Nottingham, UK, 28th February 2013 – CSI Group, one of the UK’s leading solution providers and IBM Premier Partner, was named a winner of the 2013 IBM Beacon Award for Outstanding Smarter Commerce Solution. This honour is awarded each year in recognition of a select number of IBM Business Partners who have delivered not only innovative solutions but have set the standards for business excellence, ingenuity and creation of an exceptional client experience.

“For the CSI Group and especially our Channel Insight Division who built the solution, it really is an honour and privilege to win a Beacon Award”, states Alan Watkins, Chairman, CSI Group. “By aligning our RapidCommerce solution to a world leading technology, such as IBM WebSphere Commerce Suite, we have combined innovation with technical excellence”. Alan continues “Speed, functionality, performance, integration and ROI is what our solution delivers – a complete end to end multi-channel experience for organisations that want to grow their business, both on and off line”.

“Our winning solution delivers ROI across the board. One of our referenceable clients has tripled their revenue with a growth of 148%, they have improved their consumer insight through better analytics and they now have a solution that meets their future growth plans – all within the first year – which substantiates the value our solution offers”.

Alan concludes “winning the Outstanding Smarter Commerce Category with our RapidCommerce solution validates the success and capabilities of our Channel Insight team. Led by one of the UK’s leading multi-channel experts, Chris Booker, Business Development Director, the award signifies the team’s innovation, commitment and industry knowledge and I am thrilled to accept this on their behalf”.
The Beacon Awards are a vital element of IBM’s Business Partner recognition programme. Announced at the IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, and selected by leading industry influencers and IBM executives from among hundreds of nominations, IBM's Beacon Awards recognise IBM Business Partners who have demonstrated business excellence in delivering IBM-based solutions resulting in client transformation and business growth. This year’s awards recognised Business Partner achievements across 30 award categories.

“The IBM Beacon Awards recognise IBM Business Partners who have delivered exceptional innovation by creating a solution proven to drive business value by transforming the way their clients do business,” said Mark Hennessy, General Manager, IBM Global Business Partners. “We congratulate Channel Insight-CSI Group on winning the Beacon Award for Outstanding Smarter Commerce Solution for demonstrating its ability to provide client value by incorporating a multi-channel solution that gives control of the eCommerce function back to the organisation, whilst at the same time, provides the capabilities to help businesses grow and achieve an ROI on their investment”.


Published on: 6:12PM on 5th March 2013