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Metafore Wins CDN Channel Elite Award for Solution Provider of the Year

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Metafore Wins CDN Channel Elite Award for Solution Provider of the Year10:56 EDT Wednesday, September 12, 2012MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 12, 2012) - Metafore Technologies Inc. ("Metafore"), one of Canada's leading IT solution providers, won IT World Canada's CDN Channel Elite award for Solution Provider of the Year for their solution for the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud (CSDCCS). When the CSDCCS realized the need to upgrade their aging IT infrastructure, they turned to Metafore to help design and implement a virtualization solution that would increase performance, improve energy efficiency and manageability, and lower operating costs."Once we had an idea of what we wanted, Metafore helped us create a case study in order to validate the return on investment," said Real Pilon, IT Network Director at CSDDCS. "Once that was completed, we used Metafore's expertise, and in collaboration with my team, implemented the project."Aware of the potential savings that came with virtualization, Metafore helped the CSDCCS implement four high-powered servers that significantly had more processing power and reduced maintenance time. As part of the CSDCCS labour-efficiency initiative, Metafore was able to transfer their knowledge and best practices, and also provide a hands-on implementation."This is a prime example of how Metafore helps organizations improve productivity, efficiency, and performance, through innovative IT solutions of the highest quality," said David Toms, Vice President and General Manager with Metafore. "We work closely with our clients to assess their needs and implement the right IT solution to meet their requirements.""We developed a very good working relationship with Metafore and there was a constant knowledge transfer between the two teams," said Mr. Pilon. "There was a great synergy and we had all the right specialists communicating."About Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-SudThe Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud serves over 14,500 students within its 42 elementary and 9 secondary schools. Each of the board's French-language Catholic schools provides quality education in an exceptional learning environment placing emphasis on the francophone culture and the Catholic faith. www.csdccs.edu.on.caAbout MetaforeMetafore, a subsidiary of Hartco Inc. (TSX:HCI), has been delivering information technology solutions to private- and public- sector organizations of every size for more than 25 years. As one of Canada's leading IT solution providers, Metafore designs, supplies, installs and supports IT infrastructure solutions that contribute to improved productivity and overall business performance. www.metafore.caAbout Hartco Inc.Hartco Inc. (TSX:HCI) has been a leader in the Canadian information technology business for more than thirty years. Through its operating divisions, which together include 50 locations across Canada, Hartco Inc. delivers information technology solutions to private and public sector organizations of every size. www.hartco.comFOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: (Central and Western Canada)David Toms, Vice-President and General ManagerMetafore Technologies Inc.(905) 362-8341dtoms@metafore.cawww.metafore.caORVice-President Finance and Chief Financial OfficerInvestor Relations: Harold GervaisHartco Inc.514-354-3810514-354-8989 (FAX)hgervais@hartco.comwww.hartco.com