Ordina made Microsoft Gold Partner Communications

Nieuwegein, the Netherlands, 10 December 2012 Microsoft has made Ordina a Microsoft Gold Partner in Communications. Microsoft grants this title to companies with extensive know-how of Lync, Microsoft's complete communications solution. The Gold Partner in Communications must also have proven experience with successful implementations of Lync. The appointment is a clear boost to Ordina's services portfolio in the field of United Communications & Collaboration, one of the company's main innovation themes. "Being made a Microsoft Gold Partner in Communications is clear recognition of our know-how and expertise in the field of our innovation theme Unified Communications & Collaboration", says Barend de Zoete, Director of Professional Services & Projects at Ordina. "Lync is an important product in our service package in this field. We have chosen to invest in the expansion of our services and expertise in the field of Lync. Last week, we launched our Lync-in-the-box product, which allows organisations to explore the possibilities of Unified Communications & Collaboration without any obligation to buy. We also closed a cooperation agreement with Aspect, aimed at integrating Lync in Aspect software. Thanks to this cooperation, contact centres will also be able to benefit from the advantages of Unified Communications. For us, being appointed Gold Partner in Communications by Microsoft means additional recognition of our know-how and expertise in the field of Unified Communications & Collaboration." Lync integrates all business communications in a single platform, combined with information on the physical availability of a person. This allows employees to very quickly see the best way to contact a colleague, whether this is via telephone, chat or e-mail. Long-distance cooperation and discussions are also more efficient with Lync. For instance, you can arrange a conference call and everybody can work on the same document simultaneously. The Microsoft Gold Certified Partner status is a global quality label that Microsoft grants to companies with a sufficient number of certified professionals. The partner also has to demonstrate that these employees have applied their Microsoft know-how and skills in client projects. Ordina has extensive experience with the implementation of Lync together with the implementation of Samen Slimmer Werken (working smarter together) in the processes of organisations.  Ordina uses the combination of software solutions such as Lync with its know-how of how to adopt these solutions in processes and operating methods to provide organisations all-round support in their transition towards a more efficient and more effective way of working. Ordina employs more than 150 Microsoft-certified professionals in the field of infrastructure, software development and business intelligence. About Ordina Ordina implements strategy in business processes and ICT systems. We devise, build and manage solutions for a sustainable digital world. We believe cooperation with our clients, partners and suppliers produces the best results. We have specialist divisions for consulting, solutions and ICT, providing services across the Benelux region. We also provide (reproducible) solutions and expertise for organisations in the financial services sector, the public sector, healthcare and a number of specific segments in the industrial sector. Ordina N.V. was founded in 1973 and its shares are listed on the NYSE Euronext Amsterdam as part of the Small Cap index. In 2011, Ordina booked turnover of over EUR 426 million, with a staff of more than 3,000. For more information: Ordina Media: Sabine Steen-Lakerveld Tel: +31(0)6 109 22 171 Sabine.Steen-Lakerveld@ordina.nl www.ordina.nl Investor Relations: Pieter Schaffels Tel: +31(0)6 132 85 033 Pieter.Schaffels@ordina.nl www.ordina.nl In case of any discrepancies, the original Dutch version prevails. 10-12-2012 Press Release - Ordina made Microsoft Gold Partner....: http://hugin.info/130778/R/1663533/539495.pdf This announcement is distributed by Thomson Reuters on behalf of Thomson Reuters clients. The owner of this announcement warrants that: (i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and other applicable laws; and (ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein. Source: Ordina via Thomson Reuters ONE [HUG#1663533]