On 10 November, Crimsonwing plc issued a press release explaining that Microsoft has made major changes to its partner programme and the criteria by which its partners are ranked. Microsoft Partners can now earn Gold or Silver competency accreditation in specific areas of expertise as opposed to the previous Gold Partner status which reflected overall capability. Furthermore the criteria needed are now more stringent. Microsoft will be strongly featuring the new Microsoft Partner Network and the competencies in its marketing and communications of the coming months.
Crimsonwing announced that it already meets the new criteria and has been awarded the Gold Competency for Enterprise Resource planning in both Dynamics NAV and Dynamics AX as well as the Gold Competency for Software Development. Crimsonwing also announced that it has been awarded the new Silver Competencies in Web Development, Portals & Collaboration, Data Platform and Learning. Crimsonwing explained that the early success in achieving the new, tougher accreditation is testament to its position as a leading Microsoft partner.