Ascentis Attains Gold Certified Partner Status in Microsoft Partner Program

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Ascentis Further Distinguishes Itself by Earning a Microsoft Competency in ISV/Software Solutions

Bellevue, WA - August 24, 2004 - Ascentis Corporation today announced it has attained Gold Certified status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a competency in ISV/Software Solutions, recognizing Ascentis’ expertise and total impact in the technology marketplace. As a Gold Certified partner, Ascentis 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 marketplace.

“Ascentis is extremely pleased to have attained Gold Certification status in the Microsoft Partner Program. This allows us to clearly promote our expertise and relationship with Microsoft to our customers and partners,” said Mike Hayes, vice president, sales and marketing. Hayes continues, “Ascentis’ HROffice solutions and Employee Self-Service integrate with Microsoft Business Solutions – Great Plains, Small Business Manager, and Solomon business applications; providing further HR enhancement within vertical industries such as the not-for-profit, government, health care, banking finance and insurance, manufacturing, and service sectors.”

“As Microsoft continues to focus on vertical solution sets, Ascentis’ ultimate goal is to develop deep vertical additions to the HROffice product line for the benefit of the Microsoft customers looking for functionality that really addresses their pain points,” concludes Hayes.

“Customers are looking for partner companies that can bridge the gap between their business demands and technology capabilities. They need to trust in someone 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,” said Allison Watson, vice president of the Worldwide Partner Sales and Marketing Group at Microsoft Corp. “Today, Microsoft recognizes Ascentis as a new Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for demonstrating its expertise in providing customer satisfaction with Microsoft products and technology.”

As one of the requirements for attaining Gold Certified Status, Ascentis 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 Microsoft 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 Platform Strategy & Partner Group at Microsoft. “They allow ISVs to keep and win customers with their deep knowledge of solutions-based Microsoft platform technologies. Microsoft has a long history of working closely with ISV partners to help deliver compelling solutions and applications to our mutual customers, and the Solutions Competencies are an important step in continuing to enhance vital relationships with ISVs worldwide.”

The Microsoft Partner Program was launched in December 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.

Founded in 1994 and based in Bellevue, Wash., Ascentis Corporation is a pioneer in state-of-the-art human resources management systems (HRMS) for small to mid-sized organizations. The company’s flagship product, HROffice, eliminates the paper process and builds on the latest technologies from Microsoft for easy integration with those tools HR departments use on a day-to-day basis. Connect, communicate, and control all aspects of HR with HROffice.

Ascentis Corporation was named to the Deloitte & Touche prestigious 2003 Technology Fast 500 list and is ranked one of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in North America -- one of the top 50 in Washington State. Workforce Management Magazine named HROffice to its hot list of the “Top 15 HRMS systems” in its March 2004 issue. For more information on Ascentis Corporation and the HROffice product line, visit http://www.ascentis.com or call 800.229.2713.

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Media Contact:
Courtney McKenzie
Ascentis Corporation
425.289.2359
courtney@ascentis.com

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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