Arctic Transect adventure learning team member in the Arctic Tundra with two polar huskies Susan Weis of Connectria receives the 2005 Beacon Award from Dr. Ambuj Goyal, Lotus General Manager

Connectria Becomes 3-time IBM Beacon Award Winner for 2005

ST. LOUIS, MO (December, 16 2004) - For the third time in five years, Connectria Corporation has won the highly coveted and widely recognized IBM Beacon Award honoring companies who have set the standard for business excellence, unique on demand business solutions, ingenuity, and customer satisfaction using IBM technologies.

Connectria received the 2005 IBM Beacon Award for Best Philanthropic Solution in support of the Arctic Transect 2004, a unique Arctic Adventure and e-Learning expedition. The IBM Beacon Award for Best Philanthropic Solution recognizes the IBM Business Partner who has developed an effective solution based on IBM technologies for a not-for-profit, environmental or humanitarian effort or one in support of broader civic participation based.

IBM received hundreds of nominations from 35 countries for the Eleventh Annual Beacon Awards. 2005 IBM Beacon Award winners were announced by Dr. Ambus Goyal, General Manager of IBM/Lotus Software, who commented that the IBM Beacon Award signifies brilliance and long hours put in to achieve outstanding results.

Connectria has provided e-Learning hosting and development services to Polar Husky Arctic Transect since 2001. Connectria, an IBM Business Partner, was identified and asked to work with Arctic Transect team based on its unique qualifications with the IBM products and data center assets that could deliver a robust, reliable e-Learning solution. Connectria's investment and donations in this program were extremely generous. All engineering, software development, server farms and web hosting services were performed by Connectria "pro-bono" to help deliver one of the world's most unique learning experiences to over 2,000,000 K-12 students worldwide in 2004.

Arctic Transect 2004 is an excellent example of the effective use of Internet-based learning environments. The Arctic Transect 2004 website was built using numerous IBM/Lotus technologies including Domino, QuickPlace and SameTime, and was engineered and delivered as a hosted Internet solution using ASP pages hosted on a Microsoft IIS web server. Susan Weis of Connectria developed the e-Learning components as a part of the Website Core Production Team for the Arctic Transect 2004 website. Proper planning and design made a number of new technologies work seamlessly and efficiently, including Lotus' hosted moderated chat technology, satellite communications, iNotes, Sametime, and QuickPlace integration.

Connectria provided world-class Internet Data Center facilities including the server farms and the Internet bandwidth that housed and delivered the hosted e-Learning solution. Connectria's Lotus Administration staff ensured 24/7 operation and usability of the e-Learning and collaboration systems throughout the adventure. The Arctic Transect 2004 team, Connectria, and the Lotus software products delivered what some believe is the most incredible educational experience available on the Internet.

About Arctic Transect 2004
Arctic Transect 2004 is an online classroom tied to an Arctic dog-sled expedition allowing K-12 teachers and students gain an understanding of the Arctic through a free, comprehensive curriculum and online learning environment. An interactive online curriculum was created for K-12 classrooms directly related to the Arctic expedition that focused on global warming and Inuit culture. Hundreds of thousands of students from schools around the world followed the expedition, completed lesson plans, and were able to collaborate online to share their perspectives and ideas. They conducted live, online chats with the expedition team members and were able to read journal entries, hear the oral reports, and watch videos of adventures on the trail.

The 2005 expedition will take students to Alaska on a new educational, scientific, and cultural journey through the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the coast of Prudhoe Bay. Connectria is once again excited and honored to contribute e-Learning development and hosting services to this unique adventure learning program. Please visit to learn more.

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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