Kloud recognised as winner for 2016 Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Partner of the Year

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia – 1 June, 2016 – Kloud today announced it has won the 2016 Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Partner of the Year Award.

The company was honoured among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.

Kloud managing director Nicki Bowers said the award recognition honoured the incredible hard work of an exceptional group of people.

“To be recognised two years in a row at a global level is an outstanding honour. Not only is it incredibly rewarding for the team but it demonstrates our ongoing commitment to delivering innovative solutions of the highest quality for our customers” Mrs Bowers said.

“I could not be prouder of our people. To be recognised as the number one Microsoft partner for enterprise mobility speaks to our technical expertise and showcases how we can enable a truly mobile workforce for our customers through the support of critical business functions and applications.”

Awards were presented in several categories, with winners chosen from a set of more than 2,500 entrants from 119 countries worldwide.

The Enterprise Mobility Partner of the Year Award honours a partner that has displayed outstanding growth in deploying and driving active usage of the Enterprise Mobility Suite for customers. This award recognises Kloud as succeeding in effective engagement with its local Microsoft office while showcasing innovation and business impact, driving customer satisfaction, and winning new customers.

“These awards represent the best and brightest of our partners on a global stage who are working every day to help transform Australian businesses with Microsoft technology,” said Pip Marlow, Managing Director, Microsoft Australia. “Congratulations to all of the winners this year for this incredible achievement. It’s great to see such powerful examples of innovative excellence in our partner community.”

Kloud was also recognised as one of three global finalists for the Collaboration and Content Partner of the Year. The Collaboration and Content Partner of the Year Award recognises a partner who excels in providing solutions that increase employee productivity through greater access to information, people and documents, enabling a more efficient and effective workforce.

The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognise Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions over the past year.

Kloud Solutions named as Microsoft Australia Partner Awards finalist in four categories!

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA – 10 August, 2015 – Today, Kloud Solutions proudly announced it has been named a finalistin four categories in the 2015 Microsoft Australian Partner Awards (MAPA):

  • Cloud Productivity
  • Cloud Platform
  • Managed Service
  • Social Enterprise

Earlier this year, Kloud won Cloud Productivity Partner of the Year and was recognised as a finalist for Enterprise Mobility Suite Partner of the Year at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Kloud’s managing director Nicki Bowers is proud of the recognition, saying it is representative of the way customers entrust Kloud with their journey to the cloud.

“To be recognised in multiple categories is a huge honour and a testament to the strong relationship we enjoy with our customers. It’s proof that customer centricity is a key driver to innovation and this enables us to deliver the right technology to meet business needs across the board” she said.

The 19 categories of the Microsoft Australia Partner Awards programme recognise Microsoft Partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the year.

Microsoft’s director of partner business and development, Phil Goldie, said this year partners had embraced the company’s Cloud platforms in unique ways, creating new applications and transforming line-of-business for clients.

“These award-finalist solutions all highlight the extraordinary power of our partnership and proof of customer confidence. It’s very apparent that when customers have a stronger connection with their trusted partner, they also demonstrate a stronger commitment to products like Azure and Office 365. Most importantly, together we’ve achieved the ability to delight our customers with product and solution offerings that better meet their needs,” he said.

The Microsoft Australia Partner Awards programme winners will be announced at the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference on August 31st 2015.

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Kloud recognised as winner for 2015 Microsoft Cloud Productivity Partner of the Year and Finalist for Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Partner of the Year!

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MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia — 03 June, 2015 — Kloud Solutions today announced it has won the 2015 Microsoft Cloud Productivity Partner Award. The company was honoured among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.

“We are thrilled to be recognised at a global level for our ongoing work with Office 365! This award is testament to our hard working team and all of our customers who entrust us with ensuring a safe and prosperous journey to the cloud,” said Nicki Bowers, managing director, Kloud Solutions.

Awards were presented in several categories, with winners chosen from a set of more than 2,300 entrants from 108 different countries worldwide.

The Cloud Productivity Partner of the Year Award honours a partner that has seen substantial and sustainable growth in deploying Office 365 cloud and hybrid solutions as well as driving customer adoption with high impact and satisfaction.

“We are honoured to recognise Kloud Solutions as this year’s winner of the 2015 Microsoft Cloud Productivity Partner Award,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft Corp. “Kloud’s dedication to providing outstanding value for our mutual customers is a prime example of the excellence we see in our talented community of Microsoft partners.”

Kloud Solutions was also announced as one of three finalists worldwide for the Enterprise Mobility Partner of the Year Award, which honours partners that have displayed outstanding growth in deploying Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) for customers, demonstrating innovation with the three components of EMS (Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium, Microsoft Intune, and Microsoft Azure Rights Management).

The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognise Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past year.

For more information about the Microsoft Partner Awards and a list of the winners and finalists: http://news.microsoft.com/2015/06/02/microsoft-announces-2015-partner-of-the-year-winners-and-finalists/

Some of the Kloud team amongst other partners at APC.

Kloud places 3rd in CRN’s Fast50

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Kloud grew by 135.09 percent to hit $19.2 million in the 2014 financial year to place in the top 10 in the CRN Fast50. The annual awards were held in Sydney at the Four Seasons on Thursday with both Kloud (3rd) and Chamonix IT (46th) making the list. The annual CRN Fast50 awards are the leading Australian IT industry awards honouring the 50 best resellers, systems integrators and managed service providers in the country.

Nicki Bowers spoke to CRN’s Tony Yoo about Kloud’s success and its substantial growth over the past 4 years in an article published on Friday:

Kloud is the definition of that increasingly popular channel label: “born in the cloud”. In its short existence (having celebrated its fourth birthday last month), the company has gone national, with offices opening in Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide. The next step is to go international.

