Gemcom has further distinguished itself by earning Microsoft competencies in networking infrastructure solutions and ISV/software solutions. As a Gold Certified Partner, Gemcom has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft-based technologies. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners receive a rich set of benefits, including access, training and support, helping to give them a competitive advantage in the channel.“Technology partners like Gemcom Software International that achieve Microsoft Gold Certified Partner status have a deep understanding of Microsoft-based solutions and a passion for Canada’s growing technology industry,” said Lora Gernon, Senior Director Partner Group, Microsoft Canada.“Gemcom’s worldwide customers have realised significant cost savings and productivity gains by partnering with us and adopting our enterprise solutions which incorporate industry-leading systems like Microsoft SQL Server,” said Rick Moignard, President and CEO of Gemcom (interviewed by International Mining in the forthcoming February issue). “Microsoft-based technology plays a key role in our solutions and in our customers’ success. With centralised data management, our customers have overcome the data chaos inherent to mining operations. This has enabled them to improve operational decision-making and collaboration by establishing on-demand access to a single, managed source of data, wherever and whenever it is needed. Gemcom’s achievement of Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program further underlines our ability to deliver effective, value-adding enterprise solutions.”As one of the requirements for attaining Gold Certified Partner status, Gemcom had to declare a Microsoft Competency. Gemcom has attained two Microsoft Competencies: Networking Infrastructure Solutions and ISV/Software Solutions, which are detailed below. Microsoft Competencies are designed to help differentiate a technology partner’s capabilities with specific Microsoft-based 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.Microsoft Gold Certified Partners enrolled in the Networking Infrastructure Solutions Competency have proved their expertise in implementing technology solutions based on either the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or Windows 2000 Server operating system, with a particular focus on Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 and Windows Small Business Server 2003. These implementations may include crafting solutions that connect Windows-based servers, PC locations and the Internet; installing a server farm; or building a small-business Windows Server stand-alone solution that includes file and print capabilities.The ISV/Software Solutions Competency recognises the skill and focus technology partners bring to a particular solution set. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners that have obtained this competency have a successful record of developing and marketing packaged software based on Microsoft-based technologies.“Solutions competencies are an important way for Microsoft to better enable ISVs to help 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 technology partners worldwide. The program offers a single, integrated framework that recognises technology partner expertise, rewards the total impact that technology partners have in the technology marketplace, and delivers more value to help technology partners’ businesses be successful.