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Microsoft Partner Network reaches 1st anniversary with 14,000 Australian partners on-board

2 November, 2011 | Sydney, Australia

Microsoft Australia and its Australian partners are today celebrating the first anniversary of the Microsoft Partner Network. Since its launch, the Microsoft Partner Network has seen its partner network grow to support more than 640,000 Microsoft partners across the globe.

One year on from the launch of the Australian Microsoft Partner Network, the ecosystem is now 14,000 Australian partners strong. The Microsoft Partner Network equips members with the training, resources and support they need to remain competitive and diversify their business models, servicing new customers and taking advantage of innovative technology platforms; such as cloud computing.

“Microsoft’s partners are the key to our success and we are investing heavily in the Microsoft Partner Network to support and grow our robust partner ecosystem,” said Evan Williams, Small and Medium Business & Partner Group Director, Microsoft Australia. “We are investing $5.8 billion globally in the network in 2012 and will bring new services and support to our Australian partners.”

The Microsoft Partner Network has allowed partners to specialise and diversify, focusing on specific technologies, to deliver innovative solutions that help customers achieve their goals.

As Microsoft Australia’s 2011 Online Services Partner of the Year, Online Services Corporation delivers cloud solutions to organisations of all sizes.

“The Microsoft Partner Network has reinvigorated our partnership with Microsoft, since joining we’ve seen our customer base grow by 210 per cent. Having access to this global network has made it easier for us to expand into new markets in Asia.” said Karl Redenbach, CEO, Online Services Corporation. “The new gold competency program gives clients clarity on what we offer, differentiating us from our competitors. At the same time the network has allowed us to leverage and work together with other partners. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for us as part of the Microsoft Partner Network; it’s going from strength to strength.”

Ensyst has experienced strong business growth and as a Microsoft Gold Partner has been able to attract new customers and diversify their business.

“The Microsoft Partner Network has seen our business expand 30 per cent year-on-year and we’ve found that our gold competencies have been crucial to helping us win new business.” said Ensyst’s general manager, Nick Sone. “We believe the Microsoft Partner Network, with the new specialised gold competencies, has been extremely valuable to our customers and helped us to work with other partners in the network.”

Microsoft Partner Network brings a rich community of industry partners, as well as the technical and business development resources that Australian partners can utilise to respond to their customer’s needs.

Members of the Microsoft Partner Network can also join the Small Business Specialist Community (SBCS), BizSpark or WebsiteSpark. Each of these communities provides its members with technical and business development resources. SBCS is focused on partners that provide small and midmarket business solutions, and BizSpark and WebsiteSpark are focused on entrepreneurs and business start-ups.

About Microsoft Partner Network
Microsoft invests in the success of its partner channel and more than 640,000 organisations make up Microsoft’s partner ecosystem. Partners have been instrumental to Microsoft’s success over its 35-year history and have created profitable and unique businesses, by offering their customers access to a range of Microsoft products, technologies, tools and resources. Additional information on the Microsoft Partner Network is available at https://partner.microsoft.com/australia/partner?countrycode=en-au.

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realise their full potential. For more information about Microsoft Australia please visit www.microsoft.com.au.

For further information, or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Anna Barnes
Howorth Communications
02 8281 3802 / 0431 876 912
anna@howorth.com.au

Alice Ridgway
Howorth Communications
02 8281 3833 / 0400 375 544
alice@howorth.com.au

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