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EMC Receives Microsoft FASTforward'9 Enterprise Search Innovation Award

EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced that Microsoft has recognized EMC with its User Experience Solution Award as part of the FASTforward ’09 Enterprise Search Innovation Awards.

HOPKINTON, Mass., February 19, 2009 - 

EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced that Microsoft has recognized EMC with its User Experience Solution Award as part of the FASTforward ’09 Enterprise Search Innovation Awards.

The annual FASTforward Enterprise Search Innovation Awards recognize organizations that go “beyond the search box” to empower users, enhance productivity and business results, embrace new digital revenue streams, encourage collaboration, and/or enable social computing. Fast Search and Transfer (FAST), a Microsoft subsidiary, is the leading developer of enterprise search technologies and solutions that are behind the scenes at the world’s best-known companies with the most demanding search requirements.

“The information on the company network is extremely valuable, and that value is realized when workers are able to find what they need to make good business decisions,” said Jared Spataro, director of enterprise search, Microsoft. “We are happy to announce that EMC Consulting has won the 2009 User Experience Solution Award for the work it has done with customers to provide solutions that empower end users to maximize the enterprise search technologies their organizations have invested in.”

As users push to create, collaborate, and consume information in new ways, organizations must embrace new models for information retrieval or risk losing competitive advantage. The User Experience Solution Award was presented to EMC for anticipating this trend most effectively. The award also recognized EMC for the innovative use of leading-edge applications combined with business understanding to empower the users of information. Through increased insight into the business and user experience, the innovation shown enables information consumers to be self-sufficient, to discover new information, and to be more productive– by getting to the information they need faster.

The award-winning solution by EMC Consulting, the first enterprise productivity application for Microsoft Surface, created a model for a new collaborative search experience interface. EMC Consulting, with its user experience, design expertise, and knowledge of next-generation technology, created an application that allows collaboration and search using gestures and interactions, providing a completely new user experience. Using search in this new way directly benefits organizations by increasing productivity and making it easier to get maximum value from information.

“By driving paradigm shifts in the way organizations visualize, manage, share, and access information, EMC Consulting is helping our clients succeed in the knowledge economy,” said Tom Roloff, Senior Vice President, EMC Consulting. “This award-winning FAST enterprise search application combines our business, application, and user-experience design strengths with innovative technologies from Microsoft. Applications like this will create significant value for our customers, as well as competitive advantage for our respective organizations, by helping turn the potential of information into actionable strategies and business results.”

EMC Consulting helps organizations of all sizes use business intelligence, search, and user experience to distill huge quantities of information into consumable and personalized views, making it easy to find information and to maximize its value. Information management and optimization, coupled with search technology and next-generation user experiences, creates new revenue streams, facilitates better business decisions, and increases productivity by leveraging information across the organization.

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