Partner Watch, Sept. 23

IBIS and Inacom team up to offer Microsoft training in Atlanta.

IBIS Inc. and Inacom Information Systems announced Tuesday a partnership to offer Inacom's Microsoft Education Services to companies in the metro Atlanta area at IBIS' training center in Norcross, Ga.

IBIS is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with competencies in Microsoft Business Solutions, Advanced Infrastructure, Networking Infrastructure and ISV/Software Solutions. IBIS is also a Microsoft Business Solutions Inner Circle Partner and two-time winner of Microsoft's Outstanding Partner of the United States award.

Inacom is Microsoft's 2004 Worldwide Learning Solutions Partner of the Year and a Microsoft Gold Certified partner with five competencies: Learning Solutions, Advanced Infrastructure, Integrated E-Business, Security and Information Worker.

Here's what else is happening in the partner world this month:

Other Recent Partner Sightings
Recently Certified:
  • Bluespring Software (Cincinatti, Ohio) - business process management software provider; Gold Certified, Sept. 20.
  • eLinear Solutions (Houston, Texas) - communications, security and compliance solutions provider; Network Infrastructure and Advanced Infrastructure Competencies; Gold Certified, Sept. 20.
  • MSI Systems Integrators (Omaha, Neb.) - IT solutions provider; Advanced Infrastructure Solutions and Networking Infrastructure Solutions Competencies; Gold Certified, Sept. 8.
  • SurfControl (Scotts Valley, Calif.) - enterprise threat protection solution provider; Security Solutions Competency; Gold Certified, Sept. 19.
  • Trax Retail Solutions (Scottsdale, Ariz.) - provider of loss prevention exception reporting and data mining solutions for retail companies; ISV/Software Solutions Competency; Gold Certified, Sept. 9.


  • CustomWeather (San Francisco, Calif.), a provider of syndicated global weather content, announced a partnership Sept. 12 with The Carbon Project (Burlington, Mass.), a Microsoft Certified Partner and maker of Open-Geospatial .NET technology. Under the multi-year agreement, CustomWeather’s global weather content will be available through The Carbon Project’s software tools.
  • Lucid8 (Bellevue, Wash.), a Microsoft Certified Partner and provider of automated, preventative maintenance software for Microsoft Exchange Server, and AfterMail (Wellington, New Zealand), a maker of enterprise e-mail management software, announced an agreement Sept. 12 to jointly offer Lucid8’s GOexchange 3.1 software with AfterMail.

Mergers and Acquisitions:

  • Optimus Solutions (Norcross, Ga.), a provider of various IT solutions, acquired Eagle Technology Consultants (Atlanta, Ga.), a provider of custom IT solutions and a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, on Sept. 20. Eagle Technology’s offerings include mobile applications and collaborative solutions based on IBM Domino and Microsoft .NET technologies.
  • Solutions Consulting Group (San Diego, Calif.) acquired LightEdge Solution’s (Des Moines, Iowa) Microsoft Dynamics division in Phoenix, Ariz, on Sept. 20. Under the merger, LightEdge will market SCG’s Microsoft Dynamics consulting services and SCG will market LightEdge’s fully managed VoIP and data services.

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