2006 年 1 月 5 日，价值中国网首席策略官斯蒂芬，因其数十年在全球 IT 和互联网领域的突出贡献，获得微软公司最高荣誉奖――“最具价值专家奖”（ Most Valuable Professional ），以表彰他对网络技术和国际性网络社区建设的专业能力和贡献。微软公司在频奖词中表示：“‘最具价值专家’是频发给那些业已证明了他们的技术能力的权威人士，同时他们表现出帮助他人实现和提高技术能力的意愿 ...... 这是技术领域的最优秀和最辉煌的奖项。”
此前几日，斯蒂芬先生获得了由美国网络专业人士协会 (Network Professional Association) 频发的“杰出人物奖” (Distinguished Fellow), 这是全球超过 2000 万的网络专业人士的最高荣誉奖项之一。这一“杰出人物奖”是由美国网络专业人士协会汇同美国《 Network World 》杂志、美国《 Network Computing 》杂志（此领域最大的出版集团）、皮尔森 (Pearson) 技术集团出版公司 ( 全球最大的出版商 ) 、微软公司、以及 Novell 公司共同参与评审。本年度在全球范围内，此奖项将只频发给三位网络专家，斯蒂芬先生成为了第一个获奖者。
2005 年 12 月 16 日，斯蒂芬先生获得了由著名的加拿大 IT 媒体《 Computing Canada 》频发的“ 2005 年 IT 领导人：终生成就奖”。这是加拿大 IT 行业的最高奖项。《 Computing Canada 》的编辑 Patricia MacInnis 说道：“斯蒂芬先生是一位能够不惧困难、直接‘接触火’的人，他知道应当如何以他的杰出经验来帮助这个社会。这位终生成就奖的得主至今还每天工作 20 小时、每周工作 7 天，努力地帮助促进加拿大的高技术产业 …… ”这一“领导人”荣誉代表了这个国家中 50 万 ~80 万专业人士在商业、工业、媒体和教育等领域的最高成就。
在短短一个月之内，斯蒂芬先生连续获得了三个国际性荣誉奖项，这是非常难得的一大盛事。充分表明了斯蒂芬先生在国际 IT 和互联网领域的崇高威望。斯蒂芬先生也为价值中国网的发展，在充分的国际合作、以及采用国际最领先的技术和理念等方面，都倾注了大量的精力和心血，他将运用其广泛的国际影响力和丰富行业经验，为价值中国网今后的发展继续提供强有力的支持！
Stephen Ibaraki, MVP, I.S.P., DFNPA, CNP, Achieves the Top Three Honors for 2005/2006: International, Canadian, and now from Microsoft
Stephen Ibaraki Tops the list with the 2 Highest International Honors, the Highest Canadian Award, and a Top Professional Award from a Corporation, Microsoft
*Awarded international NPA Distinguished Fellow recognition which is the international Hall of Fame for the global networking industry; Earlier Awarded NPA Career Achievement Award in 2002, the top international award for individual achievement.
*Awarded the Computing Canada , IT Leadership: Lifetime Achievement Award, which is the highest honor in Canada for the technology industry.
*Awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award which is given out to elite professionals globally.
Stephen Ibaraki, MVP, I.S.P., DFNPA, CNP: Receives High Microsoft Honor
Microsoft announced officially on January 4 th 2006 , that Stephen Ibaraki is the recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional ( MVP ) Award. "MVPs are awarded for their demonstrated technical expertise, willingness to help others and commitment to technical communities...MVPs are technology's best and brightest," and a "stellar group of individuals from around the world who have demonstrated a willingness to reach out, share their technical expertise with others and help individuals maximize their use of technology."
Stephen Ibaraki, MVP, I.S.P., DFNPA, CNP: Receives Highest Canadian Honor
On December 16 th in print and online in the last week of December, 2005, Computing Canada (CC) "formally broke the story" that Stephen Ibaraki is the recipient of the " 2005 IT Leadership : Lifetime Achievement Award."
