Some of the ways that channel partners have leveraged Microsoft’s technology during the global coronavirus pandemic have been “pretty stunning,” according to CEO Satya Nadella.
Nadella specifically cited the work of Yorktel, an Eatontown, N.J., collaboration and managed service provider, and RedBit Development, a Canadian software consulting, design and engineering company based in Burlington, Ontario.
“These are the types of partners doing hard work in communities that needed solutions in a constrained world of COVID, and it was fantastic to see that,” Nadella told CRN.
Yorktel worked with City of Hope, a cancer research and treatment center in Duarte, Calif., and its surrounding clinics in other cities. The organization needed more effective and efficient collaboration tools than its existing disparate systems, and the pandemic and remote work sped up the initiative by two years, according to Jeremy Short, Yorktel’s senior vice president of Microsoft solutions. Yorktel, No. 156 on CRN’s 2020 Solution Provider 500 list, is completely managing City of Hope’s audio-visual, digital signage and wayfinding needs.