EEMA Names Prize Winners in
Annual Electronic Commerce Awards


Electronic Commerce Europe 98, Amsterdam, June 5th 1998 - EEMA, the leading forum for electronic business communications, has announced the winners of its Electronic Commerce Awards at its annual conference, Electronic Commerce Europe 98. The awards, which included categories such as: Best Use of Electronic Commerce and Best Electronic Commerce Service, were judged by the EEMA Board of Directors and Malcolm Laws, Editor of Communications Week International (CWI). Nominations for the awards came from EEMA members, visitors to the EEMA web site and readers of CWI.

The Categories and winners were as follows:

Best Commercial Website
This category was won by Sweden Post, for its Electronic Market place at http://www.torget.se. This innovative site is fast becoming one of the most popular sites in Scandinavia receiving over 300,000 hits a month. Many Swedish companies use it to promote their products on the web.

Best User/Use of Electronic Commerce
This was won fittingly by the City of Amsterdam http://www.amsterdam.nl. The site is used by residents and visitors to Amsterdam and contains a lot of information about the city and events.

Best Innovative Product or Service
German enterprise software vendor, SAP, won this for its web-enabled enterprise resource planning solutions which are increasingly integrated with the Internet http://www.sap.com.

Best Electronic Commerce Service
This award went to GE TradeWeb http://www.getradeweb.com for their forms based EDI service over the web. This is particularly aimed at the small-medium sized enterprises who may not necessarily understand EDI. http://www.geis.com

Best Electronic Commerce Security Product
This was a fiercely contested area with Utimaco coming out on top. Other close runners were Baltimore and Siemens. Utimaco won the award for its range of encryption security products and secure messaging solutions.

Electronic Commerce European Personality of the Year
This prestigious title was awarded to Colin Robbins of Nexor for his work in driving common security standards throughout Europe and championing EEMA's global security challenge.

Best Transactional Engine
The award for enabling electronic business transactions went to Intershop http://www.Intershop. Intershop provides the technology for business' to conduct business-to-consumer electronic commerce through online -shopping malls or individual 'web stores'.


Roger Dean, Executive Director of EEMA, comments: "We were absolutely delighted with the quality of the entrants in our annual awards. I know that the judges had a very hard time deciding on the winners. Ultimately, these winners represent the strength of electronic commerce in Europe and importantly the quality of solutions available to businesses."


Note to Editors:
EEMA, the leading European Forum for Advanced Business Communications, is an international, non-profit making organisation formed in March 1987. It provides an independent forum for the creation of a market platform for all participants in electronic messaging - from users, hardware and software vendors, and government bodies to public and private systems and service providers. The scope of the membership includes companies active in Electronic Commerce specifically those involved in business transactions via EDI, Email, Computer Fax, the Internet, X.400 and the World Wide Web.


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