October 28, 2008

2008 Ektron All Star Award Winners Announced

Ektron Inc., a technology and market leader in Web content management software, announced the 2008 Ektron All Stars at Synergy, their annual customer conference in Boston, MA. The 2008 Web site of the Year was honored along with two runners-up, and 24 category winners were selected based upon their use of Ektron CMS400.NET to deliver information and services, build and connect online communities and interact with customers to grow their organizations.

"The 2008 Ektron All Star winning Web sites and interactive agencies have developed solutions that meet tough business challenges through innovative and outstanding Web site development," stated Bill Rogers, chief executive officer of Ektron. "The winning sites demonstrate extraordinary creativity in extending the CMS400.NET platform and we are thrilled to recognize and congratulate the individuals behind these projects."

Nominees were evaluated by a panel of Ektron executives who focused on how business and technical goals were met utilizing Ektron solutions. Nominated sites were also judged on how they advanced online strategies, better satisfied site visitors, produced tangible returns on investment and supported effective business processes.

After careful review of all of the 2008 nominees, The 2008 Web site of the Year Award was presented to Feld Entertainment for their Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey site, www.ringling.com. Ringling.com incorporates interactive Flash navigation and extensively used the Ektron Smart Forms to manage content and Flash videos on the site. Ektron list summary controls were also incorporated and the site was integrated with their external custom database. Runners up for the Web site of the Year were also honored, including 1st Runner up, Majestic Athletic (www.majesticathletic.com), and 2nd Runner up, National Health Service South of Tyne and Wear (an employee intranet).

In addition to the Web site of the Year Award, winners of the 2008 Ektron All Star Awards in 24 categories are:

Best Association Site: American Student Dental Association, www.asdanet.org.

Site by: Serverside

Best K-12 Education Site: Allegheny Intermediate Unit, www.aiu3.net.

Best Higher Education Site: Spring Arbor University, www.arbor.edu.

Site by: The C2 Group

Best Entertainment Site: Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey (Feld Entertainment), www.ringling.com.

Best Travel Site: Brewster Vacations Canada, www.vacationscanada.travel.

Site by: E-Cubed Media Synthesis

Best Financial Site: Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, www.desertschools.org.

Site by: COMSYS

Best Government Site: City of Gresham, Oregon, www.greshamoregon.gov.

Site by: ISITE Design Inc.

Best Healthcare Site: California Cryobank, www.cryobank.com.

Site by: ISITE Design Inc.

Best Insurance Site: State Auto Insurance Companies, www.stateauto.com.

Site by: Reflex Design+Technology

Best Intranet Site: The PMI Group (employee intranet).

Site by: Blend Interactive Inc.

Best Manufacturing Site: Printronix, www.printronix.com.

Site by: COMSYS

Best Publishing Site: Cambridge Healthtech Institute, www.chicorporate.com.

Site by: Wakefly Inc.

Best Non-Profit Site: Family Entertainment Central, www.familyentertainmentcentral.org.

Site by: The C2 Group

Best Retail Site: Majestic Athletic, www.majesticathletic.com.

Best Religious Site: Fuller Theological Seminary, www.fuller.edu.

Site by: imagistic

Best Services Site: Thomson Reuters, www.careers.thomsonreuters.com.

Site by: Versant

Best International Site: NHS South of Tyne and Wear, (Employee Intranet).

Best Technology Site: Terremark Worldwide, Inc., www.terremark.com.

Site by: BGT Partners

Best Utilities Site: Delta Energy, www.deltaenergyllc.com.

Site by: Reflex Design+Technology

Best Community Site: Dockwalk, www.dockwalk.com.

Site by: AMT Data Technologies

Best Real Estate Site: Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, www.bhgrealestate.com.

Site by Genex

Best Fine Arts Site: New York City Ballet, www.nycballet.com.

Site by: Interactive Media Associates

Best Transportation Site: Blue Bird, www.blue-bird.com.

Site by: Jackson-Dawson

Best Interactive Agency Site: Trekk Cross-Media Communications, www.trekk.com.

About Ektron

Since its founding in 1998, Ektron has been committed to providing affordable Web content management and authoring solutions. Ektron CMS400.NET empowers non-technical business users by providing an intuitive user interface for managing their Web site's content and messaging. Ektron has a complete set of social networking tools and fully supports all Web 2.0 functionality. An open API provides web designers and developers all the tools to extend Ektron's solution. Headquartered in Nashua, N.H., Ektron has more than 20,000 customer implementations worldwide, including NASA, Kodak and Johnson & Johnson. For more information visit: http://www.ektron.com.