20-20 Technologies Further Distinguishes Itself by Earning a Microsoft Competency in ISV/Software Solutions Competency
MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada — April 28, 2008 — 20-20 Technologies, the world leader in 3D interior design and furniture manufacturing software, today announced it has attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a competency in ISV/Software Solutions, recognizing 20-20’s expertise and impact in the technology marketplace. As a Gold Certified Partner, 20-20 Technologies 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.
“Attaining Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program is an important milestone in the 20 year history of our company,” said Jean Mignault, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chairman of the Board. “Our company’s steady growth relies on our ability to meet our customers’ evolving needs and our Gold Certified Partner status will help promote our expertise and relationship with Microsoft to our customers. The benefits provided through our Gold Certified Partner status will allow us to ensure our customers benefit from the highest level of integration with the latest Microsoft products. In particular, 20 20 intends to deliver Microsoft Dynamics vertical solutions to its industry, thus building quickly and efficiently powerful solutions which will make our customers more efficient and competitive. ”
“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 20-20 Technologies 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, 20-20 Technologies had to declare a Microsoft Competency. 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.
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 packaged 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 & 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.”
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.
“Attaining Microsoft Gold Certified Partner status further distinguishes 20-20 Technologies as a leading technology vendor to the interior design and furniture industry,” added Jean Mignault.
About 20-20 Technologies Inc.
20-20 Technologies is the world's leading provider of computer-aided design, business and manufacturing software solutions tailored for the interior design and furniture industries. Dealers and retailers use its desktop and Web-based products and solutions for the residential and commercial markets. 20-20 offers a unique proprietary end-to-end solution, integrating the entire breadth of functions in interior design. It provides a bridge for data communication from the point-of-sale to manufacturing and world-leading enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, including computer-aided engineering and plant floor automation software. Operating in 13 countries with more than 600 employees, 20-20 is a publicly traded company (TWT) on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). For more information, visit www.2020Technologies.com.
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