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Mariner Earns Gold in Microsoft Partner Network for 11th Consecutive Year
[January 30, 2014]

Mariner Earns Gold in Microsoft Partner Network for 11th Consecutive Year

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --(Business Wire)--

For the 11th consecutive year, Mariner has earned its Microsoft (News - Alert) Gold Partner status for the Business Intelligence competency and Silver for the Data Platform competency. Mariner is part of the 1 percent of partners worldwide that have attained this high degree of proficiency.

In a recent note to the firm, Philip W. Morris, Co-founder and CEO, announced that Mariner had achieved gold again, saying, "Thank you for all that you do to ensure that we continue to be recognized by Microsoft in that elite class of partners: Microsoft Gold Partner, a distinction attained by fewer than 1% of Microsoft's 300,000 partners." He added, "Each year since 2003, we have undertaken the rigorous process of renewing our Gold status providing new qualitative and quantitative evidence that we are worthy of continuing to be a Gold Partner . . . As a part of the re-certification process, we must also participate in a customer satisfaction survey conducted by an independent third party to provide qualitative evidence of our capabilities . . . it [earning 100% custoer satisfaction] is a testament to the quality of the services you have provided to our customers."

"By achieving a Gold competency, partners have demonstrated the highest, most consistent capability and commitment to the latest Microsoft technology," said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. "These partners have a deep expertise that puts them in the top 1 percent of our partner ecosystem, and their proficiency will help customers drive innovative solutions on the latest Microsoft technology."

To earn a Microsoft Gold competency, Mariner proved their ability to provide analytic and business intelligence solutions by having designated Microsoft-certified professionals on staff, submitting recent customer references, passing technology and sales assessments and having customers complete a satisfaction survey.

As a Gold Certified Partner, Mariner gains access to in-depth technical resources, pre-release product information and specialized training, which in turn, is shared with their customers.

About Mariner

If you're looking for a business partner that can harness your information assets for better decision making, then look no further. Mariner quickly draws a target on the results you want and then delivers using our: industry expertise in energy, financial services, manufacturing, retail and distribution; deep skills in architecting information for ease of access; Agile (News - Alert) process; and fixed-price delivery model. When it comes to harnessing information assets, we are the key to success for your company, your department and you. Mariner-Insight to Achieve.

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