Meet the Winners of the Stratos Cloud Alliance Partner of the Year Awards!
The Stratos Cloud Alliance Partner of the Year Winners were unveiled during Partner Day on April 15, 2023.
The awards celebrated the outstanding achievements of partners who have made significant contributions to the Microsoft ecosystem, highlighting the dedication, innovation, and excellence of each member.
- Oztera was named the Growth Partner of the Year
- Withum was honored with the Progressus Partner of the Year award
- Kopis was recognized as the BC Partner of the Year
- The TM Group was recognized as the Progressus Emerging Partner
- Strava Technology Group was awarded the CRM Partner of the Year
- Twin Engines was named the Azure Partner of the Year.
“Stratos Cloud Alliance is made up of hundreds of Microsoft partners specializing in Dynamics 365, Azure and other Microsoft Business Applications,” said Jeff Edwards, SVP in charge of the Stratos Cloud Alliance. “These six partners went above and beyond over the last year to set themselves apart through outstanding performance and innovation within the Microsoft ecosystem.”
Dynamics 365 Business Central Partner of the Year: Kopis
Oztera Recognized as Stratos Cloud Alliance’s Growth Partner of the Year
The award recognizes outstanding contributions and achievements in revenue growth, desire to learn and contribute to Stratos Cloud Alliance, and commitment to providing exceptional service and value to their clients.
Since its establishment in 2001, Oztera has cultivated a highly skilled team comprising project managers, accountants, engineers, and client managers. Drawing upon their extensive industry knowledge, these experts excel in resolving intricate business and technical challenges. With a specialization in leveraging the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central platform, Oztera creates tailored solutions to tackle the specific obstacles encountered within the Wine, Agriculture, Distribution, and Manufacturing sectors. By applying a collaborative methodology, Oztera prioritizes delivering optimal outcomes for their clients, actively listening to their needs and requirements, and acquiring a clear understanding of their business operations and objectives.
“We are thrilled to recognize Oztera as our Growth Partner of the Year,” said Denise Adams, Partner Business Development Manager at Stratos Cloud Alliance. “Their commitment to providing exceptional service and value to their clients, combined with their expertise in specialized industries, make them stand out from other partners in their industry. We are proud to partner with them and look forward to continuing our success together.”
Oztera has been working with Stratos Cloud Alliance for over two years, offering solutions focused on the wine and agricultural spaces with BC verticals as well as Power BI and analytics. They have a team of experts to implement and support their clients and they truly care about the success of each organization they work with. They ask questions, challenge, and do what’s right every time.
“Our bench strength is our secret, with each Ozterian being caring, thoughtful, and skilled in their designated role. These skills allowed for expansion into new projects, leading to a partnership with Stratos Cloud Alliance and a larger portfolio,” said Paul Mosso, Conversation Architect, Oztera. “This collaboration with Stratos and Oztera opened doors for many more opportunities. The partnership helped us achieve even more together.”
Progressus Partner of the Year: Withum
Withum Received the Progressus Partner of the Year Award
The award is given to the partner that demonstrates exceptional growth, customer success, and investment in Progressus Advanced Projects for Dynamics 365 Business Central.
Withum, a full-service accounting, tax, and consulting firm founded in 1974, was selected by Stratos Cloud Alliance for their commitment to offering a unified solution within the legal industry, implementing Progressus and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. In addition to their strong sales performance, Withum’s dedication to developing deep legal industry knowledge stood out to Progressus. The company offers unmatched support to legal services firms, covering a wide range of areas from accounting to project management.
One thing that sets Withum apart from other Progressus Resellers is their highly committed sales, marketing, and consulting teams who have undergone extensive training on Progressus. This dedication has enabled the company to grow their business rapidly and efficiently.
In addition to their exceptional expertise, Withum has the support of Stratos Cloud Alliance to continue expanding their offerings in the legal services space. By leveraging their deep industry knowledge and partnering with Stratos Cloud Alliance, Withum is well-positioned to lead the charge in helping law firms across North America transition from paper and audio tape to cloud-based accounting and project management solutions.
