Varicent Becomes Microsoft Certified Partner



    
    Leading Sales Performance Management Vendor also Participates in
    Microsoft's Launch of PerformancePoint 2007
    

    TORONTO, Sept. 24 /CNW/ -- Varicent Software, the only provider of
complete solutions for sales performance management (SPM), today announced it
has achieved certified status in the Microsoft Partner Program.  Additionally,
Varicent was the only ISV participating in yesterday's launch of Microsoft(R)
PerformancePoint(TM) 2007 and media roundtable in Toronto, Canada.  With this
certification, Varicent becomes the only SPM or incentive compensation
solution provider who is a Microsoft Certified Partner.
    "Analyst research shows sales performance management is a 'hot' area for
extending business intelligence and generating significant impact on the
bottom line," said Mark Girvan, vice president, business development,
Varicent.  "Given the broad applicability of SPM, we want to provide an open
platform, and deliver as many technology options as possible for our customer
base.  Becoming a Microsoft Certified Partner, and participating in launch
activities of PerformancePoint 2007, are significant proof points of our
commitment to delivering an open solution."
    As a Certified Partner, Varicent has demonstrated expertise with
Microsoft-based technologies - including SQL Server(TM) and beta versions of
PerformancePoint 2007 - and proven ability to help meet customer needs.  As
part of being a Certified Partner, Varicent will receive training and support
from Microsoft.
    "Traditionally, business intelligence (BI) and performance management
solutions have been limited to a small number of users, primarily in finance,"
said Ryan Dochuk, product marketing manager, business intelligence, Microsoft
Canada Co.  "This is another great example of how technology solution partners
like Varicent can integrate with Microsoft's BI and performance management
technologies to put vital performance information into the hands of users not
just in finance, but also in sales, human resources and executive management."
    
    Launch of Microsoft PerformancePoint 2007
    
    Together with Microsoft Canada, Varicent participated in the media launch
for PerformancePoint 2007.  The event included a roundtable of select
Microsoft technology partners and customers.  In addition to Varicent's CTO,
Neil Whitney, featured speakers included Ryan Dochuk, Microsoft Canada, Dennis
Brink, T4G, Joel Martin, IDC, Jean-Louis Marin, GPX International Tire, Ed
Raffin, National Money Mart and Dr. Clinton Free, Queen's School of Business.
    The event focused on the need businesses have for pervasive business
intelligence and the impact it has on the organizations, and also included
product demonstrations.  Varicent demonstrated its flagship product Varicent
SPM in action with PerformancePoint 2007 as its OLAP (online analytical
processing) engine, powering Varicent SPM's advanced analytics.
    
    About Varicent
    
    Varicent Software Incorporated delivers the only complete sales
performance management solution addressing the needs of the entire
corporation.  High performing companies relying on Varicent for better
visibility and control of variable compensation programs include KLA-Tencor,
Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Waste Management, Rogers, About.com (a New York
Times Company), Pacific Blue Cross and other leading organizations.
    
    For more information on Varicent, visit: http://www.varicent.com.
    
    (C)2007 Varicent Software. All rights reserved. Varicent and Varicent SPM
are trademarks of Varicent Software.
    All other trademarks and company names mentioned are the property of
their respective owners.




For further information:

For further information: Kelley Lynn Kassa of Varicent Software, 
+1-617-600-4700, kkassa@varicent.com Web Site: http://www.varicent.com/

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