Callcredit Data Solutions Receive Microsoft's Highest Honour

Callcredit, as part of the Skipton Information Group, has become the first UK credit reference agency to be accredited as a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, the highest level of the Microsoft partnership program.

According to the world's leading software company, Gold Certified Partners represent the highest level of competence and expertise with Microsoft technologies, and have the closest working relationship with Microsoft.

To achieve accreditation, Callcredit, its sister companies EuroDirect and GMAP Consulting, and Skipton Information Group itself, have had to meet stringent criteria in terms of certified technical staff, certified and independently tested products, and verified customer references.

Each of the businesses has also met the additional criteria for Microsoft Competency Approval in three specialist areas - Custom Development Solutions, Data Management Solutions and ISV / Software Solutions.

Only two other UK companies have achieved Competency Approval for these three specialisations.

Mark Davison, technology development director for Callcredit and the Group said:

"This is independent confirmation that few companies can match our skills and expertise in information handling and processing. We are operating at the forefront of information technology, developing value-added solutions for our clients that are optimising their business and operational effectiveness."

About Microsoft Competency Approvals
  1. Custom Development Solutions - designed for technology partners who provide custom-developed solutions to customers who require value-added capabilities to optimize business and operational effectiveness. This competency is primarily for partners who develop with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, Visual Studio Tools for Office, SQL Server, Windows Server 2003, BizTalk, Windows XP, and Office System 2003
  2. Data Management Solutions - designed for technology partners with proven competency in implementing Microsoft SQL Server solutions that feature data warehousing, business intelligence, online analytical processing (OLAP), data mining, and decision support.
  3. ISV Software Solutions - designed for technology partners with proven expertise in developing and marketing packaged software applications based on Microsoft technologies.