SOURCE: LBI International AB (publ.)

LBI International AB (publ.)

May 17, 2010 07:01 ET

Leading Global Marketing and Technology Agency LBi Achieves Gold Certified Partnership With Microsoft for the Fourth Year Running

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, and AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - May 17, 2010) -  LBi, the world's largest independent marketing and technology agency has again received the Microsoft gold certified partnership accolade and continues to provide clients with best-in-class digital solutions built on Microsoft technologies. LBi was able to achieve the Gold Certified partnership because of the large number of successful client implementations on Microsoft technologies in 2009 and also LBi increased the number of certified developers in the network by 15%.

"The Microsoft and LBi partnership represents a great opportunity to deliver innovative solutions to clients." says Matt Pilgrim, Partner Account Manager at Microsoft. "With Microsoft's Platform, development tools and increasing functionality and interoperability across the range of products, there is a great base for LBi to add to their creative flair and technology insight to empower their clients with productivity improving solutions and compelling experiences across a range of delivery mediums."

LBi's breadth and depth of skills and delivery of successful services and solutions has seen LBi gain Microsoft competencies in SOA and Business Process, Information Worker Solutions (Enterprise Content Management and Forms Specialization), Mobility Solutions, Custom Development Solutions (Web Development Specialization) and Business Intelligence. These Microsoft competencies have helped LBi achieve the Gold Certified Partnership with Microsoft for the fourth year running. 

Anil Pillai, Managing Director for LBi UK, says "Our clients are increasingly asking us to participate in defining opportunities to innovate using digital media. Our partnership has deepened over the last few years offering us more insight into some of the tremendous research and development on platforms and devices coming through the Microsoft stable. These early views provide our teams with inspiration and input into new and innovative ideas for brand marketing and consumer engagement."

LBi has been a Microsoft partner for over ten years and the relationship has seen a significant investment in people, training and infrastructure at LBi offices worldwide. Riaz Ahmed, Head of Microsoft Solutions at LBi values the partnership:

"I encourage my developers to keep up with the latest innovations and products from Microsoft and this partnership helps LBi tap into product and research teams at Microsoft. We get to find out what's coming up and get the necessary training and support to help put a best in class Microsoft technology solution in place for our clients. We've had some great client success stories with solutions built on .NET, Commerce Server, SharePoint, BizTalk and SQL Server. At LBi blending technology, creativity and user experience is key, our relationships and engagements span various industries and we have developed Microsoft solutions for some of the world's most recognised brands including Sony, Marks & Spencer, BT, Toyota, HMV, Volvo, NHS, Sara Lee, Newell Rubbermaid and many more."

LBi has a stella track record of developing cutting edge Microsoft solutions whether it's developing the next large scale multi-language CMS platform on SharePoint, an international multi-branded eCommerce solution on Commerce Server and BizTalk or an international campaign site developed on .NET and SQL Server. What makes these projects so successful is the ability to combine these technology implementations with great design and user experience as well as the insights of marketing strategy and planning.

"2010 is a big year for technology at LBi" added Mr Ahmed. "and with an array of new Microsoft products spanning multiple devices and platforms, you can count on LBi utilising them to develop something exciting and technologically innovative for our clients."

About LBi
 
LBi is a global digital marketing and technology agency, blending insight, creativity and expertise to solve business problems. The largest genuinely full service agency of its kind in Europe, LBi provides the full range of digital capabilities, including digital strategy, branded content, service design, media, CRM, technology, managed hosting and support services. On The company employs about 1,600 professionals located primarily in the major European, American and Asian business centers such as Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Brussels, London, Milan, Mumbai, New York, Paris and Stockholm. LBi is listed on Nasdaq OMX in Stockholm and NYSE Euronext in Amsterdam (symbol: LBI). www.lbi.com

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