Talend (NASDAQ: TLND), a leader in cloud and big data integration solutions, today announced it has achieved Microsoft Gold Competency status for Microsoft Azure. Talend is among the first one hundred global independent software vendors to obtain Gold Competency for the Cloud, assuring customers that Talend solutions thrive on Azure. Talend’s Co-Sell Ready verified expertise demonstrates Talend’s capability and commitment to customer success, accelerated with dedicated support from Microsoft Channel Managers for Talend field representatives.
According to Gartner, “By 2021, more than half of the global enterprises currently using the cloud will have adopted a purely cloud-based strategy.”[i] Gold Competency is Microsoft's highest level of partner certification and is only awarded to companies that have demonstrated expertise and proven skills with a particular Microsoft technology or service. Businesses that achieve this level of competency are among the top one percent of Microsoft elite partners worldwide.
“Cloud services are increasingly at the heart of every organization's digital business strategy, which is why we made it our goal to obtain this certification,” said Michael Pickett, SVP, Business Development and Partner Ecosystems, Talend. “We have extensive experience in successfully deploying Talend solutions on the Microsoft Azure platform. Our proficiency and integration with the Azure platform, as well as close partnership with Microsoft, allows us to help customers take their digital transformations to the next level by delivering cloud connectivity that is simple, fast, and secure.”
Vendors that have achieved Gold competency become eligible for Microsoft's signature cloud support, Azure deployment planning services, Azure sponsored credit, direct partner support, eligibility to deploy certain on-premises, internal use software on Microsoft Azure, and access to the cloud platform roadmap. This adds tremendous value to Talend’s existing cloud expertise and offerings. Talend also works with an ecosystem of service providers that are Microsoft Gold certified, giving Talend customers an end-to-end value chain around the use of Microsoft Azure.
“By achieving a gold competency, organizations like Talend have proven their commitment and expertise in specific technology areas, which places them among a small percentage of Microsoft partners worldwide,” said Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “For customers looking for a partner to help meet their unique business needs, choosing a company that has attained Microsoft competencies like Talend is a smart move. They have highly qualified experts with access to Microsoft technical support and product teams.”
To achieve Gold Competency, businesses must submit customer references that demonstrate successful projects, meet a performance commitment, and pass technology and sales assessments. Some of the customers using Talend solutions in the Microsoft cloud include: CA Technologies, Calor Gas, HP Inc., Johnson Controls, and Newgistics.
Microsoft recently increased its investment in the Co-Sell partner program to include the creation of a channel-manager role, dedicated to supporting the partners’ go-to-market efforts and success. This channel-manager will help guide each of Talend’s customer engagements for Microsoft Azure environments.