Antares Management Solutions Attains Gold Certified Partner Status in Microsoft Partner Program

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Antares Management Solutions Further Distinguishes Itself by Earning Microsoft Competencies in Data Management Solutions, Custom Development

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    WESTLAKE, Ohio, March 10 // -- Antares Management Solutions, a premier servicing provider of business process outsourcing and information technology solutions, today announced it has attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program with competencies in Data Management Solutions, Custom Development Solutions and Networking Solutions, recognizing Antares' expertise and impact in the technology marketplace. As a Gold Certified Partner, Antares 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.

    "We are honored to have attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program," said Ken Sidon, president of Antares Management Solutions. "This provides us the opportunity to promote our technical expertise and relationship with Microsoft to all of our customers." Sidon added, "The benefits provided through our Gold Certified Partner status will allow us to continue offering the best-in-class solutions that we provide for our 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 Antares as a new Gold Certified Partner for demonstrating its expertise providing customer satisfaction using Microsoft products and technology."

    The Data Management Solutions Competency is designed for Microsoft Certified and Gold Certified Partners that have proved their competency in deploying data warehousing, online analytical processing, data mining, decision support and in-depth reporting solutions. Specializations within the competency are Business Intelligence and Database Management.

    "Microsoft Competencies make it easier for our partners to position their offerings to our mutual customers, better align their business with Microsoft's marketing initiatives and form closer relationships with other industry partners," said Bill Baker, general manager of business intelligence for SQL Server at Microsoft Corp. "Through the Data Management Solutions Competency, we can assist our industry partners' proficiency in developing and deploying business intelligence applications more quickly and easily, and help them align with our goal of making business intelligence solutions more pervasive and accessible to everyone."

    The Custom Development Solutions Competency is designed for technology partners providing custom-built solutions for clients that require value-added capabilities to optimize business opportunities. Specializations within the competency are Application Infrastructure Development, Smart Client Development and Web Development.

    "Our developer partners enable us to deliver high-quality solutions and applications to our customers," said Nick Abbott, group manager in the .NET Developer Product Marketing Group at Microsoft Corp. "As the demand for applications built on the Microsoft platform continues to grow, there are more opportunities for providers of custom-developed applications than ever before. The Custom Development Solution Competency provides partners with a way to showcase their expertise delivering custom-built solutions to customers, enhancing partners' revenue opportunities and positioning them for growth."

    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.

    "We place tremendous value on our partners, which help us deliver solutions and applications to customers," said Allison Watson, vice president of the Worldwide Partner Sales and Marketing Group at Microsoft Corp. "Solutions competencies provide an integrated partnering framework that recognizes an enterprise's expertise and rewards it for the effect it has in the technology marketplace. It also allows companies to demonstrate for customers their knowledge of building solutions based on Microsoft technologies, such as setting up networks using Windows Server 2003 R2 and Windows Small Business Server 2003."

    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.

    Antares Management Solutions is a market leader in providing Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Information Technology Outsourcing (ITO) services to insurance and other industries. The company's state-of-the-art solutions allow clients to reduce costs and risk while concentrating on their core businesses. Headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, the company manages all aspects of insurance administration and offers integration, delivery and maintenance of information technology, all of which can be customized solutions.
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