Danish accounts software company Navision has become the first independent software vendor (ISV) to gain accreditation as a Microsoft Global Gold Certified Partner for its software products.
The new accreditation is awarded to companies who are gold partners on at least three continents. Navision, which sells its software products entirely through channel partners, currently has 14 accredited sites in Europe, the US, Australia, Southeast Asia and South Africa.
"Our two products [Axapta and Attain] are both focused on small and medium companies of 5-250 million euros [£3-£150 million]," said joint chief executive officer, Jesper Balser.
"This is a very broad spread and our partners provide the industry knowledge and customisation."
Navision has around 130,000 end-users serviced by 2,200 resellers.
Other prerequisites to accreditation are demonstrable commitment and expertise in one or more specialist technology areas, and a software product with Windows 2000 certification.
Accreditation brings access to advanced technical and marketing information - including web content on the Microsoft Certified Partner restricted website- and special marketing event opportunities.
Navision merged with its Danish competitor Damgaard last year, with the two CEOs becoming joint CEOs of the merged organisation. Joint CEO Preben Damgaard said tremendous cost synergy had resulted in a saving of 20 million euros (£12 million) in the first year. "This was a major factor in maintaining good performance in difficult times," he said.
The two software products provide web-enabled integrated business solutions. Axapta (which came from Damgaard) was designed to provide scalability for rapidly expanding companies, while Attain (from Navision) is aimed at smaller companies, according to Balser.
The Microsoft Gold and Global Gold Certified Partner programmes have been in operation since January this year.
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