CRN® TECH ELITE 250 INCLUDES CSE ON THE LIST

CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has listed Computer Solutions East, Inc. (CSE) as one of the 250 tech solution providers on their prestigious CRN® TECH ELITE 250 list. Out of the North American IT solution providers that applied for the award, CSE was chosen due to its remarkable feats in the industry.

The yearly TECH ELITE 250 by CRN® aims to recognize North American IT solution providers that carry advanced technical certifications in outstanding numbers by top technology vendors. As a non-ranked list, all two hundred fifty (250) companies are in equal footing.CSE maintains its regular earning of certifications and competencies from partner companies like Microsoft and Cisco. Members of the team are encouraged to acquire certifications so that they can update their knowledge and cope with the new challenges in technology. Certifications aren’t possible without proving how prepared and skilled the team member is. The excellent execution also matters since customers are the core of all these services.

“Being named to CRN’s Tech Elite 250 list is no small feat,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “The Tech Elite 250 recognizes channel partners who have differentiated themselves by attaining high levels of technology partner certifications and partner program levels, scaled by the size of the company.

CSE is now viable for CRN’s end-of-year Triple Crown Award, the company’s most prestigious partner honor.

Computer Solutions East, Inc. Named One of 2018 Tech Elite Solution Providers by CRN®

Tech Elite 250 list recognizes IT solution providers with deep technical expertise and premier certifications

New Rochelle, New York, March 26, 2018 – Computer Solutions East, Inc. (CSE) announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named CSE to its 2018 Tech Elite 250 list. This annual list honors an exclusive group of North American IT solution providers that have earned the highest number of advanced technical certifications from leading technology suppliers, scaled to their company size.

To compile the annual list, The Channel Company’s research group and CRN editors work together to identify the most customer-beneficial technical certifications in the North American IT channel. Companies who have obtained these elite designations— which enable solution providers to deliver premium products, services and customer support—are then selected from a pool of online applicants.

As a medium-sized business, CSE has leapt from one passed exam to another and from one achievement to another. It has earned competencies from its prestigious partner companies such as Microsoft and Cisco. Within CSE, employees are encouraged to acquire certifications from their very first month in the company. Because learning never stops there, it is no wonder why the company continues to progress.

“Being named to CRN’s Tech Elite 250 list is no small feat,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “These companies have distinguished themselves with multiple, top-level IT certifications, specializations and partner program designations from the industry’s most prestigious technology providers. Their pursuit of deep expertise and broader skill sets in a wide range of technologies and IT practices demonstrates an impressive commitment to elevating their businesses—and to providing the best possible customer experience.”

“It has always been a humbling experience whenever we are recognized by CRN® for our efforts to deliver the maximum service to our clients.  We need to keep up with the bit-by-bit technological updates and advancemenst that take place, that’s why we always make sure that our team’s certifications and knowledge are also updated,” explained Luke Celente, President of CSE.

About Computer Solutions East, Inc.

Computer Solutions East is a full-service software licensing, network services and support provider. Their services include software license acquisition and management, Lync and Exchange Online Migration, cloud computing, servers and hosting services. Their expertise with Office 365 includes a unique understanding of aligning Microsoft Exchange Online for business environments, as well as, SharePoint Online. They concentrate heavily on software licenses through volume licensing and Office 365. They have migrated thousands of users to Microsoft’s Cloud.

Computer Solutions East is a Tier 1 Managed Microsoft Partner that has been working with Microsoft Hosted Exchange, SharePoint, and Cloud products since 2007, starting with their Business Productivity Online Suite (Exchange / SharePoint / Lync 2007). CSE was the winner of the 2016 East Region Renewal/Annuity Partner of the Year Award. They are also Gold and Silver certified for services on volume licensing, Office 365, Azure Migrations (Small and Large), and Dynamics CRM.

Awards and Accomplishments:

Winner: 2016 Partner of the Year Award (East Region – Renewal / Annuity)

Finalist:  2016 NY Metro Partner of the Year

Finalist:  2016 NY Metro Cloud Partner of the Year

Finalist:  2015 NY Metro Partner of the Year

Finalist:  2015 NY Metro Cloud Partner of the Year

Winner:  2013 East Region TOP VAR Partner of the Year Award

Finalist:  2013 Small Business Partner of the Year

Ingram Micro SMB 500 (2013, 2015)

Inc. 5000 (2015, 2016, 2017)

CRN MSP 500 (2014, 2016, 2018)

CRN Pioneer 250 (2016, 2017,2018)

CRN Next-Gen 250 (2016, 2017)

Tech Elite 250 (2017,2018)

Technology solutions that make sense for your business:

Microsoft Volume Licensing Services Sales

Microsoft Office 365 (Migration & Licensing)

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Deployment and Customization

Azure: improve performance and consolidate resources. Let Microsoft take care of your servers

Application Development: websites, quote to order automation, Netbook, Vendor XML integration with shopping cart

Fixed Monthly Contracts: 24/7 service with predictable monthly payments

Cisco Network and Telephone: WAN, LAN, VPN, Wireless, and VoIP

FROM SILVER TO GOLD: CSE GAINS 2 MORE GOLD COMPETENCIES

March 20, 2018, New York: Computer Solutions East, Inc. (CSE), a Microsoft partner-IT service provider company, has been granted Gold Competency for both Cloud Productivity and Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions categories.

