterprise-level firewall with support for application-level filtering and content caching. It also provides comprehensive alerting and monitoring capabilities. The new ISA Server 2007 release provides the integrated ability to publish load-balancing servers as well as Exchange 2007 and SharePoint resources. There is also a new Branch Office VPN Connectivity Wizard, flood resiliency, support for LDAP authentication, and a new single-sign-on capability that allows users to access a group of published Web sites without the need to authenticate to each Web site.
—Michael Otey

Best SharePoint Product
Quest Site Administrator for SharePoint
Third-party vendors have the opportunity to fill gaps in SharePoint functionality and add value for developers, systems administrators, and end users. Quest Software's Site Administrator for SharePoint gives systems administrators a single point from which they can monitor and manage all the SharePoint sites on their network. The product's auto-discovery feature helps IT professionals address rampant site proliferation on their company networks and provides visibility into the scope of SharePoint instances. Comprehensive reporting eases monitoring of critical information such as storage metrics, traffic usage, permissions, and site/server health. Site Administrator also builds on SharePoint's capabilities around policies and allows IT pros to deploy and enforce policies across the network.
—Amy Eisenberg

Best Unified Communication Product
Gold Systems Password Reset
"Can you reset my password?" is a refrain familiar to IT Help desk employees. Password-reset requests account for 30 percent of Help desk calls, according to Gartner—with a minimum cost of around $10 per call. Gold Systems Password Reset removes the IT administrative costs associated with such calls. It's a speech-recognition solution, based on Microsoft Speech Server, which lets users reset their own passwords by phone. The product emphasizes security, including two-factor authentication and an optional biometric voice-verification module. It also uses a threat model, which Gold Systems developed with help from a security consultant, to identify and eliminate known password security vulnerabilities.
—Anne Grubb

Best Windows Client Product
Microsoft Windows PowerShell
Microsoft says that Windows PowerShell has been downloaded almost a million times since its November 2006 release. PowerShell is a command-line shell and scripting language now supported by a number of products, including Exchange Server 2007, System Center Operations Manager, and System Center Virtual Machine Manager. The goal of PowerShell is to automate Windows systems administration tasks. PowerShell is full of features and functionality, including built-in cmdlets for managing Windows and the ability to perform storage calculations on the command line. Another noteworthy feature is the Whatif function, which lets you test your commands before actually executing them.
—Blake Eno

Best Windows Server Infrastructure Product
InovaWave DXtreme for Windows
Organizations of all sizes are using virtualization, but they often don't get the return they expected because they find they can't run as many virtual machines (VMs) on a server as they thought they could. InovaWave's DXtreme for Windows at least doubles the number of VMs you can run on a server, yet it takes up only about 50MB of storage, is easy to install, and works with VMware software as well as Microsoft Virtual Server. When Branndon Stewart, senior director of marketing, showed me the performance improvements that have been documented for DXtreme in independent tests, I couldn't at first believe him—in several tests, DXtreme improved performance by a factor of five or more. "We've actually had instances where the virtual machines outperform the physical hardware," Branndon said.
—Barb Gibbens

Notable Product
Idokorro Mobile Admin
Some products are notable simply because they make good sense. Idokorro Mobile Admin is such a product. Acknowledging the reality that IT administrators are often on call, the product turns a handheld device into a remote-administration console that makes it easier to respond to IT problems when you're away from the office. Idokorro Mobile Admin provides a simple, surprisingly easy-to-read icon-based interface that lets you perform server administration tasks securely (using RSA SecureID authentication) from a variety of mobile devices. Although the product's concept is simple, we think it's worthy of recognition because of its potential to significantly affect how IT pros work.
—Anne Grubb

Architecture

Winner
Appistry Enterprise Application Fabric
http://www.appistry.com/products/index.html

Finalists
Neudesic Neuron ESB
http://www.neudesic.com/main.aspx?ss=7&pe=75

F5 Networks Application Ready Network
http://www.f5.com

Business Applications

Winner
Nintex SmartLibrary
http://www.nintex.com/nproducts/smartlibrary.aspx

Finalists
Biscom Delivery Server
http://www.biscom.com/secure-file-delivery/deliveryserver.htm

K2.net K2 "BlackPearl"
http://www.k2.net

Connected Systems

Winner
Neudesic Legacy Modernization with BizTalk Server 2006 and Host Integration Server 2006
http://www.neudesic.com

Management

Winner
Opalis Integration Server
http://www.opalis.com/products_opalis_integration_server.asp

Finalist
Argent Extended Technologies
http://www.argent.com

Microsoft Management Product

Winner
Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007
http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/sce/default.mspx

Mobility

Winner
Zenprise for BlackBerry
http://www.zenprise.com/products/blackberry.aspx

Finalists
Authenex A-Key 4000 Token
http://www.authenex.com/authenex-products/akeytoken-4000.html

Idokorro Mobile Admin
http://www.idokorro.com/products/ma-features.shtml

Office System

Winner
KnowledgeLake Capture 2007
http://www.knowledgelake.com/capture/capture_2007.asp

Finalists
Messageware ActiveSend Personal
http://www.messageware.com/activesend/landing.htm

Skelta SharePoint Accelerator 2007
http://www.skelta.com/products/sps/sharepointworkflow.aspx?menu=products

Security

Winner
GFI LANguard Network Security Scanner
http://www.gfi.com/lannetscan

Finalist
BeyondTrust Privilege Manager
http://www.beyondtrust.com

Microsoft Security Product

Winner
Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2006
http://www.microsoft.com/isaserver/default.mspx

Finalist
Microsoft Forefront Client Security
http://www.microsoft.com/forefront/clientsecurity/default.mspx

SharePoint

Winner
Quest Software Site Administrator for SharePoint
http://www.quest.com/siteadministrator-for-sharepoint

Finalists
Colligo Networks Contributor for SharePoint
http://www.colligo.com/products/sharepoint/contributor_home.asp

CorasWorks Workplace Suite
http://www.corasworks.com/products/workplacesuite

Unified Communication

Winner
Gold Systems Password Reset
http://www.goldsys.com/index .php?load=content&page_ id=57

Finalists
FaxBack NET SatisFAXtion Enterprise Edition
http://www.faxback.com/products/enterprise/index.aspx

Quest Software Recovery Manager for Exchange
http://www.quest.com/recoverymanager-for-exchange

Windows Clients

Winner
Microsoft Windows PowerShell
http://www.microsoft.com

Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack
http://www.microsoft.com

Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset
http://www.microsoft.com

Windows Server Infrastructure

Winner
InovaWave DXtreme for Windows
http://www.inovawave.com/products/overview.aspx

Finalists
Double-Take Software ShadowCaster
http://www.doubletake.com

VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
http://www.vmware.com/products/vdi

Notable Product

Idokorro Mobile Admin
http://www.idokorro.com/products/ma-features.shtml