Netlink IT achieves Microsoft Certified Partner Status

I’m chuffed to announce that Netlink IT achieved Microsoft Certified Partner Status this past month gone.

After striving to reach the level this Certification demanded for quite some time, the achievement of reaching the goal-post almost got lost in the business that taking on new staff, moving into a new office and re-organising the business brought on!

It was March 2006 that Netlink IT became a Microsoft Small Business Specialist Partner – and two years on I think that the SBSC certification, and in particular the benefits of working with the community that surrounds the "blue badge" from that certification, have significantly helped me to grow the company to the stage it’s at now.

I’m hoping that Microsoft Certified Partner Status helps me grow the business further still.

What is a Microsoft Certified Partner? Well to quote the Microsoft Partner Portal:-

"Certified Partners represent a high degree of competence and expertise with Microsoft technologies."

In a nutshell, Certified Partners have access to a number of benefits ranging from licensing, to training, to Sales and Marketing support from Microsoft.

Our clients also benefit from us having a closer working relationship and support ties with Microsoft too.

Gold Partner Status is the next target. 🙂


4 Responses to “Netlink IT achieves Microsoft Certified Partner Status”

  1. 1 Vijay June 10, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Not only can you drink loads of beer but you\’re actually quite good at this business lark!! Well done mate 🙂

  2. 2 Unknown June 10, 2008 at 4:00 am

    Congratulations Netlink.
    So I suppose you\’ll all be drinking more kool-aid now! 😉

  3. 3 Steve June 10, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Congrats! It takes time, perseverance and the ability to juggle a lot of balls at once to achieve certification – welcome to the club! The next challenge is to utilise all those lovely Microsoft goodies that suddenly open up to you to further your business to the next level… Microsoft speakers for conferences, MS Customer SAT surveys, maximising the kudos of Certified status in your marketing & PR….

  4. 4 Richard June 11, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Thanks all. Steve – I\’d have to say that one of the biggest challenges of being a Microsoft Partner is not lack of information from Microsoft, but too much at times! Wading through the vast sea of training, opportunities and documentation that Microsoft offer you can be a challenge – more so when becoming a Certified Partner opens up all the other "goodies" you spoke of. 🙂

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