Amillan Achieves Microsoft Gold Communications Competency

Amillan demonstrates best-in-class capability and market leadership through demonstrated technology success and customer commitment.

Communications solutions integrator Amillan announces that it has attained a Gold Communications competency, demonstrating a “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 1 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. They also must 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.

With 25 years’ experience in communications technology, and specialised expertise in the integration of new voice and unified communications systems, Amillan is bringing these skills to bear in delivering Microsoft Lync deployments for organisations who wanted to benefit from a full unified communications solution comprising of voice, IM, presence, video conferencing and collaborative working. Amillan has implemented Microsoft Lync into a number of clients and has also deployed Microsoft Lync across its own organization as a full voice and unified communications application, integrating Lync with existing PABX systems, gateways and peripherals to demonstrate its integration capability.

In response to today’s changing work styles and the need for real-time collaboration, organisations are looking for integrated productivity tools that enable users to communicate from anywhere in a cost-effective and secure manner. Lync’s unified experience facilitates rapid user adoption, while the ability to support a full range of communications from a single platform reduces both capital and operational costs.

Lync Server 2010 also offers a compelling financial proposition to replace an organisation’s legacy PABX platform, and it is here that Amillan’s extensive voice integration background becomes particularly valuable.

“Amillan’s extensive expertise in voice integration is essential to organisations considering the migration of their current PABX environment over to a Lync Server 2010 unified communications solution”, said Richard Reid strategic development director at Amillan. “For a period of time, both systems need to co-exist and work together to sustain an organisation’s critical operations. We have a great deal of experience in that area, and our specialised skills and proven processes ensure that the client’s Lync migration is smooth and successful.”

Reid also anticipates that Amillan will have the opportunity to work alongside other Microsoft Partners in implementing Lync Server 2010 unified communications solutions into those partners’ client base. “This Microsoft Gold Communications competency shows our commitment to today’s leading technology solutions and demonstrates our deep knowledge of Microsoft and its products. It’s likely that our voice-specific skills will complement those of the extensive Microsoft Partner base allowing an accelerated deployment of Lync Server 2010 systems through a partnership approach.”

“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 1 percent of our partner ecosystem, and their proficiency will help customers drive innovative solutions on the latest Microsoft technology.”

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