Unipower Solutions, independent software specialists for the retail and wholesale market, today announced it has attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program with competencies in Data Management Solutions and ISV/Software Solutions, recognising Unipower Solutions’ expertise and impact in the technology marketplace. As a Gold Certified Partner, Unipower Solutions 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.

“The Gold Certified Partner Program provides a way for customers to identify companies that have a proven commitment when delivering Microsoft technologies. Unipower’s range of customer-facing software solutions have been deployed extensively on Microsoft platforms and the Gold certification is formal recognition of our expertise in this field. We are delighted to be part of a very select group of Microsoft partners at this level” said John Camp, Managing Director.

“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 recognises Unipower Solutions 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, Unipower Solutions 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 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 recognises 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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About Unipower Solutions

Unipower specialise in developing and tailoring software which handles all customer-facing retail activities including point of sale, web stores and order management.

Founded 14 years ago, Unipower is recognised as an international retail solutions company serving major clients in the UK and the rest of Europe. Our continual investment in products has created a world-class portfolio, enabling our clients to implement systems quickly, with minimum risk.

Our unique combination of specialist industry knowledge and ever-growing creative and technical expertise is unrivalled in the retail and wholesale sectors. Our key clients include leading companies such as House of Fraser, Booker, Betterware and Sogegross.

For more information visit: http://www.unipowersolutions.com

Or Contact:

Toni O’Rourke
Unipower Solutions Europe Ltd
T: +44 (0) 1727 890888
e: torourke@unipowersolutions.com

Published on: 12:00AM on 18th October 2006