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04/22/2014

Microsoft Gold Intelligent Systems Competency

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COPA-DATA has been a member of the Microsoft Partner Network since 2005. With access to the latest technologies, as well as extensive information and support resources, this membership contributes to the quality and innovative capacity of our own products and services. The continued further development of our initiatives with Microsoft already led to us receiving the Gold Application Development Competency. We are now happy to have reached the next milestone: The Gold Intelligent Systems Competency.

Microsoft had already announced in summer 2013 that it would integrate its established Windows Embedded Partner Program (WEPP) into the international Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) in the form of a new competency, in order to be able to offer partners a central, consistent program. The restructuring ultimately led to the introduction of the new MPN competency for Intelligent Systems in January 2014.

With smart systems to Industry 4.0

The objective of the use of intelligent systems in industrial manufacturing companies is to exploit the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT), so that all relevant data and information is fully available, regardless of time and location. They aid the networking of devices, equipment, processes and people, continually optimize Business Intelligence solutions and thus positively influence decision making. Intelligent systems thus make an important contribution to increasing the degree of automation of a plant and to the economic growth of a region. zenon meets all requirements and criteria of an intelligent system, which Microsoft has now confirmed with the qualification of the Gold Intelligent Systems Competency. We can therefore offer our partners and customers innovative technologies, specific expert know-how and competent end-to-end solutions in this area.

Microsoft competencies as a competitive advantage

With the issue of different competencies in the Microsoft Partner Network, Microsoft is supporting its partners in advertising their industry-leading skills and specialist knowledge in a professional manner and to differentiate themselves clearly from the competition. In order to be able to have one or more of the total of around 25 MPN competencies, it is necessary to meet certain requirements and to evidence these in annual reprofilings. Depending on the extent to which this has been met, a distinction is made between Gold and Silver competencies. Only partners that have shown consistent high performance and exceptional commitment in a certain area of commerce are given Gold competencies.

COPA-DATA is an important MPN holder

Johannes Petrowisch, Partner Account Manager at COPA-DATA: "According to information from Microsoft, out of more than 650,000 Microsoft partners around the world, only five percent have a Silver competency qualification and only one percent have a Gold competency qualification. With our two Gold competencies, we are consequently in a very small circle of competency holders within this network and can thus underscore our role as a technological pioneer once again. We are very proud of that."

Find out more about the core benefits and requirements of the new Microsoft Partner Network Competency Intelligent Systems.