Aegis Attains Gold Certified Partner Status

(PresseBox) (Buckinghamshire, UK, ) Aegis Software Further Distinguishes Itself by Earning Microsoft Competencies in Networking Infrastructure Solutions and ISV/Software Solutions

Aegis Software, a leading developer of innovative Manufacturing Operations System (MOS) software, today announced it has attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program with competencies in Networking Infrastructure Solutions and ISV/Software Solutions, recognizing Aegis' expertise and impact in the technology marketplace. As a Gold Certified Partner, Aegis has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and a proven ability to meet customers' needs.

"We are extremely pleased to have attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program. Aegis' systems span the entire IT infrastructure of the factory, and therefore our engineers and services personnel must be highly competent in Microsoft technologies. Attaining this status allows us to clearly promote our expertise and relationship with Microsoft to our customers," said Jason Spera, CEO Aegis. "The benefits provided through our Gold Certified Partner status will propel the enhancement of our technologies and services 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, corporate vice president of the Worldwide Partner 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 Aegis Software as a new Gold Certified Partner for demonstrating its expertise in providing customer satisfaction using Microsoft products and technology."

As one of the requirements for attaining Gold Certified Partner status, Aegis had to declare 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. Within select Competencies, there are Specializations that focus on specific solution areas that recognize deeper expertise within that Competency. Serving as a specialized path to earning those Competencies, Specializations give direct access to the tools and resources that support that specific area of focus.

Competency: Networking Infrastructure Solutions

Microsoft Gold Certified Partners enrolled in the Networking Infrastructure Solutions Competency have proved their expertise in implementing technology solutions based on either the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or Windows 2000 Server operating system, with a particular focus on Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 and Windows Small Business Server 2003. These implementations may include crafting solutions that connect Windows-based servers, PC locations and the Internet; installing a server farm; or building a small-business Windows Server stand-alone solution that includes file and print capabilities. "We place tremendous value on our partners, which help us deliver solutions and applications to customers," said Allison Watson, corporate vice president of the Worldwide Partner 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 and Windows Small Business Server 2003."

Competency: ISV/Software 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 packed software based on Microsoft 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 and Platform Evangelism Group at Microsoft Corp. "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."

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. www.aiscorp.com .

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