Your business is driven by technology
This means it’s a good idea to invest time and resources into making sure you have the best technology possible for your business. Sounds simple right? But this isn’t a decision that a company should take lightly. The right technology partner could mean the difference between steady growth and a costly mistake. As a Microsoft Gold Partner, SBT Partners has the qualifications, skills, and experience to deliver the technology your business needs to reach significant goals and milestones.
At SBT, Microsoft products are at the core of our business. They are versatile, reliable, and they are a crucial element to a modern workplace. Our status as a Microsoft Gold Partner is something we don’t take for granted. It’s proof that our dedication to delivering the best possible technology products coupled with proactive client services, is a combination that brings the most value to our partners. This blog will take a closer look at what it takes to be a Microsoft Gold Partner and what this means to our clients
What Is a Microsoft Certified Partner?
Microsoft competencies are requirements designed to meet specific customer needs while also being a recognizable certification to prospective customers. Microsoft considers these competencies to be a designation given to IT providers that demonstrate a specific, proven skill set to customers.
A company can hold a silver or gold partner status. Both levels enjoy full Microsoft support, but the differences between the classes are significant.
The silver level represents a specialized ability or commitment in a specific technology area.
The gold level is the highest certification and represents an even higher level of expertise in a specific service area. They are among the top 1% of Microsoft partners worldwide.
To attain Gold status, a partner must satisfy competency requirements that include:
- Certification and sales requirements
- Five customer references
- Earn the necessary level of partner points
- Have four qualified Microsoft Certified Trainers that have passed one or more certification exams issued by Microsoft
This certification process is not easy. Once a company reaches this competency level, they must submit to regular auditing to ensure they meet the strict requirements of knowledge and service.
How Does a Gold Partner Help You?
We are on the cutting edge – A Gold Level partner like SBT is an IT provider that is an expert in the latest technology that Microsoft has to offer. We understand exactly how best to apply it to your business goals. Not only do we make sure that you are using the best technology of today, but also we know what’s coming down the pipeline and can implement it before anyone else.
We work directly with Microsoft – In addition to our in-house expertise, our status as Gold Level Partners gives us access to advanced support resources. Microsoft Business Solutions are very responsive to Gold Partners, which means that any solution is solvable, no matter how complicated.
We meet rigorous standards – No IT provider becomes a Gold Level partner with basic knowledge. IN order for SBT to maintain Gold Status, we have to recertify every one of our Microsoft Certified members. Certification is an ongoing process, and there are no consolation prizes. Microsoft requires its Gold Partners to be entirely up to date, which means yearly audits and assessments.
We provide the most value – The world is changing. Businesses everywhere, even in your industry, are looking for any competitive advantage. If your business is only concerned with the present, you will find your competitive grip weakening, and your market share dwindling as you lose out to companies that are more agile and more modern than yours.
The SBT Partnership Is a Business Relationship You Can Count On
Our goal is to offer the very best to our customers. Since we rely on Microsoft products for business solutions, it is only natural that we strive to be among the best. Gold certification is just one of the ways we serve our customers better. A real business partnership is one that brings value to the relationship, and our dedication to modern solutions aligns perfectly with our efforts to achieve and maintain Microsoft Gold status.
A modern workplace has the exact technology it needs to serve customers and get the job done. Our goal is to allow our clients the ability to refocus on their business and gain certainty in the fact that leveraging SBT will provide a competitive technology advantage.