Microsoft Awards Central Region Honor to SWC
Oak Brook, IL | August 17. 2007 – Microsoft Corp. announced that Oakbrook-based SWC Technology Partners, a leading provider of innovative IT solutions to small and medium-size businesses (SMB), has won the annual Microsoft Loyalty award for the Central Region. The award was presented at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference held in Denver. More than 12,000 partner companies in 18 states were eligible for this special recognition.
Founded in 1980, SWC Technology Partners has built a solid reputation delivering IT solutions focused on the unique challenges facing SMB companies. In the past decade, SWC has combined its comprehensive experience and insight with deep Microsoft expertise to consistently deliver high-value yet cost-effective solutions for the SMB marketplace.
As winner of the Microsoft Loyalty award, SWC was recognized for its commitment to Microsoft technologies and its growth in Microsoft solutions.
In particular, SWC has developed two unique solutions that provide enterprise functionality at an SMB price. Using Microsoft’s highly integrated software stack, SWC’s Performance Portal and SharePoint Accelerators deliver real business value in a matter of weeks, not months or years.
SWC Performance Portal delivers for the first time powerful analytics and business intelligence functionality to SMBs. Using Microsoft technologies including SQL Server 2005, Office 2007 and Business Scorecard Manager, the SWC Performance Portal delivers actionable information through a customized executive dashboard. SWC’s innovative design allows business managers to quickly assess key performance indicators in a user-friendly and cost-efficient manner.
Solution Accelerators for SharePoint include proven frameworks and tools geared specifically to the needs of small to medium businesses. SWC’s accelerators allow SMBs to quickly move from identifying requirements to deploying SharePoint 2007 and realizing the benefits of its rich search and collaboration capabilities. Once in place, SharePoint’s additional features can be implemented to enhance user adoption and improve productivity and communication.
Another SWC solution which has contributed significantly to Microsoft partnership is its Managed Services offering. Specifically tailored to Microsoft-centric SMB companies, SWC’s team assumes responsibility for monitoring and managing client network environments. By proactively and consistently monitoring key performance metrics, SWC is able to identify issues before they result in business disruption. Each month, SWC ‘s meets with its clients to discuss IT strategy, best practice recommendations and ways to continue to leverage Microsoft to delivered improved performance, availability, security and stability.
According to Robert Knott, SWC’s President, “In 2006, both Microsoft and SWC were together committed to delivering to enterprise solutions at an SMB investment level. Our common focus and strategy has made this the most productive year of our partnership. Together, we helped more than 300 SMB companies improve their businesses.”
“Microsoft is pleased to recognize SWC Technology Partners as a dedicated Gold Certified Partner,” said Lane Sorgen, vice president for Microsoft’s Small and Mid-market Solutions and Partners (SMS&P) in the Central Region. “We place tremendous value on our partners and believe these organizations should be acknowledged for their contributions and achievements over the past fiscal year. These companies deliver unmatched innovation and value to customers as part of Microsoft’s diverse and talented partner ecosystem. We look forward to these partners continuing to raise the bar in the design and deployment of customer solutions.”
About SWC Technology Partners
SWC Technology Partners (www.swc.com) is the leading provider of innovative IT solutions to small and medium-size businesses. For over 25 years, SWC has excelled at providing strategic guidance and delivering solutions tailored to the needs of growing organizations. SWC’s areas of expertise include best-in-class Managed Services, Performance Management, Business Applications, Messaging & Collaboration and Network Infrastructure & Security solutions. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, SWC is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, a Symantec Gold Certified Partner and a Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Partner.
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