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NORTEC NEWS: September 2017

September 13, 2017

Top Takeaways From the Microsoft Inspire Conference 2017

August 16, 2017

(formerly World Wide Partner Conference)

Microsoft Inspire, Microsoft’s largest partner conference, was held July 9-13 in Washington, DC, and  Nortec’s COO and Executive VP of Sales and Marketing George Hammerschmidt was there, and gives us his top takeaways from the event.

“It was very clear that Microsoft is going for an all-out push on digital transformation, cloud infrastructure, SaaS and AI,” said Hammerschmidt.

Indeed, Microsoft is again doubling down on the cloud – and they’re winning, with Azure taking market share from Google and Amazon.  “This success is great for users because Microsoft will continue to improve and enhance Azure with even more functionality and services,” said Hammerschmidt.

Microsoft unveiled a new offering Microsoft 365 at Inspire that brings together Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility and Security. There are two versions – Microsoft365 Enterprise for large organizations and Microsoft 365 Business for small and mid-sized businesses.  “So instead of having to buy three separate solutions, customers can get everything they need for the modern workplace and empower employees in the Digital Transformation era,” said Hammerschmidt. “It’s cheaper, easier, and makes licensing much simpler as well.”

“We’re excited and ready to help customers leverage the developments coming out of Inspire,” said Hammerschmidt.  Nortec offers customers expertise throughout the entire cloud continuum – from secure managed endpoints and email, to secure managed servers and cloud data centers.  The entire stack is covered.

As an example Nortec incorporates multiple services for secure managed endpoints, such as  multifactor authentication, OneDrive and  and Skykick backup for email.  Similarly Microsoft’s Operations  Management Suite services enhance Nortec’s secure managed server  offerings, which can be scaled to support the  entire managed cloud datacenter – from networking, PaaS, to recovery and backup.  “We’re able to scale pricing by user count, as well as offer solutions that are tailored to each organization’s specific needs,” said Hammerschmidt.

“There were key points of focus at Inspire that really resonated with us at Nortec, because we share that focus: modern workplaces that improve employee empowerment, business applications and infrastructure that optimize operations, and new ways to leverage data and AI,” said Hammerschmidt.  “We look forward to delivering on these key pillars for our customers to help make them more successful.”

Nortec Communications, Inc. Named 2017 US SMB Enterprise Mobility & Security (EMS) East Region Partner of the Year

July 27, 2017

Falls Church, VA — July 27, 2017 — Nortec Communications, Inc., a premier cloud provider and Infrastructure leader, today announced it has been named 2017 US SMB Enterprise Mobility & Security (EMS) East Region Partner of the Year by Microsoft’s US Small and Mid-sized Business (SMB) Group. The award recognizes the US SMB partner that has demonstrated key competitive Microsoft Enterprise Mobility & Security (EMS) wins achieved in East Region. Members of the US SMB Partner Program have shown dedication to arming the small business community with the right technology and services they need to be successful.

 “We are honored that Microsoft selected Nortec out of all their thousands of East Region Partners!  This award is a Microsoft endorsement of our commitment and execution of Mobility and Security Solutions and Microsoft’s overall cloud strategy,” said Andrew Grose, President and CEO, Nortec Communications, Inc.

Nortec Communications along with winners in six other categories were recognized during the Microsoft US SMB Partner Award Reception in Washington, D.C. on July 10, 2017.

The Microsoft Partner Network is designed to equip organizations that deliver products and services through the Microsoft platform with the training, resources and support they need to provide their customers superior experience and outcomes.  Microsoft’s US SMB Partner Program is an exclusive program designed for partners who have a proven track record of delivering Microsoft solutions to businesses in the U.S. small and medium business (SMB) segment and have committed to advancing their cloud business practice. As a member of the SMB Partner Program, partners can further their Cloud growth by utilizing the benefits obtained through their program status.

Nortec is a premier Systems Integrator and Infrastructure leader. Our solutions are both cloud based and on-premise in the areas of Unified Communications, Messaging, Management, Storage, Security and Virtualization. We are committed to earning the trust of our clients by delivering excellence throughout the entire project lifecycle. We are the winner of several prestigious vendor awards from companies such as Microsoft and ShoreTel. Nortec is a privately held corporation advising organizations since 1991.


For more information: Nortec Communications, Inc. / 866-531-1990 /


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June 13, 2017

Microsoft’s Top 200 U.S. Partners

June 1, 2017

Who are the best Microsoft solution providers in the United States? You’ll find them in Redmond Channel Partner magazine’s first-ever list of the top 200 Microsoft partners, from huge generalists and deep specialists to well-connected influentials.

Redmond Channel Partner magazine staff / June 01, 2017

With hundreds of thousands of Microsoft partners worldwide, and somewhere around 100,000 in the United States, it can be difficult for customers to figure out who are the best.

The Microsoft Pinpoint tool is helpful for customers who come to it with a specific set of requirements and a tight geographic focus. But for diplomatic and other reasons, Microsoft doesn’t go around labeling its strongest partners. The company toyed with a good-better-best set of labels when designing the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN), but abandoned the concept before rolling out the MPN. Even designations like the Microsoft National Solution Provider (NSP) list are kept fairly close to the vest.

Enter the RCP 200 list. We’ve scoured various sources for 200 of the strongest Microsoft solution providers in the United States. We looked at recent NSP designations, previous members of the now-defunct Microsoft National Systems Integrator program, Microsoft award winners at various levels and our own contact lists and archives for great companies we’ve covered over the last 11 years at RCP.

This is a qualitative list, which is why it’s organized alphabetically. Some of these partners produce massive revenues in Microsoft practices that reach across Microsoft’s technology stack. Others are much smaller businesses with very deep technology expertise or with extremely strong access within Microsoft, giving them an outsized ability to provide powerful solutions for customers.

A note on geography: We’ve categorized the companies as having a presence in the East, Central, West, National or International. That’s based on office locations for those customers who still like to know they can get that face-to-face meeting on short notice. It must be said that with cloud solutions, many of these partners are running substantial national and even international businesses from as few as one physical location.

All of the companies here have demonstrated a laser focus on Microsoft technology and a strong commitment to providing great value in the thoughtfully tailored solutions they build for their customers. [Full list and source article here]

Company Name Tech Focus Geographical Presence Headquarters
Nortec Generalist East Falls Church, Va.


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