Stoneridge Transitions from Microsoft Gold Partner to Microsoft Solutions Partner for Business Applications and Modern Work

By Stephen Burns | March 6, 2023

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Stoneridge Software's values of technical excellence, tenacity, and client-centric approach to business have earned a Microsoft Solutions Partner designations under a newly launched program

In October 2022, Microsoft launched a new partner designation program to replace the traditional Microsoft Partner Network program and Microsoft Gold and Silver statuses.

Stoneridge Software transitions to this program after many years as a top Gold Certified Partner. In the new program, dubbed the "Microsoft Cloud Partner Program", partners can now earn designations in six core areas:

  • Business Applications
  • Modern Work
  • Data & AI (Azure)
  • Infrastructure (Azure)
  • Digital & App Innovation (Azure)
  • Security

These designations for Business Applications and Modern Work solidify Stoneridge's reputation for strong technical expertise and implementation success. Additionally, Stoneridge remains a member of Microsoft's Partner Inner Circle and was named Microsoft Partner of the Year for Business Central in 2022.

"Stoneridge is proud to have earned these designations and our team members are poised to delve deeper into these core competencies to serve our clients in a more holistic way," said CEO Eric Newell. "Although the designation program has changed, Stoneridge's wholehearted commitment to providing innovative solutions and proactive support to our clients remains the core of our mission and work."

What Business Applications and Modern Work Mean

You might be asking yourself what the specifics of these two designations are and why they are vital to our relationship with you.

Microsoft Solutions Partner - Modern Work

Solutions Partner Modern Work

Microsoft has identified a number of specific components a partner must have to earn this designation:

  • Adoption and Change Management
  • Calling for Microsoft Teams
  • Customer Solutions for Microsoft Teams
  • Meetings and Meeting Rooms for Microsoft Teams
  • Teamwork Deployment
  • Modernize Endpoints

Essentially, partners who earn this designation help their clients strategize and develop modern work methods to foster productivity and collaboration within a new hybrid work environment.

Microsoft Solutions Partner - Business Applications

Solutions Partner BizApps

Partners who gain the Business Applications designation provide their clients with Low Code Application Development and specialize in Small and Midsize Business Management. Additionally, Stoneridge also has deep expertise in serving Enterprise clients.

Stoneridge is dedicated to helping your business get the most out of the current technology solutions you use and help you learn new ways to innovate and improve.

How Stoneridge Earned Microsoft Solutions Partner Status

According to this short video by Microsoft, Solutions Partner designations are based on:

  • Performance - Including the number of net customers adds
  • Skilling - The number of certifications a partner's consultants earned
  • Customer Success - Measured by usage growth and the number of solution deployments

From there, partners have to earn at least 70 out of a possible 100 points on the Partner Capability Score to receive one or more designations.

Microsoft explains these changes will help partners create value in the market and will help partners continue to provide innovative, customer-centric, and trusted solutions to clients.

Stoneridge Software is dedicated to supporting your existing Microsoft solutions and can help you in several areas:

  • Implementation
  • Optimization
  • Upgrades and/or transitioning to the cloud
  • Training for your staff
  • Managed services
  • Support
  • Licensing and license consolidation
  • Organizational change management
  • Business technology roadmapping

Please contact us if you have any questions about the new Microsoft Partner Designations or how Stoneridge Software can help you.

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