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What Does it Mean to be a Microsoft Gold-Certified Partner?

What Does it Mean to be a Microsoft Gold-Certified Partner?

Avaelgo Gold Microsoft Partner

Avaelgo is proud to be a Microsoft Gold-Certified partner on four competencies (Cloud Platform, Cloud Productivity, Cloud Datacenter, and Application Development) and a Microsoft Silver Certified partner on three competencies (Data Analytics, Security, and Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions).

Each of these achievements represents an important benchmark in the competitive world of Microsoft technology partners. Every year, Microsoft evaluates our project history, our customer references, and our colleagues.

What does this mean and how it benefits our clients in terms of service and technical expertise?

A Microsoft Gold partner is a partner committed to earning the highest level of company customer care and a collaborative relationship with Microsoft. By achieving this Microsoft Gold Partner Certification, Partners prove they are committed to excellence in the ever-evolving Microsoft technologies and maximizing the benefits that clients receive by expertly implementing Microsoft solutions.

Additionally, as an authorized Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Reseller, that allows Avaelgo to directly sell cloud solutions to our customers, we can offer complimentary value-added services, as part of using Avaelgo as a Cloud re-seller.

Avaelgo as Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework-ready partner
The Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework provides technical guidance for Microsoft Azure offering enterprises a reliable methodology designed to help create and implement the business and technology strategies necessary for an organization to succeed in the cloud. Our Azure Experts specialize in walking you through all the Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF) steps to create a strong and durable environment, designed to deliver optimal performance.

Attaining Microsoft Gold Partner Competency

Microsoft Partners are classified into two primary groups of Silver and Gold.

As a Gold Partner, Avaelgo receives in-depth access to a variety of exclusive resources and early product information. Resources include priority access to a support team of Microsoft certified systems engineers, non-disclosure evaluation of new products and technologies, as well as planning tools and events to keep up to speed on the latest Microsoft product developments and future direction.

In order to attain Microsoft Gold Certified partnership, the highest level given to Microsoft partners, a company has to first join in the Microsoft Partner Network community, qualify for membership, become eligible, and meet the requirements set forth by Microsoft.

Avaelgo 365

Give your company the best opportunity to grow, transform, or become more productive by picking the right Microsoft Partner. With Avaelgo, our services go beyond just our Microsoft Gold Partner certification. We are committed to serving all of a business’s needs across IT Managed Services, consulting, digital transformation, custom development, and training, resulting in the aggregated benefits for your business we call Avaelgo 365.

Additionally, we are involved with other programs, such as the Regional Director Program, and MVP Program, our overall commitment to the evolution of technology and solution development. These programs are a top priority for Avaelgo, as we are dedicated to continually staying up to date on new technologies. As your Microsoft solutions provider, we gain a deep understanding of the Microsoft products and services before they are released, putting us in the position to be able to provide relevant insights to our clients.

Avaelgo’s General Manager reappointed as Microsoft Regional Director & renewed as Azure MVP for 12th time

Avaelgo’s General Manager reappointed as Microsoft Regional Director & renewed as Azure MVP for 12th time

Avaelgo's General Manager reappointed as Microsoft Regional Director and renewed as Azure MVP for 12th time

Mihai Tataran Microsoft Regional Director

I am honored and grateful, as always, to start my 12th consecutive years a Microsoft MVP++ and my second 2 years term as Microsoft Regional Director. I look forward to bringing the experience and insights provided by these communities to our customers and partners at Avaelgo.

Mihai Tataran

General Manager, Avaelgo

Many times before, ever since we first announced Mihai Tataran’s first 2-year term of Regional Director back in 2018, we’ve been asked if he works now for Microsoft. Not many know that Regional Directors are not employed by Microsoft. In some cases, Regional Directors or their companies may have contracts to deliver goods or services to Microsoft, but they are not employees.

Members are hand-picked by Microsoft across a number of strict standards to serve as leading consultants and advisors. On an ongoing basis, these individuals participate in strategic sessions with Microsoft’s senior leadership teams and use their influence to provide vital feedback directly to Microsoft engineers.

The RD program is quite different from the MVP Program. Mihai was nominated as an MVP for the 12th consecutive time. Many RDs like Mihai also carry the MVP award title, although it’s harder and harder to maintain both credentials as each has different demands on the member’s time which makes it difficult to qualify and maintain both.

However, the key differences really come down to the business consultative nature, customer experience, and cross-platform architect skills possessed by RDs versus the deep technical focus on Microsoft technologies which qualifies an MVP.