Microsoft explained the two competencies: “Cloud Productivity Competency proves expertise in a complete productivity offering like Office 365 that can deliver security and productivity to customers. While Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions Competency shows how the pacing of Small Market Business can adopt to Office 365 with it quality class productivity and security.”  

According to Microsoft, the following benefits will be given to CSE due to its gold competencies: access to Microsoft Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN subscriptions; 25 internal-use software licenses; eligibility for the Microsoft Hosting Incentive; credit towards one of the required eligibility criteria for the Microsoft Managed Reseller Incentive; eligibility for the Microsoft Online Services Usage Incentive; premium priority Microsoft Referrals placement; set of core benefits as part of the Microsoft Partner Network Membership; Signature Support; guaranteed concierge engagement to help maximize MPN benefits

“I am very delighted by our team’s progression in imparting success. I have noticed how much CSE members are doing their best to bring home the gold badges to augment our competencies.  The competencies do not only reflect the company’s expertise but also our dedication in giving the best service to our customers, by being assured that we are following industry standards,” said Luke Celente, President of CSE .

With the addition of these competencies, CSE has just completed five gold competencies. This proves that it will continue to manifest its industry-tested quality service.

Computer Solutions East is a full-service software licensing, network services and support provider. Their services include software license acquisition and management, Lync and Exchange Online Migration, cloud computing, servers and hosting services. Their expertise with Office 365 includes a unique understanding of aligning Microsoft Exchange Online for business environments, as well as, SharePoint Online. They concentrate heavily on software licenses through volume licensing and Office 365. They have migrated thousands of users to Microsoft’s Cloud.

 

Computer Solutions East is a Tier 1 Managed Microsoft Partner that has been working with Microsoft Hosted Exchange, SharePoint, and Cloud products since 2007, starting with their Business Productivity Online Suite (Exchange / SharePoint / Lync 2007). CSE was the winner of the 2016 East Region Renewal/Annuity Partner of the Year Award. They are also Gold and Silver certified for services on volume licensing, Office 365, Azure Migrations (Small and Large), and Dynamics CRM.

Awards and Accomplishments:

Winner: 2016 Partner of the Year Award (East Region – Renewal / Annuity)

Finalist:  2016 NY Metro Partner of the Year

Finalist:  2016 NY Metro Cloud Partner of the Year

Finalist:  2015 NY Metro Partner of the Year

Finalist:  2015 NY Metro Cloud Partner of the Year

Winner:  2013 East Region TOP VAR Partner of the Year Award

Finalist:  2013 Small Business Partner of the Year

Ingram Micro SMB 500 (2013, 2015)

Inc. 5000 (2015, 2016, 2017)

CRN MSP 500 (2014, 2016, 2018)

CRN Pioneer 250 (2016, 2017,2018)

CRN Next-Gen 250 (2016, 2017)

Tech Elite 250 (2017,2018)

Technology solutions that make sense for your business:

Microsoft Volume Licensing Services Sales

Microsoft Office 365 (Migration & Licensing)

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Deployment and Customization

Azure: improve performance and consolidate resources. Let Microsoft take care of your servers

Application Development: websites, quote to order automation, Netbook, Vendor XML integration with shopping cart

Fixed Monthly Contracts: 24/7 service with predictable monthly payments

Cisco Network and Telephone: WAN, LAN, VPN, Wireless, and VoIP

CSE GAINS BACK-TO-BACK GOLD COMPETENCIES

Computer Solutions East, Inc., a Gold Partner of Microsoft, has coincidentally attained two Gold competencies for Cloud Productivity, and Small and Midmarket Solutions within the month of March.

“A Cloud Productivity Competency proves the expertise in a complete productivity offering, Office 365, that can deliver security and productivity to customers. While small and midmarket cloud solutions competency shows how the pacing of small market business can adapt to Office 365 with its quality productivity and security,” Microsoft explained.

As part of the requirements to earn these competencies, IT professionals from CSE have demonstrated their proficiency on configuration, operation, troubleshooting, and implementation of Office 365.  CSE has also proven that they have a wide array of clients who are active users of a Microsoft Office 365 workload such as Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business, or Yammer. Furthermore, a steady growth of new customers was established as well.

