K2 blackpearl™ wins Best of Tech•Ed 2008 award in SharePoint category

Friday, June 6, 2008

K2 blackpearl™ software was named Best Product in the “SharePoint Development” category by Penton Media’s Windows IT Pro® and SQL Server Magazine® in their Best of Tech·Ed 2008 Awards.

The Best of Tech·Ed Awards recognized K2 blackpearl for its innovative platform that allows people to build process-driven applications in and around Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.— without code and without complexity.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled,” said K2’s Adriaan Van Wyk, CEO. “The competition in the SharePoint field is always strong, and there’s no shortage of great software that works with SharePoint.

“With K2 blackpearl — and our new, low-cost K2 blackpoint™ software (http://blackpoint.k2.com) — we know our technology can open new worlds of simplicity and business efficiency for SharePoint users. We were proud to be named a finalist in this contest, and it’s an honor that Penton named our product the best in the field.”

Visual tools in K2 blackpearl make it easy for anyone to assemble reusable objects into applications that use workflow and line-of-business information. K2 applications are simple to create and flexible so they can be easily modified to keep up with an ever-evolving organization.

K2 blackpearl offers an intuitive design canvas that is surfaced in SharePoint, and users can quickly assemble process-driven applications that can span documents, tasks, lists, sites and organizations. It can all be done without leaving SharePoint and without code. K2 blackpoint is a subset of K2 blackpearl features and tools. It provides an Office-style designer and will soon provide a Silverlight-based designer, making K2 software the first to offer both thick- and thin-client tools for building solutions in SharePoint.

Best of Tech·Ed 2008 winners were named June 5 in an evening reception at the Tech·Ed 2008 Developers Conference in Orlando, Fla.  A full list of winners is at www.WindowsITPro.com/awards.

About K2 (www.k2.com)
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. (www.penton.com)
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.