To: StormRider who wrote ( 204) 4/8/2002 2:35:45 PM From: StormRider Read Replies (1) | Respond to of 246 divine Achieves Elite Microsoft Gold Certified Status Certification Recognizes divine as One of the First Companies to Provide Premier Levels of Service Quality and Customer Satisfaction for the Deployment Of Business Solutions on the Microsoft Platform CHICAGO, April 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- divine, inc. (Nasdaq: DVIN - news), a leading provider of solutions for the extended enterprise, today announced that divine has been named among the first Application Infrastructure Providers (AIPs) to demonstrate the service quality levels and commitment to customers required to be certified as a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for Application Services and Hosting. This certification recognizes divine Managed Services' exceptional track record of providing customers the highest levels of availability, reliability and security for the Microsoft platform in a managed hosting environment. In a separate release today, divine announced that it has achieved the highest possible recognition of Signature Service Provider Certification from Compaq for its divine Managed Services offerings. ``Microsoft is extremely pleased to introduce the Gold Certified Partner program for Application Services and Hosting and to recognize divine as one of the first partners to meet the rigorous competency requirements for certification,'' said Enrique Fernandez-Laguilhoat, director of certified partner programs for Microsoft. ``divine is one of a few managed services providers with the expertise necessary to ensure that customers seeking infrastructure solutions will receive premier levels of quality. It has demonstrated unparalleled expertise on the Microsoft platform and has the proven practices in place to assure the highest levels of customer service and satisfaction, with top-of-the-line operations, technologies, services, and solutions.'' divine is already recognized as a leader in the industry for its expertise in managed services with 360 Degree Security Solutions, Business Continuity Services (BCS) and its state-of-the-art Scalability Center. Together with divine's professional services division, divine Managed Services provide enterprise customers with leading solutions that extend mission-critical applications, ensuring connectivity throughout the value chain for customers, partners and suppliers. In addition, divine has taken a leadership position in providing solutions for Web Services and .NET-based applications. Microsoft's new Gold Certification Program is designed specifically for AIPs delivering a full set of infrastructure services, including managed Web hosting, managed Web applications, and .NET services for service providers and end-users. The program distinguishes certified partners' quality of services and commitment to customers and partners. Passing the stringent on-site assessments delivered by highly trained and certified, independent assessors, divine is among the first managed services providers to prove its abilities in successfully delivering consistent, high quality hosted services built on Microsoft technology. ``divine is very proud to be among the first to achieve Gold Certified status from Microsoft,'' said Sunny Vanderbeck, president of divine Managed Services. ``Companies can be confident when they choose divine that they are getting the highest level of availability, reliability and scalability in managed services for the Microsoft platform. divine is further distinguished by our total solution for the extended enterprise, which brings together technology, professional services, and managed services to deliver solutions that increase productivity and drive revenue.'' As Microsoft's First Global Windows 2000 Hosting Partner of the Year, divine already is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for Enterprise Systems. This certification recognizes partners that have a proven track record and skill set to architect, design, and plan large-scale enterprise deployments, as well as complex server design, and migration planning projects. The Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Program provides business development, sales support training, priority lead referrals and other joint market and sales opportunities for Gold Certified partners to contribute to their success. For more information about divine Managed Services, call 866.999.3846, or visit divine's Web site, divine.com .