A roster of benefits will be given to CSE due to its gold competencies, according to Microsoft, and these include access to Microsoft Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN subscriptions; 25 internal-use software licenses; eligibility for the Microsoft Hosting Incentive; credit towards one of the required eligibility criteria for the Microsoft Managed Reseller Incentive; eligibility for the Microsoft Online Services Usage Incentive; premium priority Microsoft Referrals placement; set of core benefits as part of the Microsoft Partner Network Membership; Signature Support; and guaranteed concierge engagement to help maximize MPN benefits

The two Gold competencies are added to the current three other Gold competencies for DataCenter, Windows Devices and Deployment, and Enterprise Mobility Management that CSE holds.

AZURE ACCELERATES IDENTIFICATION VERIFICATION AND DATABASE MIGRATION

Microsoft Azure’s features and applications can be put to the test by another cybersecurity threat that leaves the user’s identity at risk. The instances of account lock out and password spray attacks are attempting to be resolved by using Azure Active Directory Pass-through authentication. The culprit behind password spray attacks tries to break in through accounts that use generic passwords.  Companies are advised to discourage their employees from using cliché passwords that an attacker could easily guess. Massive amounts of company data can be compromised if the account has been accessed.

The Azure multi-factor authentication functions as a double-edged verification for identity by sending passcodes via phone, confirming codes via alternate email, and checking through another device.

The Azure Active directory is known as a secured identity and access management solution. Risk events in Azure Active Directory signal the potential security breaches occurring in the server.  Doubtful sign-ins are flagged and classified under high, medium, or low risk level. The detection may either be discovered online and offline. Based on Microsoft, the risk events can be any of the following: users with leaked credentials, sign-ins from infected device or from IP addresses with suspicious activity, from unfamiliar locations, or from anonymous IP addresses.

The Privileged Identity Management of Azure Active Directory helps in identifying suspicious access and attempts on accounts by sending notifications and reports to the administrator.

Database Migration

Updates mean increased security. The issues of migration to cloud are now more simplified with the March 2018 update for Azure Database migration service.  Users can expect a more comprehensible walkthrough in setting it up, from building instances of Azure SQL Database Managed Instance, to monitoring via Azure Database Migration Service.

 

MICROSOFT DYNAMICS 365 FOR MARKETING SPEEDS UP BUSINESS STRATEGIES

Small to medium businesses are encouraged to undergo a digital transformation through the usage of Dynamics 365 for Marketing and other Microsoft productivity applications. Dynamics 365 for Marketing is now available for public preview. It enables the users to test the available features of the updated version. Before having access to the public preview, the user must type in his work email and phone number.

For marketing, return of investment is the fruit of labor of all the strategies and efforts that have been executed. More than just a customer relationship management tool, Dynamics 365 has branched out with its different capabilities to aid the user in expanding their strategy throughout the customer’s journey. It presents ways on how small to medium sized businesses can grow their marketing successfully.

Marketing decisions can now be easily translated to automated processes. With Dynamics 365 for Marketing, records and progress can be tracked with the values allotted for each step completed. The workflows are streamlined and the clear-cut process can be easily translated into values by the sales team

Service Update 4 for Microsoft Dynamics 365 9.0.1 and Service Update 3 for Microsoft Dynamics 365 9.0.1 are also available for this month (March, 2018).  Service Update 4 seeks to resolve common issues like the opportunity actual close date, the inability of quote revision for team-owned records, and on-redirecting of links in the proper landing record.  Service Update 3 seeks to resolve non-display of knowledge articles and instances of blank display on mobile.

According to Microsoft, Dynamics 365 for Marketing is prepared to set the bar for delivering value for the following: multi-channel campaigns, lead management, sales and marketing alignment, and marketing analytics.

“Turn prospects into business relationships,” – this is how Microsoft encapsulates the function of Dynamics 365 for Marketing.

 

BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE IN THE CLOUD TAKES A STEP FORWARD

Microsoft is working on more improvements for their set of cloud-based applications.

Office 365 has innovative business apps to answer the needs of small and medium businesses. These business apps are Microsoft Connections, Outlook Customer Manager, Microsoft Listings, Microsoft Bookings, Microsoft Invoicing, and MileIQ. In a recent speaking engagement, the progress and potential of Microsoft’s productivity platform in the cloud, Office 365 was announced by its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Satya Nadella.

Nadella also cited Power BI, its business intelligence in the cloud that delivers promising results to its consumers with its highly defined charts and data analysis tools.

Despite the stiff competition in the market of cloud platform and servers, Microsoft stands by their staple offerings: Office 365, Microsoft 365, and Power BI.

