S.P.I. Dynamics, Inc. (www.spidynamics.com), the expert in Web application security, announced that the company has attained Gold Certified status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a competency in ISV Software Solutions. Gold Certified Partners represent the highest level of competence and expertise with Microsoft technologies, and have the closest working relationship with Microsoft. These partners represent only 0.5 per cent of all Microsoft partners.

“Achieving recognition from Microsoft as a distinguished security partner is exciting and validation for our dedicated focus on developing robust solutions that address the Web application security needs of our customers,” said Erik Peterson, VP of product management, SPI Dynamics. “As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, we are able to leverage our relationship and expertise with Microsoft technologies as a trusted advisor to help customers protect their Web applications from increasing threats. We enjoy our ongoing relationship with Microsoft and greatly appreciate the opportunity to be noted in the top echelon of their current partners.”

Microsoft Gold Certified Partners are the elite Microsoft Business Partners who earn the highest customer endorsement. They have the knowledge, skills, and commitment to help implement technology solutions that match customers’ exact business needs. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners have passed the highest level of requirements and have demonstrated the most robust, efficient and scalable implementations of Microsoft technologies in demonstrated enterprise customer deployments or an on-site Microsoft assessment.

As a Gold Certified partner, SPI Dynamics has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and proven ability to meet customers’ needs. In order to obtain this status, SPI Dynamics has provided customer references and an installed base that showcase its skills in developing solutions that leverage the power of Microsoft technologies. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners receive a rich set of benefits, including access, training and support, giving them a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

The Microsoft 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 packaged software based on Microsoft technologies.

In addition, the company’s Assessment Management Platform(TM) (AMP) was tested and received certification in the SQL Server 2005 Front Runner Program. Testing was conducted independently by VeriTest, a testing service of Lionbridge Technologies. AMP enables organizations to perform unlimited, automated Web site security assessments while consolidating all information into a real-time, high-level, dashboard view of an enterprise’s current risk posture and policy compliance.

SPI Dynamics was also recently honored to be selected to participate in Microsoft’s Partner Advisory Council of the Visual Studio Industry Partner (VSIP) Program. The goal of the Partner Advisory Council is to bring the insight of VSIP partners into the planning of the VSIP Program.