5 Years Moving Oklahoma to the Cloud
Do you have the t-shirt that says “I survived Oklahoma ice storms, blizzards, wildfires, drought, tornadoes, and earthquakes in 2009”? As Matrixforce approaches 10,000 cloud subscribers, we want to thank hundreds of Oklahoma businesses for the opportunity to prove our expertise by lowering their technology costs and escaping the worry of keeping critical systems running. For the 5th year in a row, Matrixforce has been recognized as the exclusive Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Partner of Oklahoma. While the competition generally boasts about being leading hardware providers or winners of magazine contests, we understand clients simply want to get off the technology obsolescence hamster wheel and have expert support.
Since 1978, Matrixforce has been central to the technology industry with 35 years transforming business for Oklahoma clients. In 1994, Matrixforce became one of the first Oklahoma Microsoft Certified Partners providing third-party qualification of high standard support services and the first Microsoft Gold Partner in the state by 2003. Unfortunately, 5 years later the bar had been lowered and Microsoft Gold Partner was no longer about expert competency, but rather software sales.
So in 2008, we took a calculated risk and moved our critical technology like e-mail and document storage to the cloud, using the predecessor to the current day Office 365. It would take 5,000 subscribers before cloud computing could be considered a viable business, but a win-win for us to prove our expertise while positively impacting client business operations and bottom line. We eliminated a handful of servers with associated software, along with the ongoing maintenance and disaster recovery – amounting to a savings of over $100K per year.
Today, Matrixforce is a top 25 national cloud partner and we regularly provide those same savings to our clients. While competitors push the latest product wares and gush about building data centers in the harshness of Oklahoma, our Office 365 experts leverage cloud computing to help clients improve other business aspects, such as employee productivity and nominal cost regulation compliance.