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Nortec Attains New Record Number of Microsoft Competencies

May 14, 2018

D.C. based company provides customers with expert IT and cloud solutions




WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leading area IT provider Nortec, one of Microsoft's Top 200 partners in the US, is proud to announce its attainment of four Microsoft Gold Competencies and a Microsoft Silver Competency, the most in company history, that focuses on the Microsoft cloud solutions in the areas of productivity, platform, small and mid-market solutions,  communications and enterprise mobility and security. The mastery of these solutions allows Nortec to provide our customers with unique insights and evaluate an organization’s IT and cloud computing needs to recommend the most valuable and effective solutions available.

“Nortec has been delivering quality IT solutions, support and services tailored to specific budgets and business needs for over 20 years. We’ve focused on gaining critical Microsoft Gold Competencies knowing that with them we can better serve the needs of businesses in Washington D.C., Pittsburgh and Philadelphia,” says George Hammerschmidt, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer at Nortec.

Nortec's four-step methodology for cloud services focuses on envisioning, planning, developing and deploying and is what sets them apart as an esteemed managed service provide. The Nortec IT team is passionate about technology and is continually training and honing their expertise to ensure their clients’ IT infrastructure performs to full capacity. With a customer-focused approach to clients’ needs, they provide multiple custom solutions for both traditional and hybrid cloud services.

The recent acquisition of these competencies is part of Nortec’s long-standing track record of excellence within the IT space; particularly within Microsoft. In addition to their Microsoft Gold Partner status, Nortec is the 9-times winner of the Microsoft East Region Partner of the Year award, competing against Microsoft partners from Maine to Florida.

About Nortec:

Nortec is an award-winning managed IT service provider that’s been surpassing client expectations in the Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and surrounding areas since 1991. Their IT team has been honored nine times with the East Region Partner of the Year Award As a Microsoft Gold Partner, they've been awarded the highest level of partnership offered by Microsoft. Nortec has earned four Microsoft Gold Competencies and a Microsoft Silver Competency, in the areas of cloud productivity, cloud platform, small and mid-market cloud solutions, communications and enterprise mobility and security.

NORTEC NEWS: December 2017

December 8, 2017

iOS Update Alert

September 21, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION: September 21,2017 iOS Update Alert
Apple’s latest software OS for iPhone / iPad - iOS 11 - is not currently compatible with, Office 365, or Exchange Server 2016.

For your information and awareness
Link to: Outlook for iOS - Instructions

The built-in Mail app in iOS 11 is currently incompatible with, Office 365, and Exchange 2016. You may encounter errors when trying to connect to your mail servers, send mail, or reply to mail.

This also impacts Calendars and Contacts.

Microsoft and Apple are working to resolve this issue.; see the following articles for reference:

If you have not updated to iOS 11, please wait until this issue is resolved before updating.

If you have already updated to iOS 11, then you most likely cannot send new mail or reply to mail.

In order to make mail work, you will either need to wait for an update from Apple, or can install and set up Outlook for iOS client from the App Store.

Outlook for iOS supports multiple email services, including, Office 365, and Exchange Server 2016. Instructions are attached to configure the application.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or at 703-448-0660.

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.”
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