What Does it Mean to be a Microsoft Gold-Certified Partner?

Learn how Cantium Business Solutions achieved the highest level of partnership with Microsoft and is now recognised as a Microsoft Gold Partner.

What is a Microsoft Certified Partner?

Microsoft Gold Certified Partners are Microsoft’s most highly accredited independent technical support providers, who demonstrate proven expertise in delivering quality services to customers. Microsoft Partners with a Gold Competency are recognized for their commitment to solidifying customer relationships by offering innovative and effective business solutions to their customers. A business which has earned a Gold Competency is among the top 1% of Microsoft Partners worldwide. According to Microsoft, “A Microsoft gold or silver competency can help set a company apart from the competition by demonstrating a specific, proven skill set to its customers. Because Microsoft competencies are aligned with how customers actually buy, customers can easily identify a company’s capabilities and expertise.”

Benefits of Working with a Microsoft Gold Partner

Cantium have demonstrated through our achievement of several certifications that we are competent in delivering Microsoft solutions. As a trusted Microsoft partner, we are relied upon to deliver Microsoft’s products and have access to expertise and offers not available on the open market.

As a Microsoft Gold Partner, Cantium receives a variety of benefits, including continuous online technical training and support and tools from Microsoft that are applicable to our activities. For example, in the educational field this might take the form of licenses to Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office.

Along with training resources and immediate relief of technical problems, the Gold Partner status ensures Microsoft users expert support when it comes to all things Microsoft related. Specialists at Cantium are trained to attend to technical problems regarding the software, allowing Microsoft users to work effectively without worrying about technical difficulties. Cantium can help you utilize the tools that Microsoft has to offer and teach you how to use them effectively in your business.

How to Achieve Microsoft Gold Partner Status

Companies can apply to become a Microsoft Certified Partner and go through the rigorous certification process. To do so, they must be able to prove their expertise in delivering quality solutions in one or more specialised areas of business. Microsoft’s certification process requires regular auditing to ensure that partner companies are maintaining and delivering a high degree of skill, proficiency, and experience to their customers.

Cantium had to meet a number of stringent technical and performance standards to demonstrate best-in-class capability for consideration of Microsoft Gold status. Becoming a Microsoft Gold Partner in May 2019 means Cantium has met the technical and business skills validation – this means there are multiple people at Cantium with the skills to advise and support customers from sales through support.

What is a Microsoft Competency?

Earning a Microsoft Competency is the easiest way to achieve your desired level in the Microsoft Partner Program. Microsoft competencies are designed to prepare companies to meet their customers’ needs and demonstrate their areas of technical capability to new customers who are looking for Microsoft-certified solution providers.

Cantium Business Solutions have achieved the Gold Competency as a Datacenter. In order to achieve this competency, we had to prove our expertise in transforming data centres into more flexible, scalable, and cost-effective solutions. A number of Cantium staff also needed to obtain the relevant training qualifications for us to achieve the Gold status.

Cantium Business Solutions is proud to be a Microsoft Gold-Certified partner and are already working towards several other competencies, such as Cloud Productivity and Small and MidMarket Cloud Solutions to further prove our commitment and expertise.

To learn more about our certification, or to see how we can deliver custom Microsoft business solutions to solve your unique challenges, please give us a call.