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StrikeIron named Early Stage Company of the Year

Leader of the Innovative Web Services Business Network Honored at Annual Awards Banquet  
  Research Triangle Park, NC – November 22, 2004 – StrikeIron™ Inc., developer of the innovative StrikeIron Web Services Business Network™ (WSBizNet™) to simplify working with Web services today announced that it has been named the Early Stage Company of the Year by NCEITA and Grant Thornton. StrikeIron was one of 29 companies and individuals cited for their outstanding contributions and achievements at 10th annual NCEITA 21 awards on Thursday November 18th.

“Following on the heels of the beta launch of our OnDemand Web Services for Excel product, our team continues to focus on making Web services available to the masses,” said Richard Holcomb, CEO of StrikeIron. “Winning such a prestigious award further validates our technology and is a true testament that our team’s hard work is paying off.”

The NCEITA 21 Awards are the oldest and most prestigious IT awards in North Carolina and showcase accomplishments in excellence, innovation and leadership in the Information Technologies industry. Grant Thornton, a leading accounting, tax and business advisory organization, conducted the statewide selection process in cooperation with past and present NCEITA chairpersons.   
  About NCEITA
The mission of NCEITA is to promote and strengthen the electronics, telecommunications and software industries in North Carolina through increased public awareness, and to provide a forum to learn, educate, communicate, promote, network and implement actions. NCEITA is a not-for-profit membership-driven organization classified as a 501 (c) 6 trade association. NCEITA also has a 501 (c) 3 education foundation which operates and manages its educational programming.

About Grant Thornton
Grant Thornton International is the world’s leading accounting, tax and business advisory organization dedicated to middle market companies. Through its network of 585 offices in 110 countries, including 48 offices in the U.S., the firm has regional offices in Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro, N.C., and Columbia, S.C. Partners of the member firms of Grant Thornton provide personal attention and seamless service delivery to public and private clients around the globe. Grant Thornton LLP’s web site is

About StrikeIron
Based in Research Triangle Park, NC, StrikeIron, Inc. is pioneering a break-through with the StrikeIron Web Services Business Network™ (WSBizNet™) to greatly simply working with Web Services and enable broader adoption by business users and developers. WSBizNet™ is an innovative integrated set of on-demand services and easier-to-use graphical tools to simplify publishing, finding, understanding, and utilizing Web services. WSBizNet provides access to over 1000 Web services and an infrastructure platform for easier and faster development of on-demand applications. The Aurora Funds, Inc. provided funding for StrikeIron after recognizing the significant opportunity presented by Web services and this unique management team. For more information, visit

StrikeIron, Web Services Business Network and WSBizNet are trademarks of StrikeIron, Inc. All other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders.
James Neiser or Richard Holcomb
StrikeIron, Inc.
(919) 405-7010 Kristi Lee
SRK Communications
(919) 754-9511 

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