SOURCE: LaGarde

August 30, 2006 13:02 ET

LaGarde® Elevated to Managed ISV Partner for Microsoft Business Solutions

LaGarde, Makers of StoreFront® Recognized for Microsoft Integrated E-Commerce Solutions

KANSAS CITY, MO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 30, 2006 -- LaGarde (www.lagarde.com), makers of StoreFront®, a leading integrated e-commerce platform for small and medium-sized businesses using Microsoft POS, accounting and ERP solutions, has been designated as a High-Potential Managed Independent Software Vendor (ISV) within the Microsoft partner community. Less than 2% of Microsoft's vast ISV population achieves this status, and LaGarde is one of the only ISVs with e-commerce software expertise.

In recognition of this, Microsoft is investing resources in promoting LaGarde's StoreFront Solutions in fiscal year 2007. In addition, LaGarde will work directly with an assigned Partner Account Manager as well as a Microsoft ISV developer evangelist in order to ensure the continued optimal integration between StoreFront and Microsoft Dynamics products including GP, NA and AX, as well as Microsoft's Retail Management Solution (RMS).

"We're pleased that Microsoft continues to recognize the investment LaGarde has made in integrations with Microsoft products," said Joe Whelan, CEO of LaGarde. "As we continue to gain broad acceptance within the Microsoft VAR community for our e-commerce solutions, it's rewarding to know that Microsoft recognizes the value of our offers as well. Our relationship with Microsoft goes back to the mid-90s when they promoted StoreFront as one of the first e-commerce solutions to integrate with FrontPage. We've focused on ensuring tight integrations with Microsoft ever since."

LaGarde offers sophisticated but affordable .Net-based e-commerce software and optional services for small and mid-sized businesses. Integrations with Dynamics GP, NA and AX are available. LaGarde has also established a leading edge e-commerce partner program allowing Microsoft VARs to offer e-commerce solutions to their customers without adding to their overhead. "StoreFront's partner program makes it easier for me to sell new Dynamics systems," said Bart Nachimow, President of Mibar.net, a Top 100-ranked Microsoft VAR. "A growing number of existing and prospective customers are asking how to integrate their accounting and point of sale systems with e-commerce. StoreFront offers an excellent solution and the fact that it is supported by a range of critical services for secure hosting, deployment and customization make the task of getting our customers successfully up and running that much easier." Interested partners can learn more at the StoreFront website, www.storefront.net/VAR.

About LaGarde®:

Founded in 1996, LaGarde is a leading global provider of e-business solutions. LaGarde's StoreFront software products and services offer robust, feature-rich solutions to develop and maintain e-business sites that deliver high-end functionality at an affordable price point. LaGarde offers advanced e-business solutions, easy shopping cart services, e-commerce software for developers, and enterprise e-commerce solutions for high volume sellers. StoreFront powers nearly 50,000 Web stores in over 70 countries around the world. For more information, please call 800-943-5823.

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