WellPoint Systems Inc. Achieves a Microsoft Competency in ISV/Software Solutions



    CALGARY, April 8 /CNW/ - WellPoint Systems Inc., ("WellPoint" or the
"Company") (TSX-V:WPS), a leading provider of software and related solutions
to the energy industry, today announced that it has achieved the Independent
Software Vendor (ISV)/Software Solutions Competency in the Microsoft Partner
Program. As a Gold Certified Partner, WellPoint has demonstrated specific
expertise with Microsoft technologies and a proven ability to meet customers'
needs.
    "Obtaining the ISV/Software Solution Competency in the Microsoft Partner
Program emphasizes both the evolving nature of our relationship with Microsoft
and the growing strength and loyalty of our customer base," said Richard
Slack, President and CEO of WellPoint. "In addition to raising our profile
within the Microsoft sales channel, which should in turn support increased
transaction volumes, it demonstrates our clear commitment to continually
enhancing our product offerings for customers."
    WellPoint adds this achievement to its previously attained Microsoft
Business Solutions Competency with the Microsoft Dynamics specialization.
    One of the requirements for attaining Gold Certified Partner status is
the declaration of a Microsoft Competency. Microsoft Competencies are designed
to help differentiate a partner's capabilities with specific Microsoft
technologies. Each Competency has a unique set of requirements and benefits,
formulated to accurately represent the specific skills and services that
partners bring to the technology industry.
    The ISV/Software Solutions Competency recognizes the skill and focus
partners bring to a particular solution set. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners
that have obtained this competency, have a successful record of developing and
marketing packed software based on Microsoft technologies. Requirements for
the ISV/Software Solutions Competency include software testing and customer
references.
    "Solutions competencies are an important way for Microsoft to better
enable ISVs to meet customer needs," said Walid Abu-Hadba, corporate vice
president of the Developer and Platform Evangelism Group at Microsoft Corp.
"They allow ISVs to keep and win customers through their deep knowledge of
solutions-based Microsoft platform technologies. Microsoft has a long history
of working closely with ISV partners to help them deliver compelling solutions
and applications to our mutual customers, and the Microsoft Competencies are
an important step in continuing to enhance vital relationships with ISVs
worldwide."

    About WellPoint Systems Inc.

    WellPoint provides premier software and related services for managing
critical operations within the energy industry. As a Microsoft Gold Certified
Partner since 2005, WellPoint is the only Independent Software Vendor (ISV)
and Microsoft Dynamics partner dedicated to the energy sector. It is breaking
new ground with the creation of a more comprehensive, integrated energy
software suite based on existing Microsoft ERP technology that utilizes
state-of-the-art Dynamics AX(R) and .NET architectures. WellPoint also
provides software and services under the BOLO, IDEAS International and iSoft
brands.
    Founded in 1997, Calgary-based WellPoint Systems also has major
operations in Denver, CO, Houston, TX, Livingston, NJ, Tampa, FL, Tunis,
Tunisia and Pretoria, South Africa. WellPoint is publicly traded on the TSX
Venture Exchange under the symbol WPS.

    This document contains forward-looking statements. Some forward looking
statements may be identified by words like "expects", "anticipates", "plans",
"intends", "indicates" or similar expressions. The statements are not a
guarantee of future performance and are inherently subject to risks and
uncertainties. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those
currently anticipated due to a number of factors, including, but not limited
to, successful integration of structural changes, including restructuring
plans, acquisitions, technical or manufacturing or distribution issues, the
competitive environment for the Company's products, the degree of market
penetration of the Company's products, and other factors set forth in reports
and other documents filed by the Company with Canadian securities regulatory
authorities from time to time.

    
    The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy
    or accuracy of this release.
    





For further information:

For further information: Richard Slack, President and Chief Executive
Officer, (303) 987-2238, rick.slack@wellpointsystems.com; Bharat Mahajan, CA,
Chief Financial Officer, (403) 444-3916, bharat.mahajan@wellpointsystems.com

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