ATLANTA, Aug. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- PGi (NYSE: PGI), the world's largest dedicated provider of collaboration software and services, today announced that its Modality Systems subsidiary achieved a gold Microsoft Cloud Productivity competency, demonstrating a "best-in-class" ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers' evolving needs in today's dynamic business environment and distinguishing itself within the top one percent of Microsoft's partner ecosystem.
To earn a Microsoft gold competency, partners must successfully complete exams to prove their level of technology expertise, and then designate these certified professionals uniquely to one Microsoft competency, ensuring a certain level of staffing capacity. They also must submit customer references that demonstrate successful projects and pass technology and/or sales assessments.
Modality Systems is one of the largest dedicated Skype for Business practices in the world, helping enterprises in more than 100 countries achieve their business goals through the power of unified communications and collaboration (UC&C). Alongside its award-winning technical consulting and services expertise, Modality has developed a suite of applications designed to extend the value of Skype for Business environments, enhancing business processes and increasing worker productivity. Earlier this year, Modality was named as a Microsoft Skype for Business elite launch partner.
"The consumption of cloud and hybrid UC&C technologies is exploding, with companies all over the world investing in Office365 to improve workforce productivity, agility and mobility," said James Rodd, Modality Systems co-founder and general manager. "We are proud to achieve gold-level competency, which enables Modality to better support the needs of our global customer base and extend the value of Microsoft's cloud productivity solutions to workers all over the world."
"By achieving a portfolio of competencies, partners demonstrate deep expertise and consistent capability on the latest Microsoft technology," said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. "These partners show true commitment to meeting customer technology needs today and into the future."
All 28 Microsoft technology competencies differentiate a partner's specific technology capabilities, helping customers find qualified solution providers with expertise in discrete areas quickly and easily.
Attaining the Microsoft Cloud Productivity competency demonstrates partner expertise in deploying Office 365 and Exchange Online. With 60 percent of Fortune 500 companies purchasing Microsoft Office 365 in the past year, the Microsoft Cloud Productivity competency can help partners take advantage of the growing demand among enterprise customers for cloud and hybrid solutions. Equipped with exclusive training, partners help customers increase productivity and collaboration from any location and any device using Office 365.
The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities and 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.
To learn more about how PGi and Modality Systems can help your business achieve better results and growth through collaboration, visit modalitysystems.com.
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About Premiere Global Services, Inc. │ PGi
PGi is the world's largest dedicated provider of collaboration software and services. We created iMeet®, an expanding portfolio of purpose-built applications designed to meet the daily collaboration and communications needs of business professionals, with solutions for web, video and audio conferencing, smart calendar management, webcasting, project management and sales acceleration. PGi's award-winning UC&C solutions help nearly 50,000 businesses grow faster and operate more efficiently. To learn more, visit us at pgi.com.
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