Rand Group Achieves Gold Partner Status With Microsoft

August 22, 2005- Houston, Texas- Microsoft announced Gold Partner Status awarded to Houston based technology consulting firm, Rand Group, giving them the highest level of achievement as a Microsoft Certified Partner. Less than 4% of Microsoft Partners have attained Gold Partner status. Rand Group is the only Houston based firm specializing in Navision to become a Gold Partner and one of the first Microsoft Business Solutions partners ever to achieve the status.

Gold Partner status is determined by a combination of criteria including Microsoft certifications, tested Microsoft-based solutions, business wins as measured through customer references, Microsoft competencies, and customer satisfaction. Rand Group received a 100% customer satisfaction rating through client satisfaction surveys, placing them the top 5% of Microsoft solution providers.

Microsoft Gold Partners must declare one Microsoft competency in order to qualify, this is a measure of a partner’s proven skill set and capabilities in a specific horizontal solution. This differentiation helps customers find the right solutions partner to fit their needs. Rand Group has competencies in both Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) and in Information Worker.

MBS is the umbrella for Microsoft financial applications including Great Plains, Navision, Solomon, and Microsoft CRM. An Information Worker competency means that Rand Group exhibited outstanding understanding and achievement in Enterprise Project Management, Portals and Content Management, Desktop Deployment, Office Smart Client Development, and Message and Collaboration.

As a Gold Certified partner, Rand Group has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and proven their ability to meet customers’ needs. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners receive benefits that in turn are passed along to clients, including increased access, training and support, keeping them ahead of the competition.

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