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Dimension Data Wins Twice at 2007 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

  • 13 July, 2007 12:00

<p>Two global Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards won for Dimension Data’s work in Advanced Infrastructure Solutions.</p>
<p>Today, Dimension Data proudly announced it has won two Partner of the Year Awards at the 2007 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Program Awards. The company was chosen out of an international field of top Microsoft Partners as delivering market-leading customer solutions built on Microsoft technology. The awards were distributed at a ceremony on July 11 in Denver, Colorado at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference.</p>
<p>“We are proud of our deep understanding of Microsoft’s technologies and our capability to enhance these technologies with our own intellectual property and expertise to address the business needs of our clients. In addition, our focus around the Microsoft infrastructure and unified communications space is bearing fruit,” said Steve Nola, Australian CEO, Dimension Data.</p>
<p>“The two global awards, chosen from a worldwide pool of over 1,800 entrants, are testament to our consultants’ commitment to client satisfaction. This, coupled with our set of world-class skills in delivering best-of-breed Microsoft infrastructure solutions, positions Dimension Data as leaders in this category,” said Nola.</p>
<p>Dimension Data has been recognised for its innovative and ground-breaking work in identity management and unified communications: for its IP telephony – Active Directory (IPAD) Connector and also for its Exchange migration and deployment solution, encompassing an integrated set of unified communications and collaboration technologies.</p>
<p>Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Active Directory® and Identity Management Partner of the Year Winner
Dimension Data was recognised for superior technology and innovation in Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Active Directory and Identity Management. The Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Active Directory and Identity Management Partner of the Year award honours partners that have practices with proven proficiency in implementing solutions based on the Microsoft IDA technologies (Active Directory, Microsoft Identity Integration Server, Rights Management Services, Active Directory Federation Services). This award also recognises partners with innovative solutions that help enterprises optimise their identities and access to resources in a heterogeneous environment.</p>
<p>“Dimension Data has proven proficiency in implementing solutions based on the Microsoft Identity and Access solutions using technologies such as Active Directory, Active Directory Federation Services, Identity Lifecycle Manager, Active Directory Certificate Services, and Rights Management Services. Dimension Data created a solution for the VOIP world that offers a unique way to connect Microsoft and Cisco through Active Directory and Identity Lifecycle manager. The solution could apply to several different types of organisations and adds significant value to the customers,” said Peter Boit, vice president, Enterprise Partner Sales, Microsoft Corp.</p>
<p>Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Exchange Migration and Deployment Partner of the Year Winner
Dimension Data was recognised for superior technology and innovation in Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Exchange Migration and Deployment. The Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Exchange Migration and Deployment Partner of the Year award recognises partners with proven expertise in responding to the challenges of providing secure, reliable, anytime, anywhere access to email. Email and calendaring have a tremendous impact on the way organisations of all sizes conduct business. While workers communicate with greater speed and efficiency, the proliferation of email brings the need for higher levels of security and a messaging and collaboration solution than can help them increase productivity and enhance mobile access. Microsoft Exchange Server provides a very effective set of capabilities to meet these requirements.</p>
<p>“Dimension Data utilised not only Exchange 2007, but the entire Microsoft Unified Communications and Collaboration stack as well as their telephony integration expertise to provide clients with the ability to run their business in real time. Their customer focus and creativity, such as building out VPCs for piloting, measuring benefits quantitatively, and using the Exchange Business Value Tool, is an example that others should follow. Their approach sets a new industry standard for collaborative platforms,” said Boit.</p>
<p>Awards were presented in a number of categories, with winners chosen from a pool of more than 1,800 entrants worldwide. In addition to winning two awards, Dimension Data was also a finalist in two other categories.</p>
<p>The Microsoft Partner Program Awards recognise Microsoft Partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions over the last year.</p>
<p>Dimension Data has established an excellent track record in Microsoft’s Partner Awards. In 2004, Dimension Data was a global finalist in the security category. In 2005, Dimension Data was global winner of the Security Solutions - Sales and Marketing Award. In 2006, the Group won three awards: Technology Innovation Partner of the Year, Advanced Infrastructure Solutions; Global Winning Customer Award; and Custom Development Solutions Specialisation Award.</p>
<p>About Dimension Data</p>
<p>Dimension Data plc (LSE:DDT), a specialist IT services and solution provider, helps clients plan, build, support and manage their IT infrastructures. Dimension Data applies its expertise in networking, security, operating environments, storage and contact centre technologies and its unique skills in consulting, integration and managed services to create customised client solutions.</p>
<p>Solution Details</p>
<p>Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Active Directory® and Identity Management Partner of the Year Winner</p>
<p>Dimension Data’s nomination, IP telephony - Active Directory (IPAD) Connector - is a user-provisioning solution that integrates Microsoft Active Directory with Cisco IP telephony infrastructure, unifying identity management across voice and network environments. The IPAD Connector is based on Microsoft Identity Integration Server, to which Dimension Data has added further processes and capabilities. This provides a unified view of all identity information about users, applications and networks for organisations with multiple directories. Active Directory serves as the primary user directory for Cisco’s CallManager Voice over IP (VoIP) system. Users added to Active Directory are automatically provisioned in the CallManager directory, with all necessary VoIP attributes added, changed or deleted.</p>
<p>Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Exchange Migration and Deployment Partner of the Year Winner</p>
<p>Dimension Data’s Exchange Migration and Deployment solution utilises the entire Microsoft Unified Communications and Collaboration stack and Dimension Data’s telephony integration expertise. The solution utilises Exchange 2007, Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging, Live Communications Server, SharePoint Server and the Office suite. Genesys GETS middleware or the PBX vendor’s connector is used to integrate LCS with PBX systems. One of the key benefits is that voice mail is integrated into a user’s Outlook inbox. True unified communication and collaboration means users have a single, presence-aware interface for their PC- and phone-based messaging, saving time and improving efficiency.</p>
<p>For further information:</p>
<p>Helen Han</p>
<p>Dimension Data</p>
<p>Tel: 02 8249 5684</p>

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