At Altus we’re very proud of the fact that we’re a double Gold certified Microsoft Partner with ERP & CRM Competencies, but what exactly does this mean? For those readers not immersed in the world of Microsoft (or the business side of it anyway) I just wanted to provide a brief synopsis of what it is, and what it means for organizations looking for a vendor to help them implement a new software solution.
Microsoft takes their Partner program very seriously. Microsoft Competencies, of which there are currently 29, are designed for Partners to maintain specific standards to support, install and sell Microsoft solutions. The process is rigorous, requiring partners to meet 5 requirement areas, including technical skill standards via exam completions for staff, and the endorsement of clients via surveys and references. And it’s not just a seal of expertise. Attaining competencies make Partners eligible for valuable Microsoft benefits further enhancing the skills within the organization for the benefit of clients, increasing the service level gap between those who are and those who are not certified.
“Gold Competencies demonstrate best-in-class expertise within Microsoft’s marketplace. Earning a Silver competency is a distinct differentiator while Gold is evidence of the deepest, most consistent commitment to a specific business solution area. It’s also the distinction of being among only 1 percent of our Partners worldwide that have attained this outstanding degree of proficiency.” commented Ron Budreau, Director, Microsoft Dynamics Canada.
Posted by: Colin Marsh, Manager Marketing & Communications