MSPAlliance Announces Certification and Education Relationship for Microsoft Partners

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Relationship will Focus on Managed Services Education and Certification

This new certification, made possible by the MSPAlliance, is truly win-win, as it enables Managed Services Providers worldwide to finally take full advantage of all that Microsoft has to offer through its Systems Center Technologies

The MSPAlliance™, the International Association of Managed Service Providers (http://www.MSPAlliance.com), today announced a certification and education relationship with Microsoft for IT service providers interested in managed IT services. One goal of the relationship will be to educate companies on adopting managed services best practices, particularly when using Microsoft IT management tools such as Microsoft Systems Management Server or Microsoft Operations Manager.

Another goal of the relationship will be to create a certification standard using Microsoft technical certifications and the Managed Services Accreditation Program™ exam. Companies who are Microsoft Certified or Gold Certified Partners within the Systems Management or the Hosting Solutions Specialization in the Advanced Infrastructure competency will receive additional credit on the Managed Services Accreditation Program™ exam.

"We are very happy to enter into this important relationship with Microsoft," said Charles Weaver, president of MSPAlliance. "By educating Microsoft partners on the importance of adopting managed services best practices as well as being able to reward those companies who have achieved a high level of business and technical excellence is crucial for the continued advancement of the managed services profession."

Microsoft partners will be able to access a wide variety of educational tools and resources through the MSPAlliance Managed Services Institute™, including Managed Services Professional Liability insurance through the MSPAlliance.

"This new certification, made possible by the MSPAlliance, is truly win-win, as it enables Managed Services Providers worldwide to finally take full advantage of all that Microsoft has to offer through its Systems Center Technologies," said Bob Longo, director of sales and business development, ClearPointe Technology, Inc.

He continued, "Microsoft, as a universally-recognized technology leader, brings the industry's best tools to the table, while the MSPAlliance delivers the standards, discipline and a code of ethics which has enabled MSPs to succeed at unprecedented levels. In addition, the MSPAlliance stands apart in empowering Managed Services Providers to succeed in today's hyper-competitive business environment. Without question, both the MSPAlliance and Microsoft have reinforced their respective positions as true industry leaders and business partners in providing network management technology for even the smallest of companies."

"Microsoft is committed to helping its partners make the transition into being professional managed IT service providers," said Arnie Mondloch, Director of US partner programs at Microsoft. "These initiatives with the MSPAlliance will not only help educate our partners, but they will ensure that end-users are buying managed services from a knowledgeable and skillful MSP."

About MSPAlliance
The MSPAlliance is a professional association of nearly 7,000 managed service providers and service enabling technology vendors, who work in a collaborative effort to define, promote and educate the Managed Services Industry and the end-user consumer on the adoption and successful use of technology through Managed Services. The MSPAlliance is committed to increasing reliability and dependability in the industry surrounding the value and benefit of using Managed Service Providers to provide a wide range of mission-critical services. In addition, the MSPAlliance collects data on the practice of managed services on behalf of its members, to help them increase the value delivery of IT to the organizations they serve. For more information about the MSPAlliance please visit http://www.mspalliance.com

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