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OneNeck(R) IT Services, a Leading Application Management and Cloud Hosting Provider, Achieves Two Microsoft Gold Competencies

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:13am
The Associated Press

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OneNeck IT Services, a leading application management and cloud hosting provider, announced today, it has attained Microsoft Gold competencies for Hosting, as well as Identity and Access. Earning Gold competencies demonstrates OneNeck's "best-in-class" ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers' evolving needs in today's dynamic business environment and distinguishing itself within the top one percent of Microsoft's partner ecosystem.

To earn a Microsoft Gold competency, partners must successfully complete exams (resulting in Microsoft Certified Professionals) to prove their level of technology expertise, and then designate these certified professionals uniquely to one Microsoft competency, ensuring a certain level of staffing capacity. Microsoft Gold competency partners must also submit customer references that demonstrate successful projects (along with implementing a yearly customer satisfaction study), meet a revenue commitment (for most Gold competencies), and pass technology and/or sales assessments.

"Earning these Microsoft Gold competencies for Hosting and for Identity and Access showcase our expertise and commitment to today's technology market," said Chuck Vermillion, OneNeck chief executive officer. "It also demonstrates our deep knowledge of Microsoft and its products. With this knowledge, we plan to accelerate our customers' success by continuing to be technology advisors for their business demands."

OneNeck provides a variety of application management and cloud hosting solutions that deliver maximum value to its customers through: server management, database management, operating system management, disaster recovery solutions and a 24/7 support center.

"By achieving a Gold competency, partners have demonstrated the highest, most consistent capability and commitment to the latest Microsoft technology," said Jon Roskill, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. "These partners have a deep expertise that puts them in the top one percent of our partner ecosystem, and their proficiency will help customers drive innovative solutions on the latest Microsoft technology."

Attaining the Hosting competency is exclusively for partners that specialize in hosting solutions and maintain their own data centers or act as a reseller or agency of services hosted by Microsoft; provide agreed-upon service levels and customized hosted offerings; and consult for common customer scenarios. Equipped with exclusive training, the latest software and support, gold partners help customers offset the cost of maintaining critical business applications with scalable hosting solutions.

Attaining the Identity and Access competency, on the other hand, demonstrates partner expertise in building and deploying integrated, simplified, and comprehensive security solutions that help customers access and protect corporate information across the data center and cloud. Equipped with exclusive training, the latest software and support on key technologies like Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure, Office 365 and Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager, partners can increase customer confidence by enabling secure access to corporate applications and data from any location and any device, while ensuring unauthorized users are prevented from accessing sensitive information.

The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better serve customers, and to easily connect with one of the most active, diverse networks in the world.

To learn more about OneNeck® IT Services stop by our booth #347 at Microsoft's Convergence 2013 March 18-21 in New Orleans. For more information on OneNeck's Dynamics AX solutions and ERP outsourcing services visit: http://www.oneneck.com/Solutions/HostedApplicationManagement/ApplicationManagement/MicrosoftDynamicsAX.aspx

Founded in 1997, OneNeck® IT Services Corp. (OneNeck) is a global leader in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) hosted application management, managed hosting services, cloud services and infrastructure services (IaaS). OneNeck supports a variety of enterprise applications, including: ERP systems such as Oracle E-Business Suite, Microsoft Dynamics AX, JD Edwards, and Baan. The company joined TDS® Hosted & Managed Services LLC (TDS® HMS) in June 2011.

TDS Hosted & Managed Services is the parent company of OneNeck IT Services Corp., Vital Support Systems, and VISI Inc. TDS HMS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems Inc. The business unit is growing rapidly; now employing more than 500 people throughout the U.S. TDS HMS companies specialize in engineering and management of IT infrastructure, including: hosted application management, managed hosting, and ReliaCloud? enterprise cloud services. TDS HMS owns and operates Tier 3 data centers in Iowa, Minn., and Wis. Visit www.oneneck.com, www.vitalsite.com, www.visi.com, and www.reliacloud.com for more information.

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., a Fortune 500® (NYSE: TDS) company, provides wireless; broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 7 million customers in 36 states through its business units, U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecommunications Corp. and TDS Hosted & Managed Services. Founded in 1968 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems and its subsidiaries employ more than 12,000 people. For investment information, visit www.teldta.com.

Contact: Teresa Snyder 480-315-3086

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