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Amberpoint Further Distinguishes Itself by Earning a Microsoft Competency in ISV/Software Solutions

AmberPoint, Inc., the industry’s leading provider of SOA runtime governance software, today announced it has attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a competency in ISV/Software Solutions, recognizing AmberPoint’s expertise and impact in the technology marketplace. As a Gold Certified Partner, AmberPoint 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.

AmberPoint’s industry-leading SOA runtime governance software simplifies real-time visibility and control at each stage of the SOA lifecycle—from development and QA through production use. AmberPoint utilizes a policy-based approach to governance in order to manage the health and well-being of SOA applications.

“AmberPoint has been working closely with Microsoft for the past five years. We’re pleased to add Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program to our already strong relationship,” said Ed Horst, AmberPoint vice president of marketing. “Our SOA governance solutions help customers get the most from their investments in SOA infrastructure. Our close ties to Microsoft allow us to further enhance our solutions for our mutual customers.”

“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 recognizes AmberPoint 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, AmberPoint 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 ISV/Software Solutions Competency recognizes the skill and focus partners bring to a particular solution set. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners that have obtained this competency have a successful record of developing and marketing packed software based on Microsoft technologies.

“Solutions competencies are an important way for Microsoft to better enable ISVs to meet customer needs,” said Sanjay Parthasarathy, corporate vice president of the Developer & Platform Evangelism Group at Microsoft. “They allow ISVs to keep and win customers through their deep knowledge of solutions-based Microsoft platform technologies. Microsoft has a long history of working closely with ISV partners to help them deliver compelling solutions and applications to our mutual customers, and the Microsoft Competencies are an important step in continuing to enhance vital relationships with ISVs worldwide.”

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.

About AmberPoint
AmberPoint is the industry’s leading provider of SOA runtime governance solutions. More than 100 customers, including Best Buy, H&R Block, MedicAlert Foundation, Motorola and the U.S. Department of Defense, have chosen AmberPoint for its comprehensive capabilities, its non-invasive approach and its native support for Java and .NET. For more information, contact AmberPoint at 510.663.6300 or info@amberpoint.com, or visit www.amberpoint.com for a complimentary developer's edition of AmberPoint software.

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Press Contacts
Bob Dever
AmberPoint, Inc.
001.510.433.6553
bdever@amberpoint.com

Monique Chambers
Devonshire Marketing
0207 871 2781
monique@devonshiremarketing.com

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