Formicary Attains Microsoft Gold Certified Partner status

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High customer endorsement catapults Formicary to Microsoft's elite Gold Certified Partner status.

Formicary Limited has achieved the highest level of partner recognition from Microsoft by being awarded the coveted Gold Certified Partner status in two core competencies: Information Worker Solutions and Unified Communications Solutions. The status was granted as recognition of Formicary's achievements in product technology and customer satisfaction.

According to Microsoft, "Microsoft Gold Certified Partners are our elite business partners. They have the knowledge, skills and commitment to help (customers) implement technology solutions that match your exact business needs. To gain accreditation and the right to use our official logo, all Gold Certified Partners must employ Microsoft Certified Professionals and have at least one Microsoft Competencies."

The Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Program provides a way for existing and potential customers to identify companies that have proven their commitment and expertise in one or more specialised areas when delivering Microsoft technologies. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners need to meet a far higher set of criteria for each category, including enhanced certification and a portfolio of real-world customer references, and are thus identified as the most skilled partners in specific solution areas.

Formicary has been awarded Microsoft Gold Certified Partner status in two competencies: Information Worker Solutions, in recognition of Formicary's expertise, experience and client endorsement in developing integration solutions base around Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007; and in Unified Communications Solutions where Formicary is an expert in Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat solution.

Commenting upon this major achievement, Tim Bilbrough, Director of Formicary's Technology Services Group said:
"Although Formicary has a track record in delivering complex Microsoft solutions to some of the largest organisations in the financial services sector, it is extremely gratifying to know that our client base has endorsed our expertise and helped us achieve the highest levels of recognition from Microsoft. This award will enable potential customers to further qualify Formicary as a leading specialist provider of proven high-quality solutions."

Formicary WebChat, a client web access solution for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 also recently passed highly stringent Microsoft platform testing, conducted independently by VeriTest (a testing service of Lionbridge Technologies). "Formicary WebChat is a leading edge technology designed specifically to extend and complement the powerful features of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat, making it the world's first secure web-based real-time reach group chat client", explained Philip Miller, Director of Formicary's Intelligent Collaboration Group.

The VeriTest tests ensure compliance with Microsoft platform requirements under a wide range of quality assurance parameters including security, reliability, data integrity, etc. "In accordance with our continuous partnership process with Microsoft, Formicary WebChat has passed two crucial Microsoft Platform Tests for Hosted Solutions," continued Philip. "The Lionbridge VeriTest service has been ranked as the world's number one Outsourced Testing and QA provider for two consecutive years, and in passing the Windows Server 2008 and Platform Managed Code tests we continue to ensure that quality is the key differentiator for our clients."

"Given the number of choices in software products in the market today, customers need to quickly learn who is committed to integration and testing," added Tim. "They need to be assured that a solution provider has a policy of platform testing and integration. With our long-term and strategic commitments to Microsoft platforms, Formicary has clearly demonstrated that our solutions are robust, credible and have delivered real business benefits to our ever increasing client base."

About Formicary Ltd
Formicary is an information technology company that specialises in building integrated applications/solutions to maximise business efficiency and streamline business processes for the Financial Services industry. Founded in 2000, Formicary brings together a world class team of talented and dedicated professionals with industry experience covering Unified Communications (particularly Persistent Group Chat), business integration, trading and risk systems integration and Cross Asset Trading applications. This knowledge, coupled with technical excellence ranging from legacy client/server to cut¬ting edge technologies, enables Formicary to offer innovative and sophisticated services and software to help clients improve their productivity and increase their return on investment. Formicary has offices in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

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