SOURCE: CBOSS Inc.

March 18, 2008 11:11 ET

CBOSS Attains Gold Certified Partner Status in Microsoft Partner Program

CBOSS Further Distinguishes Itself by Earning a Microsoft Competency in Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Business Process and Integration and Data Management Solutions

BOARDMAN, OH--(Marketwire - March 18, 2008) - CBOSS, a maker of web-based software solutions for business and government, today announced it has attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a competency in the areas of Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Business Process and Integration and Data Management Solutions. As a Gold Certified Partner, CBOSS has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and 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 value-added reseller channel.

CBOSS specializes in the design and implementation of value-added software solutions for both business and government. CBOSS' Gold Certified Partner status plays a significant role in the company's drive to deliver to customers best-in-class solutions in business process automation, content management, e-payment processing and managed services based on industry standard platforms and tools.

"We are extremely pleased to have attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program. This allows us to clearly promote our expertise and relationship with Microsoft to our customers," said Doug Carr, CBOSS interim general manager. "The benefits provided through our Gold Certified Partner status will allow us to continue to enhance the services and solutions that we provide to customers."

"Customers are looking for partner companies that can bridge the gap between their business demands and technology capabilities," said Allison Watson, vice president of the Worldwide Partner Sales and Marketing 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 CBOSS as a new Gold Certified Partner for demonstrating its expertise providing customer satisfaction using Microsoft products and technology."

As one of the requirements for attaining Gold Certified Partner status, CBOSS 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. CBOSS declared the following three competencies:

The Advanced Infrastructure Solutions Competency is designed for partners with proven expertise in designing and/or implementing complex infrastructure solutions. Because customers are increasingly asking to do more with less, partners with Advanced Infrastructure Solutions Competency can identify their unique skills in helping customers access management solutions, improve operational efficiency and reduce security risks.

The Business Process and Integration Competency is designed for Microsoft Certified and Gold Certified Partners with proven proficiency in implementing and deploying server-based portals for driving Internet commerce and business applications using Microsoft tools and software. Delivering the high levels of reliability and availability needed for business-to-customer Web sites requires not only great technology but also the competency to plan, deploy, support and migrate those solutions. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners enrolled in this competency have demonstrated knowledge of, and experience with, the deployment of Internet-based solutions and infrastructure using Microsoft tools and software.

The Data Management Solutions Competency is designed for Microsoft Certified and Gold Certified Partners that have proved their competency in deploying data warehousing, online analytical processing, data mining, decision support and in-depth reporting solutions. Specializations within the competency are Business Intelligence and Database Management.

The Microsoft Partner Program was launched in October 2003 and represents Microsoft's ongoing commitment to the successes 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 to be successful.

From enterprise software solutions to managed services, CBOSS specializes in the design and implementation of business process automation and e-payment solutions using industry-standard IP-based platforms and tools. Since 1994, businesses and governments have looked to CBOSS, www.cboss.com, to deliver feature-rich services and solutions that are cost effective, secure and which are seamlessly integrated into an existing infrastructure. Over 700 companies and institutions have used CBOSS software solutions, hosting and managed services. CBOSS is compliant with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard, which provides the highest levels of security for e-commerce and other e-payment processing services.

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