Press Release

For Immediate Release


Ecora Attains Gold Certified Partner Status
in Microsoft Partner Program

Ecora Further Distinguishes Itself by Earning a Microsoft Competency in Security Solutions

Portsmouth, N.H. – February  19, 2008 – Ecora Software, the market-proven leader for configuration audit and analytics solutions, today announced it has attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a competency in Security Solutions recognizing Ecora's expertise and impact in the technology marketplace. In addition to achieving Gold status in security, Ecora also had its previously secured Gold status renewed in Networking Infrastructure Solutions, Advanced Infrastructure Solutions and ISV/Software Solutions. As a Gold Certified Partner, Ecora 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.

"Attaining Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program is something we see as paying great dividends not only for Ecora, but for our customer base as the benefits provided through this certification level will allow us to continue to enhance our service offerings," said Mike Sullivan, President, Ecora. "To be affiliated closely with Microsoft brings instant credibility to our company in business opportunities across industries and we plan to work closely with Microsoft to bring high value solutions to our market space."

"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 Ecora 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, Ecora 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. The Security Solutions Competency is designed to recognize the unique skills and requirements of partners specializing in delivering security-based solutions. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners enrolled in this competency have proved their skill in advanced security solutions to help protect customer information assets by building solutions such as security management and operations, security-enhanced wireless VPN and perimeter, and identity and access management solutions. Specializations within the competency include Infrastructure Security and Security Management.

"Security is a priority for Microsoft, and we rely on our partners to help us deliver security-based solutions to our customers," said Thomas Dawkins, group product manager responsible for security partner strategy at Microsoft Corp. "As customers continue to automate business processes, solutions competencies such as this one enable our partners to better identify and showcase their security solutions skills to respond to increasing customer demands to better secure their infrastructure."

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 Ecora Software

Ecora Software is the market-proven leader for Configuration Audit and Analytics solutions that allow a proactive view of the IT infrastructure and deliver actionable evidence ensuring critical business services remain operationally effective, secure, and compliant with internal standards and external regulations. Auditor ProfessionalT offers immediate value with its agentless architecture matched with rich report templates and pre-defined policies providing the foundation for effective change and configuration management. Please visit us at