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Award of Gold Certificate in Microsoft Partner Programme Recognises Capita

Capita Further and Higher Education has recently been awarded Gold Certified status in the Microsoft Partner Programme, with competencies in Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Software Solutions and Security Solutions.

It is an award given to businesses that demonstrate expertise in the use of Microsoft technologies. Capita FHE’s projects won the award for their work on the development of version 4 of the market-leading UNIT-e Student Record Tracking Solution (SRTS). It was comprehensively assessed, resulting in “Gold Certified” status for Capita. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners receive a rich set of benefits, including access, training and support, helping give them a competitive advantage.

Over 180 educational institutions across the UK use the UNIT-e SRTS. Built using the latest Microsoft.NET framework, the solution supports the full range of administration tasks, from online enquiries, applications and enrolments to timetabling, attendance marking and professional placements.

Elite in Education

Karl Noakes, Director of the Partner Development Group at Microsoft, commented: “As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Capita Further and Higher Education is among the elite of the Microsoft partner community. Our Gold partners are highly equipped to deliver business-driven technology solutions to their customers and are highly valued by Microsoft.”

Rob Elliott, Product Manager, Capita Further and Higher Education, is delighted with the achievement: “It is extremely rewarding to become a Gold Certified Partner. This recognition is a mark of distinction for the UNIT-e solution and the knowledge and skills of those that have designed built and supported the product. It demonstrates our continued commitment to delivering the solutions, service, expertise and relationships to help our customers realise their vision of a Total Solution for Education Management.”

Capita Education Services, Further and Higher Education (FHE) is an established supplier of student record tracking systems to the further and higher education sectors. Capita ES F&HE offers the UNIT-e SRTS suite of products to the FE & HE sector and is used every day by more than 200 educational establishments in the UK. With over 25,000 employees at more than 250 offices across the UK and Ireland, Capita is quoted on the London Stock Exchange (CPI.L), and is a constituent of the FTSE100 with revenues for 2005 of £1,436 million.

Paul Keely

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