Business Intelligence 101 today announced it has attained a Gold Cloud Productivity competency, demonstrating a “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment and distinguishing itself within the top 1 percent of Microsoft’s partner ecosystem.

To earn a Microsoft gold competency, partners must successfully complete exams (resulting in Microsoft Certified Professionals) to prove their level of technology expertise, and then designate these certified professionals uniquely to one Microsoft competency, ensuring a certain level of staffing capacity. They also must submit customer references that demonstrate successful projects (along with implementing a yearly customer satisfaction study), meet a revenue commitment (for most gold competencies), and pass technology and/or sales assessments.

With this Gold Cloud Competency, Business Intelligence 101 strengthens its position as a leader in delivering cloud solutions to businesses that need to meet deadlines and grow using advanced collaborative tools, more sophisticated technology solutions, and ironclad security.

Business Intelligence 101 has already helped dozens of companies transition into Microsoft’s cloud services, with proven results. A Northern California software and professional services firm implemented Office 365 with the help of Business Intelligence 101, and discovered how end user training and dedicated support could help increase buy-in and adoption from its employees, push productivity to new heights, and cut down on antiquated processes. Business Intelligence 101 added additional value by providing custom workflows in SharePoint, a critical tool for their operations. These efficiencies enabled the firm to realize higher, repeatable revenues.

John Ng, the founder and chief financial officer of GLH Inc., had another successful experience in working with the technical staff at Business Intelligence 101: “Since working with Business Intelligence 101, our company went from a start-up to $15 million in sales, in 12 months.”

“This Microsoft Gold Cloud Productivity competency showcases our expertise in and commitment to today’s technology market and demonstrates our deep knowledge of Microsoft and its products,” said Kevin Lalor, CEO of Business Intelligence 101. “We plan to accelerate our customers’ success by serving as technology advisors for their business demands.”

“By achieving a gold competency, partners have demonstrated the highest, most consistent capability and commitment to the latest Microsoft technology,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “These partners have a deep expertise that puts them in the top 1 percent of our partner ecosystem, and their proficiency will help customers drive innovative solutions on the latest Microsoft technology.”

The Cloud Productivity Competency distinguishes partners known for selling and deploying Microsoft Office cloud and hybrid solutions. These partners are differentiated by the level of support and commitment they provide their Microsoft clients.

The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better serve customers and, with 640,000 Microsoft partners in their ecosystem, to easily connect with one of the most active, diverse networks in the world.

About Business Intelligence 101

Located in the beautiful wine country of Livermore, just outside the hustle of Silicon Valley, Business Intelligence 101 specializes in the implementation of ERP systems and custom applications for software and professional service firms. By migrating customers from on-premise systems to cloud solutions, we offer support services and an integrated suite of tools—across finance, sales, service, and fulfillment—to deliver a competitive edge and the visibility necessary to help customers make better decisions for their businesses. We believe in the cloud’s ability to free companies from the shackles of IT costs and difficult troubleshooting. We’re cloud evangelists too, so much that we operate entirely from the same applications we deliver to our customers, which allow us to focus completely on delivering the right solutions to our customers’ unique requirements.