En Pointe Technologies Achieves a Microsoft Gold Communications Competency in the Microsoft Partner

En Pointe Earns Distinction Through Demonstrated Technology Success and Customer Commitment

LOS ANGELES, CA - April 23, 2013 - En Pointe Technologies, a leading solution provider of IT products and services, today announced it has achieved a Gold Communications Competency in the Microsoft Partner Network, demonstrating its ability to meet Microsoft customers' evolving needs in today's dynamic business environment. To earn a Microsoft gold competency, organizations must complete a rigorous set of tests to prove their level of technology expertise, submit customer references, and demonstrate their commitment to customer satisfaction by participating in an annual survey.

"Achieving the Microsoft Gold Communications competency, coupled with the Microsoft Gold Messaging competency, demonstrates our expertise in delivering best-in-class unified communications solutions to our customers," said Peter Renner, Microsoft professional services director, En Pointe Technologies. "As an emerging leader in unified communications deployments, we enable our customers to improve their productivity experiences by collaborating, communicating, and connecting to each other securely, no matter their device or location."

En Pointe offers architecture design, consulting, and deployment services for a number of Microsoft technologies including Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft System Center, Microsoft SharePoint Server, and Microsoft Lync. Additionally, the Gold Communications Competency enables En Pointe to deliver Planning Services Days for its customers.

To date, En Pointe has been involved with over 100 deployments, most recently with a global Lync Enterprise Voice deployment across the U.S. and Asia Pac regions.

"The Microsoft Partner Network is designed to empower solution providers to succeed in today's business environment. By achieving the prestigious gold competency, participating companies are provided with a rich set of benefits, including increased customer visibility and accessibility, training and support," said Jon Roskill, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. "We are proud to put forth a program that provides the resources to help a company develop the expertise customers demand in today's competitive market and also provides the community and infrastructure that can connect them to one another, lowering costs for all parties."

The Microsoft gold competency signifies to the market that a company has demonstrated the highest level of skill and achievement within a given technology specialization. All of the Microsoft competencies are designed to help differentiate a partner's specific technology capabilities, in order to help customers identify the right provider. Each competency is qualified by a unique set of requirements and benefits, formulated to accurately represent the specific skills and services that partners bring to the industry. To achieve a Microsoft Gold Competency, partners must demonstrate technical acumen, while maintaining a strong customer satisfaction rating.

Designed for partners who sell, deploy, support, or develop Microsoft Lync solutions, the Microsoft Communications competency helps partners build a successful Lync practice, differentiates their expertise through distinguished branding, and takes advantage of the valuable program benefits and resources to help increase their value to current customers and expand their reach to new customers.

The Microsoft Partner Network is designed to equip organizations that deliver products and services through the Microsoft platform with the training, resources and support they need to provide their customers superior experience and outcomes.

About En Pointe Technologies' Microsoft Practice
En Pointe Technologies provides customers with licensing expertise, excellence in hardware fulfillment, and access to a comprehensive set of IT services. The company holds Microsoft Gold competencies in both Volume Licensing and Software Asset Management, and is 1 of only 4 companies in the world with the Microsoft SI-LAR (Systems Integrator- Large Account Reseller) distinction. Its comprehensive portfolio of services includes long-term managed services and shorter-term project based consulting services that deliver assessments, implementation/deployment, design and architecture, staff augmentation, training/knowledge transfer, and blocks of time for on-demand consumption. For more information, visit http://www.enpointe.com/microsoft.

About En Pointe Technologies
En Pointe Technologies is a national IT solutions provider that serves commercial accounts, government agencies, and educational institutions, with information technology hardware, software licensing support, and IT solutions. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Los Angeles, En Pointe is well represented in leading national markets throughout the United States. En Pointe has the experience and the technology to help organizations simplify the management of their information technology infrastructure. For more information, visit www.enpointe.com, www.linkedin.com/company/en-pointe-technologies, www.youtube.com/enpointetech, or follow @EnPointeTech on Twitter.


Angela Tuzzo
MRB Public Relations
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