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Microsoft ® Windows Server 2003 Celebrates First Birthday with 882 Friends

24 May, 2004 | Archived Post
SYDNEY, Australia, 24 May 2004

An Australian company is among the prize winners in Microsoft's Windows® Server 2003 Challenge, a worldwide competition for customers held to mark the first anniversary of the product's launch.

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Microsoft received 882 entries from 72 countries in the competition, which asked companies to describe how they used Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server System® integrated software to cut costs, improve efficiency and build innovative solutions. Australia recorded the eighth largest number of entries in the world, with 22.

An entry from Australian professional services company CROSSMARK received one of the third prizes, with the company's IT department leader winning a trip to Microsoft Tech.Ed 2004 in San Diego this month and a Pocket PC.

Siraj Khan, application developer and IT leader at CROSSMARK, said the three main benefits of the company's move to Windows Server 2003 were speed, reliability and security. Site performance increased by 30 to 40 percent, and worker productivity doubled, with IT and field man-hour costs reduced by 30 to 40 percent.

"With only around 80 desktop users in our six offices, but over 280 employees working remotely at customer sites, security is critical to us," said Mr Khan. "By moving our intranet to Windows Server 2003 and IIS 6.0, site congestion has been eliminated and we can easily provide secure sites for our clients, improving customer service and satisfaction."

CROSSMARK provides retailers and manufacturers in the fast-moving consumer packaged goods industry with sales, marketing, technology and business process optimisation services, and makes heavy use of its corporate intranet and several web sites to support its clients, as well as a collaboration and information sharing portal that gives employees easy access to training and other information. The company now plans to upgrade to SharePoint Portal Server® 2003 and Exchange Server 2003 over the next few months.

Michael Leworthy, Microsoft Australia's Product Manager Windows Server & Management Technologies, said it was clear that customers were seeing the benefits of Windows Server 2003 and migrating from older releases like Windows NT Server® 4.0.

"It's fantastic to see an Australian winner in the Windows Server Challenge," said Mr Leworthy. "It proves that local customers are finding new, innovative ways to improve the efficiency of their IT infrastructure and achieve quantifiable business benefits. In the 12 months since its release, Windows Server 2003 has been well received by our customers and partners. It is simply the best platform for achieving cost savings and improving productivity."

An April 2004 report* from IT market analyst firm IDC said that Windows Server 2003 had exceptionally strong uptake during its first eight months on the market. With year-over-year shipment growth of 15.1%, Microsoft's server operating environments (SOEs) continued to absorb an ever-greater portion of the industry total. IDC projections showed Windows Server 2003 continuing to have good growth, posting a 2003-2008 compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.8%.

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* Source: Worldwide Windows Server Operating Environments Forecast and Analysis 2004-2008, IDC, April 2004

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