SWC Adds Honors Laureate to Growing Awards Portfolio

March 14, 2012   //   News

Computerworld Recognizes Consulting Firm for Advancing Public Welfare by Updating and Enhancing Chicago Charter School’s Technology Infrastructure

OAK BROOK, IL – (March 14, 2012) – IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program today announced its choice of SWC Technology Partners, a Midwest-based provider of IT solutions to midmarket organizations, as a 2012 Laureate. The technology publication’s annual award program recognizes industry leaders for their visionary use of IT to promote positive social, economic and educational change.

Computerworld recognized SWC for the company’s support of Chicago’s inner-city Alain Locke Charter School which included the updating of their technology infrastructure. The technology enhancements give some 650 students in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods the same resources and related learning opportunities as those in more affluent settings. SWC donated new hardware and services—Microsoft Corp. provided new software—replacing unreliable and outdated five- to six-year-old classroom, library and staff equipment.

Desktop Virtualization” is the project’s centerpiece extending existing hardware life while providing a state of the art user experience. SWC also created grade-specific desktop templates that students use to instantly sign in for applications. Desktop Virtualization also simplifies desktop maintenance and upgrades while the ability to stream to any device paves the way for eventual application migration to iPads or similar devices. Two new virtual host servers enhance security and provide scalability for further application expansion while preparing the school for future upgrades without new hardware.

“There’s no question technology plays a vital role in driving business forward. It ensures an organization’s ability to compete, innovate, communicate and to thrive. What the Computerworld Honors Laureates so clearly demonstrate is technology’s role in moving society forward. Computerworld acknowledges and applauds the outstanding work being done by individuals and organizations who have successfully used technology to improve the quality of our lives and that of future generations,” said John Amato, Vice President/Publisher of Computerworld. “Computerworld is proud to name the 2012 class of Laureates and celebrate their initiatives benefiting society through the innovative use of IT.”

Despite its setting, Alain Locke holds the record for the greatest gains in the history of Illinois ISAT test, with 89 percent of students meeting or exceeding state standards in math and reading. “Technology skills are critical for success in high school, college and the workplace,” noted Bob Knott, SWC President. “While the major benefits of desktop virtualization will be achieved upon project completion, they will clearly help Alain Locke deliver a quality education to students traditionally attending underperforming urban schools.

“While we are proud to be named a Computerworld Honors Laureate, we are especially gratified to play a role in leveling the playing field for otherwise disadvantaged students.” Knott said.

The Computerworld Honors Program awards will be presented at the Gala Evening and Awards Ceremony on June 4 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

About The Computerworld Honors Program

Founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, The Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. Additional information about the program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies, as well as oral histories of Leadership Award recipients can be found at the Computerworld Honors website.

About SWC Technology Partners, Inc.

SWC Technology Partners is an award-winning provider of IT solutions to midsize businesses. For more than 30 years, SWC has excelled at delivering technology solutions that optimize productivity, strengthen customer relationships, enhance data sharing and drive profitability. SWC specializes in the technology solutions that match the business needs of midmarket organizations including managed services; infrastructure solutions such as Unified Communications, virtualization and network security; and software solutions including SharePoint, business intelligence and custom development. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, SWC is a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner and was honored as a Microsoft Central Region Partner of the Year in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012. To learn more, visit https://www.swc.com or email contact@swc.com or call 630.572.0240. Follow SWC on Facebook and on SWC on Twitter @SWCTechPartners.

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results. Computerworld’s award-winning web site (www.computerworld.com), bi-weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research forms the hub of the world’s largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Magazine of the Year by American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) awards in 2010, the 2009 Best Blog from the Neal awards, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from ASBPE. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3.5 million unique, monthly visitors (Omniture, September 2011). Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events and research company. Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com.

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