SOURCE: Rand Group

Rand Group

July 21, 2016 11:00 ET

Direct Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider Adds Gold Cloud Platform Competency to Service Portfolio

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - July 21, 2016) - As technology platforms evolve and improve, the cloud becomes an increasingly important driver of competitive advantage. Capitalizing on this shift in the way businesses store and manage their critical data, processes, and applications, Rand Group has focused much of 2015 and 2016 on building and expanding their cloud practice to include improved, more rounded service offerings and cloud expertise.

As part of this shift to the cloud, Rand Group announces they have obtained a Gold Cloud Platform Certification from Microsoft -- the highest Cloud competency currently available.

To obtain the competency, partners must demonstrate their ability to meet the changing needs of today's businesses by completing assessments aimed at testing their level of technology expertise in any one area. This particular competency showcases Rand Group's expertise in Microsoft Azure and cloud based solutions, and their push toward remaining a partner in Microsoft's shift to a cloud based company. Partners must also prove they have the staffing capacity to meet client needs, and provide references to Microsoft that show the completion of successful cloud projects. Partners are also required to meet performance commitments and pass technology and/or sales assessments.

The Gold Cloud Platform Competency shows Rand Group's commitment to meeting Microsoft's mobile- first, cloud-first mission.

"Obtaining this competency is illustrative of executing on our mission," says Rand Group President & CEO Ron Rand, "As cloud has quickly become the new medium for technology usage and adoption, we will extend our services into new areas to support and enable client success. We are making investments in the cloud practice, both from a staffing and a marketing standpoint, and this is a high growth area for us. We are committed to meeting the needs of our clients, present and future, and will be rolling out organization-wide training and readiness on cloud, so that every member of our team can understand the direction, impact, and opportunities that come with it. This is a very exciting accomplishment."

The Cloud Platform competency is designed for Microsoft Partners to capitalize on the growing demand for infrastructure and SaaS solutions delivered on Microsoft Azure.

About Rand Group

Established in 2003, Rand Group is a member of Microsoft's Inner Circle, which recognizes the company as among the top 1% global experts in Microsoft Dynamics. As a complete front to back technology enablement solution provider, Rand Groups helps clients succeed through the use of secure, stable infrastructure, transaction processing systems and management analytics, as well as all aspects of web presence, including digital marketing. Headquartered in Texas, with two offices in Houston, and another in Vancouver, Rand Group has repeatedly appeared in Accounting Today's Top 100 VAR listing, ranking #20 in 2015.

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