Envision IT is the first Canadian Microsoft Partner to Achieve Gold Certification in the Digital Marketing Competency
Toronto, January 14, 2011 - Envision IT is pleased to announce today that they are the first Canadian Microsoft Partner to achieve Gold Certification in the new Digital Marketing Competency. The Microsoft Digital Marketing competency enables partners to showcase their expertise in developing rich Internet solutions on Microsoft SharePoint 2010 for Internet Sites, Microsoft FAST Search Server technology, and the Microsoft Silverlight browser plug-in. By attaining this certification, Partners demonstrate that they are well qualified to help their customers by offering solutions that are highly functional, scalable, flexible, and secure through a unified platform for intranet, extranet, and Internet sites.
“Microsoft has redefined the Gold Competencies in the Microsoft Partner Network to more accurately represent Microsoft’s 'Best in Class' Partners. Envision IT has clearly demonstrated their expertise in Digital Marketing by achieving this new Gold Competency," said Corinne Sharp, National Director, Partner Channel at Microsoft Canada. "This will differentiate Envision IT from their competitors and demonstrate to customers that they are truly an expert advisor and certified systems integrator for implementing Microsoft Digital Marketing Solutions.”
Peter Mackenzie, VP Sales & Marketing at Envision IT, says “The Gold Digital Marketing competency sets our company apart from other partners by demonstrating our proven Microsoft experience and skills to customers by taking training and passing the requisite exams, committing to Microsoft sales goals, possessing Licensing and Sales skills and proving all that by submitting five customer references in this competency.”
“By earning this competency, and others, potential clients will be able to find Envision IT through such Microsoft program features as Microsoft Pinpoint, which showcases the best partners and their solutions, Microsoft Customer Newsletters highlighting the best partners, case studies and customer testimonials,” says Peter Carson, President at Envision IT.
About Microsoft SharePoint and Digital Marketing Technologies
Microsoft SharePoint helps Microsoft Partners meet their customers’ needs by providing a unified platform for intranet, extranet, and internet sites, and by enabling them to create engaging user experiences, cut costs, increase business agility, and deliver familiar authoring tools and processes.
For customers who want to offer interactive search and personalization, FAST Search Server technology can help Partners build adaptive web experiences that connect people with what they want. Silverlight enables rapid development of applications using familiar tools like the Microsoft Visual Studio development system or Eclipse, and the creation of robust web-based applications that quickly integrate with current back-end systems.
About Microsoft Competencies
In today’s competitive environment, a Microsoft gold or silver competency can help set Microsoft Partners apart from the competition by demonstrating a specific, proven skill set to their customers. In 2009, the Microsoft Partner Network announced a more relevant competency structure that better reflects solutions that customers purchase. By the beginning of 2011, Microsoft will have launched a total of 29 new silver competencies with associated gold competencies. Most solution competencies are aligned to the Infrastructure Optimization (IO) initiative, which Microsoft developed to support organizations in their quest to improve operational efficiency and better support business activities.