SOURCE: Slalom Consulting

Slalom Consulting

February 23, 2011 09:00 ET

Slalom Consulting Achieves Five Gold Competencies in the Microsoft Partner Network

Premier Consulting Firm Earns Distinction Through Demonstrated Mastery of Microsoft Technology

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - February 23, 2011) - Slalom Consulting, one of the country's premier business and IT consulting firms, today announced it has achieved five gold competencies in the Microsoft Partner Network. The firm achieved Gold status in Business Intelligence, CRM, Portals & Collaboration, Unified Communications, and Web Development, demonstrating its ability to meet Microsoft customers' evolving needs in today's dynamic business environment.

To earn a Microsoft Gold Competency, organizations must complete a rigorous set of tests to prove their level of technology expertise, have the right number of Microsoft Certified Professionals, submit customer references and demonstrate their commitment to customer satisfaction by participating in an annual survey. Slalom Consulting's deep commitment and understanding of Microsoft's products provides added value to their fortune 500 clients with a complete service offering. Earning five Microsoft Gold Competencies illustrates the importance Slalom attributes to constantly improving their technical and business knowledge; providing best-in-class service through Microsoft-based solutions.

"Achieving five Microsoft Gold Competencies demonstrate that Slalom is committed making sure our consultants are the most knowledgeable in the industry and that we're enabling our clients with the best technology," said Tom Chew, solutions national general manager at Slalom. "We look forward to a continued relationship with Microsoft and working together to create solutions that help our clients win."

 "The Microsoft Partner Network is designed to empower solution providers to succeed in today's business environment. By achieving the prestigious Gold competency, participating companies are provided with a rich set of benefits, including increased customer visibility through branding and accessibility, training and support," said Jon Roskill, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. "We are proud to put forth a program that provides the right resources to help a company develop the expertise customers demand in today's competitive market and also provides the community and infrastructure that can connect them to one another, lowering costs for all parties."

The Microsoft Gold Competency signifies to the market that a company has demonstrated the highest level of skill and achievement within a given technology specialization. All 29 Microsoft competencies are designed to help differentiate a partner's specific technology capabilities, helping customers find solution providers quickly and easily. Each competency has a unique set of requirements and benefits, formulated to accurately represent the specific skills and services that partners bring to the industry. 

The combination of the five Gold Competencies in Business Intelligence, CRM, Portals & Collaboration, Unified Communications, and Web Development demonstrates Slalom's ability to deliver solutions that leverage familiar tools to provide insight to everyone in your customers' organizations, deploy solutions built on Microsoft Dynamics CRM and related applications, reduce costs through unified communication platforms, effectively deliver Web-enabled deployment solutions and meet team and organizational collaboration and connectivity needs across multiple channels.

The Microsoft Partner Network is designed to equip organizations that deliver products and services based on the Microsoft platform with the training, resources and support they need to provide their customers a superior experience and outcomes.

About Slalom Consulting

Slalom Consulting is a business and technology consulting firm that helps clients win by building local teams with a deep understanding of the art and science of business success. Slalom drives client ROI in areas such as cloud computing, business intelligence, portals, mobility, project management and process design. Slalom's consultants are handpicked experts who stay ahead of the curve by always finding the next innovative advantage. Headquartered in Seattle, Slalom employs more than 1000 consultants across nine cities in the United States. For more information visit www.slalom.com.