Strong partnerships are the key to the most successful businesses. At Oakwood, we believe that our ability to partner with some of the industry's best technical organizations enables us to provide superior service offerings and outstanding benefits to our clients.
As one of Microsoft’s first partners in the Midwest, we have participated in Microsoft's growth as well as the permeation of Microsoft technologies within the upper mid-market and enterprise-class organizations. Through certifications, joint presentations and collaborative solutions for our clients, we have grown this partnership into a strategic alliance. This allows us to provide solid technical insight, leading innovation and robust capabilities to serve our clients better.
Oakwood Systems Group was selected as Microsoft's Partner of the Year for Central Region in 2011. Previous Microsoft awards include Partner of the Year for Competency for the Central Region for 2005, Partner of the Year for Marketing Excellence for the Central Region in 2006, a finalist for Partner of the Year for Competency in 2007, and an award winner and finalist for Partner of the Year for Customer Experience in 2010. In addition, Oakwood has been designated as an Azure Circle Partner, a Cloud Accelerate Partner, and has an Azure Ranger as well as eleven Microsoft Virtual Technical Specialists on the team.
Microsoft segments its partner community by competency achievement at the Silver and Gold levels. In order to achieve a competency, Microsoft partners must have two things - team members who have demonstrated knowledge and aptitude by passing specific Microsoft tests, and client references.
Oakwood is one of the few partners in the world to have its strengths demonstrated by the following Microsoft Competency achievements:
- Gold in Collaboration & Content
- Gold in Application Development
- Gold in Business Intelligence
- Gold in Management & Virtualization
- Gold in Identity and Access
- Gold in Server Platform
- Gold in Messaging
- Gold in Mid-Market Solution Provider
- Silver in Data Management
- Silver in Application Integration
- Silver in Devices & Deployment
- Silver in Project and Portfolio Management
Our attainment of these competencies, coupled with the achievements of our team members, have enabled us to be a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner since 1999, and Oakwood has been a Microsoft Managed Partner since 1998.
Oakwood partners with a variety of other organizations based on specific criteria. Our philosophy is that partnering allows us to bring the very best solutions to our clients, and we strive to bring those partners to the table who will provide excellent value to our clients in specific solution areas.