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.”

 

 

Point Alliance is proud to announce that with the help of our friends, family and community we raised over $8,000 over the Holidays in support of Daily Bread Food Bank!

We believe that access to food is a basic human right, not a privilege. We believe that no one should face barriers in accessing food. Right now in the city of Toronto, people struggle to feed themselves due to low income and increasing costs, especially rent.

Did you know…

Over the last year, there were 914,470 visits to food banks run by Daily Bread Food Bank and North York Harvest Food Bank member agencies. With your help, we helped to provide food and other resources to those in need. Thank you!

About Daily Bread Food Bank

Daily Bread Food Bank is a registered charity that is fighting hunger in our communities. As a distribution hub, Daily Bread provides food and support to almost 200 food programs across Toronto. Daily Bread also works towards long-term solutions for alleviating hunger and runs innovative programs to support low-income families and individuals.

Microsoft Partner Network

The Microsoft Partner Network gives companies the widest range of products in the industry and program options to differentiate their business and solutions. This Network provides 3 different types of memberships: the Microsoft action pack, starter kit and Competency.

Microsoft competencies are designed to help businesses like ours meet client needs and be recognizable to prospective ones, so it is with great pleasure that we announce our latest Microsoft competency achievements, Silver Cloud Platform and Silver Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions.  Achieving Microsoft Cloud Platform Competency means that we are officially Microsoft-certified solution providers and as such, receive a set of core benefits as part of this elite partner network. Achieving Microsoft competencies also reinforces to our current and prospective clients that we have proven expertise in delivering innovative solutions in our specialized areas of business.

 

Microsoft Cloud Platform

Achieving Silver Microsoft cloud platform ensures that we can help clients modernize their infrastructure and migrate applications and data to the cloud and build analytics solutions on data platforms in the cloud. Using SaaS (software as a service) and PaaS (platform as a service) solutions available on Azure Marketplace, we can also deliver services and build products tailored to meet specific client requirements.

 

Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions

 There is building momentum in the small market business to adopt Office 365 platform and its best-in-class productivity and security into their company infrastructure. The number of Small Business customers using Office 365 doubled in just the last year with an average of 50,000 customers being added every month. Office 365 allows small businesses to communicate and collaborate anytime, anywhere and conduct their business with heightened efficiency. Achieving Silver Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions allowsPartners like ourselves to demonstrate technical capability and capitalize on the Office 365 productivity opportunity to deliver solutions to small and midsize business customers.

 

TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2018 /CNW/ – Compassion is the serum that keeps charitable organizations strong. Yesterday, Daily Bread Food Bank presented the Best in Class Awards to recognize individuals and organizations who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to alleviating hunger and poverty in Toronto.

The 6th Annual Best-in-Class awards was hosted by television and radio personality Jennifer Valentyne. “Tonight we are honouring those who are devoted to alleviating the hunger problem across Toronto,” said Valentyne. “It’s wonderful to be a part of this ceremony and acknowledge those that are working hard to help out Daily Bread.”

CEO of Daily Bread, Neil Hetherington, also emphasized the importance of recognizing community leaders. “Advocates, volunteers and philanthropists really are the backbone of charitable organizations,” Hetherington said. “This event not only acknowledges those who continue to give back, but it also highlights the upwards journey of non-profits thanks to these long-standing partnerships built over the years. Whether it be a volunteer helping out at a food drive or a corporation acknowledging their social responsibility, everyone has a role to play in the effort to curb poverty. This ceremony emphasizes exactly that,” Hetherington added.

This year’s award debuted three new categories. Food Industry Trailblazer, Exceptional Volunteer and Outstanding Philanthropist have been included to highlight the commitment companies and individuals have shown in the battle against food insecurity and hunger.

Food programs across Toronto rely on individuals, community groups and corporate partners to raise awareness, boost fundraising campaigns and drive volunteerism. Winners and finalists of the Best in Class awards reflect the long-standing commitment our partners have shown towards charitable work and advocacy.

We are proud to announce “Hockey Canada Scores with Point Alliance and Microsoft Azure at the Olympics & Paralympics” have been selected as the finalist for the 2018 Folio: Eddie and Ozzie Awards in 3 categories!

For more than 20 years, the Eddie & Ozzie Awards have recognized excellence in magazine editorial and design across all sectors of the industry. Folio:’s cornerstone awards program returned to the 2018 Folio: Show, where 350+ magazine media executives gathered to celebrate the very best in stunning design and uncompromising journalism.

A panel of more than 300 judges narrowed more than 2,500 entries into a pool of roughly 800 finalists. In total, 263 awards were given out across 33 categories. Scroll below to see the complete list of winners and honorable mentions.