Microsoft Grants Gold Certified Partner Status to CDC Software's Operations in China and Japan
Hong Kong, June 27, 2005 — CDC Software, an enterprise software subsidiary of CDC Corporation (NASDAQ: CHINA), today announced that it has further strengthened its relationship with Microsoft after attaining Microsoft Gold Certified Partner status in China and Japan.
This follows the company's March announcement that its Hong Kong operation has been granted the same certification, the highest level of accreditation given to Microsoft partners in recognition for their ability to significantly contribute to customers' business success and their delivery of solutions.
"This announcement elevates CDC Software's relationship with Microsoft from a local subsidiary level to the regional level, with plans to have all our subsidiaries in the region earning the Microsoft Gold Certification in the near future," said James LaLonde, president and CEO, CDC Software, Asia Pacific. "Our customers in China, Japan and Hong Kong, as well as those served by our other regional subsidiaries, can now expect the highest level of competency in Microsoft solutions, especially Microsoft SQL Server and Windows Server System, which we leverage for a variety of solutions we deliver to enterprises in the Asia-Pacific Region."
"Microsoft China is delighted that CDC Software China has achieved the Microsoft Gold Certified Partner status," said James Li, Partner Group Director for Microsoft China. "We see this as a great opportunity to develop the closest working relationship possible geared towards providing our mutual customers in China with solutions that enable greater efficiency and value."
"CDC Software Japan may now benefit from a high level of marketing and technical support as a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner," said Katsuya Tsujimoto, Senior Manager, Partner Strategy Division at Microsoft K.K . "We are confident that with access to Microsoft resources, and marketing support, CDC Software Japan will be equipped to deliver solution designs and implementation based on Microsoft technology to its fast growing Japanese customer base."
China and Japan are the fastest growing markets for CDC Software in the region. Solutions offered include Executive Suite Business Performance Management (BPM) and Business Intelligence (BI), Pivotal Customer Relationship Management (CRM), iRennaisance Enterprises Resources Planning (ERP), and Platinum Human Resources and Payroll (HRP). The strengths of these CDC's Software products and solutions, as demonstrated by successful customer deployments, were one of the keys to obtaining Microsoft Gold Certification.
Microsoft Gold accreditation means that customers will be able to access CDC Software's core solutions in the Microsoft Partner Directory providing easy accessibility to product information and support. In addition, customers now have access to direct engagements with Microsoft certified professionals since one of the requirements of Microsoft Gold Certification is having a partner's staff pass Microsoft's Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) examination and other Microsoft professional certifications.
CDC Software is currently working on having its Thailand subsidiary obtain Microsoft Gold Certified Partner accreditation with further plans to certify all of its Asian subsidiaries within this year.
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About CDC Corporation
CDC Corporation (NASDAQ: CHINA) is focused on enterprise software, mobile applications and online games. As part of its strategic review the company has reorganized into two primary operating business units, CDC Software and China.com Inc. For more information about CDC Corporation, please visit the website www.cdccorporation.net.
About CDC Software
CDC Software, the software unit of CDC Corporation, offers a broad range of software solutions for mid-sized enterprises. These products are utilized by approximately 3,500 customers worldwide. For more information about CDC Corporation, please visit the website www.cdcsoftware.com.
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