We congratulate everyone who was nominated as an MVP and appointed as RD, as we know the huge amount of work, consistency, and dedication it requires.

We are very proud to see Mihai receive such a high honor from Microsoft. Avaelgo has had a longstanding relationship with Microsoft for moer than 13 years, and we are looking forward to diving even deeper into Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning with this great opportunity.”

Whitepaper: Shaping the Future of Business

Whitepaper: Shaping the Future of Business

The pandemic changed many things. What we knew as business as usual until March 2020 became business unusual ever since. And sadly, the impact of COVID-19 will continue to be felt for quite some time.

We can see how traditional business models are now shifting toward a digital model with innovative technologies that allow them to both survive in the unstable market and then thrive thanks to the gained agility.

In our whitepaper 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐁𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 we explore how digital transformation helps businesses mitigate the effects of a crisis, as well as why the Cloud – the foundation of many such digital initiatives – is the future of business, regardless of the industry.

Get your copy of the whitepaper to learn about the role of Cloud Computing in digital transformation, and why the Cloud is worth the struggle during a crisis.

This paper is dedicated to all business leaders that want to understand how digital transformation can help their business mitigate the effects of a crisis situation, as well as why the cloud, the foundation of such digital initiatives, is the future of business.

The Cloud isn’t a big scary thing that will ruin your business

The Cloud isn’t a big scary thing that will ruin your business

A free event for technical decision-makers, department managers, team leads, cloud architects, project managers and senior IT professionals (system engineers and developers). 

How it all began

Nearly four years ago, we were having an internal discussion on the Cloud and its impact on day to day business activities. That discussion soon led to an idea of building a conference designed entirely to address that very topic. It didn’t take long to mobilize the team (this is where years of hosting and managing tens of events and conferences helped a lot), so in late 2017 we already had the first edition of the Cloud Conference.

We contacted partners, customers, and the media, we put together a first stellar speaker line-up, and got things off the ground. We felt Bucharest was the best spot for this, and we went along with it.

Focus on Digital Transformation 

This year, at its 4th edition, we’re already looking at an event that has evolved quite a lot. While we’ve mostly kept a similar format (one day, two tracks, 10+ business & technical sessions delivered by industry experts), the focus of the topics has shifted to address the growth in Cloud adoption and expertise in the market.

A lot more companies are already finding themselves involved in digital transformation and Cloud migration initiatives and are looking for concrete references, best practices, and guidelines.

Throughout the years, we witnessed the Romanian market’s evolution, as it’s becoming more and more mature, which brings challenges that are far more complex and detailed than we saw a few years back.

It’s no secret that Avaelgo’s primary focus for the past years has revolved around Microsoft’s Cloud solutions (Azure, Office 365, Microsoft 365). Even back in 2017, we saw a lot of interest in the market towards Cloud migrations and Cloud strategy initiatives.

But at the same time, we also saw a lot of confusion.

A common thing we noticed when discussing with customers was the lack of a proper grasp on what moving to the Cloud entails. Coherent Digital Transformation initiatives were few and far between, and clear Cloud strategies were even more scarce. We felt the market (and especially customers taking their first steps towards the Cloud) needed better guidance, stability, and proven track records on complex Cloud projects.

We were in the right position, and had the right partners, to be able to deliver just that.

That’s what the vision behind the Cloud Conference is all about: a way for us and our team of excellent partners to show that the Cloud is not a big scary thing that will run amok and wreck all your carefully budgeted costs and plans.

Tudor Damian

CIO & Partner, AVAELGO

In many ways, the Cloud, just like Machine Learning and AI, will transform the industries similarly to how PCs and the Internet impacted them 25-30 years ago.

And whether you’re willing to accept it or not – how you deal with the Cloud today could have a significant impact on how your company will be able to address tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities.

Looking back at the previous three editions (2017, 2018, 2019), I feel we’ve delivered on that vision so far.

Over the years, we’ve focused on providing access to Cloud experts, companies sharing their success stories, we’ve delivered compelling breakout sessions and post-conference workshops, and we’ve helped companies better define their strategy to move to the Cloud.

What to expect @ Cloud Conference

The Cloud Conference has generally delivered two types of content, as we found both to be incredibly relevant.

One side is more focused on the business side of things (governance, cost management, strategy), and the other delves deeper into some of the more technical aspects of Cloud (strategy, migration, onboarding, and day-to-day management).

We mixed all of this with partners’ success stories, specific scenarios and solutions, learning, and networking opportunities.

