Connectria Wins Prestigious IBM/Lotus Beacon Award for 2002

ST. LOUIS, MO (January 30, 2002) - For the second consecutive year, Connectria Corporation has won the coveted IBM/Lotus Beacon Award honoring leading technology providers worldwide who demonstrate excellence in serving IBM/Lotus clients.

Connectria received the 2002 Beacon Award for Best Philanthropic Solution in support of the 2001 Arctic Blast Expedition to the North Pole. Judging for the 2002 Lotus Beacon Awards was undertaken by a distinguished panel of international industry press and analysts along with key Lotus and IBM executives.

According to Bryan Simmons, Lotus Vice President of Marketing, "The Lotus™ Beacon Awards are presented to IBM/Lotus Business Partners who have left their mark on a dynamic industry. Connectria's achievements are proof positive of their ability to provide expert and quality products, solutions and services to customers - solutions and services built on Lotus and IBM technologies."

"We are delighted to again receive this tremendous honor," remarked Richard S. Waidmann, president and CEO of Connectria. "Lotus' innovative software and Connectria's advanced hosting solutions have proven to be a winning combination for our clients worldwide. In the last year alone, Connectria has helped nearly 100 large and midsized organizations learn and collaborate using Lotus software including American Airlines, Bertelsmann, and Bristol Myers. We're very proud to be able to use Lotus software to help students experience the wonders of the Arctic as well as the wonders of online learning and collaboration," Waidmann added.

About Lotus Software from IBM
Lotus Software from IBM sets the standard for truly innovative software and services that reflect the brand's unique representation of the new ways individuals and businesses work together to achieve success. Lotus software is further redefining the concept of conducting business through practical knowledge management, e-business and other ground breaking ways of connecting ideas, thinkers, buyers, sellers and communities around the world via the Internet. Lotus software is marketed in more than 80 countries worldwide through direct sales and extensive Business Partner channels.

About Connectria
Connectria is a profitable and growing global provider of complex hosting and managed hosting services. Connectria offers an array of hosting services for companies of all sizes across a wide range of technologies, including Enterprise Applications, Software as a Service (SaaS), HIPAA Compliance Support, Data Center Outsourcing, Disaster Recovery and Cloud Computing. A privately held company, Connectria has built its business through reinvesting profits and without equity financing. Connectria operates world-class Data Centers, Network Operations Centers, and Engineering Centers located in St. Louis, Missouri and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From these facilities, Connectria operates as a virtual extension of its clients' IT organizations.

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