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CDS Office Technologies Achieves Microsoft Gold & Silver Status

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By Press Release - Robert Milner

Itasca, IL -- May 20, 2013 -- CDS Office Technologies, today announced it has achieved a Gold OEM competency and the Silver Mid-Market Solution Provider/Small Business Specialist, Devices and Deployment, Hosting, Identity and Access and Server Platform competencies in the Microsoft Partner Network, demonstrating its ability to meet Microsoft customers' evolving needs in today's dynamic business environment. To earn Microsoft gold and silver competencies, organizations must complete a rigorous set of tests to prove their level of technology expertise, submit customer references and demonstrate their commitment to customer satisfaction by participating in an annual survey.

CDS Office Technologies is a locally owned value-added reseller (VAR) serving Illinois and Missouri for over 40 years. CDS has seven locations with 115 employees specializing in information technology products and services, public safety equipment, office communications and wireless networks, multi-function copiers/printers, video conferencing, digital signage, managed print and network services and cloud data storage.

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"The Microsoft Gold and Silver competencies differentiates us from the competition and establishes us as market leaders, further demonstrating our commitment to serving the needs of customers relying on Microsoft-based solutions," said Mark Watson, President, CDS Office Technologies. "We look forward to helping our customers realize their full potential by continuing to focus our areas of technology expertise in response to today's business needs."

"The Microsoft Partner Network is designed to empower solution providers to succeed in today's business environment. By achieving the prestigious gold and silver competencies, participating companies are provided with a rich set of benefits, including increased customer visibility and accessibility, training and support," said Jon Roskill, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. "We are proud to put forth a program that provides the resources to help a company develop the expertise customers demand in today's competitive market and also provides the community and infrastructure that can connect them to one another, lowering costs for all parties."

The Microsoft gold and silver competencies signifies to the market that a company has demonstrated the highest level of skill and achievement within a given technology specialization. All of the Microsoft competencies are designed to help differentiate a partner's specific technology capabilities, helping customers find solution providers quickly and easily. Each competency has a unique set of requirements and benefits, formulated to accurately represent the specific skills and services that partners bring to the industry.

CDS Office Technologies is committed to total customer satisfaction. They deliver best-of-breed technology solutions designed to assist clients in building, expanding and optimizing their IT and office environment. CDS' goal is to provide solutions with the most cost efficient methods, while providing the highest quality products in the industry.

For more information, press only:

Mark Watson, President, CDS Office Technologies, 217-528-8936, Ext. 1003

mwatson@cdsot.com

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