NEW YORK, Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Blackbird Group, Inc. today announced that its Blackbird Management Suite was named as the gold medal winner of the “2010 Editor’s Best Awards” in the Best Auditing/Compliance Product category by Penton Media’s Windows IT Pro® magazine.

“The Blackbird Management Suite provides best-of-breed auditing for AD and the Windows file system,” said Michael Otey, technical director for Windows IT Pro. “For AD, the Blackbird Management Suite provides auditing, protection from unwanted changes, and change management with workflow. For the Windows file system, it enables the administrator to track who, what, where, when for all file-system changes. Real-time alerts can notify the administrator about changes to any critical components. It’s a great product.”

“We are very pleased to receive this recognition from the editors at Windows IT Pro,” said Arno Therburg, VP of Sales and Marketing for Blackbird. “Today the Windows infrastructure is mission critical for most organizations. With our Blackbird Management Suite, we offer a highly scalable and fully integrated solution set, which helps our customers to manage their mission critical infrastructure in day-to-day operations and address increasing data governance requirements.”

“The 2010 Editors’ Best Awards—presented in conjunction with our 2010 Community Choice Awards—are a recognition of our editors’, contributors’, and authors’ favorite products of the year,” said Jason Bovberg, senior editor at Windows IT Pro. “Our editorial experts’ annual tradition of selecting winners based on a product’s strategic importance to market, its competitive advantages, and its value to the customer is particularly significant to the Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazinecommunities this year, as we call out exceptional products in an economically tight, highly competitive market.

“Our Editors’ Best Awards let us leverage our contributing editors’ expertise to provide well-earned recognition to products that exceed industry standards. This year, we’ve even added valuable, in-the-trenches insight about winning products from our reader community. We’re proud to now share this invaluable information with our Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazinecommunities. Our winners should be extremely proud of this honor of recognition from our editorial experts.”

Windows IT Pro is the leading and largest independent voice in Windows IT, with more than 2.5 million visits per month, and consists of a multitude of print and online channels. In addition to the flagship Windows IT Pro magazine, our technology network includes SQL Server MagazineSharePointPro Connections and DevProConnections. Other online channels include blogs, forums, podcasts, RSS feeds, webinars, virtual events, white papers, newsletters, classes and more. IT professionals get objective, “direct from the trenches” information about Microsoft’s latest Windows-based solutions and gain essential insight for keeping business-critical Microsoft applications up and running. For more information, visit

Penton Media, Inc. is the largest independent business-to-business media company in the United States, serving more than 6 million business professionals every month. The company’s market-leading brands are focused on 30 industries and include 113 trade magazines, 145 websites, 150 industry trade shows and conferences, and more than 500 information data products. For additional information about the company and its businesses, visit

Blackbird Group, Inc. is a leader in identity and access management. Blackbird’s innovative solutions help organizations make the most of their technology investments and Windows infrastructure — with simpler compliance, streamlined governance, increased IT efficiency, and greater application availability. The Blackbird Group is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with more than seven million installed seats worldwide. Founded in 2002, the Blackbird Group is a privately held company. Corporate headquarters are in Manhattan, New York with offices located throughout Europe.

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