Mountain View, CA—July 14, 2014—It is no secret that Microsoft solutions are at the heart of many enterprises across the globe.Be it running financials, customer systems, or supply chains; Microsoft enterprise solutions are the backbone of virtually every organization. However, the overwhelming array of products and services–Dynamics ERP, CRM; Azure; SharePoint; SQL Server; Office 365–make navigating the complex and fragmented Microsoft landscape highly difficult.
Collaboration and productivity applications form the hub of communication for knowledge workers. When it comes to document management, companies see SharePoint as pivotal, with productivity applications like Office 365 and Exchange playing a central role in how employees collaborate and communicate.
Microsoft is also adopting new philosophies as it continues to compete with Amazon, Google and others in the cloud computing market. In a bid to make Azure stand out, the software giant is taking a path that it is rarely known to take—embracing openness. As it stands, this strategy seems to be working as numerous companies are starting to see Azure as their cloud computing platform of choice.
In the wake of these developments, the CIOs are looking to partner with leading solution and consulting firms to gain third-party insights into best practices for specific domains, such as supply chain, sales automation, or customer experience. They are also on the lookout for partners with strong business acumen, industry-focused consultants and practices, change management skills, and tools built for specific industries. Furthermore, Microsoft clients desire for fully managed solutions from firms with an “asset heavy” footprint, global data presence, and strong skills around infrastructure management. The software giant partners with about half a million vendors, ranging from multinational corporations to smaller players and specialist providers. Existing within this universe of Microsoft partners are a select few who are a step above the rest, and through this edition of CIO Review, we will help clients gain more insights into the capabilities of the major global service providers who are strong in Microsoft technologies.
The companies featured have showcased an in-depth expertise in delivering integrated and innovative technologies to streamline operations across the Microsoft landscape. A distinguished panel of CEOs, CIOs, VCs, industry analysts and the editorial board of CIO Review selected the final 100 companies that are at the forefront of tackling today’s challenge in the Microsoft ecosystem.