Microsoft IT Training Leader QuickStart Expands to Northwest - Acquires SQLSoft+

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Microsoft’s largest technical IT training partner in the Western United States, QuickStart Intelligence, announced they have expanded into the Washington and Oregon areas through the acquisition of certain assets of SQLSoft+.

The combination of our two strong companies will bring greater value to our mutual customers

Microsoft’s largest technical IT training partner in the Western United States, QuickStart Intelligence, announced they have expanded into the Washington and Oregon areas through the acquisition of certain assets of SQLSoft+. In doing this, QuickStart Intelligence and SQLSoft+ will build on the strengths of both companies to better serve the Pacific Northwest, California, and beyond. This is QuickStart’s second acquisition since 2009.

"The combination of our two strong companies will bring greater value to our mutual customers by offering a more complete list of classes, deeper technical expertise, great internal systems, market leading guarantees, and fantastic people." said Hicham Semaan, President and CEO.

While many consolidations during the downturn were based on financial challenges, 2010 was a banner sales year for IT training leaders QuickStart Intelligence and SQLSoft+. SQLSoft+ alone has grown over 40% since 2009 and has deep penetration in enterprise, state and local government, education, and medium-small businesses.

"Even though we had one of the most comprehensive live, instructor led IT schedules in the nation, our customers wanted more! More choices in what we offered and more choices in when we offered it,” said Steve Brugger, CEO of SQLSoft. “By joining with QuickStart we are delivering on that market demand with a broad, comprehensive schedule of live, instructor led classes unmatched by any other IT training provider. I am very excited to be part of the QuickStart organization.”

Expanding into the Pacific Northwest market adds to QuickStart Intelligence's current footprint of IT training facilities operating in Brea, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and San Jose. The expansion also strengthens QuickStart Intelligence's schedule of guaranteed-to-run technical training available via QSLive™, QuickStart Intelligence's collaborative distance learning solution which allows IT professionals to attend live instructor-led classroom training from anywhere.

ABOUT QUICKSTART INTELLIGENCE
QuickStart Intelligence, headquartered in Irvine, CA, is a leading provider of Microsoft Windows Training and IT training solutions with locations throughout California. Since 1988 over 100,000 IT professionals in California and throughout the world have relied on QuickStart Intelligence as their source for technical and IT training. One of the largest privately held Microsoft Certified Gold Partners for Learning Solutions in the United States, QuickStart Intelligence was recognized in 1996, 2000, and again in 2005 for an unprecedented third time--as Microsoft's Worldwide Partner of the Year in Learning Solutions. For more information, visit http://www.quickstart.com.

ABOUT SQLSOFT+
SQLSoft+, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for Learning Solutions, has been the gold standard in best practices IT training, technical training consulting and skills management services since 1988. SQLSoft+ is also recognized by Microsoft as a thought leader for early lifecycle training content & delivery. As a Microsoft vendor SQLSoft+ has delivered services to Microsoft in over 35 countries over the past 22 years. SQLSoft+ has training facilities in Washington and Oregon and also provides remote and onsite training for clients throughout the U.S. and globally. For more information, visit the SQLSoft+ Website at http://www.sqlsoft.com.

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