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Microsoft Honors Dell Services with Eight Partner of the Year Awards

<p> <i><b>Distinctions include One Worldwide Award, Two U.S. Countrywide Awards, Three U.S. Regional Awards and Two U.S. District Awards</b></i> </p> <p> </p>

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Microsoft Honors Dell Services with Eight Partner of the Year Awards09:00 EDT Tuesday, July 24, 2012 PLANO, Texas (Business Wire) -- Dell Services received eight Microsoft “Partner of the Year” Awards at the 2012 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Toronto last week. The company was honored for providing outstanding services, demonstrating excellence in innovation and the implementation of global customer solutions based on Microsoft technologies. In the worldwide award categories, Dell was honored among a global field of 3,000 top Microsoft partners as Public Sector Education Partner of the Year for the Dell Education Data Management Solution. This award recognizes excellence in providing innovative and unique services or solutions based on Microsoft technologies to education customers. Dell was also a Finalist for two additional worldwide awards – the Worldwide Desktop Partner of the Year for innovative Windows 7 deployment solutions and Worldwide Content Management Partner of the Year for SharePoint-based web content management solutions. In the U.S. market, Dell received two country-wide awards: the Microsoft Windows business team honored Dell as the Windows Deployment Partner of the Year and Microsoft Consulting Services honored Dell as the Services Alliance Partner of the Year. Also in the U.S., Dell received the highest award in each of Microsoft's three regions (West, Central and East) with the Enterprise Alliance Partner of the Year awards. These awards recognize the partner that exemplified the overall “best in class” characteristics tied to revenue, marketing, ROI, customer satisfaction and loyalty, and has displayed significant innovation, commitment and overall teaming. Finally, in the Mid-Atlantic States district, Dell was recognized with two awards. The Dynamics CRM Partner of the Year award recognized Dell for working innovatively to produce exceptional results across its Microsoft Dynamics practice. Additionally, Dell was recognized as the Virtual Technical Sales Professional (VTSP) Partner of the Year in this region for advanced Microsoft specialization and a VTSP practice that has demonstrated technical leadership and driven significant impact for customers. Quotes “Microsoft is pleased to recognize Dell's commitment to education customers within the public sector by awarding Education Partner of the Year,” said Laura Ipsen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft Corporation. “We are recognizing Dell because of its dedication to education and commitment to building solutions that serve the education community, such as the Education Data Management solution (EDM). As an integrated information management system for educational institutions, EDM transforms high-quality data into actionable knowledge that can be used to improve educational outcomes and track student information over multiple years (PK-20), across multiple schools, between organizations, and even into the workforce.” “The global stage at WPC is ideally suited for recognizing this outstanding caliber of partners with Microsoft's 2012 Field Partner Awards,” said Jack Braman, vice president, East Region Small and Midmarket Solutions and Partners, Microsoft Corporation. “These partners have served their customers with such incredible focus, passion, and ingenuity this past fiscal year that we want to share how extraordinary they are.” “Dell and Microsoft have a successful history of working together to deliver world-class information technology solutions that help our customers grow and thrive. Dell and Microsoft have never been so aligned and we are greatly honored to be recognized for our collaboration with Microsoft to deliver end-to-end offerings for our customers across vertical markets,” said Kevin Jones, vice president, Dell Services. About DELL Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. Dell Services develops and delivers a comprehensive suite of services and solutions in applications, business process, consulting, infrastructure and support to help customers succeed. Learn more at www.dell.com. Dell is a trademark of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Dell ServicesStephanie Stewart, 972-577-7776stephanie_stewart@dell.com