“We’re now in three states and I think the only states we don’t support are Western Australia and the ACT. So we’re supporting Northern Territory, Queensland, Tasmania, NSW, Victoria and South Australia,” says managing director Nicki Bowers. “We recently opened in Manila [Philippines] and we’re trying to grow as well.”

Bowers reflected on the journey from the moment in 2010 when four people – Jamie Potter, Geoff Rohrsheim, Brendan Carius and Bowers – identified cloud computing as the start of a new era in enterprise IT.

“It started with four directors building up the business when we saw an opportunity in the market to help organisations move to the cloud,” says Bowers. “We’re all very complementary from different backgrounds. Myself, I come from a sales background at Microsoft. Brendan Carius, he’s a technical director of the business and he comes from an infrastructure background.

“Geoff Rohrsheim and Jamie Potter both ran Strategic Data Management, which they sold to DWS five years ago. Geoff’s background is more in applications – active Flash engineering – but they’ve run their own businesses for many, many years.”

Targeting the big end of town was a deliberate ploy from the start. “Traditionally, we focused at the top end. I have this theory to fish where there’s fish, and enterprise customers were the first ones to start looking at cloud. We’re now seeing more government and financial services customers moving towards cloud, so we’re now having more industry-focus around those areas. We don’t traditionally play in the small-to-medium business area.”

Kloud has since grabbed those opportunities with both hands. This year alone, the company surpassed a million seats deployed for Office 365 and bagged two Microsoft Australia Partner Awards.

“It’s been a blur, it really has,” Bowers tells CRN. “But through all this constant growing up, new and exciting developments and the new customers, we can’t forget that our first customers we had three or four years ago are still our customers today. We’re now supporting more than 150 enterprise customers. For me, every successful project is another great milestone to celebrate.”

Kloud attributes its placing the 2014 CRN Fast50 to the normalisation of cloud computing in the enterprise sector. “I think we’re seeing more mainstream adoption of cloud in enterprise customers. Originally, customers started migrating one or two workloads. Now we’re seeing customers looking at an entire data synch transformation – how do I move everything to the cloud? That’s really accelerated us as an organisation,” she says.

New offerings away from Kloud’s bread-and-butter of cloud migration also contributed to the company’s success this year.

“Our managed services is a whole new business that we’ve grown in the past 12 months. It’s gone from nothing to hero. Our security business is another one, looking at how we remove every single block from the customers to go to the cloud and providing that level of comfort through cloud security services. And Kloud Digital is giving us [user experience] capabilities in mobile development and web-based workloads,” says Bowers. “Twelve months ago we weren’t doing that.”

Although recognised as a prominent Microsoft partner, Azure isn’t the only focus. Kloud has also seen expansion of work with Amazon Web Services and Telstra in the past year.

Team Spirit

In terms of the team, Bowers says they “drive a very high-performing culture, but a very customer-centric culture within the organisation”. Company culture is very important, and workers proudly adopt the moniker of ‘Kloudies’.

“I see everyone in the entire business as leaders because customers look to us as leaders in cloud – leading them through their transformation as they move into or develop an application from the cloud.”

Read more: http://www.crn.com.au/Feature/398243,3-kloud-2014-crn-fast50.aspx#ixzz3KiiTndQC

Kloud turns 4!

Born in the cloud in 2010, Kloud celebrated our 4th birthday over the weekend. As far as birthdays go this was certainly one to celebrate as we took time to reflect on the past 12 months and what we’ve achieved as a company.

Kicking off in January (and in just over 3 years of business) we had deployed in excess of 1 million seats in Office 365, to cement our position as one of the top Microsoft partners in Australia.

In June, our Victorian and New South Wales State Managers, Carl Lowenborg and Damian Coyne, were recognised as finalists for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award which recognises an entrepreneur under 40 who has built a successful business in a remarkable way.

In July we were recognised at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference as one of three finalists in the Identity and Access (Security) category.

During September Kloud’s directors and sales and marketing teams arrived in sunny Queensland for the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference. As one of only three two-time winners, we took home Microsoft awards in the categories of Cloud Solutions Partner of the Year and Collaboration and Content Partner of the Year. Our first Microsoft award wins since being founded in 2010!

Our Managing Director, Nicki Bowers, featured on the CRN Panel  “Charting New Territory – the roadmap that got us here might not get us where we need to go” which you can watch here:

In October we received one of our greatest accolades to date, recognised as Australia’s fastest growing company. Kloud enjoyed a strong presence across a range of media outlets (The Age, ARN, BRW, Mashable) and our Managing Director, Nicki Bowers was interviewed by Ross Greenwood on 2GB.

November has seen us included in another two prestigious Fast 50 lists, Deloitte Technology Fast 50 and CRN’s Fast 50, with both award nights to be held later this month.

We have all of our hard-working Kloudies to thank as we celebrate our four years together as a company. A huge thank you to all our valued customers and wonderful partners for your ongoing support. We look forward to an even bigger and better year in 2015!

Kloud Solutions — MAPA 2014 Winner

Kloud is thrilled to announce we will take home 2 gongs as part of the 2014 MAPA Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards. We were named both Microsoft’s Cloud Solutions Partner of the Year as well as Collaboration and Content Partner of the Year. The awards, won in the face of tough competition, were awarded for a range of customer solutions, including the Coles intranet portal, mycoles and the Spotless mobility app, MyWork. Both innovative solutions empower workforces by enabling anytime, anywhere access and closely align to Microsoft’s mobile-first, cloud-first strategy.

Kloud were selected from a national field of top Microsoft Partners for delivering market-leading customer solutions built on the Microsoft platform. The 21 categories of the MAPA programme recognise Microsoft Partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the year.

You can find out more information on the solutions that were featured as part of our winning submissions by visiting our Spotless and Coles case studies on kloud.com.au.