Microsoft partner delaware renews Azure Expert MSP certification

Jul 07, 2022
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For over 15 years now, delaware has proven itself to be a leading Microsoft Partner, raking in numerous certifications and recognitions. In 2022, this partnership has reached unprecedented heights with already over 40 new projects sold and six solution partner designations, including the renewal of the much-coveted Azure Expert Managed Services Provider (MSP) certification and a global expansion.

Picture: Liesbeth Maes, Nick Thienpondt, Tom Vandewinckele, Erik Kerkhofs

To reflect the changing needs of its customers and enable partners to set themselves apart from competition, Microsoft has renewed its partnership program. It now includes six single-tier solution partner designations: Infrastructure, Data & AI, Digital & App Innovation, Modern Work, Security and Business Applications. To obtain a designation, partners must score 70 points of 100 across three dimensions: performance, skilling, and customer success. 

Six designations

The delaware team, headed by Microsoft Alliance Lead Nick Thienpondt, managed to obtain all six designations. Nick: “This clearly demonstrates the breadth of our capabilities in each solution area. Even more importantly: it highlights our ability to scale to meet our customers’ ever-changing needs and help them thrive in today’s new world of work.” 


Since the publishing of this news article, delaware has received a seventh Microsoft designation: Microsoft Cloud.

Azure Expert MSP specialization

In addition, delaware also renewed its Azure Expert MSP specialization: the highest possible Azure-related distinction for Microsoft Partners. The certification is obtained through a rigorous two-day full-company audit. Among the aspects investigated are the vision of delaware’s partners, its marketing and HR efforts, and the efficiency and performance of its service organization.

“Our status as Azure Expert MSP makes us uniquely qualified to help companies embrace cloud technology,” says Solution Lead Cloud Enablement Tom Vandewinckele. “As we’re witnessing a growing need in this department, our ability to offer an end-to-end solution, from exploratory meeting to actual migration and operations management, is a major differentiator. Moreover, our close ties with Microsoft and direct access to exclusive support and resources ensure that our customers experience every benefit of their cloud adoption.”

Ambitious agenda

After more than 16 years, the Microsoft-delaware partnership shows no signs of slowing down. In the last year alone, delaware has successfully implemented Microsoft solutions at major enterprises like Bekaert, Johcn Cockerill, DEME, and many more. The renewed partner certification also serves as the foundation for the global expansion of delaware’s Microsoft competencies, with projects in The Netherlands, France, UK and Luxembourg well underway. 

Erik Kerkhofs, Director Commercial Partner at Microsoft Belux comments: “We are very pleased to see delaware being recognized as Azure Expert MSP. It is a strong testament to delaware’s commitment to skilling, expertise and capability to deliver solutions for our customers’ digital transformation on Microsoft Azure.”

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