As a Gold Certified Partner, WellPoint has demonstrated specific
expertise with Microsoft technologies and a proven ability to meet customers’

“Obtaining the ISV/Software Solution Competency in the Microsoft Partner
Program emphasizes both the evolving nature of our relationship with Microsoft
and the growing strength and loyalty of our customer base,” said Richard
Slack, President and CEO of WellPoint. “In addition to raising our profile
within the Microsoft sales channel, which should in turn support increased
transaction volumes, it demonstrates our clear commitment to continually
enhancing our product offerings for customers.”

WellPoint adds this achievement to its previously attained Microsoft
Business Solutions Competency with the Microsoft Dynamics specialization.

One of the requirements for attaining Gold Certified Partner status is
the declaration of a Microsoft Competency. Microsoft Competencies are designed
to help differentiate a partner’s capabilities with specific Microsoft
technologies. 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.

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. Requirements for
the ISV/Software Solutions Competency include software testing and customer

“Solutions competencies are an important way for Microsoft to better
enable ISVs to meet customer needs,” said Walid Abu-Hadba, corporate vice
president of the Developer and Platform Evangelism Group at Microsoft Corp.
“They allow ISVs to keep and win customers through their deep knowledge of
solutions-based Microsoft platform technologies. Microsoft has a long history
of working closely with ISV partners to help them deliver compelling solutions
and applications to our mutual customers, and the Microsoft Competencies are
an important step in continuing to enhance vital relationships with ISVs