FARMINGTON, Conn., Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Innovative Computer Systems, Inc. (ICS) today announced it has attained two additional Microsoft Gold competencies in Business Intelligence and Mid-Market Solutions Provider, demonstrating a "best-in-class" ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers' evolving needs in today's dynamic business environment and distinguishing itself within the top 1 percent of Microsoft's partner ecosystem. To earn a Microsoft gold competency, partners must successfully complete exams (resulting in Microsoft Certified Professionals) to prove their level of technology expertise, and then designate these certified professionals uniquely to one Microsoft competency, ensuring a certain level of staffing capacity. They also must submit customer references that demonstrate successful projects (along with implementing a yearly customer satisfaction study), meet a revenue commitment (for most gold competencies), and pass technology assessments. Currently, ICS holds four Microsoft Gold Competencies and seven Microsoft Silver Competencies. The areas in which they've achieved Gold Competencies, the highest level of distinction are in the following areas: Management & Virtualization, Communications, Business Intelligence, and Mid-Market Solutions Provider. The areas in which they've achieved seven Silver Competencies are in the following areas: Collaboration & Content, Data Platform, Devices & Deployment, Identity & Access, Messaging, Server Platform, and Small Business. They've also achieved the Cloud Accelerate competency. ICS's Microsoft Gold and Silver Competencies demonstrate their expertise and commitment to staying deeply informed about the latest Microsoft products and technologies. "Our expertise allows us to create innovative solutions for our customers," said Steve Roux, President and CEO of Innovative Computer Systems, Inc. "Our plan is to accelerate our customers' success by serving as not only technology advisors but also deploying these solutions that address the business challenges." "By achieving a portfolio of competencies, partners demonstrate deep expertise and consistent capability on the latest Microsoft technology," said Jon Roskill, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. "These partners show true commitment to meeting customer technology needs today and into the future." Innovative Computer Systems, Inc. (ICS), an award winning Microsoft Partner, was formed more than 24 years ago by people dedicated to bringing the advantages of enterprise-class computing to mid-sized businesses. Since then, ICS has grown steadily and worked with companies of all sizes, in industries ranging from financial and professional services to manufacturing.