The Integr8 Group, the largest privately owned BEE ICT managed services company in Africa, has been named as Microsoft’s Top Growth Partner.

The ICT managed services provider has again signaled its market strength to competitors having taken top honours at a gala dinner held for Microsoft Partners recently.

Integr8 was a finalist in two award categories at the Microsoft Partner Network™ Awards event – Top Regional Partner and Top Growth Partner.

The company won the Top Growth Partner Award, an official recognition by Microsoft for its rapid growth and achievement within the ICT managed services space and the delivery of Microsoft solutions over the software company’s fiscal year.

Robert Sussman, joint CEO, describes the feat as a significant achievement that strengthens the company’s portfolio in both local and international markets and reinforces the credibility of other recent partnership accolades, including Microsoft’s Best Customer Experience Award.

He attributes the company’s growth to the determination to acquire and retain core technical skills, as well as a proactive approach to the review and resourcing of the company’s high-tech digital centralised operation, otherwise known as the Nerve Centre™.

“We are very pleased to add Top Growth Partner to our recent achievements. This recognition is valuable because it underlines our credibility as a service provider within a very competitive environment and shows that our progress has captured the attention of our partners, clients and competitors,” says Sussman.

According to Sussman 2010 has been an instrumental and influential year for the company, specifically in terms of its role as Microsoft Certified Gold Partner.

“There is no denying the fact that there is an increase in demand for Microsoft solutions to address critical areas of operation. Our role is to not only supply the infrastructure, but also to help clients by demonstrating the features of these solutions and how they can be applied practically to boost business. We appreciate that Microsoft’s adjudication process is meticulous and thorough, so we are very proud of this award and the merit it carries,” says Sussman.

Management at Integr8 refer to pace at which the market is now embracing virtualisation and cloud-based services as key influences that will be around for some time.

The company believes these trends represent the front-end of managed ICT service provision and its recognition will ultimately help to entrench its position domestically and, ultimately, on a global level.