Thursday, November 1, 2012

Accellos Achieves a Microsoft Gold Independent Software Vendor Competency in the Microsoft Partner Network

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – November 1, 2012 – Accellos, a leading provider of supply chain execution software solutions, today announced it has achieved a Gold Independent Software Vendor Competency in the Microsoft Partner Network, demonstrating its ability to meet Microsoft customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment. To earn a Microsoft gold competency, organizations must complete a rigorous set of tests to prove their level of technology expertise, submit customer references and demonstrate their commitment to customer satisfaction by participating in an annual survey.

Accellos was formed with the idea that logistics service providers and SMBs were too limited in their options for supply chain software.  With a core focus on these industry sectors, Accellos developed a comprehensive suite of products that is widely deployed in trucking companies, 3PLs and small and medium sized distribution-focused companies.  Accellos applications are built on best-practice based functionality designed by subject matter experts, many of whom have real-world experience working in supply chain operations.

While Accellos has growth through acquisition, it has a unified technology platform.  The AccellosOne platform is a modern technology architecture based on Microsoft technology.  The platform is scalable, but simple to maintain for small businesses with little IT staff.  AccellosOne is a cloud-ready platform allowing the majority of Accellos products to be deployed on-premise or in the cloud. Over 3,000 customers in 27 countries have trusted their supply chain operations to Accellos technology.  These customers have achieved improved productivity, improved customer satisfaction and growth through the use of Accellos supply chain technologies.

“Accellos is committed to Microsoft technology as the foundational technology for our unifying technology platform, the AccellosOne Platform,” said Ross Elliott, Accellos’ Chief Technology Officer.  “The ISV Gold competency recognizes our expertise in Microsoft technologies and overall high level of customer satisfaction.”

“The Microsoft Partner Network is designed to empower solution providers to succeed in today’s business environment. By achieving the prestigious gold competency, participating companies are provided  with a rich set of benefits, including increased customer visibility and accessibility, training and support,” said Jon Roskill, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “We are proud to put forth a program that provides the resources to  help a company develop the expertise customers demand in today’s competitive market and also provides the community and infrastructure that can connect them to one another, lowering costs for all parties.”

The Microsoft gold competency signifies to the market that a company has demonstrated the highest level of skill and achievement within a given technology specialization. All of the Microsoft competencies are designed to help differentiate a partner’s specific technology capabilities, helping customers find solution providers quickly and easily. Each competency has a unique set of requirements and benefits, formulated to accurately represent the specific skills and services that partners bring to the industry.  To achieve a competency, partners must demonstrate and maintain a significantly more rigorous set of requirements than are required for other competencies.

Achievement of the Microsoft Gold Independent Software Vendor (ISV) competency is a result of demonstrating greater value to customers by showcasing best-in-class capabilities that have undergone a rigorous and auditable approval process.

The Microsoft Partner Network is designed to equip organizations that deliver products and services through the Microsoft platform with the training, resources and support they need to provide their customers superior experience and outcomes.

About Accellos:

Accellos is a global provider of software solutions specifically designed for the unique needs of logistics service providers and midsized businesses. Over 3,000 companies trust Accellos to be the technology backbone of their global supply chains. Accellos provides solutions for warehouse management systems (WMS), third party logistics (3PL), fleet management, transportation management systems (TMS), trading partner integration (EDI), automated barcode data collection, parcel shipping, transportation optimization and supply chain business intelligence. Accellos solutions are built on the AccellosOne platform, a modern technology platform featuring a user-friendly interface and simplified technical administration.