Windward Achieves a Microsoft Gold Competency

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Windward earns distinction through demonstrated technology success and customer commitment for the fourth year in a row.

Windward continues to bring extensive experience in heterogeneous environments and tools to help customers optimize their IT investments

Windward today announced it has achieved a Gold Data Center Competency, demonstrating a “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment and distinguishing itself within the top 1 percent of Microsoft’s partner ecosystem.

To earn a Microsoft gold competency, partners must successfully complete exams 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. They also must submit customer references that demonstrate successful projects along with implementing a yearly customer satisfaction study and meet a revenue commitment and pass technology and/or sales assessments.

For nearly a decade, Windward has been focused on automation solutions around tasks such as User & Server Provisioning, Patching, Capacity Management, Provisioning, Decommissioning, Software Configuration, and Infrastructure Management and look forward continue bringing our extensive experience in heterogeneous environments and tools to help our customers optimize their IT investments.

“This Microsoft Gold Data Center competency showcases our expertise in and commitment to today’s technology market and demonstrates our deep knowledge of Microsoft and its products,” said Sean McDermott, Windward CEO. “We plan to accelerate our customers’ success by serving as technology advisors for their business demands.”

“By achieving a gold competency, partners have demonstrated the highest, most consistent capability and commitment to the latest Microsoft technology,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “These partners have a deep expertise that puts them in the top 1 percent of our partner ecosystem, and their proficiency will help customers drive innovative solutions on the latest Microsoft technology.”

About Windward
Founded in 1997, Windward IT Solutions is at the forefront of Transformational IT. With strategic consulting, unparalleled technical expertise, and our proven Windward Service-Centric IT Roadmap, we help our clients align the core competencies of process, organization, information, and technology to effectively address business and mission priorities. Windward offers a proven set of technology-independent solutions focused on the three core disciplines of Service-Centric IT – Service Management, Service Deployment, and Operations Management – to help our clients plan and deliver high-impact IT services. Windward is headquartered in Herndon, VA. More information on the company can be found online at:

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