Microsoft Gold Partner Frequently Asked Questions

AIMS is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner



 



1. What is a Microsoft Gold Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Partner?
Microsoft Gold  ISV Partners are independent companies that can provide you with the highest levels of technical expertise, strategic thinking and hands-on skills. Microsoft Gold  ISV Partners encompass a broad range of expertise and vendor affiliations. Their real-world perspective can help you prioritize and effectively deliver your technology solutions.

2. What does it mean to be a Microsoft Gold  ISV Partner?
Gold Certified Partners are the top level of Microsoft solutions partners.   At this level, companies have the opportunity to build the closest working relationship with Microsoft. To achieve Microsoft Gold Certification means that a company has demonstrated superior levels of successful implementations, capabilities and certification. Microsoft Gold  ISV Partners are required to meet rigorous requirements for certification and expertise.

3. What process does Microsoft use to determine a company’s eligibility?
In addition to passing the required exams at a Microsoft testing center, applicants must demonstrate increased levels of developer certification, deep real-world experience and provide completed customer reference projects that are independently verified by Microsoft.

4. What are the benefits to the customer?
Microsoft Gold ISV Partners have in-depth access to a variety of exclusive resources and early product information. Resources include priority access to a support team of Microsoft Gold certified systems engineers, nondisclosure evaluation of new products and technologies, as well as planning tools and events to keep up to speed on the latest Microsoft product developments and future direction. Microsoft Gold  ISV Partners also have direct access to 24/7 365 day support for your project whenever they need additional support from Microsoft. These benefits, combined with certified engineers that have demonstrated real world expertise, delivers the maximum benefit to the customer.

5. What are the benefits of having Microsoft certified Professionals?
Microsoft certified Professionals are individuals who have passed certification exams designed to validate their mastery using Microsoft tools and technologies. A recent study of Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers (MCSEs) and their supervisors by Jack McKillip, Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University, rated MCPs as highly effective workers on the job and IT supervisors rated MCSEs as more competent on all global dimensions as compared to non-certified systems engineers.

6. Why work with a Microsoft Gold  ISV Partner?
Microsoft Gold  ISV Partners have demonstrated expertise. Each Microsoft Gold  ISV Partner must employ a minimum number of Microsoft certified Professionals (MCPs) who have a demonstrated level of technical expertise and the proven ability to deliver solutions featuring Microsoft products. MCPs must pass certification exams developed by Microsoft.

Microsoft Gold  ISV Partners have a broad-range of experience. As a Microsoft Gold  ISV partner, AIMS offers several areas of expertise including Web Development, Hosting Solutions, Networking Infrastructure Solutions, Security Solutions, Data Management Solutions, Business Intelligence, Mobility Solutions, Information Worker Solutions, SOA and Business Process, Security and other leading edge disciplines.

Microsoft Gold  ISV Partner services include consulting, training, implementation, maintenance/support, and hosting services. AIMS has been in business over 25 years, and brings experience to your projects gained through conducting similar projects over many years of service and a real-world perspective to your technology strategies