TSG’s Achievements are up in the Clouds.

North East headquartered Technology Services Group (TSG) has received yet another of the highest accolades granted by Microsoft, this time for their experience and knowledge in Cloud Computing solutions.

TSG has been awarded The “Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions” Gold Status competency which adds to their already impressive haul and re-affirms to the marketplace that TSG are experts in what they do, giving them the competitive edge within the IT industry.

David Stonehouse, CEO at TSG explains the significance of such recognition. “We’re seeing more and more businesses consider cloud-based IT solutions as we have already deployed Microsoft Office 365 for thousands of users this year.

“For some the imminent demise of Windows Server 2003 support in July is prompting a look at Microsoft Office 365 as the modern technology platform on which to drive their business forward. For others, growth or relocation brings about a review of the IT strategy and moving to this technology can offer longer-term benefits for the business.

“Some customers are implementing a fully cloud-based approach whilst for others the most appropriate answer may be a hybrid solution. So the cloud isn’t necessarily the perfect solution for everyone.

What is important is that businesses understand the options available to them and find a partner with the breadth of experience and expertise to support the most effective implementation.”

Microsoft Office 365 is more than just the latest versions of Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. It bridges seamlessly across all areas of ICT from applications and productivity tools to infrastructure and communications.

Subscriptions can also include Microsoft SharePoint and Lync, soon to be rebadged Skype for Business. These are technologies that have been used by large enterprises for more than a decade to streamline processes and manage information and until now have been beyond the reach of smaller businesses.

TSG’s National Technical Director, Paul Burns explains how Microsoft Office 365 now allows smaller businesses access to the technologies previously only affordable by larger organisations.

“By understanding the full array of products available with such a modern technology platform businesses really have the potential to transform. And that’s before considering cost-savings, flexibility and mobility.

It’s all about working more effectively, sharing information and improving communication and collaboration with colleagues; wherever they are.

“A lot of IT companies will specialise in specific elements of Microsoft’s suite of products such as CRM or SharePoint. With expertise across everything from business applications to complex infrastructure and connectivity, we’re perfectly placed at TSG to guide businesses through their adoption of Microsoft Office 365 – especially if it’s their first step in to the Cloud.

Microsoft’s Partner competencies are awarded to their partners who have the proven skills and experience in that area to set them apart from the competition. Gold Status demonstrates “Best in Class” capability within that given Microsoft solution area.

Microsoft’s Gold Status competencies are earned by demonstrating successful projects through customer references as well as passing technical and sales assessments. The Gold Status competencies are not a permanent honour as the requirements to achieve and maintain them change every year, therefore partners need to constantly train and develop their people to ensure the essential skills are in place to meet the criteria.