All we do is show people that the Cloud is something you can keep under control, and even more so, it’s something that can transform and empower your entire organization.

Tudor Damian

CIO & Partner, AVAELGO

A few years ago, we were looking at companies who were still asking themselves whether the Cloud is a good idea, trying to find out how privacy and data protection were addressed in a Cloud environment, and attempting to figure out the best deployment and migration strategies. Next, the focus shifted to defining an end-to-end approach for Cloud migration and governance, hybrid deployments, DevOps, and containers. Last year, we saw topics focusing on specific industry verticals, PaaS, SQL hybrid, and cybersecurity. And we’re planning to step things up even further this year, with an even more compelling set of technical sessions, business best practices, and case studies.

Join the Cloud movement

So, if you feel like the Cloud is something that is (or will probably be) affecting your company, make sure you don’t miss out on what we’ve got in store for you this year – you can find all the details (speakers, schedule, venue) on cloudconference.ro – so go ahead and save the date (September 30th) right now!

Cloud it’s a place where security, data governance, transparency, and trust are crucial elements.

Tudor Damian

CIO & Partner, AVAELGO

Free Workshop: Azure AI for Your Business

Free Workshop: Azure AI for Your Business

26 February 2020, 14:00 -17:00

Pipera Business Tower, 8th floor, Bucharest

This workshop is designed for technical decision-makers, department managers, team leads, cloud architects, project managers and senior IT professionals (system engineers and developers).

About the workshop

AI, data and cloud are building up and upon each other the next wave of transformative innovations across industries.

With Azure AI, our goal is to empower organizations to apply AI across the spectrum of their business to engage customers, empower employees, optimize operations and transform products.

Register and join us to learn more about:

  • what Azure AI is
  • how it can help organizations
  • how to accelerate machine learning adoption
  • existing powerful integrations between Azure AI and Dynamics 365 & the Power Platform
  • uncover latent insights from content with knowledge mining

Your Consultant

Radu Stefan is an Artificial Intelligence Business Consultant and a passionate futurist. He leads the Research & Development / Innovation department at Avaelgo. Currently, his research revolves around the ethics (and general business impact) of decisions taken or supported by Artificial Intelligence (sub)systems as part of his Ph.D. thesis. For the last decade and more Radu was working with Microsoft Romania in several roles, including Support, Consulting, Evangelism, and Business Development. As formal academic education, Radu graduated in 2016 the Executive MBA program of Vienna University and in 2004, computer sciences and communication engineering in Germany. Personally he lived and worked in Germany, Indonesia and Romania.
Cloud Strategy for Your Organization: Peace of Mind (as a Service)

Cloud Strategy for Your Organization: Peace of Mind (as a Service)

Mihai Tataran
General Manager & Partner, Avalego
Microsoft Regional Director & Azure MVP

Before we begin

This article comes as a continuation of the previous ones in the series called
Cloud Strategy for Your Organization

and focuses on the last of the steps we usually take with our customers who migrate to the Cloud.

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Now we will focus more on getting the peace of mind while the workloads are running on Azure.

We will discuss what Managed Services on Azure and Microsoft 365 technically mean, what are the things a managed services provider or an internal IT operations (DevOps, IT) team should do proactively, focusing on aspects like:

  • Azure governance,
  • cost control,
  • security,
  • efficiency.

Why Peace of Mind?

The real question is:

While your solutions are running in Azure, is there anything you should be doing for your peace of mind?

One could think – “Isn’t the Cloud supposed to (maybe magically) take care of my software solution out of the box?”

The simple answer is while the Cloud offers us a lot of technology which makes IT operations much easier, especially under the Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Serverless offerings, it doesn’t mean that we don’t have to do anything anymore.

During our interactions with large organizations that we’ve helped in the past years to migrate to the Microsoft Cloud (Azure and Microsoft 365), we have discovered the best practices needed for good maintenance.

We have built those best practices in a set of services that we call “Peace of Mind (as a Service)” that include proactive and reactive measures. And in this article, I will discuss the proactive actions we usually take. The reactive actions I am referring to are the usual SLA-based support activities any managed services provider, or IT team already knows about.

Those proactive best practices and actions are grouped into 5 different categories:

  • Access and Users Experience
  • Analytics and Monitoring
  • Governance and Security
  • Performance and Cost Optimizations
  • Feature Usage and Roadmap

Further on, we will explore a few of them.

Access and Users Experience

There isn’t much to say here since the title is quite self-explanatory. What is worth mentioning is that there are specific techniques and tools related to authentication and authorization in Azure and Microsoft 365, which should be used properly to get the maximum benefits in a lot of areas, not only security but also cost control and monitoring for example.

This category of actions deals with:

  • Role Based Access Control
    This is how authorization on Azure resources, Resource Groups and Subscriptions should be done. One should make sure the right people or groups (from Azure Active Directory) have the right access to the right grouping of resources. This can have a tremendous impact not only on security, but also on resources’ organization (avoiding chaos, like a person without the right access being able to delete a resource), and cost control (restricting people which should not be able to create resources in a certain Subscription).
  • Multi-Factor Authentication
  • Policies
    Enforce some conditional access policies, e.g. enforce MFA for some users.
  • etc.

And this list is not an exhaustive one, but more like just a glimpse.

Governance and Cost optimizations

In general, governance can mean a lot of things, but we are thinking mainly of:

  • Resources organization
  • Resources security
  • Auditing
  • Cost control and optimization

For resources organization, we have to start from understanding the relationships between Tenants, Subscriptions and Resources:

A customer with an Office 365 tenant (domain) will have an associated Azure Active Directory, and an associated Azure tenant. The directory in Azure is the same as the directory in Office 365: Azure AD. All the other Office 365 services (Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, etc.) are using Azure AD for authentication and authorization.

An Azure Subscription is usually a cost center or part of a cost center (in a larger grouping of Subscriptions). There is also a way to group more Subscriptions in a Management Group, for even better organization.

Why is this grouping of resources relevant? Because you can apply your governance conditions, for example using Azure Policies, at the scope that you choose: at a Management Group, or Subscription, or Resource Group. An example would be to limit the types of VMs that can be created in a Management Group (a collection of Subscriptions). Or to limit the VMs in a Subscription to a specific Azure region.

Another advantage of sound grouping of resources is managing cost. First, you will be able to know your costs grouped by:

  • Cost centers (e.g. Subscriptions or Management Groups)
  • Usually, a Resource Group contains the resources with together make up a solution (with the exception of course when a solution uses resources that might be shared with other resources).
  • Type of resources, for example, resources used for testing, or by a certain user.

So cost control is crucial, especially in a pay-as-you-go type of Azure consumption. And it starts with proper allocation and grouping of resources.

Another thing is cost optimization. It can be done through a combination of, at least:

  • Policies
  • Alerts
  • Specific features like Azure Automation, DevTest Labs
  • Autoscaling


Setting up Policies like allowed VM types or resource types in general. They can be applied per Resource Group, Subscription, or Management Group.


You can configure Azure alerts (from the Azure portal) like:

  • When a costly (you define what costly means for you) resource is created.
  • Showing orphaned resources – in combination with some custom code done with Azure Functions or Azure Automation. This is a very typical cost drain: expensive resources which are not being used anymore.
  • etc.

Or you can define cost/budget related alerts, such as when you’ve reached a spending limit, per resource group or per resource type.


You can easily define autoscaling rules, so the infrastructure needed by your solution scales up or down, exactly as needed. Autoscaling can be applied easily (from the Portal or through scripting) for many compute resources (VM Scale Sets, Web Apps, etc.), or with some custom work, you can do it for other resource types like SQL Database or CosmosDB.


Managing workloads in Microsoft Cloud is done differently than on-premises.

There are proven ways and best practices for Managed Services on top of the Microsoft Cloud, and while developing our Peace-of-Mind service offerings we made sure we incorporate pretty much all of them. For more information about our services around these technologies, browse our website.

For more in-person, in-depth information about this particular topic, you can register for free at for the next edition of our annual Cloud Conference.

If you are interested to explore more on this topic, Mihai talks about how should companies approach Cloud and the best way to migrate the workloads to PaaS in a video series available here.


Mihai TATARAN is the General Manager of Avaelgo and CEO of InterKnowlogy. He is also Microsoft Regional Director, Microsoft MVP on Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Azure Insider, and Microsoft Certified Professional. Mihai has been teaching Microsoft technologies courses to software companies in Romania and abroad, being invited by Microsoft Romania to deliver many such trainings for their customers. Mihai has very good experience with large audiences at international conferences: DevReach in Bulgaria, Codecamp Macedonia; TechEd North America 2011, 2012 and 2013 – speaker and Technical Learning Center (Ask the Experts), Windows AzureConf. He is also the co-organizer for the ITCamp conference in Romania.

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