Rich Fowler, Partner Account Executive at Stratos Cloud Alliance, praised Withum for their commitment to self-sufficiency and added that they are exactly what Stratos Cloud Alliance wishes all partners would be, which is “ramping up, learning, and almost self-sufficient.” With the combination of their expertise and support from Stratos Cloud Alliance, Withum is poised for success in the legal services industry.
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Progressus Emerging Partner of the Year: The TM Group (TMG)
The TM Group Received the Progressus Emerging Partner of the Year Award
The award is given to the partner who demonstrates exceptional performance and success in delivering and promoting Progressus Advanced Projects for Dynamics 365 Business Central.
Founded in 1984, The TM Group is a prominent Microsoft Dynamics partner known for optimizing efficiency, boosting productivity, and providing clarity regarding business KPIs. Their exceptional dedication to making Progressus and Business Central a successful part of their business were recognized when they were chosen by Stratos Cloud Alliance as the Progressus Emerging Partner of the Year. This award serves as a testament to The TM Group’s unwavering commitment to their clients and the industry, solidifying their position as a trusted partner in the field of Microsoft Dynamics.
The TM Group was one of the first partners to sign up for Progressus’ consulting boot camp, which is designed to help partners become self-sufficient with Progressus. They also have trained consultants and a dedicated sales team for the professional services market. With over 35 years of experience in the Great Plains and Dynamics SL space, The TM Group has hundreds of customers that need to move to Business Central. They identified and learned Business Central and Progressus early on, and they are now successfully moving their customer base from GP and SL into Business Central with Progressus.
The TM Group’s commitment to Progressus extends beyond their consulting and sales team. They use all of Progressus’ tools and marketing campaigns to help their customers and are invested in being a Stratos Cloud Alliance partner. They specialize in professional services, but they also support a variety of industries. The TM Group’s success with Progressus is a testament to their commitment to their customers and their expertise in the Microsoft Dynamics community.
The TM Group’s owner, Judy Thomas, has been a legend in the Microsoft Dynamics community. Her team has a record of keeping their people for a long time, and their clients love their proactive approach to customer service.
“We are thrilled to recognize The TM Group as our Progressus Emerging Partner of the Year,” said Rich Fowler, Partner Account Executive, “They have demonstrated their commitment to Progressus and Business Central, and their dedication to their customers is second to none. We look forward to continuing our partnership with The TM Group and seeing what the future holds.”
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Dynamics 365 Business Central Partner of the Year: Kopis
Kopis Recognized as Stratos Cloud Alliance’s Top Business Central Partner of the Year
The award is given to the partner that demonstrates exceptional growth, customer success, and investment in Microsoft 365 Business Central.
Kopis USA, a leading technology consulting firm with over two decades of experience in delivering cutting-edge software development and IT solutions to businesses of all sizes, has been recognized by Stratos Cloud Alliance as the Business Central (BC) Partner of the Year for their exceptional performance and innovation with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. This award is a testament to Kopis’ unwavering commitment to excellence in providing their clients with innovative and reliable technology solutions.
Over the past year, Kopis has doubled their annual revenue in the Business Central space. They have achieved this by migrating their Microsoft Dynamics GP and NAV clients over to the cloud-based Business Central solution. With a full consulting, sales, and development team, Kopis is an all-around growing partner that invests in the latest technology.
“Stratos quickly became a strategic partner for Kopis helping us continue to grow and expand our practice well beyond simply transacting licenses. Between partner connections, supporting services, and guidance, our clients are better served due to our partnership with Stratos.”– Adam Drewes, General Manager, ERP at Kopis
With a team of experienced and highly skilled software developers, Kopis has a proven track record of delivering innovative solutions that help businesses streamline their operations, improve their productivity, and drive growth. The company has worked with a wide range of clients across a variety of industries, including healthcare, finance, logistics, manufacturing, and more.
“We are pleased to recognize Kopis as our Business Central Partner of the Year. Their growth and commitment to the Business Central platform have been impressive,” said Valerie Borak, Partner Development Manager at Stratos Cloud Alliance. “Their investment in sales and marketing, along with their talented consulting and development teams, has resulted in a successful and growing partnership.”
