Point Alliance is very pleased to announce our latest partnership with Angel Investors Ontario. Angel Investing investing goes beyond simply providing funds to start-up ventures. It is an opportunity to give back to the community and shape the future economy. Unlike Venture Capitalists, Angels are often actively involved in the start-ups they invest in. 

This difference is what makes Angel investing the rewarding experience that it is. Angel Investors Ontario supports 12 non-profit Angel Groups and 14 investment clubs across the province. AIO fosters Angel groups’ success by sharing information and education tools, transferring best practices across the network.

As the Technology Sponsor of the AIO, we look forward to developing tools to continue to grow Ontario’s Angel Investing Ecosystem.

The Timmy Awards were created by Tech in Motion, an international event series with a mission to bring local tech communities together to meet, learn, and innovate. The Timmy Awards aim to celebrate regional tech communities and the companies and individuals leading the way to create the best places for tech professionals to work. We are thrilled to announce that Point Alliance has been named a finalist for the 2019 Timmy Award for Best Tech Work Culture.

As an IT industry leader, Point Alliance offers creative and driven individuals an opportunity to work with the latest technology in a positive and energetic environment. Dedicated in providing the appropriate training and tools necessary for our team, we allow employees to continually develop skill sets required to successfully grow within our organization. Our office space is set up to maximize collaboration and team work with an open concept design. Any individual offices within our space have their doors open almost all of the time so no place feels off-limits.

We encourage our team to participate in our organized social events, be it a company-wide lunch at a neighbourhood restaurant or a games night at The Rec Room. Point Alliance proudly partners with multiple innovative application providers, software vendors and hardware companies such as Microsoft, GoDaddy and IBM. Our team not only has the opportunity to learn from and work with other members of Point Alliance but also has the opportunity to work with and learn from these other leading companies in the industry with whom we partner.

Point Alliance is an equal-opportunity organization that thrives off the diversity of our employees to create a positive and respectable workplace. As a socially-conscious company, we strive to contribute our resources to our local community and encourage our employees to do the same through organized initiatives.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to vote, please consider voting for Point Alliance!

We are thrilled to announce our latest partnership with GoDaddy! GoDaddy is the world’s largest domain name registrar with almost 19 million customers, 14 facilities worldwide and 24/7 customer service. It is the place people come to name their idea, build a professional website, attract customers and manage their work. Like us, GoDaddy is dedicated to exceptional customer service. They give businesses the tools they need grow and succeed online, from web hosting to websites building, WordPress, domains and SSL Security.

Together with GoDaddy, we are better equipped than ever to help your business grow and succeed online. As an official GoDaddy Reseller partner, our clients can expect same great service as GoDaddy but at a discounted price when using our portal, godaddy.pointalliance.com

The results are in from Branham Group’s annual ranking of tech companies and demonstrate a major growth thrust by Canada’s Information & Communications (ICT) sector! We are so thrilled to be ranked #237 on Branham’s annual list.

Branham Group, a global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry analyst and strategic advisory, has produced the Branham300 ranking of ICT companies in Canada for 25 consecutive years.

The Branham300 is the best-known and most widely referenced listing of Canada’s top ICT companies, ranked by revenue. The listing also tracks the top ICT multinationals operating in Canada, plus Up and Comers, those young Canadian companies Branham Group believes will be big hits soon.

Branham Group’s ranking is unique in Canada because it tracks both publicly held and privately owned companies. It is the only comprehensive list to do so.

The Branham300 consists of three major lists:

In 2018, Point Alliance was ranked #241 on the top 250 Canadian ICT Companies and this year we have moved up four spots to #237.

Point Alliance is thrilled to announce that we have earned our silver level Microsoft Competency in Cloud Productivity! Achieving this Microsoft Competency certifies that we are able to provide the highest level of technical expertise in the most complete set of commercial-grade productivity offerings on the market today. The Cloud Productivity competency also gives us the ability to demonstrate our technical capability in delivering Office 365 solutions across multiple or single productivity practice areas under Microsoft’s largest commercial cloud business.

Office 365 is the most secure cloud productivity solution with the most complete set of commercial-grade productivity offerings on the market today. With over 100 million monthly active Commercial users, Office 365 technologies span all productivity categories including Authoring, Mail, Integrated Teamwork, Social, Site and Content Management, Chat, Meeting and Voice and Analytics. At Point Alliance, we are known for selling and deploying Microsoft Office cloud and hybrid solutions. Now we are eligible for Signature Cloud Support, incentives, and much more.

