Talend has announced that it has achieved Microsoft Gold Competency status for Microsoft Azure, putting them among the first one hundred global independent software vendors to do so.
Gold Competency is Microsoft's highest level of partner certification and is only awarded to companies that have demonstrated expertise and proven skills with a particular Microsoft technology or service.
According to Gartner, “By 2021, more than half of the global enterprises currently using the cloud will have adopted a purely cloud-based strategy,” making Talend's recognition a valuable feather in their cap.
The title also comes with access to Microsoft's Co-Sell partner programme, which was recently given an investment boost including the creation of a channel-manager role, dedicated to supporting partners' go-to-market efforts and success.
Talend business development and partner ecosystems SVP Michael Pickett says, “Cloud services are increasingly at the heart of every organisation's digital business strategy, which is why we made it our goal to obtain this certification.
“We have extensive experience in successfully deploying Talend solutions on the Microsoft Azure platform. Our proficiency and integration with the Azure platform, as well as a close partnership with Microsoft, allows us to help customers take their digital transformations to the next level by delivering cloud connectivity that is simple, fast, and secure.
Vendors that have achieved Gold competency become eligible for Microsoft's signature cloud support, Azure deployment planning services, Azure sponsored credit, direct partner support, eligibility to deploy certain on-premises, internal use software on Microsoft Azure, and access to the cloud platform roadmap.
Microsoft worldwide partner group corporate vice president Gavriella Schuster comments, “By achieving a gold competency, organisations like Talend have proven their commitment and expertise in specific technology areas, which places them among a small percentage of Microsoft partners worldwide.
“For customers looking for a partner to help meet their unique business needs, choosing a company that has attained Microsoft competencies like Talend is a smart move. They have highly qualified experts with access to Microsoft technical support and product teams.
To achieve Gold Competency, businesses must submit customer references that demonstrate successful projects, meet a performance commitment, and pass technology and sales assessments. Some of the customers using Talend solutions in the Microsoft cloud include CA Technologies, Calor Gas, HP, Johnson Controls, and Newgistics.