NTT DATA Retains Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Services Provider Status for the Fourth Consecutive Year

Microsoft identifies partners as experts at managing complex global cloud environments

PLANO, TX – Nov. 9, 2022NTT DATA, a digital business and IT services leader, has been named a Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Services Provider (MSP) partner for the fourth consecutive year. Azure Expert MSPs are recognized by Microsoft to be trusted advisors offering repeatable, highly automated solutions to enable and support hyper-scale cloud implementations. This elite program provides the most capable Azure MSPs with full support from Microsoft to drive client success and growth.

“The Azure Expert MSP partner status validates the successful outcomes we’ve had with Microsoft during a period of rapid digital transformation,” said Kerry Kreighbaum, Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances, NTT DATA. “Our clients rely on us to solve a variety of challenges as we advise, transform and manage movement to the cloud in a secure and cost-effective manner. With our continued partnership with Microsoft, innovative cloud offerings and deep Azure expertise, we are nimble and able to meet our clients’ changing needs.”

To prequalify as an Azure Expert MSP, partners must demonstrate scale (measured by revenue and number of certifications), prove past client success, and maintain Microsoft’s Gold Cloud Platform competency, a Cloud Services Provider (CSP) contract and Azure support contracts.

“For the fourth year in a row, NTT DATA has demonstrated its unique expertise to guide and transform our mutual clients with Azure migrations and cloud management services, featuring innovative support models and frameworks,” said Tyler Bryson, Corporate Vice President of Global Partner Solutions, US, Microsoft Corp. “Their proven Azure capabilities and commitment to always place clients first makes them a trusted partner for Azure projects.”

Once these requirements are met, partners must apply to have a professional auditing firm independently verify that the partner adheres to more than 60 internal controls and processes. During a two-day audit, NTT DATA demonstrated expert capabilities in cloud operations and service management, cloud service levels, customer satisfaction, cost optimization, continual improvement and process optimization, and cloud adoption frameworks.

Through the Azure Expert MSP program, NTT DATA receives specialized access to Microsoft training and support, including regular calls with Microsoft’s Azure engineers, as well as Azure Migration and Modernization Program (AMMP), which provides Microsoft resources and funding for client engagement, client proof of concepts (POCs), and modernization and migration activities.

Additionally, NTT DATA recently acquired data analytics firm Aspirent, adding more than 230 data advisors and technologist to bolster engineering capabilities with key data partners like Azure. Read about how NTT DATA has successfully implemented Microsoft Azure services with clients:


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