Dublin Headquarters, Version 1, which is based in Belfast and employs 130 people, has joined an exclusively controlled list of just 105 Microsoft partners around the world to be named Azure Expert Managed Service Provider (MSP).
The honor recognizes the IT service provider as one of Microsoft’s most capable global partners and is designed to enable potential customers in the public and private sectors to identify the best managed service providers to work with.
Cloud-managed technology and services are a growing market globally and a support widely used by public sector organizations and business enterprises across Ireland to outsource the responsibility to maintain, improve and protect IT assets in order to streamline operations and reduce expenses.
To achieve Azure MSP status, version 1 had to perform a rigorous independent third-party audit, and also provide multiple customer references from Azure Managed Services projects delivered in the past 12 months. In addition, to maintain this status, she and other experts must continue to meet the prerequisites annually and perform a progress audit each year.
Aisling Curtis, Sales Director, Microsoft Ireland, said: âWe are delighted to announce that our trusted Version 1 partner has been named Azure Expert MSP. To achieve Azure Expert MSP status, partners must meet stringent requirements and validate their skills, customer success, scalability, and commitment to delivering next-generation managed service offerings to ensure we can do the best for our customers.
âOnly a number of Microsoft partners are able to meet the requirements of the Azure Expert MSP program, designed to help our Irish customers find highly qualified and validated vendors, such as version 1, capable of handling the most complex environments. and strategically. advise organizations on their digital transformation.
Version 1 has been working with Microsoft technology since 2006 and has broad and in-depth expertise across the Microsoft stack. He can look beyond specific requirements to examine underlying customer issues and identify integrated solutions that leverage the entire technology stack.
In addition to the Azure Expert status of version 1, version 1 is an “AMMP (Azure Migration & Modernization Program) Approved” partner holding Azure Advanced Specialization accreditations in Windows and SQL Server migrations and application modernization. AMMP approval allows Version 1 to guide its customers through a Microsoft supported and funded migration / modernization journey to the cloud – and to take advantage of Microsoft’s Azure FastTrack services.
Named Microsoft’s Partner of Choice for Data Modernization in Ireland in 2019 and 2020, Smart Cloud Partner Award 2019 and Business Intelligence and Data Analytics Partner of the Year 2016 , version 1 has end-to-end Microsoft capabilities with demonstrated expertise in a variety of skills.
Version 1 has worked with a number of public and private sector clients including Harrow Council, East of England Ambulance Service, Musgrave Group, and DAE Capital, among others.
Tom O’Connor, CEO of Version 1, said: âWe are delighted to celebrate our recognition as a Microsoft Azure Expert MSP. Achieving this honor is not only a reflection of the significant investment Version 1 has made in our next-generation cloud and managed services capabilities, but also the investment of our people to achieve this goal.
âI am incredibly proud of everyone who in version 1 made this possible, that they study and work hard to continuously achieve top certifications and skills, that they are responsible for providing the services and exceptional assistance from our managed services practice, or if they are Account Managers tasked with looking after our clients on a day-to-day basis to find out how the ever-changing IT world (especially during the COVID-19 emergency ) affects them.
âVersion 1 will continue to extend our next generation managed services, known as ASPIRE Managed Services, to meet our customers’ growing demand for agile, innovative and continuously improving technology – and I look forward to ” enhance our relationship with Microsoft as we help customers across the UK and Ireland transform their technology fields into smart and value drivers of innovation, automation, agility and sustainable business results. “
Founded in Dublin, Version 1 employs nearly 2,000 people in the UK, Ireland, Spain and India. The rapidly growing IT service provider specializes in providing digital, cloud, data and ERP transformation services to commercial enterprises and public sector organizations. With long-standing customer relationships in the Irish public sector, Version 1 has notably taken a strong position in the UK public sector with recent victories in Highways England, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), Ofgem, Home Office, Harrow Council, London Redbridge Council and Barts Health NHS Trust to name a few.
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