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CCO First in the US to Achieve New Microsoft Gold Status

by Rand Morimoto

10/11/2010

CCO was one of the first Microsoft consulting partners in the world to achive the new "Gold Competency" status in the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN).  Where Microsoft has had a "Gold Partner" status for some time now, the renewal for 2011 required a whole new series of qualifications.

The qualifications included:

  • Microsoft Certified IT Professionals (MCITP) that have completed not only the MCITP platform certification exams but also specialized exams in unique areas of discipline such as Exchange 2010, SharePoint 2010, System Center, SQL, and the like (each Gold Competency requires 3-5 MCITPs with key certifications completed for EACH competency achieved)
  • Client References are also part of the Gold Competency with 3-5 references (checked by Microsoft) to validate that in the past year, CCO has successfully completed the implementation and support of the technologies
  • Sales Certifications:  At least 2 sales consultants at CCO had to take exams to confirm that the frontline at CCO also understood Microsoft's platform technologies

CCO has completed the Gold Competency requirements and has been awarded Gold Status for:

  • Windows Server Platform
  • Identity and Security

CCO has completed the Silver Competency requirements and has been awarded Silver Status for:

  • Content Management
  • Desktop
  • MidMarket Solutions
  • Mobility
  • Portals and Collaboration
  • Search
  • Systems Management
  • Virtualization

(to upgrade from Silver to Gold on these other areas, CCO has to designate (and dedicate) 3-5 consultants to complete their MCITP with the requirements for EACH of the additional platforms (so 8 Silvers will take 36 additional consultants to complete the exam requirements for the MCITP with specialization exams needed for each platform), a task in progress through 2011!)

A foothold to be one of the first in the world to even get 2 Gold Competencies, not an easy task with the new 2011 partner program requirements.