Avanade CIO Recognized as a Computerworld 2008 Premier 100 IT Leader



    Dale Christian Honored by IDG's Computerworld for Excellence in
Information Technology Leadership

    SEATTLE, December 13 /CNW/ - Avanade, a global IT consultancy, today
announced that Dale Christian, the company's chief information officer, has
been recognized as one of Computerworld's 2008 Premier 100 IT Leaders.

    This year's recipients were selected from nearly 800 nominees who were
evaluated using Computerworld's IT Leader Index, a measurement of how closely
an individual matches Computerworld's definition of the IT Leader. Christian
was honored for using IT to empower the Avanade global community of
consultants with the tools needed to perform their jobs faster and more
effectively. In addition, under Christian's direction, Avanade continues the
practice of adopting the latest Microsoft products as an early adopter,
allowing the company to build expertise on next-generation technologies and
bring that experience to customers worldwide.

    Now in its ninth year, this prestigious honor shines a spotlight on
leaders from both the technology and business sides of a broad range of
companies. Computerworld's 2008 Premier 100 IT Leaders award honors the 100
executives who have led their organizations by mentoring and motivating
employees, envisioning innovative solutions to business challenges, and
effectively managing and executing IT strategies.

    "We're pleased Dale has been recognized for the leadership he has
demonstrated as CIO for Avanade," said Mitch Hill, chief executive officer at
Avanade. "Dale has played an integral role in enabling Avanade professionals
across the globe to increase productivity and connect with customers across
geographies and time zones. He has also helped improve our own internal
business performance by introducing innovative, collaborative technologies
into Avanade's global network. This level of collaboration is critical to
maintaining Avanade's high level of customer satisfaction as the company
continues its strong growth worldwide."

    The 2008 Honorees will be recognized at Computerworld's upcoming Premier
100 IT Leaders Conference held March 9-11, 2008, at the Rosen Shingle Creek
Resort in Orlando, Fla. Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference
involves companies across all industries, as well as government and
educational organizations.

    "This year's class of Honorees is characterized by a diversity that
demonstrates the value of unique backgrounds and approaches in building an
outstanding IT organization," said Scot Finnie, editor-in-chief,
Computerworld. "Yet what these individuals have in common is an expertise born
of hard work and an intangible leadership quality they can tap to successfully
champion IT not only as a business enabler, but as a business influencer. The
professionals honored in Computerworld's 2008 Premier 100 IT Leaders Awards
Program, and by extension the organizations they represent, are clearly
mindful of their role and obligation as leaders of the global IT community."

    The complete class of Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2008
appears online at http://www.premier100.com and will be featured in the Dec.
10, 2007 issue of Computerworld.

    About Avanade

    Avanade is a global IT consultancy dedicated to using the Microsoft
platform to help enterprises achieve profitable growth. Through proven
solutions that extend Microsoft technologies, Avanade helps enterprises
increase revenue, reduce costs and reinvest in innovation to gain competitive
advantage. Avanade consultants deliver value according to each customer's
requirements, timeline and budget by combining insight, innovation and the
talent of our global workforce. Founded in 2000 by Accenture and Microsoft
Corp., Avanade has more than 7,500 professionals serving customers in 22
countries worldwide.

    About Computerworld

    Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information
for IT influencers worldwide. Computerworld's award-winning Web site
(www.computerworld.com), weekly publication, focused conference series and
custom research form 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 Folio Magazine's 2006 Gold EDDIE Award for the best
technology/computing magazine, the 2004 and 2006 Magazine of the Year Award,
and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from the American Society of Business
Publication Editors (ASBPE). In addition, in 2007 Computerworld's then editor
in chief Don Tennant received the prestigious Timothy White Award from
American Business Media. Computerworld leads the industry with an online
audience of over 2 million unique, monthly visitors and a print audience of
1,222,000 readers each week (IntelliQuest CIMS Spring 2007).

    About International Data Group (IDG)

    International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media,
events, and research company. IDG's online network includes more than 450 Web
sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital
entertainment, and video games worldwide. IDG publishes more than 300
magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld,
GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's
lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an
audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision
makers.

    IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events
including Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo,
Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a
subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence,
advisory services, and events. Over 900 IDC analysts in more than 90 countries
provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry
opportunities and trends.

    Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available
at idg.com. Note: All product and company names are trademarks of their
respective companies.

    Avanade and the Avanade logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of
Avanade Inc. Other product, service, or company names mentioned herein are the
trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.




For further information:

For further information: Avanade Charlie Zaragoza, 206-239-5893
charliez@avanade.com or Edelman Kate Whitman, 206-268-2222
kate.whitman@edelman.com

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