Quorum Information Technologies Inc.
TSX VENTURE : QIS

Quorum Information Technologies Inc.

August 01, 2006 10:53 ET

Quorum Information Technologies Inc. Achieves Managed ISV Status in Microsoft's U.S. Automotive Vertical

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 1, 2006) - Quorum Information Technologies Inc. (TSX VENTURE:QIS) (Quorum) announced that the company has been added to Microsoft's Field Level Managed Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Program in the United States, extending its status in the program to include both Canada and the United States.

"Today, Microsoft welcomes Quorum as a new field-level ISV program participant in the United States, which recognizes Quorum's strategic use of Microsoft tools and technology within the company's dealership management application," said John Reed, Director, Automotive Retail Solutions, Microsoft Corp. "We view Quorum as a strategic partner in the automotive retail markets for the United States and Canada. Built on Microsoft technology, Quorum's solutions help dealers improve sales, customer satisfaction and operational efficiency."

"We are extremely pleased to have been added to Microsoft's field-level managed Independent Software Vendors (ISV) program in the United States. This, combined with the great support we have received in Canada under the program and our status as a Gold Certified Partner, firmly aligns us with Microsoft as we service the Dealership Management System (DMS) marketplace across North America," said Maury Marks, President and CEO of Quorum. "As our company has matured in the automotive marketplace, we have been able to effectively leverage Microsoft tools and technologies to successfully deliver our state-of-the-art DMS solution, XSELLERATOR™ to the market. Our latest Microsoft addition is SQL Server 2005, and with it our Real Time Dashboard, deployed through Microsoft Sharepoint and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 reporting services. These technologies form a powerful combination to provide instant access to the key data a dealership needs to run the business profitably."

The Microsoft field-level managed ISV program represents Microsoft's ongoing commitment to showcase participating companies' success in developing software products utilizing a wide range of Microsoft technology and applications. The program offers a customized approach in defined verticals that recognizes the expertise and total technology impact of participating ISVs.

Quorum's focus is on developing, marketing, implementing and supporting its XSELLERATOR™ product for the automotive vertical. XSELLERATOR™ is a dealership and customer management software product which automates, integrates and streamlines every process across departments in a dealership. Quorum currently holds more than 18 percent of GM dealership marketshare in Canada, making it the third largest supplier of Dealership Management Systems for GM in Canada. Quorum was also recently named General Motors' IDMS Supplier for North America. Quorum is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and Field-Level Managed ISV in both Canada and the United States.

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Contact Information

  • Quorum Information Technologies Inc.
    Craig F. Nieboer
    V.P. & CFO
    (403) 777-0035 Ext. 110
    (403) 777-0039 (FAX)
    Email: NieboerC@QuorumIS.com
    or
    Quorum Information Technologies Inc.
    #200, 6715 8 Street N.E.
    Calgary, AB T2E 7H7
    Website: www.QuorumIS.com