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Microsoft's 50 'Most Competent' Partners: 2013

RCP identifies the "biggest" Microsoft partners in terms of their number of competencies in this second-annual list.

Microsoft competencies don't tell the whole story about a partner's depth of expertise, but they can be a good measurement of dedication. Under the requirements of the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN), it's harder to gain competencies than in the old Microsoft Partner Program. Racking up a large number of competencies can now take millions of dollars in annual revenue commitments and sometimes over 100 dedicated Microsoft Certified Professionals on staff.

In this second annual feature, RCP scoured Microsoft's Pinpoint directory to identify the partners with the most competencies. We ranked the top 50 based on their number of gold and silver competencies, as well as participation in the Small Business Specialist Community (SBSC) and Cloud Essentials programs.

To rank the companies, RCP generated a score for each partner company consisting of:

  1. Two points for each gold competency.
  2. One point for each silver competency.
  3. One point for SBSC membership.
  4. One point for Cloud Essentials participation.

Companies with identical scores received the same ranking.

RANK COMPANY COUNTRY GOLD SILVER SBSC CLOUD
1Avanade Inc.United States19401
2Dell Inc.United States18201
3AllenBrazil18111
4Softline GroupRussia16411
5IntergrupoColombia17201
6Catapult Systems Inc.United States15211
7Fujisoft Inc.Japan13511
7Neos-SDIFrance13511
9Proge-Software S.r.l.Italy13411
10RealDolmenBelgium12701
11Diyar United CompanyKuwait14111
12Atos SE*France13401
13New SignatureUnited States11801
14Bechtle AGGermany11701
14Peremena Russia*Russia11701
16 Hewlett-Packard Development Co.United States11511
16Senetic Sp. z o.o. S.K.A.Poland 11 511
18AutoCont CZ a.s.Czech Republic10801
19 InfoShot Services and SolutionsBrazil81111
20Business Connexion*South Africa14000
21Tieto Corp.Finland13110
22Sogeti USA LLC United States12301
22Systex Ucom Information Technology Co. Ltd.*China12310
24Comparex AGGermany11501
25 EVRYNorway10611
26Fritz & Macziol Group*Germany13001
27Otsuka Corp.Japan12201
27Sinoage*China12201
29Navantis Inc.Canada11410
30CGI Group Inc.*Canada 9711
31LANIT*Russia12101
32Dimension DataAustralia11301
32Kairos Utama IndonesiaIndonesia11310
34 2sky NVBelgium9611
34Cronos nvBelgium9611
34 Kabel Sistemas de Información SLSpain9611
37 InsightUnited States8811
37IT-HAUS GmbH*Germany8811
39Alegri International GroupGermany61301
40Hitachi Systems Ltd.*Japan11111
40Runmont*China11111
42 Cognizant Technology SolutionsUnited States10401
43HCL Infosystems LimitedIndia10311
44Appelsiini*Finland9511
45Nexus Open Systems Ltd.*United Kingdom61201
46Lanlink InformáticaBrazil10400
46ReplyItaly10400
48Inmeta CrayonNorway10301
49Arvato Systems NA Inc.*United States10211
50 WortellNetherlands9501
*New to list
Source: Microsoft Pinpoint directory, company Web sites.
Data compiled June 2013

About the Author

Gladys Rama is the Senior Site Producer for RCPmag.com.

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