Microsoft South Africa has named Troy Gerber, a Director of Intervate in Cape Town and a leading SharePoint evangelist, as a virtual Technology Solutions Professional (vTSP). Troy, as the vTSP for the Business Productivity Infrastructure (BPIO) specialisation in Microsoft South Africa will assist Microsoft to provide front-line pre-sales engineering strategy on complex solutions for Microsoft customers. The move is a strong endorsement of Intervate’s specialist skills by Microsoft South Africa.
Gerber is the first IT professional in Cape Town to join the extended Microsoft team as a vTSP. Gerber will contribute in his capacity as the BPIO vTSP on a part time basis as required by Microsoft. As a vTSP, Gerber has access to online resources and documentation that are usually solely reserved for the Microsoft internal teams. He now has early access to extensive information about all new Microsoft product releases which will benefit his activities co-marketing the SharePoint product group.
Says Godfrey Voegt, Business Productivity Solutions Specialist at Microsoft South Africa: “We welcome Intervate and Troy Gerber to the Microsoft vTSP programme. We’re bringing Troy on board as part our vTSP team because we believe his skills and knowledge of our product set to be of such a high standard that he can evangelise and assist Microsoft South Africa drive the marketing and deployment of Microsoft’s ECM solution offerings”.
“This move boosts the excellent, long standing relationship between Microsoft and Intervate. As the winner of our Partner Award for the Information Worker Competency four years running, Intervate is one of our top partners in the SharePoint space.”
Microsoft’s global vTSP programme was designed to create a deeper partnership with local solution integrators, Microsoft customers in the field and Microsoft sales resources. It enables Microsoft to extend high-performance specialists to customers in areas where it doesn’t have resources of its own on the ground.
Says Marc Fletcher, Sales & Marketing Director of Intervate in Cape Town: “We are delighted to be afforded this position of leadership and opportunity in the market place and I am very confident that Troy will add significant value to Microsoft’s complex pre-sales efforts in the coastal region, which will in turn further develop Troy’s skills and knowledge in the Microsoft ECM solutions led by SharePoint 2010.”
Intervate is a specialist provider of Microsoft-based Enterprise Information Management and collaboration solutions. The company is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with the Information Worker Competency, Custom Development Competency and Data Management Competency.
Says Gerber: “We see this agreement with Microsoft South Africa as an endorsement of the company’s confidence in our skills. I look forward to working closely with Microsoft in the years ahead to grow the market share of its SharePoint platform in Cape Town, Durban and other coastal regions.”