As we kick off the 2015 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in sunny (and humid!) Orlando, Florida, we’re excited to hear the latest and greatest from Microsoft as it enters its new fiscal year. WPC is the conference for Microsoft ecosystem partners like ourselves to catch up with Microsoft, our partners, and others as we look to stay ahead of the innovation coming from Redmond.
We have a lot to celebrate this year as well. For the second year in a row, we won a Microsoft Partner of the Year Award for Collaboration and Content. Chosen from more than 2,300 entrants from 108 countries around the world, it’s an honor and also a testament to more than a decade of working closely with Microsoft to ensure we are optimizing workforce productivity for commercial and public sector organizations using Microsoft technologies. Last year we won Partner of the Year for Public Sector: Public Safety & National Security, and the year before we were finalists for Public Sector, Office and SharePoint App Development, as well as Collaboration and Content.
We were one of Microsoft’s very first Microsoft SharePoint Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) when SharePoint first came out in 2001 (codenamed “Tahoe” at the time). Today, as SharePoint has grown and become much more intertwined in the fabric of Microsoft’s Office productivity stack, we’ve continued to evolve as well. Today we’re proud to be a Gold Application Development Partner, Gold Collaboration and Content Partner, and most recently a Gold Cloud Platform Partner.
Over the next few days, you’ll see blog posts from our team about the future, present, and heritage of our relationship with Microsoft. We’ve enjoyed a close alliance over the last 14 years that incorporates technology, sales, and marketing to ensure that, together, we help organizations around the world improve business productivity with Microsoft technologies.
- Future: The future of our work with Microsoft has never been brighter. This is especially true in all the work we’ve been doing in cloud computing. With more than three million users already on our Azure-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform for Office 365, AvePoint Online Services, integration with Microsoft Azure Government as well as Microsoft data centers around the world, we’re in a very select group of partners with a complete range of on-premises, hybrid, and cloud solutions to help customers embrace Microsoft’s mobile-first, cloud-first world. Our work on Microsoft’s CityNext initiative goes from helping bring town hall meetings into the 21st century to helping victims of human trafficking. Our entrance into end-user apps that help business users improve productivity are putting us in prime position to cater to every step of a worker’s communication journey.
- Today: We’ve built upon this foundation to provide a broader information management story. Traditional document management, enterprise content management, and records management systems are unfortunately becoming black boxes for filing documents. Our ability to extract information from Office, Outlook, and Windows Explorer – in tandem with our integrated solutions for data governance, file analysis, taxonomy management, policy enforcement, and compliance – allows our customers to shine a light on those legacy black boxes of content while unifying information management using the Microsoft technologies.
- Heritage: Our flagship platform, the DocAve Software Platform, continues to act as the foundation for more than 14,000 enterprises using SharePoint in a more sustainable, secure, and productive way.
We’re looking forward to hearing more about what is coming next from Microsoft this week at WPC, and for those of you at the event, feel free to stop by booth #1011 to catch up. For more information on our history with Microsoft, check out our website today.