Autonomy Cardiff Attains Gold Certified Partner Status in Microsoft Partner Program

CAMBRIDGE, England and SAN DIEGO, California , April 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cardiff , a division of Autonomy Corporation plc (LSE: AU. or AU.L) and leading provider of Intelligent Document solutions, today announced that it has attained Gold...


CAMBRIDGE, England and SAN DIEGO, California , April 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cardiff , a division of Autonomy Corporation plc (LSE: AU. or AU.L) and leading provider of Intelligent Document solutions, today announced that it has attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a competency in Business Process and Integration. As a Gold Certified Partner, Autonomy Cardiff 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 channel.

"We are extremely pleased to have attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program," said Mark Seamans , Cardiff's CEO. " Cardiff has close working relationship with Microsoft in the Business Process and Integration solutions market, giving us top-level access to Microsoft resources and support, including Microsoft's exclusive Partner Knowledge Base and more. This Microsoft validation further demonstrates our technological leadership in Business Process Management solutions and Cardiff's commitment to our global customer base."

"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 a partner company who 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 Autonomy Cardiff as a 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, Autonomy Cardiff 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.

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.

"Partners play a critical role in delivering solutions to our customers that complement their applications and services," said Robert Wahbe , general manager of the Connected Systems Division at Microsoft Corp. "The value of solutions competencies is that they allow Microsoft to deliver resources and training to partners, enabling them to better meet the needs of their customers."

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

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