Johannesburg, 07 Sep 2021
BUI is proud to be recognised as a Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Services Provider (MSP) for the second year in a row. As the first South African company to achieve this status in 2020, and the only SA-based Microsoft Partner currently holding this prestigious accreditation, BUI is part of an elite group of cloud specialists trusted to provide world-class managed services to Azure customers.
Launched in 2018, the Microsoft Azure Expert MSP programme is a global initiative to highlight Microsoft Partners with proven expertise in end-to-end cloud management. Approximately 100 organisations have been granted the Azure Expert MSP badge to date. BUI achieved re-certification after a rigorous independent audit of its people, processes and technologies in July 2021.
“When BUI became an Azure Expert MSP for the first time last year, our teams were acknowledged not only for their superior technical abilities, but also for their commitment to service excellence,” recalls Chief Technology Officer Willem Malan. “Since then, we have focused on expanding our Azure credentials and our portfolio of Advanced Specializations to offer our customers the best possible advice and support throughout their cloud journeys. As we celebrate our Azure Expert MSP renewal, I’m so proud of the team whose focus and passion have helped us retain our place among Microsoft’s top cloud partners,” says Malan.
A commitment to excellence
In the past 12 months, BUI has earned Microsoft Advanced Specializations in Adoption and Change Management, Identity and Access Management, Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop, Teamwork Deployment, Threat Protection, and Windows Server and SQL Server Migration to Microsoft Azure, and been selected to join the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA). “We are actively strengthening our alignment with Microsoft, while distinguishing our company in terms of skills, experience and customer successes,” explains Malan, citing the BUI Cloud Centre of Excellence (CCoE) as a key enabler in this regard.
“Our Cloud Centre of Excellence is an important business unit – for us, and for the customers we serve,” agrees BUI CCoE Lead Dhiren Boodhia. “With a dedicated group of cloud experts, including Azure architects, DevOps and cyber security specialists, we’re helping customers move to Azure in a secure, fast and consistent manner. With these tried-and-tested frameworks in place, we can deliver scalable, cost-effective solutions for our customers, and ensure they have the expert guidance they need every step of the way,” says Boodhia.
The Azure Expert MSP badge is awarded only to those Microsoft Partners with demonstrated abilities in high-fidelity managed services on Azure.
“The accreditation comes with a lot of prestige, but it’s not a one-and-done accomplishment,” notes Boodhia. “You aren’t given the badge forever: you have to earn it every year. The BUI a2zManaged services team is truly committed to end-to-end cloud lifecycle management, and the Azure Expert MSP badge is our assurance to customers… Yes, we can build, deploy, migrate, optimise and manage your business solutions in the cloud. Yes, you’re in expert hands. And we will help you to harness the full power of Azure,” he concludes.
Johannes Kanis, Cloud and Enterprise Business Group Lead at Microsoft South Africa, comments: “Our partner ecosystem is an integral enabler for customers at every stage of their digital transformation journey. Through its investment in building deep Azure skills, knowledge and competency, BUI is delivering innovative, impactful solutions that enable customers to become more agile and resilient. The Azure Expert MSP re-accreditation is a rigorous process and BUI has continued to demonstrate its commitment to helping customers achieve more with Microsoft cloud technology.”
BUI is an award-winning South African IT consultancy delivering security solutions, specialised cloud services, and data-centre support to mid-market and enterprise-level customers.
Founded in 2000, BUI is a Level 1 B-BBEE contributor, a Microsoft Azure Expert MSP, a member of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association, and a Gold Microsoft Partner with offices in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Nairobi (Kenya), London (UK) and Irvine, California (US).
BUI’s recent accolades include:
2020 Microsoft Security Partner of the Year
2020 Microsoft Modern Workplace Partner of the Year
2020 Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Partner of the Year
2020 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year – South Africa
2019 Microsoft Cloud Partner of the Year
2019 Microsoft Security Partner of the Year
2019 Microsoft Services Partner of the Year
2019 Microsoft Azure Consumed Revenue of the Year
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