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FNTS achieves Microsoft gold Cloud Platform competency

Earlier this month, First National Technology Solutions (FNTS) announced it had attained a gold Cloud Platform competency.

The Cloud Platform competency is designed for partners to capitalize on the growing demand for infrastructure and software as a service (SaaS) solutions built on Microsoft Azure.

To earn a Microsoft gold competency, partners must successfully complete exams (resulting in Microsoft Certified Professionals) to prove their level of technology expertise. Then, partners must designate those certified professionals uniquely to one Microsoft competency, ensuring a certain level of staffing capacity.

Customer references must also be submitted that demonstrate successful projects, meet a performance (revenue and/or consumption/usage) commitment (for most gold competencies), and pass technology and/or sales assessments.

“By achieving a gold competency, partners have demonstrated the highest, most consistent capability and commitment to the latest Microsoft technology,” said Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “These partners have a deep expertise that puts them in the top of our partner ecosystem, and their proficiency will help customers drive innovative solutions.”

FNTS successfully demonstrated a “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world and distinguishing itself within Microsoft’s partner ecosystem.

As technology rapidly changes, businesses seek out competitive advantages. One of those advantages comes from utilizing technology partners like FNTS to stay current on advances in cloud, software and data center offerings.

“Companies are becoming more reliant on cloud services, including Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365 to differentiate their businesses and connect with new customers,” said FNTS President, Kim Whittaker. “This Microsoft gold competency showcases our expertise in and commitment to today’s technology market and demonstrates our deep knowledge of Microsoft’s products and services. We plan to accelerate our customers’ success by serving as technology advisors for their business demands.”