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IDU achieves Microsoft Silver Data Platform Competency

idu Software earns distinction through demonstrated technology success and customer commitment

Local accounting software company, idu Software, today announced it has achieved a Silver Data Platform competency, demonstrating its ability to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment. To earn a Microsoft silver competency, partners must successfully demonstrate expertise through rigorous exams, culminating in Microsoft certifications. And to ensure the highest quality of services, Microsoft requires customer references for successful implementation and customer satisfaction.

Idu Software simplifies financial management for non-financial managers. Its flagship product, idu-Concept, provides easy, effective budgeting and financial reporting for medium-sized to large businesses, including many of South Africa’s top firms.  

idu have been using Microsoft SQL Server integration services (SSIS) since the release of SQL Server version 7.0 in 1998 when it was known as Data Integration services. SSIS has proven valuable as a data integration tool due to it’s ability to handle heterogeneous data sources and sophisticated structured error handling. 

“The .NET providers available to SSIS have allowed us to integrate with almost every ERP system that we encounter at our customers,” says Kevin Phillips, CEO of idu Software. “The SSIS designer is easy to use and it’s visual representation unparalleled to any comparative tools that we have encountered. SSIS packages are almost self-documenting due to the way data flows are represented to the user.”

“By achieving a silver competency, organisations have proven their expertise in specific technology areas, placing them among the top 5 percent of Microsoft partners worldwide,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “When customers look for an IT partner to meet their business challenges, choosing a company that has attained Microsoft competencies is a smart move. These are highly qualified professionals with access to Microsoft technical support and product teams.”

Attaining the Data Platform competency demonstrates partner expertise in some of Microsoft’s most in-demand products, including Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V. By using the complete platform from Microsoft, companies can extend their Microsoft SQL Server infrastructure in the cloud and meet the requirements of the most demanding mission-critical workloads, empowering their IT departments and enabling business insights. Equipped with exclusive training, the latest software and support, these partners provide their customers with data warehousing solutions that manage and help secure their critical data using cost-effective, flexible and high-performance applications.

The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better serve customers and to easily connect with one of the most active, diverse networks in the world.

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