Gauss announced they have been named as an Advanced Business Partner by IBM through the end of 2001. The IBM Advanced Business Partner designation is part of the PartnerWorld program, which consists of three membership levels – Member, Advanced and Premier. This approval is for the Systems and Services track, which is available to all IBM Business Partners approved to market IBM eServer, IBM Network Integration, Point of Sale, Printer Systems and Storage Products in the United States and Canada. The program recognizes loyal IBM Business Partners for their commitment to building IBM product certifications or equivalent skills and dedication to customer satisfaction processes. Advanced status is awarded to a select group of IBM Business Partners, and they must earn renewal of the designation each year. Approximately 15% of IBM Business Partners-Systems in North America have qualified for Premier or Advanced recognition in 2000.