Unique partner in Greece with Advanced Specialization for Windows Virtual Desktop on Azure
Office Line, the internationally recognized provider of Cloud and Digital Transformation solutions, has been certified by Microsoft with Advanced Specialization for Windows Virtual Desktop on Azure. This new distinction makes Office Line the only partner in Greece, Cyprus & Malta and among the Top in the world who meet strict criteria, have deep knowledge, extensive experience and expertise in deploying, scaling and securing Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop infrastructure on Azure. This is the second consecutive highest distinction, after the recent Advanced Specialization for Windows and SQL Server Migration to Azure, which makes Office Line the ultimate partner of Microsoft with the highest level of certified know-how in Cloud Azure technologies, with unique capabilities in enhancing remote working for all companies.
“It is very important for Microsoft to have strong partners in our country, who with their experience and know-how can safely and successfully lead the core of the Greek economy, companies and organizations in the private and public sector, in the technologically advanced environment of teleworking solutions, provided by Microsoft Azure infrastructure. The current pandemic has accelerated the adoption of Microsoft WVD solutions, as a mean of providing a secure, modern workplace environment from anywhere, to thousands of users worldwide, and Greece makes no exception. Office Lines certification opens up even greater prospects for developing safe remote work in the country”, says Albertos Bourlas, Microsoft Commercial Partners Director for Greece, Cyprus and Malta.
“With this new certification, we are demonstrating in practice our commitment to provide through technology, a way out and comprehensive tools for businesses to grow their business, which came to stay after the pandemic. The challenging projects we have already implemented in Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop on Azure are proof of value and a compass for the whole market. It is a special honor for us that Microsoft recognizes our technological positioning and superiority, including us, as one of the world’s leading partners. We move forward in this direction, to give added value to our customers through technology”, points out Vassilis Papoulias, COO of Office Line SA.
Advanced Specialization for Windows Virtual Desktop on Azure is a validation of the in-depth knowledge, extensive experience and expertise of Office Line in this field, as this recognition is achieved by only a limited number of partners worldwide, through certifications, exams, methodology, as well as demanding implementations and a third-party audit.
This specialization demonstrates the ability of Office Line to help its customers follow a secure transition to a virtual desktop as a service, in a scalable, secure, and cost-effective way.
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Azure Information Protection and Microsoft Teams Telephony
Office Line, the internationally recognized Cloud Solutions Provider and Digital Transformation company, implemented two major collaboration and Modern Workplace projects for Archirodon Group N.V., setting up the conditions for secure and uninterrupted communication of its more than +8,000 users.
In particular, Archirodon Group N.V., in order to protect the sensitive corporate data circulated both inside and outside its corporate network and without sacrificing the productivity and collaboration of its employees, proceeded to utilize Azure Information Protection technologies, creating a Data Protection Strategy. Through the functionality of the Azure Information Protection client, users have now the ability to classify data and information, as well as encrypt files (Classify, Encryption & Protect), through Microsoft 365 platform. That way, information remains protected, whether inside or outside the Organization, enabling data to be monitored and processed or decline access to them.
In addition, Archirodon Group N.V., having timely diagnosed the benefits of integrated communication, was the first in Greece to install the unified communication solution of Microsoft Teams Telephony, integrating it with voice services of its existing call center, in order to offer upgraded communication capabilities to its employees. Providing the ability to make and receive external calls, the MS Teams platform becomes the ultimate communication tool. Archirodon employees use it to collaborate and interact with each other, be productive and communicate with customers and partners, saving valuable time, as the use of many different tools is not necessary anymore. The functionalities of MS Teams Telephony offer a seamless productive and “enriched” communication experience – while along with very popular collaboration applications, such as chat, file sharing, etc., communication becomes both qualitative and productive with customers and partners. Now, connections inside and outside the Organization are more efficient, as each user can receive calls anywhere and on any device.
Mr. Eleftherios Chrysanthidis, Information Technology Manager of Archirodon Group N.V. stated: “Office Line is a strategic and valuable partner in utilizing all the collaboration tools provided by Microsoft to integrate communications, but also to secure our sensitive corporate data. Our decision to move to a secure modern workplace environment utilizing the Microsoft 365 platform provides us with flexibility and security increased productivity, as well as integrated communication experience, both internally and externally”.
