Stromberg Attains Gold Certified Partner Status In Microsoft Partner Program

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Stromberg further distinguishes itself by earning a Microsoft Competency.

Stromberg, a subsidiary of Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) and a leading provider of time and attendance solutions for mid- to large-sized businesses, today announced it has attained Gold Certified status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a competency in ISV software solutions, recognizing Stromberg’s expertise and total impact in the technology marketplace. As a Gold Certified partner, Stromberg 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.

“We are extremely pleased to have attained Gold Certified status in the Microsoft Partner Program. This allows us to clearly promote our expertise and relationship with Microsoft to our customers,” said Seth Bernstein, president of Stromberg. “The benefits provided through our Gold Certified status will allow us to continue to enhance the offerings that we provide for clients.”

“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 Stromberg 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, Stromberg 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 Gold partner certification will continue to help us stay ahead of the curve with the latest Microsoft technologies, and in the development of world class time and attendance solutions for our customers,” says Raghu Dhulipala, vice president of technology for Stromberg.”

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. For more information on Stromberg, please call 800-910-0211 or visit the company’s Web site at http://www.stromberg.com.

About Stromberg

Stromberg, a Paychex Corporation (NASDAQ: PAYX), is a leading provider of enterprise time and attendance software solutions for mid- to large-sized businesses. The Lake Mary, FL-based company is the only time and labor management vendor that offers free version upgrades, fixed price system implementation and carries a 99.7% client retention rate. Stromberg's enterprise time and attendance products help more than 10,000 organizations proactively control labor costs, prepare accurate and timely payrolls, calculate labor analytics, manage human resources integration and more. Additional information can be found at the company's Web site, http://www.stromberg.com.

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