Tenzing Supercharges the Microsoft Bizspark and Software Plus Services Incubation Center Programs

    Free Software and Services Jumpstart ISVs and SaaS Startups to

    TORONTO, May 28 /CNW/ - Tenzing Managed IT Services, an industry leader
in hosting business-critical Internet applications, announced today that it is
now part of the exclusive Microsoft Software + Services Incubation Center and
BizSpark partnership programs. Through these programs, eligible companies
qualify for free Microsoft software licenses for application development and
delivery worth tens of thousands of dollars as well as unobligated access to
Tenzing's comprehensive professional and managed services package designed to
jumpstart ISVs and SaaS startups to profitability.
    John Zanni, general manager of the worldwide software plus services
industry for the Communications Sector at Microsoft Corp explained. "Many ISVs
and startups want to build a SaaS application, but lack the hosting expertise
required to deploy and manage it at scale." Zanni continued "Microsoft
BizSpark and the Microsoft Software + Services Incubation Center Program help
ISVs and startups realize their potential with affordable access to software.
One on one business and technical guidance from an established managed
services provider like Tenzing helps them avoid pitfalls and deliver
applications to market faster than the competition."
    The BizSpark program authorizes Tenzing to provide 1st and 2nd year
companies with less than $1 million in revenue with powerful development tools
like MS Visual Studio Team System & 2008 Team Suite, MS Expression Studio, and
MS Visual Studio Team System & 2008 Foundation Server as well as production
software licenses, including MS Windows Server 2008, MS SQL Server 2008 and MS
Office SharePoint Portal Server 2007 - at no cost.
    Qualified ISVs and startups can now engage the experts at Tenzing with no
upfront obligation for professional services when building an Internet service
delivery model. Tenzing has developed a comprehensive SaaS Enablement Service
(SES) engagement for ISVs and Startups to help them avoid the business and
technical pitfalls common to SaaS delivery. Kelly Beardmore, CTO at Tenzing,
commented that "The cornerstone of this program is our award-winning,
comprehensive "Summit with Tenzing" approach to the delivery of
business-critical Internet applications. This approach provides new SaaS
providers the sound business and technical planning needed to mitigate the
risks inherent with SaaS delivery."

    http://www.tenzing.com/saas-hosting.asp for more information on becoming
    involved in Tenzing's SaaS Incubation Center.

    Tenzing was founded in 1998. The company's award-winning approach to
hosting business-critical internet applications is comprehensive and
collaborative. Grounded in ITIL best practices, their five step "Summit with
Tenzing" approach addresses the entire IT lifecycle to deliver a new level of
managed IT hosting service. Tenzing holds both ISO 27001 and SAS 70
certification. Identified in each of the last three years as one of Canada's
fastest growing companies by Profit Magazine, Tenzing has customer service
centers in Kelowna, BC and Toronto, Ontario, and datacenters in Canada's
primary NAPs: 151 Front Street, Toronto and the Harbour Centre, Vancouver.

For further information:

For further information: Barry Cohen, Tenzing Managed IT Services,
sales@tenzing.com, 1-877-767-5577 ext 428

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