Mr. Panagiotis Kouris, CEO of Office Line commented: “We continue to provide solutions that offer added value to our customers, in the direction of modernization & collaboration, providing a safe, functional and fully productive environment. Archirodon Group N.V., a multinational organization operating in 16 countries with +8,000 employees, has timely recognized the multiple benefits of migrating to the Cloud and is now moving to new implementations that provide added business value, both in the sensitive field of data security and modern workplace solutions”.
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The Gold award for Technology Excellence has been presented to Office Line and INTRALOT, in the category “New Technology Trends in Cloud Applications and Services“, during the awards ceremony of the Impact BITE Awards 2020, held on 23rd September. The awards recognize innovation and business excellence that shape the companies’ competitive advantage in the era of the 4th industrial revolution.
The Gold distinction has been awarded to the two companies for their partnership in succeeding a major project of INTRALOT’s Digital Transformation. The project focused on the digital advancement of the company’s important information technology and application management with innovative Cloud solutions, aiming at flexibility, scalability, and accessibility of applications to the Group’s subsidiaries and customers around the world. The know-how and experience of Office Line, in collaboration with INTRALOT’s IT engineers, resulted on the successful implementation of the project, achieving the seamless operation and secure transition of the company’s applications in the innovative Microsoft Azure Cloud environment.
On behalf of Office Line S.A., Panagiotis Kouris, CEO receiving the award said: “It is a great pleasure and honor for us to win this important distinction for a project that brings us to the forefront of technology innovation. The pleasure is twofold, as we share this award with INTRALOT, our valued and significant customer, with whom we successfully completed the migration of its critical infrastructure to Microsoft Azure, providing them with all the necessary solutions and services to move to the secure Cloud environment, accelerating their digital transformation into the future. Such projects are a compass for the entire industry and it is imperative to be recognized as best practices and initiatives that strengthen collaborations between enterprises.”
For the distinction and collaboration of the two companies, Dr. Chris Dimitriadis, INTRALOT Group CEO, said: “We are delighted to have won such a distinguished award on Cloud adoption. I would like to congratulate our engineers for their focus and commitment in executing our strategy. I would like to thank our partners Office Line and Microsoft for supporting us in this digital journey.”
Receiving the award, Dimitris Kalpaxis, VP, Cloud Infrastructure & Corporate IT at INTRALOT, said: “We are proud to receive this award. Our partnership with Office Line successfully delivered the seamless migration of INTRALOT’s critical applications and services to Microsoft Azure Cloud. The cloud is a fundamental element of our technology strategy that targets at unlocking value out of data.”
Impact Bite Awards are organized by the Netweek magazine of Boussias Communications and ELTRUN, the E-Business Research Center of the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), under the auspices of the Federation of Hellenic ICT Enterprises – SEPE. It is a reputable initiative dedicated to highlight best practices and innovation of the leading companies in the ICT sector.
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Office Line proudly announced that has been recognized for the 2nd consecutive year as « 2020 Microsoft Partner of The Year» in Greece. This unique distinction demonstrates Office Line’s specialization, focus, experience and absolute know-how in Microsoft cutting-edge technologies. The company has been distinguished at the highest level, among the world’s top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in the fields of innovation, Azure Cloud Adoption and the implementation of Modern Workplace solutions.
“This year, our honor is more than enough! Office Line is established as the ultimate Microsoft Partner in Greece. We are proud to receive the 2020 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year award. Our performance in Azure Cloud Adoption sets an important legacy and contributes to the Digital Transformation that takes place in Greece. Our goal is to contribute to the digital growth of our country, through Microsoft’s cutting-edge technologies. At the same time, with a view to the future, we aim to “export” our unique know-how abroad, to the markets of Cyprus, Malta, the Netherlands, Canada and in a 5 years-period to the USA. We envision to create a global network of research, development and innovative implementation of pioneer Microsoft Technologies” Panagiotis Kouris, Office Line CEO, stated.
“I would like to congratulate Office Line for being recognized as Partner of The Year for the second consecutive year in Greece. This distinction is the hallmark of its commitment to providing innovative solutions to its customers, utilizing Microsoft Azure and cloud solutions.” Albertos Bourlas, Commercial Partners Director – Microsoft Greece, Cyprus and Malta mentioned.
