Information Leadership attains Microsoft Gold Partner status

Information Leadership attains Microsoft Gold Partner status

Christchurch-based company becomes fifth Gold partner in New Zealand

Information Leadership has gained Microsoft Gold Partnership status in the content and collaboration competency.

According to an announcement released by the company, only 1 percent of Microsoft Partners worldwide have attained this certification.

“We’re thrilled by this recognition of our commitment to...effective information management solutions that add real value to our clients’ businesses,” says Information Leadership director, Sarah Heal.

Information Leadership has been in business since 2004, and has spent much of that time building expertise around Sharepoint implementation, and a growing education business for end users. The company last September began to provide SharePoint Roadmap courses, seminars designed to give IT managers a framework for planning, budgeting and deploying enterprise content management solutions.

The Microsoft Gold Partner in content and collaboration is said to represent competency in change management, architectural design, digital asset management, and web design and development.

Using the SharePoint platform, Information Leadership has developed its own iWorkPlace product, which incorporates the company’s methodology and products for extending SharePoint to fit the New Zealand environment and specific customers’ needs. This includes Public Records Act (PRA) compliance as well as productivity enhancements to improve the management of large quantities of information.

The company is on an expansion drive. Information Leadership is expanding its business headquartered in Christchurch, the company has 20 staff nationwide as of this month, with its Wellington office expanding from seven to ten.

“We believe the growth we’re experiencing reflects a growing awareness of our approach, which involves working closely with our clients to develop solutions that are highly tailored to their specific business needs,” says Heal in the announcement.

The company is split into two divisions: Sharepoint implementation and training, and information management. On the information management side, the company provides “classification taxonomy, records management and keeping knowledge management projects on the go”, which Heal says can be applied to any application deployment. The SharePoint practice falls under the rubric of knowledge management, which covers Sharepoint implementation and training.

The first RoadMap course was held in Wellington for a dozen people. Heal says the sessions help managers focus on specific applications and see how their projects or implementations fit into the overall picture of their business. RoadMap is based on the company’s SharePoint practice and past training engagements.

“Our workshops are about this general education driver,” Heal says. “Sometimes we get new business from them, sometimes not, but it’s about putting the models out there, having people use them and give us feedback.”

Heal suggests resellers of any stripe can build up their business by developing intellectual property in moving products and providing services.

“People need advice, still, about the packages out there and what suits their businesses best,” says Heal. “For resellers it’s about making sure what you’re selling fits the client needs, and wrapping the right services around it at the right level to be successful.”

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