January 22, 2008
- ICI Services Corporation Attains Gold Certified Partner Status in Microsoft Partner Program.
ICI Services Corporation Further Distinguishes Itself by Earning a Microsoft Competency in ISV/Software Solutions
ICI Services Corporation ("ISC") today announced it has attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a additional competency in ISV/Software Solutions recognizing ISC's expertise and impact in the technology marketplace. The new competency complements ISC's existing recognition as a Networking Infrastructure Solutions provider. As a Gold Certified Partner, ICI Services Corporation has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and proven ability to meet customers' needs. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners receive a rich set of benefits, including access, training and support, giving them a competitive advantage in the channel.
ISC provides hosted enterprise software and networking solutions to the real estate and legal industries. ISC's Netshare® collaboration portal service serves over 90 planned communities throughout the US.
"We are extremely pleased to have attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program. This allows us to clearly promote our expertise and relationship with Microsoft to our customers. "The benefits provided through our Gold Certified Partner status will allow us to continue to enhance the offerings that we provide for customers."
"Customers are looking for partner companies that can bridge the gap between their business demands and technology capabilities," said Allison Watson, vice president of the Worldwide Partner Sales and Marketing Group at Microsoft Corp. "They need to trust in a company that can act as an expert adviser for their long-term strategic technology plans. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners, which have certified expertise and direct training and support from Microsoft, can build a positive customer experience with our technologies. Today, Microsoft recognizes ICI Services Corporation as a new Gold Certified Partner for demonstrating its expertise providing customer satisfaction using Microsoft products and technology."
As one of the requirements for attaining Gold Certified Partner status, ICI Services Corporation had to declare one or more Microsoft Competencies. Microsoft Competencies are designed to help differentiate a partner's capabilities with specific Microsoft technologies to customers looking for a particular type of solution. Each competency has a unique set of requirements and benefits, formulated to accurately represent the specific skills and services that partners bring to the technology industry. Microsoft has recognized ISC's competency in both ISV/ Software Solutions and Networking Infrastructure Solutions.
The ISV/Software Solutions Competency recognizes the skill and focus partners bring to a particular solution set. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners that have obtained this competency have a successful record of developing and marketing independent software solutions created using Microsoft's .NET technologies. ISC's Netshare® Collaboration portal is based on .NET technologies.
"Solutions competencies are an important way for Microsoft to better enable ISVs to meet customer needs," said Sanjay Parthasarathy, corporate vice president of the Developer & Platform Evangelism Group at Microsoft. "They allow ISVs to keep and win customers through their deep knowledge of solutions-based Microsoft platform technologies. Microsoft has a long history of working closely with ISV partners to help them deliver compelling solutions and applications to our mutual customers, and the Microsoft Competencies are an important step in continuing to enhance vital relationships with ISVs worldwide."
Microsoft Gold Certified Partners such as ISC who enrolled in the Networking Infrastructure Solutions Competency have proved their expertise in implementing technology solutions based on the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating system. These implementations may include crafting client-oriented solutions that connect Windows-based servers, PC locations and the Internet; or installing and maintaining server farms.
"We place tremendous value on our partners, which help us deliver solutions and applications to customers," said Allison Watson, vice president of the Worldwide Partner Sales and Marketing Group at Microsoft Corp. "Solutions competencies provide an integrated partnering framework that recognizes an enterprise's expertise and rewards it for the effect it has in the technology marketplace. It also allows companies to demonstrate for customers their knowledge of building solutions based on Microsoft technologies, such as setting up networks using Windows Server 2003 R2."
The Microsoft Partner Program was launched in October 2003 and represents Microsoft's ongoing commitment to the success of partners worldwide. The program offers a single, integrated partnering framework that recognizes partner expertise, rewards the total impact that partners have in the technology marketplace, and delivers more value to help partners' businesses be successful.