Consona Corporation Renews Gold Certified Partner Status in Microsoft Partner Program

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Consona Demonstrates Expertise in Four Microsoft Competencies, Proven Ability to Meet Customers' Needs

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Customers are looking for partner companies that can bridge the gap between their business demands and technology capabilities

Consona Corporation (Consona), a leading provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and customer relationship management (CRM) software and services for companies of all sizes, today announced that it has attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner program with a competencies in IVS Software Solutions, Networking Infrastructure Solutions, Data Management Solutions, and Business Intelligence. As a Gold Certified Partner, Consona 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.

"We are proud to be recognized by Microsoft in its elite Gold Certified Partner Program. Our work with Microsoft's products and support network has demonstrated the exceptional quality of their market-leading platform and development tools," said Steve Bailey, chief technology officer of Consona Corporation. "This distinction attests to Consona's dedication to providing top-of-the-line CRM and ERP solutions to our customers in diverse industries. The accomplishment confirms our continued focus on helping our customers improve processes and customer relationships and become more competitive in their respective markets."

"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 Consona 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, Consona 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 ISV/Software Solutions Competency recognizes the skill and focus partners bring to a particular solution set. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners that have obtained this competency have a successful record of developing and marketing packed software based on Microsoft technologies.

The Data Management Solutions Competency is designed for partners that have proven their competency in end-to-end data-management reporting and analysis solutions based on Microsoft technologies, including Microsoft SQL Server, Windows Server, and Microsoft Office System client tools. These partners have also proven expertise in implementing solutions focused on delivering migration tools and services, database- administration tools and services, and performance tools using SQL Server technology.

Microsoft partners enrolled in the Networking Infrastructure Solutions Competency have proven their proficiency in implementing solutions based on Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 Operating Systems, or Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008. These implementations may include crafting solutions that connect Windows-based servers, PC locations and the Internet; installing a server farm; or building a small-business Windows Server stand-alone solution that includes file and print capabilities.

The Business Intelligence Competency is designed for partners that specialize in Microsoft Business Intelligence Platform and Performance Management. These partners are fully equipped to help customers leverage the data they're already collecting to build more-effective business strategies.. For customers, accurate business intelligence often equals a competitive advantage, which is why robust business-intelligence solutions are always in demand.

The Microsoft Partner Program was launched in Oct. 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.

About Consona Corporation
Consona Corporation (Consona) is a worldwide leader in providing customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and services for companies of all sizes. Consona is dedicated to becoming a valued business partner by helping each and every customer continuously improve business processes over time. Toward this mission, Consona invests in the people, processes, technology and tools needed to provide its customers with a unique combination of customer care; product fit; a broad range of consulting, IT and business services; and industry expertise. Consona serves more than 4,500 customers worldwide and across a variety of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, financial services, health care, high tech, and local government. Battery Ventures and Thoma Bravo jointly own Consona. For further information, visit http://www.consona.com, e-mail infoATconsona.com, or call (888) 8 CONSONA.

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