“It is an honor to recognize Office Line as 2020 Microsoft Partner of the Year,” said Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft. “Office Line goes above and beyond, delivering timely solutions that solve the complex challenges that businesses around the world face – from communicating and collaborating virtually to helping customers realize their full potential with Azure cloud services, and beyond. I am proud to honor and congratulate Office Line’s excellent performance.”
Office Line has received this award, with honorees chosen from a set of more than 3,300 submitted nominations from more than 100 countries worldwide for providing outstanding solutions and services in the field of Modern Workplace & Azure Cloud Adoption. In addition, the company contributed to the Digital Transformation of important Organizations and companies in Greece, even in the COVID-19 pandemic conditions.
The recognition of the Microsoft Partner of the Year 2020 award to Office Line for the 2nd consecutive year, certifies its exceptional ability to manage complex and innovative projects of great importance for its clients, not only in Greece, but also abroad. The company delivers its projects with speed, efficiency and provision of strategic consulting services.
Microsoft “Country Partner of the Year” award is given to honorary associates of each country, who excelled in the previous year, by implementing multiple and demanding projects for companies, with perfection and professionalism, based on Microsoft products, providing them with significant added value.
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Immediate implementation of Windows Virtual Desktop on Azure for a large number of users
Office Line, the internationally recognized Cloud Solutions Provider and Digital Transformation company, implemented a successful deployment of Azure Windows Virtual Desktop to address the immediate need of EYDAP for a sustained “work-from-home” solution. Responding immediately to the current critical situation of COVID-19, in the need of EYDAP for a remote-working solution in a large scale proportion of the company’s employees, Office Line deployed an end to end Windows Virtual Desktop on Azure solution that ensures EYDAP’s personnel the ability to continue working from the safety of their home, with the same levels of functionality and productivity of their office. This is a project of great importance for the business continuity of EYDAP, bearing a strong social footprint, thus ensuring the uninterrupted supply of water to the citizens, in a very crucial period for the Greek society as a whole.
EYDAP’s need for a safe transition to a “work-from-home” environment that fully integrates the functionality and security levels of the office in order to ensure the maximum degree of its business continuity, was imperative. With many years of experience as a leading company in Digital Transformation and cloud services, Office Line has the ability to promptly meet critical requests from companies and organizations seeking their smooth business continuity with immediate results, so that their executives and personnel can continue to work productively and safely from home.
In particular, in the case of EYDAP, a provider that manages a critical infrastructure of the country – water resources and water supply of its most densely populated municipalities (Athens and Piraeus) – there was an immediate need for this smooth and rapid transition to a new environment with teleworking functions, incorporating essential features such as: easy and smooth transition, cost retention, increased levels of security (Multi Factor Authentication), upgraded data privacy maintenance and certified levels of compliance; all these features ultimately creating a fully secure, productive and modernized workplace environment from home.
The implementation of a complete Windows Virtual Desktop on Azure solution for a large number of users in EYDAP had an immediate positive impact on the Organization’s functionality, productivity, security and smooth operational continuity.
Ms. Martha Plexida, Deputy General Manager of Digital Transformation of EYDAP SA, stated: “Our need for a safe transition to a home work environment that fully integrates the functionality and security levels of the office in order to ensure the maximum degree of our business continuity, was imperative from the beginning of this unprecedented situation. The immediate response of Office Line ensured the creation of a productive and modern remote work model and accelerates the processes of Digital Transformation that are being initiated within our Organization”.
Mr. Panagiotis Kouris, CEO of Office Line S.A., commented: “The integrated Windows Virtual Desktop on Azure solution places EYDAP in the pioneering companies that now have a modern and safe workplace and secured the ability to maintain their high levels of productivity under any circumstances. The Digital Transformation is the necessary and sufficient condition for the transition to the “aftermath” – the “rebound” of all companies and especially for those who operate as Critical Infrastructure Management Organizations”.