Point Alliance now proudly holds 6 Microsoft Competencies.

On June 20th, 2019, our Point Alliance team will be joining the annual Food Sort Challenge hosted by the Daily Bread Food Bank. This event is a competitive test of speed and agility where teams race each other (and the clock!) to sort and pack 3,500lbs of food in 90 minutes or less. The winning team is awarded the coveted title of “Food Sort Challenge Champion!” (And, of course, bragging rights). To participate, each team must pay a $1,500 registration fee and are challenged to raise an additional $1,500. All of the food sorted and proceeds from the event will be distributed to over 175 food banks and meal programs across Toronto.

At Point Alliance we have always placed a huge emphasis on being involved and giving back to our community whenever we can. Partnering with the Daily Bread Food Bank over the years has provided our team with incredible opportunities to help better the City of Toronto by providing accessible and nutritious meals to those who need it most. We are proud and excited to support and participate in this incredible initiative and we hope you will help support our fundraising efforts!

Point Alliance is delighted to announce that we have earned our 5th Microsoft Competency on Enterprise Mobility Management! This competency achievement certifies that we hold the highest level of expertise in powerful, secure mobility management solutions and can help our clients address important compliance issues and emerging security threats.

We recognize that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and compliance are top concerns for enterprise clients. With IT Security spend predicted to reach USD170 billion worldwide by 2020, our existing clients and prospective clients are looking for partners with the necessary expertise to implement technology to help them address current and emerging security threats and to meet compliance requirements. We are proud to offer this additional level of assurance to all of our clients who trust us with the security of their data and and the efficiency of their technology.

In addition to this latest silver level competency achievement, we have earned our Silver Collaboration and Content Competency, Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions Competency and Cloud Platform Competency. It is also our pleasure to hold a Gold level competency achievement in Application Development. 

 

We are excited to announce our partnership with Plantronics to compliment our Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business collocation offerings.

Plantronics and Polycom represent the industry’s end-to-end solutions provider, offering best-in-class quality and experiences for Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business. Plantronics
and Polycom offer flexible products and services that enable organizations to easily migrate to the cloud and support collaboration regardless of location or device.

Work with a single solution provider for all your communication needs for Microsoft Teams or Skype for Business

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Veeam to assist our clients with their Microsoft Office 365 backup needs. Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 eliminates the risk of losing access and control over your Office 365 data including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business – so that your data is always Hyper-Available and protected.

Microsoft Office 365 enables your enterprise to work anywhere, anytime, without the need to host your own email, files and content management infrastructure. Even though Microsoft hosts the infrastructure, this doesn’t replace your responsibility of maintaining a backup of your business-critical Office 365 data.

With Office 365, it’s your data — you control it — and it is your responsibility to protect it. Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 gives you the power to securely backup Office 365 and:

At the December 2, 2018, IAMCP board meeting, the board voted to reorganize the International Board of Directors to be represented by three Tier 2 regions (AMERICAS, APAC and EMEA) reduced from five regions, effective January 1, 2019. We are delighted to share that our CEO, John Zarei has been elected as a 2019 board member and will represent the Americas region (Canada, LATAM, US) along with two others, David Gersten and Tom Major. The responsibilities for the board are to serve IAMCP members and Microsoft partners.

About IAMCP

The International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) is the leading organization for business networking in the Microsoft partner eco-system with 100+ chapters in more than 47 countries around the globe. IAMCP members are considered Microsoft best-of-breed partners and represent the trusted, independent voice of the Microsoft partner community. IAMCP members have the ability to influence Microsoft, government legislators and the media. Through regular activities and online events, members are able to discuss partner experiences, share best practices, and learn from colleagues in order to improve and develop their businesses. The non-profit organization is operated by an annually elected board of directors and is funded through membership fees and sponsor grants.

President, Sergio Baptista addressed the board following the election,

“Welcome to the new slate of leaders. As our organization grows, it also evolves, and we will work hard to implement new initiatives to strengthen our organization. If you are a Microsoft partner, we are here to help you maximize your engagement with Microsoft and with other partners. We have chapters all over the world, and we encourage you to find a chapter in your area at www.iamcp.org. Strong local IAMCP chapters lead to both partner and customer success.”