Microsoft provided an announcement in their Canadian IT Managers Forum:
Patricia MacInnis, Editor, Computing Canada : "Stephen Ibaraki is the kind of person who runs directly into the fire, knowing there will be some good coming from the experience. During the course of his career as consultant, mentor, teacher and writer, CC's Lifetime Achievement honoree often worked 20 hours a day, seven days a week to advance the agenda of Canada 's high-tech industry."
The IT Leadership Awards represent the highest of honours for the business technology industry with an estimated size of 500,000 to 800,000 professionals from business, industry, government, media, and education.
The CC awards in association with CIPS "... were created to recognize the achievements of IT professionals whose ideas and works have made a positive impact on their organizations...we continue to hear stories of outstanding leadership, teamwork and overall excellence... Computing Canada 's IT Leadership Awards are the first of their kind, recognizing outstanding achievements at the individual and team level...” [From CIPS: “…recognizing excellence within the industry ..."]
Computing Canada is the largest and most influential No.1 bi-weekly newspaper whose broad audience also includes almost "...40,000 IT managers and decisions-makers in corporate Canada . Established in 1975, it is Canada's longest-standing business technology publication and is considered the best source of news and analysis on technology issues that matter to medium and large Canadian businesses... Computing Canada has the largest editorial team of any Canadian publication in its category, reporting and investigating on news, topics and concerns that affect the management of information systems departments in business, government and educational organizations..."
Stephen Ibaraki, MVP, I.S.P., DFNPA, CNP: Receives Top 2 International Honors
In January of 2006, it will be announced that Stephen Ibaraki is amongst the first of three to be elected and awarded the international " Distinguished Fellow ” recognition: http://www.npanet.org/public/about_fellows.cfm
The Distinguished Fellow (DF) award which is the international Hall of Fame for the global networking industry, represents the highest of honours with an estimated size of more than 20 million professionals from business, industry, government, media, and education in more than 100 countries. This honour highlights an earlier award in 2002 when Stephen Ibaraki, after a worldwide search for finalists, was the inaugural recipient of the international Lifetime Career Achievement Award for Professionalism, presented at the Networld+Interop Conference Las Vegas USA, the highest of international awards for outstanding “lifetime” business/technology achievements and contributions, integrity, and professionalism in the industry.
As with his international Career Achievement Award, Stephen Ibaraki is the only international [non-US] recipient of this Distinguished Fellow honor. This special international DF honour was bestowed onto Stephen Ibaraki due to his long history of contributions:
“The Networking Industry's International Network Professional Association (NPA) has recognized these elite professionals for special recognition as “Distinguished Fellows” due to their significant contributions to the IT industry and work as an outstanding, prominent, and distinguished professional in the networking industry sector (encompassing the internet, mobile computing, telecommunications, security, networking, business continuity/disaster recovery, interoperability, privacy/identity, …)…They were chosen based upon an outstanding and long sustained demonstration of top-ranking technical competence, exceptional professionalism, consummate integrity, demonstrated service, significant industry contribution, and noted leadership. Fellows represent the “Hall of Fame” of the Networking Industry and Profession. Fellows are inducted into the College of Distinguished Fellows , the international Hall of Fame for the industry, and now serve as a Director on the NPA Distinguished Fellows Board, where they are strong advocates of the Networking Profession and Professionalism. They employ the DF/NPA designation after their names as a Mark of Distinction and provide a description of their unique position.”
The Fellows program is a natural extension of the industry international Awards for Professionalism, founded by the NPA in 2002 with the past cooperation and support of industry leaders including: Networld+Interop / Interop Las Vegas (largest international conference in networking, the internet, security, and communications); Network World magazine, Network Computing magazine (the largest publications in this sector); Pearson Technology Group Publishing (world's largest publisher); Microsoft; and Novell (participated in judging for 2005). Finalists for the awards include top Distinguished Engineers and Fellows and represent the best in the industry of more than 20 million professionals worldwide. Moreover, the judging by the independent international panel represents the leaders in the industry.
Also in 2005, Stephen Ibaraki was the first professional awarded the “new and updated” CNP [Certified Network Professional] designation from the NPA which is the networking industry's first professional designation and more than a certification.