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5 Things To Know About Cognizant’s Planned 10th Magnitude, New Signature Acquisitions

Cognizant’s acquisition of Microsoft cloud services provider 10th Magnitude, coming only five weeks after Cognizant acquired New Signature, signals a huge investment in the burgeoning Microsoft Cloud business.

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Gaining Clout In A Hot Market

10th Magnitude and New Signature have one common characteristic that makes them especially valuable to a company like Cognizant and its customers: Both are on the list of only 70 certified Azure Expert Managed Service Providers worldwide.

Gaining that Azure Expert Managed Service Providers certification takes a lot of work. To get it, an MSP must work with Microsoft on a pre-audit assessment and an on-site audit, and could require over 300 hours of effort, according to Microsoft. The MSP will also need to meet eight basic requirements:

• Have an active Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform competency

• Drive a high minimum bar of monthly Azure consumed revenue

• Have an active Cloud Solution Provider contract in place

• Have its MSP offering listed in AppSource or Azure Marketplace

• Promote its Azure MSP offering on its website

• Meet the minimum number of individuals with the required certifications

• Submit four customer references for its Azure MSP solution, including one public case study

• Have Advanced Support for Partners or Premier Support for Partners covering Azure

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