Microsoft picks Tiger Networks to represent for global event

Microsoft picks Tiger Networks to represent for global event

The head of an Auckland IT infrastructure provider will represent local Microsoft small business partners at the vendor’s Worldwide Partner Conference in the US next month.

Ben Walton, managing director of Tiger Networks has been chosen as a Microsoft Small Business Specialist (SBS) Partner Area Lead (PAL).

He was selected from a group of more than 100 other local Small Business Specialist partners and will join other PALs from around the world at the event in Denver, Colorado from 10 to 12 July.

Walton’s selection was based on a series of criteria, including continued focus on innovative IT solutions for small business, Microsoft revenue growth in the small business segment, focus and dedication to customer support and ongoing business commitment to Microsoft training.

According to Jan Ferguson, Microsoft New Zealand small business manager, the PAL designation is given to the most active Microsoft Small Business Specialists, who provide invaluable online and offline expertise to the company’s partner community dealing with its small and midsized business products.

In New Zealand Tiger Networks will become the lead for the Small Business Specialist community, she says.

“This will allow them to share their experience, knowledge and best practices with the rest of the Small Business Specialist community. This will help our local community use Microsoft technology and resources to build their own successful businesses.”

The role of the PALs at the partner conference is to lead the broader worldwide SBS community in helping to innovate and evolve the programme, says Ferguson.

Around 22 local Microsoft partners are expected to attend the three-day annual conference, which this year is titled Map to Success. “The event brings together a community of thousands of Microsoft partners to learn, connect, discover new opportunities and drive business profitability,” says Ferguson.

Partners will hear from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and other executives on how to position their businesses to take advantage of Microsoft strategies.

Walton says the thought of representing New Zealand is both exciting and scary.

“It makes me very proud of what we have achieved. Two years ago we made the decision to go Microsoft only and we’ve grown from a registered Microsoft reseller dabbling in the market, to a fully fledged Gold Certified partner.”

While at the conference, Walton plans to connect with counterparts from around the world to discuss how they achieve success in their markets.

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