K2 blackpoint a 2009 Tech·Ed Awards finalist

Friday, May 1, 2009

K2 software in the running again after winning best
‘SharePoint Development’ product in 2008

BOTE Finalist

REDMOND, Wash. — K2 blackpoint™ software was named a finalist in Penton Media’s 2009 Best of Tech·Ed Awards.
One of five finalists in the “Productivity & Collaboration” category, K2 blackpoint provides simple tools for powerful SharePoint workflow; and it starts at just $5,000 (US).

With easy-to-use designers — including a Silverlight-based Web designer and an Office-style designer — K2 blackpoint empowers non-developers and business users to take ownership and build SharePoint workflow applications, without complexity and without writing code.

K2 blackpearl – K2’s flagship product and its most comprehensive software for building process-driven applications across the enterprise — won Best Product in the awards’ “SharePoint Development” category last year.

“We are thrilled K2 blackpoint was named a finalist in the highly competitive ‘Productivity and Collaboration’ category,” said K2’s Adriaan van Wyk, CEO. “SharePoint is pervasive, and there is a very real need for software that is totally focused on enhancing its workflow capabilities and allowing non-developers to create meaningful applications. K2 blackpoint is our response to that need.
“It enables businesses to be more efficient, gives them deep visibility into their processes and frees IT resources to focus on other mission-critical projects and applications. And because K2 blackpoint is a subset of K2 blackpearl, it offers an upgrade path.”

K2 blackpoint was released to market in March 2009. A free trial is available at K2.com.
“We are always looking for ways to do business better,” said Ryan Shell, manager, Sales Administration at Armitron, a K2 blackpoint customer and early adopter. “SharePoint worked very well for us to a point, but we kept hitting walls.
“We figured out very quickly that we needed something else – something that was easy to use, something that would streamline our processes while reducing the possibility for errors and delays, and something that would allow us to reuse our workflows across multiple processes.”
Finalists for this year’s awards were chosen from more than 200 entries. Editors from Penton’s Windows IT Pro magazine and SQL Server Magazine will interview award finalists and name the winners during the Microsoft Tech·Ed North America 2009 conference this month in Los Angeles, Calif. Products will be evaluated on strategic importance, competitive advantage, and value to customers.

About K2
K2-based solutions are deployed by a growing number of the global Fortune 100. K2 is a division of SourceCode Technology Holdings, Inc. based in Redmond, Washington, and has offices all over the world.
About Penton Media, Inc.
Penton Media, Inc. is the largest independent business-to-business media company in the U.S., serving more than six million business professionals every month. The company's market-leading brands are focused on 30 industries and include 113 trade magazines, 145 Web sites, 150 industry trade shows and conferences, and more than 500 information data products. Headquartered in New York City, the privately held company is owned by MidOcean Partners and U.S. Equity Partners II, an investment fund sponsored by Wasserstein & Co., LP, and its co-investors.