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AVI-SPL Achieves a Microsoft Gold Communications Competency

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AVI-SPL demonstrates best-in-class capability and market leadership through demonstrated technology success and customer commitment

TAMPA, Fla., June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --  AVI-SPL, today announced it has attained a Gold Communications competency, demonstrating a "best-in-class" ability and commitment to meet Microsoft customers' evolving needs in today's dynamic business environment and distinguishing itself within the top 1 percent of Microsoft's partner ecosystem.

To earn a Microsoft gold competency, partners must successfully complete exams (resulting in Microsoft Certified Professionals) to prove their level of technology expertise, and then designate these certified professionals uniquely to one Microsoft competency, ensuring a certain level of staffing capacity. They also must submit customer references that demonstrate successful projects (along with implementing a yearly customer satisfaction study), meet a revenue commitment (for most gold competencies), and pass technology and/or sales assessments.

"AVI-SPL has invested heavily in training for Microsoft's unified communications solutions and is proud to be one of only a few AV integrators worldwide to achieve Microsoft Gold," said Rob Whatley, vice president of unified communications, AVI-SPL.  "This will allow AVI-SPL to sell, deploy and support Microsoft's communications products including Lync room systems, phones, headsets and Office 365 solutions."

AVI-SPL focuses on designing, building and integrating audio visual technology solutions. As technology has evolved, AVI-SPL has expanded to encompass comprehensive solutions including unified communications and collaboration, advanced visualization, managed services, and hotel and event production services.

"The enterprise customer is embracing Microsoft's true UC solution - Lync," said John Zettel, CEO, AVI-SPL. "Becoming Microsoft Gold bolsters our unified communications platform; we now offer hosted, hybrid and on-premise Lync deployments."

"By achieving a gold competency, partners have demonstrated the highest, most consistent capability and commitment to the latest Microsoft technology," said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. "These partners have a deep expertise that puts them in the top 1 percent of our partner ecosystem, and their proficiency will help customers drive innovative solutions on the latest Microsoft technology."

The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better serve customers and, with 640,000 Microsoft partners in their ecosystem, to easily connect with one of the most active, diverse networks in the world.

AVI-SPL will be exhibiting at InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas June 16-18 where they'll demonstrate their Unified Communications capabilities and Microsoft Lync integration.  Visit www.avispl.com/about-us/events/ for further details.

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As the world's leading video communications partner, AVI-SPL designs, builds and supports the systems and environments that enable communication and collaboration. AVI-SPL has highly-trained and certified system engineers throughout more than 40 offices across the United States, Mexico, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates in addition to an international network of solution providers in 30 countries. Visit www.avispl.com for more information or connect with AVI-SPL on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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