This year's eXcellence winners exemplify the steady evolution of e-business technologies, with three of the winners being 4.0 versions of products with strong track records.The winners of this years eWeek Excellence Awards, announced in this issue, didnt earn those honors on "gadget appeal." They didnt win by offering unproven technologies to buyers who were panicked about being "left behind." And they certainly arent collecting their handsome trophies because they succeeded in locking IT buyers into a particular vendors vision of Web services. This years eXcellence winners exemplify the steady evolution of e-business technologies, with three of the winners being 4.0 versions of products with strong track records. The winners tend to inhabit neither the front side of enterprise IT, where the Windows monopoly limits competitive opportunity, nor the backside, where Internet standards likewise dictate the terms. Rather, theyre largely found in the middle tiers of hardware and software, where complexity needs to be brought under control and theres still room for the product differentiation that gives buyers genuine choices.
Each year, the eXcellence Awards reflect a new e-business reality. Last years winners were products that established a foundation; this years winners build on that foundation to deliver return on investment from a sustainable business that meets the need of both internal users and external customers.