Meritide, Inc. Attains Gold Certified Partner Status in Microsoft Partner Program

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Meritide Further Distinguishes Itself by Earning a Microsoft Competency in Microsoft Business Solutions

Meritide, Inc., a business and technology consulting leader, today announced it has attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a competency in Microsoft Business Solutions, recognizing Meritide’s expertise and impact in the technology marketplace. As a Gold Certified Partner, Meritide has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and a 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 channel.

Meritide’s Business and Technology consultancy has been serving clients in the upper Midwest for over a decade. With three practice areas that are focused on improving strategies & business process, delivering software solutions for business, and aligning IT to the needs of the business. Meritide works with clients to enhance competitive advantage by delivering solutions to increase revenue, reduce cost and improve customer service.

“We are extremely pleased to have attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program. This allows us to clearly promote our expertise and relationship with Microsoft to our customers,” said Patrick Irestone, President of Meritide. “The benefits provided through our Gold Certified Partner status will allow us to continue to enhance the Microsoft offerings that we provide for customers, such as CRM, Great Plains, SharePoint, .NET and BPOS as an accelerated partner.”

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

As one of the requirements for attaining Gold Certified Partner status, Meritide 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. Within select Competencies, there are Specializations that focus on specific solution areas that recognize deeper expertise within that Competency. Serving as a specialized path to earning those Competencies, Specializations give direct access to the tools and resources that support that specific area of focus.

The Microsoft Business Solutions Competency is designed for partners with proven expertise in designing and/or implementing enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) capabilities using Microsoft’s financial, CRM and supply chain management solutions. Microsoft solutions partners have capitalized on this opportunity to help organizations develop and build integrated ERP and CRM solutions around Microsoft technology. The Microsoft Business Solutions Competency allows partners to identify their unique, proven proficiency in deploying applications based on Microsoft’s financial, CRM and supply chain management solutions.

“Microsoft partners that specialize in business management systems meet a unique market need,” said Doug Kennedy, Vice President, Microsoft Dynamics Partners at Microsoft Corp. “It is important to recognize how important industry features are to delivering solutions that fit customer needs. We work with partners building the skills needed for them to align to a key industry and we are rolling out programs and initiatives such as the Certified for Microsoft Dynamics program - a solution certification achieved by Microsoft Dynamics partners whose software solutions have met Microsoft Corporation’s highest standard for partner developed industry solutions to deliver comprehensive business management systems.”

“The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Specialization equips partners with a heightened degree of expertise, tools and resources designed to help them accelerate their business success and drive improved customer satisfaction,” said Brad Wilson, general manager of Microsoft Dynamics CRM. “Attaining specialization sets partners apart and demonstrates a commitment to mastering the latest technology, best practices, and go-to-market guidance Microsoft has to offer.”

The Microsoft Partner Program was launched in October 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.

Based in St. Paul, MN, Meritide is one of the largest independent solutions firms in the business software integration and infrastructure management marketplace. Meritide provides its clients with strategy, design, integration and implementation services targeted to improve operational performance, reduce costs and drive competitive advantage. The firm’s clients include Fortune 1000 and upper mid-market companies. For more information about Meritide, Inc., please visit

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Cassandra Telmosse’, Meritide, Inc., (651) 255-7300


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