Project Leadership Associates Achieves Microsoft Gold Competencies in Cloud Platform and Cloud Productivity

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Project Leadership Associates proves best-in-class capability and market leadership through demonstrated technology success and customer commitment

Today, Project Leadership Associates (PLA) announced that it has attained Microsoft Gold Competencies for Cloud Platform and Cloud Productivity. In achieving this status in Cloud Platform, PLA is now one of only 15 partners nationwide to achieve this ranking and only one of two Microsoft partners in the Midwest. Through these two achievements, PLA demonstrates its “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment and distinguishes itself within the top 1 percent of Microsoft’s partner ecosystem.

“We are very happy to be accepted into both Microsoft Gold Competencies for Cloud Platform and Cloud Productivity and look forward to furthering our client reach and capabilities,” said Rich Lilly, practice director of PLA’s Advanced Infrastructure Services. “Our plan is to accelerate our customers’ growth and adoption of the cloud by being their trusted advisor and help them understand how Azure can support and improve their business.”

“By achieving a gold competency, organizations have proven their expertise in specific technology areas, placing them among the top 5 percent of Microsoft partners worldwide,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “When customers look for an IT partner to meet their business challenges, choosing a company that has attained Microsoft competencies is a smart move. These are highly qualified professionals with access to Microsoft technical support and product teams.”

To earn a Microsoft gold competency in each of these individual categories, two PLA employees must have skillfully completed a number of exams (resulting in Microsoft Certified Professionals) to prove their level of technology expertise, and then designate these certified professionals uniquely to one Microsoft competency, ensuring a certain level of staffing capacity. For each competency, PLA also provided a minimum of five customer references to demonstrate successfully completed projects.

These gold competency achievements are coupled with PLA’s recent selection as one of seven partners in the U.S. to participate in Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite Red Carpet Program. As a result of this momentum, PLA is especially determined to continue pursuing the highest level of excellence so that each project delivers maximized value and return to the client.

The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better serve customers and, with 640,000 Microsoft partners in their ecosystem, to easily connect with one of the most active, diverse networks in the world.

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About Project Leadership Associates
Project Leadership Associates (PLA) provides business technology solutions that empower small, middle market and enterprise organizations with services across four core solution groups: (1) Strategy & Execution, (2) Business Operations, (3) Applications, and (4) Infrastructure. PLA focuses on delivering services with industry-leading thought-leadership, seasoned senior business technology consultants and strong business understanding. PLA is proud of the organization’s accomplishments, but even more proud of their clients’ success.

PLA people are passionate about the strategy and information technology solutions they develop, the success of the projects they work on, and the clients they work with. PLA information technology consultants work hard to develop customer relationships built upon mutual respect and innovation, while emphasizing businesses and technical excellence in everything we do so each project delivers maximized value and return to the client.

For more information, visit http://www.projectleadership.net or call 312-441-0077.

About Microsoft
Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services. It’s best known software products are the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, Microsoft Office suite, and Internet Explorer web browser. Its flagship hardware products are Xbox game console and the Microsoft Surface series of tablets. It is the world’s largest software maker measured by revenues. It is also one of the world’s most valuable companies. http://www.microsoft.com

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