Imaging and electronics company, Ricoh, has inked a partnership with Microsoft to become its reseller. As per the deal, Ricoh will grow its Cloud and IT services offering and this latest move will shore up its capabilities as a major IT services provider.
As part of this shift, Ricoh has introduced a suite of Microsoft technologies to its offering, including Microsoft Azure and has joined the Microsoft Partner Network and achieved gold competency as a mid-market solution provider.
The Microsoft partnership is the latest in a series of strategic vendor agreements for the company which also recently inked deals with businesses such as Cisco, Veeam, Citrix, HP and Kaseya.
Ricoh Australia IT Services general manager, Matt Dixon, said the achievement comes as Ricoh strengthens its Cloud, mobility, digital transformation and collaboration offerings to deliver more versatile and integrated solutions to its growing IT services customer base.
“Ricoh Australia is three years into building a strong local IT services offering, and partnering with such vendors is a critical component of our strategy to expand beyond managed print services.
“Working with Microsoft demonstrates our ability and commitment to delivering best-in-class technology and services that meets the evolving IT needs of businesses today, and creates true value for our customers,” he said.
“As a reseller of Microsoft technologies, including Office 365 and Microsoft Azure, Ricoh can provide customers with advanced productivity and cloud solutions. Coupled with Ricoh Finance, which offers flexible payment options, customers can access this technology without any immediate capital expenditure.”
He also said the addition of Microsoft Azure to its expanding integrated Cloud practice offering enables the company to deliver value hybrid Cloud offerings.
These include Cloud migration project services; legacy workload engineering; management of complex hybrid Cloud models; performance monitoring, management and support for Cloud apps and infrastructure; and managing consumption and commercial applications to support public Cloud platforms.
“Ricoh is serious about supporting customers’ transition to the Cloud. The Microsoft products resonate strongly with our customers and we look forward to extending our scope of work with them, providing them with technology and capability that facilitates efficient, connected and convenient workplaces,” he said.