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Softchoice earns Microsoft Gold competency in Data Platform

June 28, 2017 – Toronto, ON – Softchoice, a leading North American IT solutions and managed service provider, is pleased to announce that it has earned a Gold competency in Data Platform from Microsoft. This is the 12th Microsoft competency Softchoice has earned, solidifying its position as a leading Microsoft partner from volume licensing and software asset management to collaboration and cloud solutions.

As a member of the Microsoft Partner Network, Softchoice continually strives to be an expert and trusted advisor in Microsoft solutions for its customers by keeping up with the latest industry trends and technologies and equipping its team with the best knowledge and technical competencies.

Earning a Gold competency in Data Platform means Softchoice has proven experience in designing, implementing and migrating database solutions for Microsoft SQL Server both on premise and in Microsoft Azure. Depending on customer requirements, these database recommendations may lead to solutions in Microsoft SQL Server running on Azure VM (IaaS), or on Azure SQL Database (PaaS). Additionally, Softchoice data platform architects may offer High Availability solutions and data continuity options, taking advantage of the latest offerings in Azure.

“Softchoice understands that data is the most valuable asset an organization has after people,” said Craig McQueen, Director, Microsoft Practice at Softchoice. “This Gold Competency demonstrates our expertise around migrating to the latest versions of SQL as well as our deep capabilities around preparing or moving customers to Azure. We want to make sure that our customers are taking full advantage of all the benefits of the cloud at a time when most organizations are looking for help with making sure that they’re maximizing the utilization of their data.”

As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Cloud Service Provider (CSP), and Licensing Solutions Partner (LSP), Softchoice has over 150 pre-sales, licensing, and system engineers dedicated to streamlining their customers’ journey in Microsoft cloud. As a managed service provider, Softchoice also provides organizations with ongoing monitoring, support and mentorship across Microsoft’s cloud services, including Azure and Office 365.

“By achieving a gold competency, Softchoice has proven its commitment and expertise in specific technology areas, which places them among a small percentage of Microsoft partners worldwide,” said Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “For customers looking for a partner to help meet their unique business needs, choosing a company that has attained Microsoft competencies is a smart move. These organizations have highly qualified experts with access to Microsoft technical support and product teams.”

About Softchoice

As a leading North American provider of IT solutions and managed services, Softchoice combines the efficiency and reliability of a national IT supplier with the personal touch and technical expertise of a local solutions provider. Softchoice’s holistic approach to technology includes solution design, implementation, asset management, and cloud and managed services, as well as access to one of the most comprehensive and cost-effective technology distribution networks in North America. With over 1,600 employees, Softchoice manages the technology needs of thousands of corporate and public sector organizations across the United States and Canada.

Media Contact

Joel Hoidas
Manager of Communications, Softchoice
416-588-9002 ext. 222590
joel.hoidas [at]