Avanade Recognized as One of the Best Places to Work in IT

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<p><strong>Seattle &mdash; June 15</strong><br />Avanade, a business technology services provider, announced it has been selected as one of the top workplaces for information technology (IT) professionals. IDG&#39;s Computerworld chose Avanade &mdash; at No. 87 &mdash; for this honor as part of the IT publication&#39;s 16th annual <a href=http://www.computerworld.com/2009bestplaces target=_blank>Best Places to Work in IT</a> survey. <br /><br />Computerworld&#39;s annual Best Places to Work in IT has ranked the top 100 work environments for technology professionals since 1994. The ranking is based on a comprehensive corporate questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention for the company&#39;s IT staff. In addition, this year Computerworld surveyed more than 27,000 IT workers for the list. Their responses factored heavily in determining the rankings. <br /><br />This recognition of Avanade by Computerworld is particularly gratifying, said Joseph Mendel, executive vice president of human resources at Avanade. The award underscores our long-term vision to create an organization committed to helping our IT staff and consultants worldwide grow professionally and deliver real innovation. <br /><br />&ldquo;We believe Avanade&#39;s corporate IT professionals are among the best in the industry. They work among a globally connected team of experts &mdash; what we call the Avanade fabric &mdash; to support Avanade&#39;s growth and performance. Additionally, our consultants help solve business issues for customers with applied technologies. This global commitment to helping one another spurs on innovation and ensures fresh perspectives. Our goal is to foster a workplace that challenges people to grow, recognizes success and supports true collaboration. <br /><br />To support Avanade&#39;s career development initiatives, Avanade provides a deep technical curriculum of training and development opportunities, both in-house and through Microsoft. The company pays for all professional certifications. </p><p>It actively encourages members of its technical community to study for and achieve their professional certifications and expert designations. Recently, the company also deployed a career advancement model that clearly articulates road maps for advancement and career milestones for each individual. <br /><br />To be among the Best Places to Work in IT, it&#39;s not enough just to seek out and hire the most talented IT people, offer them competitive pay and provide great benefits, said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. </p><p>The organizations that made this year&#39;s Best Places to Work list sustain a dynamic work environment in which IT professionals keep their hands on the latest technologies and work on projects that are business critical. In the months and years ahead, IT is going to become a key accelerator of business growth. <br /></p>

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