Wireless Workforce Partnership: DataViz Attains Gold Certified Partner Status In Microsoft Partner Program

DataViz Further Distinguishes Itself by Earning Three Microsoft Competencies

DataViz, Inc., leading provider of Office compatibility solutions for over 22 years, has attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program with competencies in Mobility Solutions, ISV Solutions and Information Worker Solutions, recognizing DataViz’ expertise and impact in the technology marketplace. As a Gold Certified Partner, DataViz has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and proven ability to meet customers’ needs. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners receive a rich set of benefits, including access, training and support, giving them a competitive advantage in the channel.
DataViz has a long history of developing and marketing its expertise in utilizing Microsoft technologies, by providing Office compatibility solutions for wide variety of platforms. It began its business developing file conversion software between Macintosh and the Windows Operating System and has since expanded its expertise to providing solutions that meet the increasing demands of today’s mobile market.

Its flagship solution, Documents To Go, has remained the #1 selling office suite for Palm OS since the product’s introduction in 1999. Documents To Go provides users with the ability create, edit and work with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on non Microsoft-based mobile devices, such as the Treo 700p. Support for UIQ 2 and 3 and Series 80 on Symbian OS devices is also available.

DataViz’s impact in the technology marketplace with an expertise in Microsoft technologies is also attributed to its mobile push e-mail solution, RoadSync. In 2005, DataViz announced an agreement with Microsoft to license their Microsoft Exchange Server ActiveSync protocol in order to integrate into its RoadSync product line. Roadsync provides secure, wireless, direct synchronization with Exchange Server 2003 for a number popular mobile platforms including Windows Mobile 2003, UIQ 2 and 3, S80 and S60 software on Symbian OS , Palm OS and Java MIDP 2.0

“We are extremely pleased to have attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program. This allows us to clearly promote our expertise and relationship with Microsoft to our customers,” said Shari Hoffman, Partnership Marketing, DataViz, Inc. “The benefits provided through our Gold Certified Partner status will allow us to continue to enhance the offerings that we provide for customers.”

“Customers are looking for partner companies that can bridge the gap between their business demands and technology capabilities,” said Allison Watson, vice president of the Worldwide Partner Sales and Marketing Group at Microsoft Corp. “They need to trust in a company that can act as an expert adviser for their long-term strategic technology plans. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners, which have certified expertise and direct training and support from Microsoft, can build a positive customer experience with our technologies. Today, Microsoft recognizes DataViz as a new Gold Certified Partner for demonstrating its expertise providing customer satisfaction using Microsoft products and technology.”

As one of the requirements for attaining Gold Certified Partner status, DataViz had to declare a Microsoft Competency. Microsoft Competencies are designed to help differentiate a partner’s capabilities with specific Microsoft technologies to customers looking for a particular type of solution. Each competency has a unique set of requirements and benefits, formulated to accurately represent the specific skills and services that partners bring to the technology industry.

DataViz has earned the following three competencies:
Mobility Solutions Competency
- Partners that attain the Mobility Solutions Competency have proven competency in developing and deploying Windows Mobile-based solutions and applications using Microsoft products including Windows Mobile software for Pocket PC and Smartphone, Windows CE, MapPoint, and AutoPC.
ISV Solutions Competency
- The ISV/Software Solutions Competency recognizes the skill and focus partners bring to a particular solution set. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners that have obtained this competency have a successful record of developing and marketing packed software based on Microsoft technologies.
Information Workers Solutions Competency with a specialization in Messaging in Collaboration

Designed to provide additional benefit and support to partners specializing in collaboration, portals and other productivity solutions, the Information Worker Solutions Competency is utilized by Gold Certified Partners that provide their customers with solutions built on familiar programs which enable them to better manage, prioritize and collaborate on increasing volumes of information. Partners that have obtained the Information Worker Solutions Competency can help their customers realize increased service revenues and new market opportunities. Specializations within the competency are Enterprise Project Management, Messaging and Collaboration, Office System Desktop Development, Portals and Enterprise Content Management.

The Microsoft Partner Program was launched in October 2003 and represents Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to the success of partners worldwide. The program offers a single, integrated partnering framework that recognizes partner expertise, rewards the total impact that partners have in the technology marketplace, and delivers more value to help partners’ businesses be successful.

About DataViz, Inc.
DataViz is an industry leader in developing and marketing Office compatibility and productivity solutions across a variety of platforms including Palm OS, Symbian OS, Java, Windows Mobile, Windows and Macintosh. Founded in 1984, DataViz began its business developing file conversion software and has since expanded its expertise to providing solutions that meet the increasing demands of the handheld and mobile markets. With solutions that include its award-winning mobile Office suite, Documents To Go, and Exchange ActiveSync client, RoadSync, DataViz is committed to providing premium solutions that mobilize 'Microsoft Office' for today's knowledge workers and provide instant access to critical files and business data. DataViz is a member of Nokia Forum Pro, Palm's Developer Network , Sony Ericsson Core+ developer's program and is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Symbian Platinum Partner and Orange Partner Premium member. In addition, the company has developed strategic partnerships with Microsoft, Palm, Sony, Apple, Sony Ericsson, Nokia and other industry leaders both domestically and abroad.