Adelaide-based small business services outfit, Calvert Technologies, has achieved Microsoft Gold certified partner status.
Company founder and managing director, Dean Calvert, said the company had been a certified Microsoft partner for years and was surprised to reach the Gold level. Calvert personally holds Microsoft's Most Valued Professional status.
"It was all very sudden. I wasn't expecting to hit Gold; it was a complete surprise, because you get points for fulfilling a particular competency as well as for the customer references. We filled the two competencies - I had the right references in the right spots and right people in the right place, we over shot the gold partner requirements," he said.
"I don't think it is going to make a huge change to our business from a customer facing perspective because we deal with small to medium businesses. They don't really understand what a certified or a gold certified partner is."
Calvert said gaining Gold status did, however, show Microsoft that the company is serious about their partnership with them. To gain Gold status, Calvert had to certify three staff in Microsoft competencies and provide customer references.
In other news, Calvert is also looking to hire an extra two staff to fulfil services co-coordinator and helpdesk technician roles. The company recently hired Michael Todd as its technical consultant, bringing its staff count up to nine.
The services provider is also in the process of testing Microsoft Small Business Server 2008, which is due to be released later on this year.