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SAS awarded second Microsoft Gold status for Application Development

London - SAS Global Communications, a UK and international provider of Managed and Professional IT Services announces the achievement of Microsoft Gold status for Managed Applications. This is SAS’s second Microsoft Gold competency after Microsoft Gold OEM, and the third technology partner award in recent months, having previously been announced as BT Business Partner of the Year and Viprinet Global Partner of the Year.

The achievement of Gold status for Application Development is part of SAS’s strategy to build a more robust relationship with Microsoft to deliver hybrid On-Premise and Cloud based solutions, involving MS .NET, MS Server, MS Azure and MS Office 365 services for its customers.

Commenting on the achievement, Chris Owen-Smith, MD of SAS Managed Applications said, “This is a great achievement by the SAS Managed Applications team. It was achieved on target and involved a large amount of additional time, effort and focus from those involved over the last 6 months. This competency demonstrates three fundamental things: first, our staff’s great attitude and aptitude to continuous learning to deliver better, more efficient and more cost effective solutions for our clients; second, SAS’s alignment to Microsoft’s vision and strategy; and finally - and most importantly - to our customers that SAS is serious about maintaining high standards of application development, quality assurance and service delivery.”

Chris Owen Smith added, “Our growing application development team is already well on its way towards the next accreditation with Microsoft. The team has just achieved Silver status for Cloud Platform and our aim is to upgrade this to Gold by December 2014.”

Duncan Brownlie, Business Systems Manager at the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education commented, “Our organisation has greatly benefited from our ongoing, highly successful collaboration with SAS Managed Applications. By working with a partner with Microsoft Gold Partner status we are reassured that we continue to work with the latest available technologies and associated good practice.”

In closing, Charles Davis CEO at SAS added, “I have always believed in the clear logic of having application development specialists embedded at the core of our organisation. It ensures that SAS can highlight all the critical interdependencies between network and application from the project outset - and that the full scope of any project is fully identified and understood by our customers.”

Charles Davis continued, “I am firmly of the view that the only way to credibly optimise the end-user experience is to proactively monitor and manage the full application path - network, infrastructure and application layers. The default position taken by many application providers of blaming the network alone for poor end-user application experience is simply not acceptable, or indeed realistic anymore. SAS’s forensic approach through our highly skilled people, great systems and collective experience ensures that we can get the best application performance for our client’s businesses and their staff. Our in-house Managed Applications capability, coupled with our Managed Infrastructure and Managed Network teams, means that SAS has all the bases covered.”

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