Crestwood Associates Attains Microsoft Partner Network Gold ERP Competency

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We are proud to announce that we are one of the first US partners to have achieved the new Microsoft Partner Network Gold Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Competency.  Gold status is the highest level of accreditation in the Microsoft Partner Network launched in October 2010.

Mary Lenehan, Client Education Manager, commented: “We worked hard to achieve the gold competency that allows us to shine in the Microsoft Partner Network and it allows firms such as Crestwood Associates to clearly and objectively demonstrate our expertise in ERP which sets us apart in the customers’ eyes and states that we have the experience and skills to be their partner of choice.”

The membership structure of the new Microsoft Partner Network is dramatically different.  The new Silver and Gold competency model reflects an organization’s specific capabilities, replacing the former levels of Gold Certified, Certified and Registered Member which were based at the generic organization level. This allows the partner to clearly demonstrate their expertise to the prospective customer in 29 specialist competency areas.

Crestwood is also proud to have attained the Microsoft Partner Network Silver Customer Relationship Management (CRM) competency.  A partner wishing to earn a Silver competency must achieve success in relevant exams, provide customer references and be able to demonstrate the strength of the Microsoft expertise in the company through Microsoft Certified Professionals. In itself, this is a significant investment, but the new Gold competency level sets a much higher bar, requiring more evidence of skills and achievements in the specialist area, including additional levels of certification, exam requirements, positive customer satisfaction surveys and additional customer references.

Partners who achieve Gold status will represent an elite group of Partner organizations that have demonstrated the highest, most consistent capability and commitment within their specialist solutions. 

Crestwood Associates will continue to develop and grow our Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft Dynamics CRM expertise and also seek to enhance our position in other related competencies such as achieving the CRM Gold competency during 2011.

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