ARMONK, N.Y., Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the winners of its 12th annual IBM Beacon Awards, which honor Business Partners, globally, for their information technology excellence, commitment to skills attainment, industry expertise and innovative solutions based on IBM technology and services. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090416/IBMLOGO) Winners of the Beacon Awards are selected by leading industry journalists, analysts, and IBM executives for 27 award areas spanning Smarter Industries, Smarter Computing, Smarter Solutions, and Technical Excellence. The winning solutions showcase IBM Business Partner skills and expertise in developing innovative approaches to solving business challenges and helping clients grow. "The IBM Beacon Award winners and finalists are IBM Business Partners who have delivered unique and innovative solutions that raise the standard for business excellence and deliver client value with industry-specific transformative solutions," said Mark Hennessy, general manager, IBM Global Business Partners and Midmarket. "These awards reflect the breadth of our commitment to helping IBM Business Partners build skills, support clients, and pursue new opportunities for profitable growth worldwide." Beacon Award winners receive industry recognition, increased marketplace visibility, and promotional support for their firm and solutions in recognition of their achievements. Beacon Award winners and finalists were announced at the PartnerWorld Leadership Conference 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. More than 1,500 Business Partners and IBM executives from around the globe attended the conference. IBM Choice Awards For a third year, IBM honored Business Partners from each geography who have demonstrated client value and business excellence in delivering IBM-based solutions. The IBM Choice Awards are given to Business Partners who exhibit IBM values in all client interactions and achieve common business goals, resulting in superior customer satisfaction and mutually significant business impact. The IBM Choice Awards were selected by an IBM panel and are not based on nominations by Business Partners.