Westcon achieves Microsoft Gold Communications competency

Westcon Group on Sunday announced that it had become the first value-added distributor worldwide to achieve Microsoft’s Partner Network Gold Communications competency.

The designation is based on the firm’s standards for revenue, service support and customer satisfaction throughout the EMEA region. Weston said that it had met stringent requirements set by Microsoft to achieve Gold Level, having provided best-in-class Microsoft Lync-based solutions to customers.

“We are extremely proud to be the first VAD wordwide to achieve Microsoft’s Gold Communications certification,” said Manoj Panchal, Convergence Divisional Manager, Westcon Middle East. “This distinction marks our commitment to Microsoft and its Lync platform, and sets Westcon apart as a leading provider of unified communications solutions.

“By continually analysing market trends, identifying such innovative solutions and then investing to gain deep technical competency in them, we have managed to create a unified communications eco-system.”

Scott Brown, Senior Director, Worldwide Lync Enterprise Voice, Microsoft, explained the benefits of becoming a Gold-Level partner in communications competency.

“We are committed to supporting Gold-Level members with the right set of tools, training, and information to empower their partners with leading-edge, Microsoft-based solutions and services,” he said.

“As the first global VAD to achieve Gold Communications certification, Westcon has clearly demonstrated its value – delivering integrated and customised sales and marketing, pre and post-sales support, and services to support today’s channel demand for Lync.”

Westcon claims that it has one of the broadest Lync eco-systems in distribution, including Active Communications, Acme Packet, Advatel, Altigen, AudioCodes, Jabra, Plantronics, Polycom, snom and Sonus.

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