GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CIBER was named winner of a 2012 IBM Beacon Award for the Outstanding Optimized Workload Solution (Power Systems) Category. This honor is awarded each year to a select number of IBM Business Partners to recognize information technology excellence, commitment to skills attainment, industry knowledge and innovative solutions based on IBM technology and services. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20010927/CBRLOGO) "At CIBER we take a client-first approach, focused on understanding our clients' businesses and challenges, and addressing them in ways that deliver significant business value," said Eric Borcherding, CIBER vice president of technology solutions. "On a daily basis, our team of solution architects and client executives bring together the best in IBM technology to serve clients, and this solution, which addresses the unique workload optimization requirements surrounding the management of the electrical grid, is just one example. Being recognized with the IBM Beacon Award validates CIBER's approach and our client focus." The Beacon Awards are a central and vital element of IBM's Business Partner recognition program. Announced at the IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference in New Orleans, and selected by leading industry influencers and IBM executives from among hundreds of nominations, IBM's Beacon Awards recognize a select number of IBM Business Partners who have demonstrated business excellence in delivering IBM-based solutions resulting in client transformation and business growth. This year's awards recognized Business Partner achievements across 27 award categories. "We congratulate CIBER on winning the Beacon Award for Outstanding Optimized Workload Solution (Power Systems) and demonstrating its ability to provide value by incorporating an energy management system to better track and anticipate electricity needs for more efficient use and more accurate pricing models," said Mark Hennessy, general manager, IBM Global Business Partners and Midmarket. "The IBM Beacon Awards were established more than a dozen years ago to recognize Business Partners globally for their excellence and innovative solutions based on IBM technology. Our winners are Business Partners who have delivered unique and innovative solutions that raise the standard for business excellence and bringing client value. To learn more about IBM PartnerWorld, a comprehensive program that offers marketing and sales resources, training, certification and technical support to help create new revenue and market opportunities for IBM Business Partners, visit http://www.ibm.com/partnerworld. To find an IBM Business Partner with a particular set of skills, a technology reseller or a consultant with industry expertise, visit the Business Partner Locator at: https://www-304.ibm.com/partnerworld/wps/bplocator/search.jsp CIBER has worked with more than 100 utilities globally – partnering to achieve compliance, manage IT infrastructure and application development, integrate and manage data, and support innovation strategies such as smart grid and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI).