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Sage designates Cloud at Work as a Strategic Cloud Hosting Provider

Sage | July 27, 2021

Sage has tapped the private cloud service provider Cloud at Work as a “Strategic Hosting Provider,” certified to support other solution providers and their customers in their cloud migration activities.

Cloud at Work is a Sage channel partner for a long-time now and helps Sage customers quickly and smoothly move their Sage applications to a private cloud. The Strategic Hosting Provider designation confirms Cloud at Work’s proficiency in Sage applications and cloud technology. Further, it also reaffirms Sage’s trust in the company to support their partners and customers as they migrate from on-premises to the cloud ecosystem.

In a statement declaring the certification, Tyler Bower, Cloud at Work’s director of cloud and hosting services, says, “We are pleased to have been selected to join the Sage Partner Cloud program as a Strategic Hosting Provider. We look forward to help Sage Business Partners meet the increasing demand for quick and safe migration to a secure hosting environment.”

Using the Cloud at Work platform, Sage’s customers in the U.S. who are running on-premises Sage ERP applications, including Sage 100, Sage 300, and Sage X3, can migrate those application instances to the Cloud at Work platform.

The Sage certifications confirm Cloud at Work’s ability to provide hosting services through other Sage channel partners. In addition, it showcases how it supports Sage's customers, along with working with its in-house customers. According to the cloud, running hosted Sage applications also influences businesses and organizations are to move to a cloud ERP system. In addition, it allows customers to apprehend the performance, efficiencies, and financial benefits of SaaS with a minimum of disruption.
Bower further mentions in his related blog post, “To extend the life of Sage applications, hosting Sage software on the Cloud at Work platform helps to preserve business investments. These investments include custom development or add-ons to the applications and in integrations with third-party applications.”

According to Bowler, customers also benefit from the combined support of Sage support combined with Cloud at Work’s SaaS expertise. Bower said, “It’s a partnership that extends a winning combination of increased performance and industry-leading solutions that allows Sage customers to uncover the power of their business.”

Aziz Benmalek, executive vice president of Sage’s Global Partner Organization, says, “Latest global events have augmented the need for any time, anywhere access to business-critical information. This accelerated demand influences the customers to migrate to the cloud because they look for freedom and flexibility to customize their requirements and make their business processes future-ready.”
He added, “Cloud at Work joins us as a strategic cloud hosting partner as per their remarkable track record of supporting customers on their journey to the cloud. They are also known for enabling their customers to continue using the trusted Sage products that already work for their business, without interruption.”

Cloud at Work enhances the Sage software market this year. In May, the company introduced a $1.5 million partner development fund that Sage customers who use Cloud at Work to host their applications can utilize exclusively. In addition, the fund can support Sage’s cloud initiative and motivate customers to migrate their Sage applications to Cloud at Work hosting.

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Volocopter | May 17, 2022

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MongoDB | April 12, 2022

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