Press Release

07. June 2021

16 Times Gold and Once Silver: Successful Re-Profiling with Microsoft Competencies

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Arvato Systems demonstrates extensive Microsoft expertise

  • Arvato Systems again positions itself as a top Microsoft partner
  • Existing competencies confirmed in ten disciplines
  • Six new gold competencies and one silver competency documented by Microsoft

Gütersloh – Arvato Systems invests heavily in its partnership with Microsoft and demonstrates extensive expertise in 17 areas of competence. In addition to its existing competencies, the IT specialist's comprehensive know-how in the areas of security, DevOps, application integration, communications, project and portfolio management, and cloud solutions for SMEs has been awarded the highest level of competence by Microsoft for the first time.

Arvato Systems has been part of the Microsoft partner network for 20 years and has been consistently certified as a Gold Partner since 2004. The IT specialist supports companies in the digital transformation with a broad Microsoft portfolio as a Microsoft Service Provider (MSP) and Independent Software Vendor (ISV) with industry solutions based on Microsoft technologies. The company has been a member of Microsoft's exclusive Top Partner Program Fast Forward since 2019, was named an "AI Inner Circle" partner in 2020, and was recently appointed a member of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA). The IT specialist also holds Advanced Specializations in the areas of "SAP on Microsoft Azure" and "Windows Server and SQL Server Migration" and is a Power Apps Advanced Partner and Microsoft Catalyst Ready Partner. Arvato Systems has now confirmed and successfully expanded this intensive Microsoft partnership with a total of 16 Gold competencies and one Silver competency.

Microsoft verifies its partners in the provision of high-quality solutions in the respective business areas according to strict criteria as part of an annual profiling process. By achieving a Gold or a Silver competency, IT service providers demonstrate broad expertise as well as comprehensive performance to Microsoft and their customers.

With more than 500 Microsoft consultants and technicians undergoing regular training and certification, as well as numerous successful reference projects, Arvato Systems has now been able to repeatedly gold-plate its implementation competencies in ten areas. In the competence fields of Security and Cloud Services for SMEs, there has been an increase from silver to gold level. In Cloud Business Applications, a silver competence was achieved for the first time. In addition, Arvato Systems was able to enter directly with gold status in four other areas.

The 17 competencies that have now been confirmed show: Arvato Systems offers extensive Microsoft expertise and is at home in the entire Microsoft Cloud, from Azure to Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Office 365. The IT specialist supports its customers with consulting, transition and customized services ranging from cloud services and networked communication solutions to security and innovative platform services in areas such as data management and artificial intelligence.

"We are delighted to have achieved a total of 16 Gold and one Silver this year. The competencies we have achieved represent our high commitment to the strategic partnership with Microsoft and show our customers that we are a competent and reliable partner for the implementation of their transformation projects," says Matthias Moeller, CEO of Arvato Systems Group. Markus Krenn, Head of Microsoft Partner Management at Arvato Systems, adds: "This means that we have doubled our Microsoft competencies in the past six years and have demonstrated them in the areas of Dynamics 365 and M365 in particular. Thus, in 2021, we are once again demonstrating that we are a reliable partner across the entire Microsoft Cloud."

Arvato Systems received the award in the following areas:

Competencies certified again: 

  • Application Development 
  • Cloud Platform 
  • Cloud Productivity 
  • Collaboration and Content 
  • Data Analytics 
  • Data Platform 
  • Datacenter 
  • Enterprise Resource Planning 
  • Messaging 
  • Windows and Devices 

New Competencies: 

  • Application Integration 
  • Communications 
  • DevOps 
  • Project and Portfolio Management 
  • Security (vorher Silber-Kompetenz) 
  • Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions (previously silver competency) 
  • Cloud Business Applications (silver)

About Arvato Systems

Global IT specialist Arvato Systems supports major companies in Digital Transformation. About 3,400 staff in over 25 locations stand for in-depth technology expertise, industry knowledge, and focus on customer requirements. Working as a team, we develop innovative IT solutions, transition our clients into the Cloud, integrate digital processes, and take on IT systems operation and support. As a part of the Bertelsmann-owned Arvato Group network, we have the unique capability to work across the entire value chain. Through our strong strategic partner network with global top players such as AWS, Google, Microsoft, and SAP, we continuously strengthen our know-how and leverage the most advanced technology. We Empower Digital Leaders. 

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