Dynamics 365 CE Partner of the Year: Strava Technology Group
Strava Technology Group Recognized as Stratos Cloud Alliance’s Top CRM Partner of the Year
The award is given to the partner that demonstrates exceptional growth, customer success, and investment in Dynamics 365.
Founded in 2017, Strava Technology Group is a leading Microsoft Dynamics 365 partner focused on helping businesses evaluate, plan, implement, support, and succeed with their Microsoft-powered Customer Relationship Management (CRM) technology. With a focus on supporting small to mid-sized businesses, Strava’s expertise in marketing, sales, customer service, field services, and project operations modules has set them apart in the market.
Strava has been working with Stratos Cloud Alliance for over a year supporting other partners that required highly customized projects or complex implementations. Strava’s commitment to training and online support has strategically positioned them to excel in the mid-market. Their success is a true testament to their unwavering dedication, exceptional expertise, and tireless hard work.
“The staff at Strava Technology Group is amazing,” says Valerie Borak, Partner Development Manager at Stratos Cloud Alliance. “We often refer customers to them when we cannot support a CRM deal, and they have been rock solid in networking with our other partners to help win deals. Their dedication to training and online support has positioned them well for the mid-market, and their success is a testament to their hard work and expertise.”
Microsoft Azure Partner of the Year: TwinEngines
TwinEngines Recognized as Stratos Cloud Alliance’s Azure Partner of the Year
The award recognizes the partner with exceptional performance in helping customers navigate their digital transformation journey using Microsoft Azure cloud technology.
TwinEngines is an innovative cloud solutions provider that was founded in 1995. The company specializes in helping small to mid-market manufacturers and supply chain companies achieve the functionality they need to keep up with the rapidly evolving pace of digital transformation. Recently, TwinEngines was awarded the Azure Partner of the Year by Stratos Cloud Alliance, recognizing the company’s exceptional performance and expertise in delivering Azure-based solutions that help customers optimize their cloud environment, improve scalability, and increase efficiency. This award is a testament to TwinEngines’ commitment to delivering high-quality cloud solutions to its customers and its dedication to staying at the forefront of cloud innovation.
TwinEngines has forged a strong partnership with Stratos Cloud Alliance over the past two years, showcasing their dedication to delivering high-quality cloud solutions to their customers. Throughout this partnership, TwinEngines has consistently increased their Azure consumption on a month-over-month basis, demonstrating their expertise and commitment to the platform.
What sets TwinEngines apart from other partners in the industry is their exclusive focus on Azure, enabling their customers to move on-prem solutions to the cloud, and virtually eliminate any hardware or security issues. They also work closely with Stratos Cloud Alliance’s cloud engineers and Azure specialists to help architect their deals, providing their customers with the best quotes and architecture.
“TwinEngines truly deserves this recognition as Azure Partner of the Year,” said Valerie Borak, Partner Development Manager at Stratos Cloud Alliance. “Their exclusive focus on Azure and their dedication to customer service has made them a valuable partner to both Stratos Cloud Alliance and Microsoft.”
Progressus for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is a cloud-based project accounting software solution designed for sophisticated professional services firms. It offers extended capabilities for flexible project forecasting, effective project planning, estimating, and budgeting, as well as mobile time and expense entry. With project-focused analytics and insights, Progressus delivers a comprehensive solution to maximize utilization, complete successful projects on time and on budget, and optimize your project portfolio. Progressus helps you stay on top of your projects and achieve success with ease.
Stratos Cloud Alliance (SCA) is the only Indirect Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (ICSP) specializing in Dynamics 365 business solutions. Stratos Cloud provides all the sales support, enablement, and services a Microsoft partner needs to build a profitable cloud solutions business. Stratos Cloud offers partners a comprehensive portfolio of Microsoft Cloud business and productivity solutions, ISV products, client support services, and flexible partner programs to help them grow at a pace and investment level that is right for them. Stratos Cloud Alliance is a Microsoft-certified ISV Development Center and holds over a dozen Microsoft competencies and specializations, providing the know-how and experience partners want in an Indirect CSP Provider to support their business.