Being conscious of the needs of its consumers, Microsoft embeds extra security features for Microsoft 365 and Azure Information Protection for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance. It also supplies information about GDPR so that their consumers can grasp the effects of the said regulation. These features can be utilized even more since consumers can monitor their own consumption.

Microsoft is continually becoming more receptive to its consumers as they combine the values of key business devices with an integrated solution like the Microsoft 365 bundle.

Aside from the regular updates, there has been additional offerings in Microsoft Teams, the chat-based work collaboration tool in Office 365, as well as, an inclusion of an editor feature in Microsoft Word.

Microsoft shows no sign of complacency as they continue to keep up with the times and offer even more benefits to their customers.

CSE OFFERS FREE AZURE PROOF OF CONCEPT

Computer Solutions East, Inc. (CSE), a qualified Microsoft partner, offers Azure Proof of Concept to customers. A proof of concept usually has a price tag because of the resources that will be incurred for it, but with Azure POC, interested customers are entitled to a free service to better evaluate Azure: the cloud computing program of Microsoft.

Azure is a broad program with an extensive scope. Azure integrates a multi-functional platform, and its various workloads can be among the following: Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS) foundation, SharePoint on IAAS, Structured Query Language(SQL) on IAAS, Azure Dev/Test, Enterprise Mobility + Security, SQL, and others.

Potential customers are usually at the crossroads on whether to proceed with a purchase or not. A free trial is a way to gauge the effectiveness of the product. In this case, potential customers of Microsoft Azure can use Azure Everywhere, a proof of concept for Azure workloads so they will know if Azure would be compatible and suitable with the technological demands of their business.

If a business would use Azure POC, CSE would build an Azure environment where their business can successfully operate. CSE can show interested prospects how a Microsoft Azure workload could work for them by thoroughly guiding the IT engineer in handling the chosen workload. Once it has been set up, they can walk through their business within an Azure environment in real time, and they can evaluate if they could benefit from its functions.

CSE ensures a customer immersion experience through Azure Proof of Concept – making it easier for customers to make a well-thought Azure integration into their business.  Terms and conditions apply.

COMPUTER SOLUTIONS EAST, INC. EARNS A SPOT IN CRN 2018 MSP 500 LIST

Computer Solutions, East, Inc. (CSE) made it to the Pioneer 250 category of 2018 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list of CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company.  The CRN MSP 500 is a yearly list that gives recognition to solution providers in North America that have shown exemplary managed IT services. As Managed Service Providers, they have firmly executed their purpose of helping businesses get rid of IT glitches that may disrupt their customers’ business workflows.

Those who belong on the Pioneer 250 list are small-to-medium business-focused solution providers with a heavy managed service offering. CSE has a wide range of offerings—from on-site to off-site services, as well as, partnerships with productivity suites, security applications, networking and cloud providers, and software and hardware vendors.

Whether small or medium-sized business, CSE strongly believes in the welfare of every investment and service intended. CSE will not tolerate any downtime and outage to a business. As a managed service provider, we have taken our leap to give the best service that we can, as we faithfully follow our vision of simplifying business technologies.

“Managed service providers have become integral to the success of businesses everywhere, both large and small,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. 

CSE has taken the concept of this initiative to a whole new level by tackling cybersecurity and monitoring. We have always been proactive in taking steps to give a higher edge to our services, and that’s why we have turned into a Managed Security Service Provider.  Thus, we have proven our worth by earning a spot in this prestigious list in the information technology industry.

 

CLOUD TRANSFORMS THE MANAGEMENT PARADIGM

Cloud Computing technology is widely used today. Public cloud companies are emerging and competing in cloud technology markets such as: Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft Azure.  Using the cloud as an off-premises data storage solution has grown over the years. It can now be utilized through the following workloads: software as a service, platform as a service, infrastructure as a service, network as a service, and many others.

From minimizing workload to faster distribution and access of data, the cloud has business processes that provide reliable help in storing data and showing data access.

Cloud computing changes the business model by simplifying methods from delivery of information to access and data transfer.

The management paradigm has been shifting because of the invention of cloud-based technology.

Management efforts can now be focused on the team rather than on business applications. The personnel management– dynamics, collaboration, synergy through team understanding– still matters more than the technical aspect of work. Managers can distribute tasks while keeping track of the workload because cloud-based applications can be monitored. An office productivity suite on the cloud like Office 365 contains the basic applications to attain business productivity values from documents, notebooks, e-mail, spreadsheets, and presentations.

The cloud’s flexibility has been utilized to expand the employee’s time through easier file-sharing methods.  Also, the team can collaborate and work remotely through the cloud. Thus, managers can adapt to the changing times that come with cloud computing and their companies’ preference to embrace the technology.