Technology Services Group (TSG) Achieves Multiple Microsoft Gold Competencies in the Microsoft Partner Network

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Leading IT services company TSG has successfully gained multiple Microsoft Gold competencies in the Microsoft Partner Network, demonstrating its strong expertise and capabilities in delivering Microsoft solutions. With less than 1% of the 650,000 Microsoft Partners worldwide achieving Gold competencies this accreditation is hugely sought after and is further evidence of TSG's continued focus on becoming the UK’s number one SME IT services provider.

David Stonehouse, Chief Executive, TSG

David Stonehouse, CEO, TSG

"As the highest level of accreditation Microsoft offers its partners we are extremely proud of these achievements, especially as it's a reflection of the hugely talented team here at TSG and I can't praise them enough, our people really are our strength"

TSG today announced it has achieved Three Gold in Server Platforms, Enterprise Resource Planning and Portals & Collaboration competencies in the Microsoft Partner Network, demonstrating its ability to meet Microsoft customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment. To earn a Microsoft Gold Competency, organisations must complete a rigorous set of tests to prove their level of technology expertise, have the right number of Microsoft Certified Professionals, submit customer references and demonstrate their commitment to customer satisfaction by participating in an annual survey.

David Stonehouse TSG CEO said : “As the highest level of accreditation Microsoft offers its partners we are extremely proud of these achievements, especially as it’s a reflection of the hugely talented team here at TSG and I can’t praise them enough, our people really are our strength.

"This was a very challenging process, with significant investment, Microsoft raised the bar last year by introducing their new competencies strategy, allowing for some differentiation of core capabilities within the Partner Network.

"So to achieve recognition as one of the Microsoft Partners considered to be worthy of Gold Competency really is the icing on the cake and our customers can now have even greater confidence that their Gold Accredited Partner can deliver sound IT solutions.

"At TSG we are trusted to take care of IT systems for thousands of customers, small and large, and as you’d expect we make it our business to stay ahead of the game and we pride ourselves on having genuinely in-depth, inside-out knowledge on all products that will make a difference to our valued customers. And with less than 1% of the 650,000 Microsoft Partners worldwide good enough to achieve Gold and only 5% Silver, we feel perfectly justified to shout from the rooftops about it.

"We’ve got a team of dedicated experts in specialist areas far bigger than many of our competitors, which means that we are exceptionally well placed to invest our time and resources to ensure that can deliver reliability, security, availability and performance that our customers deserve".

“The Microsoft Partner Network is designed to empower solution providers to succeed in today’s business environment. By achieving the prestigious Gold competency, participating companies are provided with a rich set of benefits, including increased customer visibility through branding and accessibility, training and support," said Clare Barclay, Partner Strategy and Programmes Director, Microsoft UK. “We are proud to put forth a program that provides the right resources to help a company develop the expertise customers demand in today’s competitive market and also provides the community and infrastructure that can connect them to one another, lowering costs for all parties."

NOTES TO EDITOR

About TSG: Technology Services Group

•TSG is based in Newcastle upon Tyne with 15 offices across the UK
•Created in 2003 with a focus on providing IT services and products to small and medium sized businesses, now one of the UK’s leading IT companies
•Acquired 25 businesses throughout the UK in last 8 years, from Aberdeen to Southampton and now employs approx. 520 people
•Annualised turnover of around £45m
•Provides IT support services to thousands of contracted customers throughout the UK
•Offers a remote monitoring service (System Care) powered by Kaseya software which provides customers with a professional network monitoring service
•Largest IT service provider to SME customers of any Kaseya Managed Service Software worldwide
•Remotely monitors over 26,000 pcs and servers for 4,000 customers
•Leading supplier of Microsoft Dynamics, Sage and Pegasus Business software
•Sage 200 Business Partner of the Year for three consecutive years
•Largest Pegasus Platinum Partner in the UK
•Winner of Sophos Small Business Partner of the Year 2011
•Holds Microsoft Gold competencies in Server Platform, Enterprise Resource Planning and Portals & Collaboration. Holds Microsoft Silver competencies in CRM, Midmarket Solution Provider, Virtualisation and Messaging
•HP Gold Preferred Partner
•Sophos Platinum Partner

For further information please contact
Fiona Stuart, Marketing Manager
Tel: 0191 256 1166     Mob: 07747 442 552    Email: fiona.stuart(at)tsg(dot)com
TSG Head Office, 1 Gosforth Parkway, Gosforth Business Park, Newcastle upon Tyne,
NE12 8ET
For further information please see http://www.tsg.com

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