Marquam Group Helps Clients Increase Efficiency and Cut Costs as Preferred Microsoft Development Partner in Portland

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Marquam Group has entered its 11th year in business as one of Microsoft's preferred partners for the mid-market and one of the largest development partners in the Portland metro area. The company's consistent delivery of high value solutions and services has fueled continual expansion year over year, reporting growth of over 500% from 2003 to 2008. The number of employees at Marquam Group has grown rapidly with a 72% headcount increase this year. Located in the heart of the Pearl District, its Portland headquarters is at capacity while the company is expanding its operations to Olympia, Washington where existing clients such as the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission are headquartered.

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Marquam Group (http://www.marquamgroup.com), a leading provider of strategic technology solutions, today announced the company has entered its 11th year in business as one of Microsoft's preferred partners for the mid-market and one of the largest development partners in the Portland metro area.

In a sluggish economy, Marquam Group has been able to continue strong growth by rapidly delivering solutions that positively impact business efficiency. Marquam Group's consistent delivery of high value solutions and services has fueled continual expansion year over year, reporting growth of over 500% from 2003 to 2008.

"We are very pleased that Marquam Group has become one of our go-to Gold Certified Partners in the Portland area focused on mid-market solutions," said Jane Dickson, West Region General Manager, Microsoft Corporation. "They have the expertise to integrate key Microsoft technologies such as Virtual Earth, SQL Server and SharePoint to create innovative solutions such as route optimization for field service teams or territory mapping for large organizations and public agencies. These solutions ultimately save customers time and money which is particularly important in today's turbulent economy."

As a result of its strong revenue growth, the number of employees at Marquam Group has grown rapidly with a 72% headcount increase this year. Located in the heart of the Pearl District, its Portland headquarters is at capacity while the company is expanding its operations to Olympia, Washington where existing clients such as the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission are headquartered. The new Olympia office will enable Marquam Group to better service their growing client base in the Washington public sector.

"Businesses are looking to partner with firms that offer comprehensive IT services and can provide solutions that increase their efficiency," said Chad Layman, president of Marquam Group. "Because we are able to quickly understand customer needs and apply the right solution to meet them, we've continued to see strong growth in spite of a down economy."

With well over 100 clients comprised of enterprise and mid-market organizations including both public and private sectors, Marquam Group covers a wide span of vertical markets and has proven its ability to offer strategic and innovative business solutions to organizations of all types and sizes, such as M Financial Group, Oregon Lottery and Metro, the Portland area's regional government.

During its ten years in business, Marquam Group has been consistently recognized for its services, people and business practices. In 2007, Marquam Group was awarded the Microsoft Excellence-in-Competency Award for Custom Software Development. The company has also been on Oregon Business Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list and was recognized four times by the Portland Business Journal as one of the top 100 fastest-growing businesses in the area.

About Marquam Group:
In business since 1998, Marquam Group is a leading provider of strategic technology solutions in the Northwest. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Marquam Group also has an office in Olympia, Washington. For more information, visit http://www.marquam.com.

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