SMA Solutions earns distinction and market leadership through technology success and customer commitment.

Kingwood, Texas, September 13, 2016 — SMA Solutions, global provider of IT and business automation solutions, today announced it has achieved a gold Application Development competency and a silver Data Platform competency, demonstrating a “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world and distinguishing itself within a small percentage of Microsoft’s partner ecosystem. A portfolio of competencies showcases that SMA Solutions is committed to focusing on in-demand, business solution areas, along with ensuring it can meet the evolving needs of our mutual customers.

To earn a Microsoft competency, partners must successfully complete exams (resulting in Microsoft Certified Professionals) to prove their level of technology expertise and, for gold competencies, designate these certified professionals uniquely to one Microsoft competency, ensuring a certain level of staffing capacity. Partners must also submit customer references that demonstrate successful projects and pass technology and/or sales assessments. For gold competencies, partners must also implement a yearly customer satisfaction study and, for many competencies, meet a revenue commitment.

SMA Solutions’ flagship product, OpCon, automates and integrates cross-platform and cross-application workflows & critical processes for Microsoft and all other IT environments. Whether these are on premise, hybrid or in the cloud; OpCon strengthens Microsoft systems in three areas:

Firstly, OpCon is strategic in legacy systems modernization projects. It secures, shortens and reduces costs of migration to a Windows environment. Secondly, OpCon Self Service, the mobile ready and responsive user interface based on the Azure Cloud, enables users to run their own tasks and processes. It provides businesses with the agility they require to become a digital business. Finally, OpCon automates and monitors Dynamics AX processes. It also links Dynamics AX with all other enterprise applications, which avoids application silos and accelerates overall business agility.

“These Microsoft competencies showcase our expertise and commitment in today’s technology market and demonstrate our deep knowledge of Microsoft and its products,” said Todd Dauchy, CTO of SMA Solutions. “Our plan is to accelerate our customers’ success by taking better advantage of our combined knowledge and services.”

“By accomplishing a portfolio of competencies, partners demonstrate true commitment to meeting customer technology needs today and into the future,” said Gavriella Schuster, general manager, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “These partners’ proficiency and expertise of Microsoft technology is instrumental in helping our mutual customers continue to drive innovative solutions.”

All 22 Microsoft technology competencies differentiate a partner’s specific technology capabilities, helping customers find qualified solution providers with expertise in discrete areas quickly and easily.

Application Development

Earning the Application Development competency helps partners differentiate themselves as a trusted expert to their customers through development and deployment of commercial or custom applications built using core Microsoft technologies like Windows Server and Windows 8 operating systems, the Windows Azure platform, Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 development system, Microsoft BizTalk Server and emerging cloud-based and web business models. By gaining access to a comprehensive set of benefits through the Application Development competency, partners can acquire new customers and help them be more productive and profitable through deployment of business applications, advanced web portals or rich client user interfaces that run on premises or in the cloud.

Data Platform

Attaining the Data Platform competency demonstrates partner expertise in some of Microsoft’s most in-demand products, including Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V. By using the complete platform from Microsoft, companies can extend their Microsoft SQL Server infrastructure in the cloud and meet the requirements of the most demanding mission-critical workloads, empowering their IT departments and enabling business insights. Equipped with exclusive training, the latest software and support, these partners provide their customers with data warehousing solutions that manage and help secure their critical data using cost-effective, flexible and high-performance applications.

The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better serve customers and to easily connect with one of the most active, diverse networks in the world.

About SMA Solutions

Founded in 1980, SMA Solutions, is a privately owned American corporation headquartered in Houston, Texas, with offices in France, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, Germany and the United Kingdom. SMA Solutions are experts in automation and their flagship product OpCon is an industry leader. Automating workloads and processes and enabling digital transformation across all industries to significantly increase productivity, lock in knowledge and boost efficiency. Their expanding market base includes clients in 24 countries in both the public and private sectors.

For more information:
Keith Landry, SMA Solutions (281) 446-5000