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Combest Inc. Achieves Platinum Certification Status with Avaya

  • Helps local exchange provider use technology to achieve competitive advantage

Avaya announced that it has certified Combest Inc. as a Platinum BusinessPartner.

Avaya (NYSE: AV), a leading global provider of communications networks and services to business, today announced that it has certified Combest Inc. as a Platinum BusinessPartner.

The Platinum certification, the highest Avaya offers, is an industry recognized designation that indicates Combest has met rigorous criteria that ensure superior technical competency and the ability to deliver best-in-class customer service and support as measured by an independent survey organization.

Combest sells Avaya communications systems and services that include design, implementation and support to businesses nationwide.

One of the many customers that has benefited from Combest's support is Access Integrated Networks, a local service provider in Macon, Ga. Access Integrated Networks relies on top-notch customer service to distinguish its business from other local service providers and turned to Combest when it needed to upgrade its customer call center.

Combest designed a network that features an Avaya S8700 Media Server and Avaya Interaction Center application software and provides significant improvements in the carrier's customer care capabilities. Now Access Integrated Networks can automatically route customers to the appropriate agent and can provide staffers with the customer, transaction and product information they need to deliver quality service. In addition, the center is able to respond to inquiries in the communication medium customers prefer - providing consistent, personalized responses via phone, email, web or fax.

"We now have quality tools that will help us achieve our world-class vision," said Doug Charles, vice president of operations for Access Integrated Networks.

The Benefits of Avaya Platinum Certification
Richard Pusbach, Combest CEO, noted that Combest's Platinum Certification helps to distinguish his firm to customers like Access Integrated Networks.

"Achievement of Avaya's Platinum Business Partner Certification demonstrates to our customers that Combest is committed to technical excellence, quality service and total customer satisfaction. We are very proud of our associates' commitment to excellence which enables our company to achieve this certification and distinguish Combest as one of the best Communication Solution Providers in the world."

The Platinum certification status helps ensure Combest customers that they are working with a reseller dedicated to quality and service. For Avaya, the Platinum certification indicates a reseller's commitment to technical expertise and service of Avaya's converged voice and data networks and applications.

The Avaya BusinessPartner certification program has three levels of distinction-Silver, Gold and Platinum. For Combest to achieve the Platinum rating, the company had to meet specific customer service and performance criteria that included:

  • Customer satisfaction ratings of 85 percent or higher.
  • Certified employees who have completed courses and passed a rigorous exam to earn the designation "Avaya Certified Specialist." Avaya has one of the industry's leading programs to certify technical professionals in converged voice and data networks and applications, including IP telephony.

Combest has consistently received top honors from Avaya, including the 2003 ALTI award for performance.

"Avaya's strategy with its BusinessPartner program is to ensure that customers have a consistent, quality experience, whether they buy direct from Avaya or indirect through a partner like Combest," said Todd Meister, Avaya vice president, Global Channel Strategy and U.S. Distribution. "Through its commitment to certification, Combest has proved its tremendous value both to Avaya and its customers - commitment to the continuous development of their support and technical expertise and to the consistent delivery of superior customer service."

About Avaya
Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks for more than 1 million businesses worldwide, including 90 percent of the FORTUNE 500®. Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is a world leader in secure and reliable Internet Protocol (IP) telephony systems and communications software applications and services.

Driving the convergence of voice and data communications with business applications - and distinguished by comprehensive worldwide services - Avaya helps customers leverage existing and new networks to achieve superior business results. For more information visit the Avaya Web site:

About Combest Inc.
Founded in 1994, Combest provides turn-key communication solutions with expertise in IP telephony, unified communications and customer relationship management. Combest offers comprehensive services including consulting, design, implementation, project management, network assessments, maintenance, 24/7 support, outsourcing and remote monitoring.

Combest's customers range from small, single-office businesses to large global enterprises with multiple sites and thousands of employees. For more information on Combest Inc., visit

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