alwaysON Ltd Achieves Gold Certification in Unified Communications from Microsoft Corporation in the United Kingdom

Reading, United Kingdom, November 10, 2012 --( alwaysON announced today it has achieved Gold Certification from Microsoft® in Unified Communications. To earn Gold Certification, alwaysON had to meet rigorous standards for Unified Communications competency, including revenue, service, support and customer satisfaction requirements set forth by Microsoft.

“Gold certification from Microsoft is an achievement that alwaysON will be celebrating! It’s an important milestone for our company and something we have strived to achieve because not only does it confirm our expertise in, but also our commitment to, Microsoft Lync solutions. Our view is that Lync will become the UC platform of choice for the Enterprise and mid-markets and our strategy is predicated around this moving forward. Indeed, so sure are we of the benefits it brings that we will continue to invest in our solution development around the Lync platform.” (James Byles, Managing Director)

“Partners with Gold status in competencies represent organisations (and associated individuals) that have demonstrated the highest, most consistent capability and commitment within a targeted business solution area. Gold competencies reward this deep expertise and high commitment with benefits including tailored, competency-specific benefits based on solutions offered, and core benefits such as training, channel incentives etc. In addition, Gold competencies entitle the partner to a Microsoft named contact who will support the creation of a business plan to serve customer demand and help with sales efforts. We are committed to supporting our Gold level partners by enabling them with the right set of tools, training and information that will help them delight our customers through leading edge Microsoft based solutions and services offerings that address the customer’s technology requirements,” said Janet Gibbons, Director of Partner Strategy and Programmes, Microsoft UK. “With a Gold competency Unified Communications, alwaysON has made an investment in developing their capability to deliver an integrated and customised technology solution to support today’s customer demand.”

The Microsoft Partner Network is committed to serving the needs of Microsoft partners and helping over 160 million mutual customers worldwide realise their potential. By acquiring the Gold level in Unified Communication competency, alwaysON has demonstrated its ability to meet stringent technology and customer satisfaction requirements set forth by Microsoft in order to provide best in class Microsoft based solutions to our customers.

As a Microsoft Gold Competency Partner in Unified Communications, alwaysON has met the requirements for attaining the broadest range of expertise across multiple technologies aligned to the competency. Microsoft Gold level status provides alwaysON access to comprehensive marketing, sales, technical, and support services benefits that will enable us to serve the technology needs of joint prospective customers.

About alwaysON Ltd
alwaysON Ltd (alwaysON), a Foresight Group company, specialise in Microsoft Lync Unified Communication and Collaboration solutions, delivered over their private network infrastructure. Formed in 2000, alwaysON has a pedigree in delivering multi-site network solutions to small, medium and large organisations throughout the UK. Today, alwaysON leverage their UK wide network infrastructure to deliver hosted application solutions. In 2012, alwaysON was highly commended at the Comms National Awards in recognition of the innovative application solutions that they design and deploy. Accredited by Microsoft as Gold Unified Communications partner, alwaysON is a trusted partner for any business looking to adopt cloud based communication solutions.

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