Web Applications UK is very proud to announce that we have gained the Microsoft Unified Communications Solutions Competency. What is that, you may ask? I’ll explain. Microsoft employs a Competency programme to acknowledge areas where an organisation has gained technical expertise. Competencies are gained through customer references, individual certifications (tough exams) and/or the development of tested and certified software based on Microsoft technologies. While none of these aspects guarantees certification, each component helps towards qualification. We at Web Applications UK are a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. A company becomes a Gold Certified (or just plain Certified) Partner by fulfilling a number of requirements; these requirements include demonstrating expertise, employing a minimum number of professionals who are Microsoft Certified, a wide range of proven experience in all aspects of their specialisations and being able to offer real-world perspectives to client’s business and technology strategies, to name a few. To help prove expertise and experience, a Microsoft Gold Partner must earn at least one competency; there are currently thirteen competencies available. To find out more information about this, you can either visit our About Us webpage, or go straight to the source and see what Microsoft says about their competency training and requirements.
I noted that to become a Microsoft Gold Partner an organisation needs at least one competency, so it should come as no surprise that Web Applications UK has more expertise than your average everyday organisation. Our Unified Communications Competency is our sixth; you can be rest assured you are in good hands with us. Each year competencies must be renewed so you can be confident that we are always on top of the latest skills and information.
We completed the Instant Messaging (IM) and Presence specialisation of the Microsoft Unified Communications Solutions Competency. This specialty enabled us to show off our expertise in the planning, deployment and management of IM and presence solutions using Microsoft Office Communications Server and Microsoft Office Communicator. Two of my esteemed colleagues, Robin Lester and Andrew Stanley, passed the Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, Configuring exam to secure the competency.
There is no resting on laurels at Web Applications UK, we’ve already got our sights set on the next specialisation in the Unified Communications Competency, Voice, to demonstrate our expertise in planning and deploying Voice over IP (VoIP), unified messaging (voice mail) and conferencing solutions using Microsoft OCS and Microsoft Exchange Server. This next specialisation involves a five-day workshop, among other things. We’re ready for our next challenge.