Invensys’ Avantis Achieves Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Status |

Invensys’ Avantis Achieves Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Status

BURLINGTON, ONTARIO – February 24, 2006 – The Avantis unit of Invensys Process Systems today announced that it has achieved Gold Certified Partner level in the Microsoft Partner Program. The certification recognizes a Microsoft Competency in ISV/Software Solutions and in Networking Infrastructure Solutions.

Microsoft Gold Certified Partners represent the top tier of organizations within the Microsoft Partner Program and membership is only awarded to those who have demonstrated the highest level of expertise in creating and implementing solutions based on Microsoft technologies. According to Microsoft, only about 5,000 of its 775,000 global partners achieve Gold certification.

“As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner we are now part of a leading group of technology partners with access to extensive resources, training and technical expertise. This will allow us to further use and integrate Microsoft technology and provide our customers with even more advanced enterprise asset management (EAM) solutions to optimize asset performance,” said Neil Cooper, General Manager of the Avantis unit of Invensys Process Systems. “Becoming a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner strengthens an already strong and strategic relationship with Microsoft.”

Avantis successfully earned certification by meeting Microsoft’s criteria by successfully passing independent Windows platform tests on its Condition Monitoring solution, providing approved customer references and employing a number of Microsoft Certified Professionals.

About Avantis
For more than 20 years, customers throughout the world have relied on Avantis enterprise asset management (EAM) solutions to improve resource productivity by driving down operating costs, minimizing the risk of unplanned downtime and maximizing financial return on capital assets. Avantis is part of the Invensys Process Systems group.

About Invensys Process Systems
Invensys Process Systems, a business unit of Invensys plc, provides products, services and solutions that enable today’s industrial plants to monitor, manage, and improve the performance of their manufacturing assets. In addition to its rapidly expanding Global Solutions group, Invensys Process Systems includes industry-leading brands such as Foxboro, Triconex, SimSci-Esscor, Wonderware, and Avantis, whose products are installed at more than 100,000 sites across the world. These range from small hybrid and batch plants to the world’s largest production operations, refineries, gas plants, petrochemicals plants, power plants, and pulp and paper mills.

The Invensys Group is made up of five businesses: Process Systems, APV, Eurotherm, Rail Systems, and Controls. The Group is headquartered in London and is listed on the London Stock Exchange, with approximately 30,000 employees working in 60 countries.

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