Being a Microsoft® Gold Certified Partner means we have demonstrated superior levels of successful implementations, capabilities and certification. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners are required to meet rigorous requirements for certification and expertise. Impact has reached the status of Gold Certified Partner in these three areas by demonstrating increased levels of developer certification, deep real-world experience, and by providing completed customer reference projects that were independently verified by Microsoft.
Through engagement with Microsoft, Microsoft Gold Certified Partners have in-depth access to a variety of exclusive resources and early product information. Resources include priority access to a support team of Microsoft certified systems engineers, non-disclosure evaluation of new products and technologies, as well as planning tools and events to keep up to speed on the latest Microsoft product developments and future direction.
Impact employs Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs); individuals who have passed certification exams designed to validate their mastery using Microsoft tools and technologies. A recent study of Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers (MCSEs) and their supervisors by Jack McKillip, Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University, rated MCPs as highly effective workers on the job and IT supervisors rated MCSEs as more competent on all global dimensions as compared to non-certified systems engineers.
The Retirement Income Industry Association’s mission as a national not-for-profit organization is to bring the retirement income industry together with a “View Across Silos” to develop the products, processes and advisory services Americans need to create a secure retirement. Because RIIA members span the entire industry, they are a forum for sharing the freshest outlooks, the most modern thinking, the latest research and the newest product development within the realm of retirement income. This unique view provides investors and advisors with unbiased perspectives on key retirement income issues.
Impact is excited to be part of RIIA and participate in the exchange of knowledge among institutions, academics, researchers, and producers. As a member of RIIA, we gain access to the organization’s advisor education resources, research studies, as well as networking opportunities with company executives, academics, and innovators throughout the industry. This access will help Impact continue to offer leading-edge retirement income software analysis solutions to advisors and their clients.