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Higher adoption of Microsoft Cloud amongst SMEs takes GITPL’s business to greater heights


Pune (Sept 19, 2014): GITPL, a Microsoft Gold Competency Partner has registered 20% year-on-year growth in its topline and 45% growth in its bottomline and has added 46 net new cloud customers during April-June 2014, in the Pune region, leveraging Microsoft Office 365. GITPL has been building on its public cloud capability with Microsoft cloud and has empowered several SMBs in Pune with Office 365 to enhance business efficiencies and collaboration.

To facilitate adoption of cloud by SMBs, Microsoft had recently started offering Azure via the open licensing model in India. Office 365 has already been available via open licensing. With this Microsoft partners across the country will be able to offer cloud services from Microsoft to their customers. An offer of this nature is of significant value to customers because they now have the flexibility to plan, purchase, deploy and manage their entire IT roadmap with the help of their trusted local partner. The addition incentivizes partners to ‘do more’ for their SMB customers by exploring the potential of bringing in enterprise grade Microsoft cloud services to them on OpEx model.

Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure are already offering significant value to small businesses in and around Pune.  Being heavily focused on manufacturing and exports, businesses from this region compete with the best from around the world. Office 365 helps these businesses become more productive by enhancing efficiencies and collaborate with overseas business partners and customers by leveraging enterprise grade Microsoft cloud services. SMBs are also able to quickly build and deploy applications at reduced costs with flexible monetary terms and achieve faster return on investment through Microsoft Azure.

Niraj Prajapati, CEO, GITPL, said, “As a solution provider and trusted partner, we are constantly focused on delivering the right technical expertise and solutions to help our customers grow in this competitive environment. With the help of Office 365, we have been able to address the IT needs of diverse verticals such as  manufacturing, retail, real-estate, NBFC, IT-ITES, education, R&D to name a few. We have worked hard to be recognized by Microsoft as a partner of choice, offering Office 365 in the market.”

Elaborating upon how Microsoft Office 365 has propelled business for Sigma Software Solutions and the Sigma group of companies, Mr. Natarajan Diwakar, Chief Operating Officer said, “Microsoft Cloud has transformed the way we work with our global teams in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia pacific and  our customers across the globe. With office 365, we get our mails anywhere on any device without worrying about security, connectivity or other issues. Microsoft Lync is a phenomenal product – has cut our international calling costs by 95%, and improved collaboration between our distributed teams significantly be it through one-one, team meetings or presentations. On top of this, Microsoft SharePoint is now available on the cloud for us which helps to manage and disseminate product documents, project life-cycle artifacts and provide a portal where company news, information on people, and customer FAQs are supported.  The ‘pay-as-you go’ model also helps to bring down our CapEx costs and provides the flexibility to add capacity on demand.

“We are working closely with our partners to help customers realize the benefits of Microsoft cloud”, said Mr. Sudhir Nayar, Director – Partner Sales, Microsoft India.  “We will continue to enhance the capacity and capability of our partners to help them deliver superior value to customers”, he added.

It is a proven fact that small and medium businesses who adopt IT solutions, grow faster than the ones who are lagging behind. A recent research commissioned by Microsoft and conducted independently by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting firm and a leading advisor on business strategy, shows that SMEs that adopted IT created more new jobs and drove more revenue growth over the past three years compared to SMEs using little technology. The BCG report, Ahead of the Curve: Lessons on Technology and Growth from Small Business Leaders, found that if more SMEs in India adopted the latest IT tools, there is potential for SME to grow their revenues by $56 billion and create 1.1 million new jobs.