AUSTIN, Texas – June 25, 2012 – Catapult Systems, a Microsoft IT consulting firm, today announced it has won the 2012 Microsoft Systems Management Partner of the Year Award. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.

This is the third world wide Partner of the Year honor for Catapult Systems in the last four years, having been recognized in 2011 as the Microsoft Digital Marketing Partner of the Year, and in 2009 as the Microsoft Custom Development Solutions (Web Development) Partner of the Year.

“Every employee of Catapult is passionate about delivering the best solutions to our rapidly growing customer base,” said Sam Goodner, Catapult Systems CEO. “On behalf of the entire team, we’re honored to be recognized for our achievements by being named a Partner of the Year by Microsoft.”

Awards were presented in multiple categories, with winners chosen from a set of nearly 3,000 entrants worldwide. Catapult Systems was recognized for providing outstanding solutions and services in Systems Management.

The Systems Management Partner of the Year Award recognizes a partner that delivered solutions to manage physical and virtual infrastructures across data centers, client computers, and devices. The winner enabled customers to reduce costs, improve application availability, and enhance service delivery. The successful solution used the Microsoft suite of systems management products, technologies, and solution accelerators, including, but not limited to:

-Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager
-Microsoft System Center Operations Manager
-Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager
-Microsoft System Center Service Manager
-Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager
-Microsoft System Center Essentials
-Opalis
-AVIcode

Additional criteria included dramatically transforming a customer’s IT infrastructure, resulting in operational efficiencies, reduced IT labor or hardware costs, or automation of management tasks.

“Microsoft is pleased to distinguish Catapult Systems as Systems Management Partner of the Year. Using Microsoft private cloud management technology, Catapult Systems implements systems management solutions that are designed to reduce costs, increase productivity, and optimize existing infrastructure for its customers. The goal is to empower IT departments to efficiently manage their unique environments and successfully support their organizations.” – Mike Schutz, general manager, Windows Server and Management, Microsoft Corporation

The Microsoft Partner Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past year.

Catapult Systems is a widely-recognized IT consulting services firm with nearly 20 years experience delivering Microsoft-based technology solutions to enterprises of all sizes. A Microsoft National Systems Integrator (NSI), the company is ranked in the top 0.10% of Microsoft partners globally.

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