Microsoft puts Spotlight on Commander

Microsoft puts Spotlight on Commander

Commander has won the fourth annual Microsoft Spotlight Program Award for its proof of concept work with Churches of Christ (Care) in Queensland.

The Spotlight Program was launched by Microsoft, in conjunction with the Queensland Government, to encourage partners to compete and produce the most innovative, creative and customer focused solution. The results are then showcased to the Queensland Government.

Commander group general manager of enterprise, Steve Evans, said it designed a solution for Churches of Christ based on Microsoft's CRM and SharePoint software. The aged care organisation was a long-time customer of Volante prior to Commander's acquisition of the integrator last year.

"Churches of Christ had a lot of services offered through their organisation which were manual and labour intensive," he said. Its CRM and SharePoint solution allowed Commander to automate many of these processes, from initial resident applications and management, through to the vetting, assessment and resource allocation stage. The integrator has also designed a portal giving residents better contact with the outside world, Evans said.

Commander was up against Data#3 and Networking Plus for the Spotlight award. Microsoft said 15 partners were now trained in solution sales.

"It's very pleasing to win this award because it's the first time we've had Commander and Volante working together as a joint force. It shows the acquisition has been successful," Evans said. "It's a fantastic award to receive as Microsoft is a key partner for us."

Commander is now rolling out the solution across Churches of Christ's 23 locations.

Microsoft said it hoped to extend the Spotlight program to partners in NSW and the Northern Territory next year.

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