EMS-Cortex signs deal with global Microsoft partner

Auckland-based firm to provide consulting and implementation services

Auckland-based EMS-Cortex has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Seattle-based implement.com Corporation. The agreement will see implement.com provide implementation and consulting services to Cortex customers worldwide.

implement.com is a global systems integrator of Microsoft-based provisioning systems and infrastructure to hosted service providers and telecommunications companies. It has a close working relationship with Microsoft.

The agreement follows a deal with Unisys, in which Unisys will roll out the Cortex provisioning software in its data centres as part of its global cloud services offering.

Implement.com President Steve Schwartz says the partnership is logical in that it combines complementary skill sets and software: “Cortex provides a comprehensive control panel capability that enables hosted services to be set up and managed through a single interface. implement.com specialises in the infrastructure itself, so it’s a perfect match,” he says.

“Cortex has a number of unique strengths. The software delivers a highly self-reliant provisioning engine, with architecture flexible enough to allow us to expand capabilities for clients – without modifying the platform itself.

“We are delighted to be partnering with EMS-Cortex, especially as we start to enter into the 2010 release cycle from Microsoft where our respective assets will be critical to the success of our mutual customers.”

The partnership agreement formalises an existing relationship with implement.com. The two companies have worked together in the past on cloud implementations for tier-1 companies, including global telecommunications companies and systems integrators.

EMS-Cortex general manager Colin Williams says global demand for the Cortex platform has been accelerated by Microsoft’s discontinuing development of its own provisioning services engine. EMS-Cortex has increased customer numbers by more than 40% over the past 12 months, with sales in Australia, Europe, the UK and the US.

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