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Excalibur becomes a Microsoft Authorised Education Partner

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Swindon-based Excalibur Communications has become a Microsoft Authorised Education Partner, demonstrating its ability to meet Microsoft academic customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment.

To earn a Microsoft AEP authorisation, partners must complete a test to prove their level of academic licensing and market expertise.

The AEP program is designed to train participating resellers on Microsoft’s Academic licensing, authorise them to purchase and resell Microsoft Academic licenses, and demonstrate to potential customers that they are approved and knowledgeable academic partners.

Excalibur has been working in the education sector for several years now and has recently added more schools to its customer base following the acquisition of Ntegra IT Support Services division in April 2017.

Graham Ford, technical director at Excalibur, said: “This Microsoft AEP authorisation shows our commitment and specialism in the academic IT marketplace and demonstrates our knowledge of Microsoft and its academic products.

“We hope to accelerate our academic customers’ successes by offering something different to schools in the form of enhanced Managed Service Agreements whilst serving as trusted advisors for their technology requirements.”

“By becoming AEPs, partners show themselves to be committed and trained in providing discounted Microsoft academic products to the education market,” said Anthony Salcito, vice president of Education for Microsoft Corp.’s Worldwide Public Sector.

“This authorisation, along with our other education partner initiatives, gives our partners recognition of their areas of expertise and our academic customers the confidence that they are buying from academic IT specialists.”

The Microsoft AEP Program is designed to authorise and equip organisations that deliver academic products and services through the Microsoft platform with the training, resources and support they need to provide their customers with superior experiences and outcomes.