Leading BI company IS Partners wins prestigious Microsoft honour

Business intelligence specialist joins Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Programme

Johannesburg, 21 Feb 2003
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Two-year-old IS Partners has joined the prestigious Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Programme for Business Intelligence. As one of just two South African companies to win this certification, this is a rare honour.

IS Partners was formed in 2001 to address a need for quality implementation of Microsoft-based business intelligence (BI) solutions. Barely two years later, Microsoft South Africa has recognised the company`s exceptional ability and experience in this area, by admitting IS Partners as the first Gauteng-based member of its Gold Certified Partner Programme for Business Intelligence. This sought-after certification bears testimony to IS Partners` excellent technical capabilities and competence in the area of business intelligence.

Only Microsoft Certified Partners, who meet the highest set of criteria, including advanced certification and a portfolio of real-world customer references, are identified as Gold Certified. These are the most skilled partners in specific solution areas.

"Being a Gold member of the Programme confirms that we have proven expertise in the BI field," says Caron Mooney, director of IS Partners. "The incremental benefits and dedicated Microsoft backing provided through our Gold membership will allow us to significantly enhance the offerings that we provide for customers."

Thomas Hansen, director of Microsoft`s small and medium business group, explains: "In order for companies to respond more quickly to customers and understand new market opportunities, they depend on an agile technology environment to empower their company`s key decision-makers. "

According to Hansen, Microsoft recognises that companies need a high-calibre technology partner who speaks the language of both business and IT and can deliver the most meaningful solutions through technology.

He says: "Microsoft recognises IS Partners as bringing value to the Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Programme through demonstrated customer satisfaction with previous business intelligence deployments."

In addition to Microsoft`s best-of-breed BI products and front-end solutions, IS Partners is a reseller for award-winning tools such as ProClarity and SAP integration tool idtLoader. These products, combined with proven technical expertise and a rich history, allow IS Partners to provide its customers the opportunity to leverage the IT investments they have in order to make better decisions, faster.

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