C2 Celebrates 20th Year as Microsoft Gold-Certified Partner
We’re excited to announce that we’ve renewed our status as a Microsoft Gold–Certified Partner for the 20th consecutive year! We have maintained our Gold status every year since the Microsoft certification program began in 2001 and are proud to celebrate this milestone.
Our competencies include:
Gold Application Development
We bring expertise in designing, developing, and monitoring cloud and web-based applications for customers in Azure or Microsoft 365
Gold Application Integration
We can help with advanced integration and configuration tasks, showing our clients how to integrate applications and data to increase efficiency and drive business results
Gold Cloud Productivity
We deliver innovative Office 365 solutions, showing how we can help our clients’ deploy and manage applications like Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Teams, and Skype for Business
Silver Cloud Platform
We offer support with deploying, migrating, and maintaining cloud applications and services on Microsoft Azure, helping our clients make use of secure, scalable, and reliable cloud solutions
Silver Collaboration & Content
We develop efficient and effective collaboration and communication practices in an enterprise environment on platforms such as SharePoint (online, on-premises, and hybrid), OneDrive, and Teams
Silver Enterprise Mobility Management
We can plan, deploy, and manage Microsoft 365 mobility and security services to keep our enterprise customers secure, compliant, and connected
Silver Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions
We deliver cloud productivity and security solutions for small and midsize customers who are deploying or migrating to Office 365
What does it mean to be a Microsoft Certified Partner, and How Does the Program Work?
A Microsoft Certified Partner is an organization that provides Microsoft-related products or services or support for such. The Microsoft Partner Network is a hub of people, resources, and offerings brought together to give companies what they need to build and deliver successful solutions to their customers.
Microsoft calls its certifications “Competencies.” They are requirements that are designed to meet customers’ specific needs and be recognizable to prospective ones. A partner can be a partner, or they can be Silver or Gold certified. According to Microsoft, these Competencies demonstrate “a specific, proven skill set to customers. Because Microsoft competencies are aligned with how customers buy, customers can easily identify a company’s capabilities and expertise” by looking at their Competencies.
Organizations who join the program begin as Members from which they take certification exams in the technologies related to their target competencies. Some certifications require passing multiple exams, and some exams require months of study and preparation.
Other requirements for achieving Silver and Gold competencies have included the following:
- Completing client projects using the relevant Microsoft technologies (with verified references)
- Conducting customer satisfaction surveys
- Passing Business Assessments and Microsoft Licensing Assessments
What This Means For Our Clients
About 5% of Microsoft Partners worldwide are Silver certified, and only 1% are Gold certified. Both Silver and Gold partners undergo regular audits to ensure they stay current with the latest certifications as technologies evolve.
Because the certification exams are so rigorous, achieving at least a Silver competency demonstrates a high skill level in the relevant technology. Achieving the Gold level requires vendors to always stay up to date, meet the highest possible standards, and have a robust number of qualified team members. Moreover, a Gold partner has direct access to advanced support at Microsoft with the ability to escalate a case when necessary, resulting in faster response times.
As clients evaluate a potential IT partner, they look for reviews, professional assessments, and certifications indicating their skill levels. Ultimately, they want to know whether a vendor has the necessary qualifications. To that end, a Gold partner has demonstrated superior levels of successful implementations, capabilities, and certification as verified by Microsoft.
Our team is committed to delivering leading Microsoft and other solutions partnering with world-class technology vendors. Contact us to learn more and see how we can help you be more competitive with technology.