Microsoft Gold that is. Yes Bitrix Systems, provider of the Web Content Management System Bitrix Site Manager, has been made Gold Certified Partner with competencies in ISV/Software Solutions. They have clearly demonstrated their capabilities in portal and content management technology by receiving Microsoft's highest certification, but what will you get out of it?
Bitrix on the Microsoft Platform
Bitrix has been releasing steady updates of its Site Manager Web CMS on a regular basis. The latest version of Bitrix -- Site Manager v7 was released in July just five months after the v6.5 release -- which by the way was released roughly 7 months after v6.
The latest release offers integration with Microsoft's database SQL Server, something which must have helped with the certification process.
Word is Bitrix intends to introduce a .Net version of Site Manager this fall. “Since the .NET version is more stable and browser friendly, customers will be able to push the envelope of online content business by leveraging Microsoft’s proven technology framework”, says Sergey Rizhikov, CEO of Bitrix, Inc.
What is Means to Have the Gold
So what benefit do you as a customer of Bitrix get from this Microsoft Gold Certification? You get a Web CMS provider that has extended training and support across the Microsoft platform directly from the best Microsoft support there is.
The certification also means that Bitrix will act as a reseller for the MS SQL Server Database software in the Eastern European market.
It also provides Bitrix with a nice little logo that makes them look much better than the competition because it shows the Microsoft has seen their capabilities as very strong.
Achieving the Gold Certification requires having a number of certified professionals within the company with direct hands-on experience with specific technologies. It also means Bitrix has worked with a number of clients with these Microsoft technologies.
You can learn more about Bitrix, their solutions and their new certification on their website. While you do that, we will sit back and wait for word on the next version of Site Manager - eager to see what entering the .Net world will do to the CMS.