Spiceworks Wins Prestigious Social Media Award for Energizing IT Professionals Worldwide

Social IT Management Software Provider Recognized for Word of Mouth Marketing Campaigns

CHICAGO (October 29, 2010) – Today at The Forrester Consumer Forum 2010, Spiceworks(TM), Inc. announced it was named the winner of the Forrester Groundswell Award in the ‘Business to Business, Energizing’ category. This year, there were nearly 130 entries to the Forrester Groundswell Awards in four divisions, including Business-to-Business (B2B), Business-to-Consumer (B2C), Management, and Business-to-Consumer International. The winning Spiceworks submission can be accessed at: http://groundswelldiscussion.com/groundswell/awards2010/detail.php?id=381.

“Once again, the entrants and winners for this year’s Forrester Groundswell Awards amazed us,” said Josh Bernoff, Senior Vice President of Forrester Research, Inc. “We were particularly impressed with the diverse and effective social and mobile strategies that organizations are now using to reach consumers, business companies, and their own employees.”

The Forrester Groundswell Awards recognize excellence in achieving business and organizational goals with social technology applications. The awards program was developed to support and recognize the principles outlined in the Forrester Research books Groundswell: Winning In A World Transformed By Social Technologies (Harvard Business Press, 2008) and Empowered: Unleash Your Employees, Energize Your Customers, and Transform Your Business (Harvard Business Press, 2010). More information about the Forrester Groundswell Awards is available at: http://www.forrester.com/empowered

“We’re honored to be recognized by the Forrester Groundswell Awards for our work in energizing our users to spread the word about Spiceworks,” said Scott Abel, Spiceworks co-founder and CEO. “Spiceworks is truly a collaborative and community-driven effort to simplify everything IT for the world’s small businesses.”

With more than 1.2 million users in 196 countries, Spiceworks is the most widely deployed and fastest growing IT management application in history. The Spiceworks user community currently supports 37.5 million workers, manages 66 million computers and devices, and spends $200 billion annually on technology products and services.

Spiceworks is enabling ‘Social IT’ by combining network management, network monitoring and help desk software with a rapidly growing and active Facebook-like community of IT professionals. Organizations of all sizes use the free Spiceworks IT management software and integrated online community to collaborate with each other and support the management of both cloud-based and on-premise technology products and services.

More information on Spiceworks can be found at http://www.spiceworks.com. Follow Spiceworks on Twitter: http://twitter.com/spiceworks. Connect with Spiceworks on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Spiceworks.

About Spiceworks

Founded in 2006, Spiceworks(TM) develops the first free social IT management application that combines network management and help desk software with a Facebook-like online community of IT professionals to help over 1.2 million IT pros and 150,000 IT service providers simplify everything IT. Spiceworks makes it easy for businesses to manage IT products and services on-premise or in the cloud, collaborate to solve technology problems, and find the IT knowledge and products they need day-to-day. Through its Voice of IT® market research program, the company enables direct conversations with IT professionals, conducts surveys and provides insight on important technology usage, staffing and purchasing trends by small and medium businesses worldwide. Spiceworks is a privately held company headquartered in Austin, Texas with funding from Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), Austin Ventures and Shasta Ventures. For more information visit http://www.spiceworks.com.

Spiceworks is a trademark and Voice of IT is a registered trademark of Spiceworks, Inc. All other names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

For Spiceworks
Heidi Johnson, 512-493-0909

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