About Office Line SA
Office Line S.A. is an internationally recognized leading Cloud Solutions Provider and Digital Transformation company, empowering customers’ specific business requirements. The company was founded in 1997 and has been an early innovator in the IT integration and services provision sector, in Greece, Central and Eastern Europe, with vision and roadmap to be a global service delivery company. Office Line has been recognized as “Microsoft Partner of the Year” for 2019 in Greece. The company is also ISO 9001: 2015 certified for the quality of its services and ISO 27001: 2013 for data security, adopting international business standards to develop innovative business practices. Spearheaded by 2 Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals and 11 Gold Microsoft competencies to date, Office Line is #1 Microsoft Fast Track Ready partner in Greece, among a list of 300 partners worldwide. The company has received significant awards and recognitions, such as “Lifetime Customer Value in Azure” (Microsoft Partner Excellence Awards 2017), “Digital Transformation Enabler” (InfoCom World Awards 2017″), “Top 25 European Cloud Providers” (CIO Applications Europe 2018) and “Gold Cloud Provider” (Impact BITE awards 2018), which highlight innovation and best practices in Business Technology. Another top-notch company’s award is the Tier 1 nomination by the technological journal CIO Bulletin issued in America, selecting Office Line in the Business Growth Excellence Awards 2019, highlighting company’s spectacular growth rates ΥοΥ, and its transformation from a local System Integrator to a Global Service Provider.
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Office Line S.A. today proudly announced it has won the 2019 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Award for Greece. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of cloud – based solutions on Azure technology.
“We are proud to receive the 2019 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year award. Our continued investment in Microsoft technologies and our long-term partnership development strategy have had significant results in increasing the use of Microsoft Cloud services in the market. This recognition reinforces our commitment to continue to deliver exceptional digital transformation projects based on innovative cloud services.” Panagiotis Kouris, Office Line’s CEO, stated.
Office Line has received this honor among 2,900 participants from 115 countries worldwide for its innovative solutions and services as well as its spectacular performance as a Microsoft partner in Greece.
This award demonstrates Office Line’s unique ability to develop innovative solutions in all areas of technological action, thereby meeting the needs of its global clientele.
“We are honored to recognize Office Line S.A. of Greece as Microsoft Country Partner of the Year,” said Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Corp. “Office Line S.A. has distinguished itself as an exemplary partner, demonstrating remarkable expertise and innovation to help customers achieve more.”
The Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Awards honor partners at the country level that have demonstrated business excellence in delivering Microsoft solutions to multiple customers over the past year. This award recognizes Office Line as succeeding in effective engagement with its local Microsoft office while showcasing innovation and business impact, driving customer satisfaction, and winning new customers.
“It is our great pleasure that Microsoft awarded Office Line as our Greek Partner of the Year at Inspire, our annual global partner conference in Las Vegas last month. Office Line is a trusted Microsoft Gold partner and adviser of Microsoft technologies for the past 20 years with a strong focus on delivering transformation projects around a Modern Workplace with M365 and driving also cloud transportation with Azure at the heart of all the projects.”, highlighted Christodoulos Papafotis, Commercial and Partner Director of Microsoft Greece.
Office Line S.A, less than 1 year after launching its 2 Stars Partnership with Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., is today the first and only certified company in Greece to implement CloudGuard IaaS solution.
This important certification demonstrates that Office Line is the only Checkpoint’s specialized and preferred partner to implement CloudGuard IaaS solution in projects at Cloud and Hybrid environment. The process for obtaining this certification was particularly demanding, as Solution Architects of the company were required to successfully complete specific tests to demonstrate the level of expertise in the solution.
Mr. Panagiotis Kouris, CEO of Office Line SA noted: ‘”Loyal to the Cloud first strategy we have mapped, it is our obligation to protect data of customers who have entrusted us with their digital transformation and transferred their infrastructure to the Cloud, providing state-of-the-art security solutions. we are especially pleased that check point, a global leader in security sector certified our solutions architects and recognized our company as the only authorized partner in Greece for CloudGuard IaaS.”
“Check Point recognizes Office Line to its officially certified partners for Greece & Cyprus. We are very satisfied with the progress of our partnership as Office Line is a visionary company that recognizes the challenges of the modern digital age and responds immediately. For this reason, Office Line is the first partner to specialize in the Check Point Cloud Guard IaaS solution for Greece.” stated Mr. Giannis Gikas, Regional Manager of Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. for Greece, Cyprus, Romania & Bulgaria.
Office Line S.A., an internationally acclaimed leading provider of Cloud solutions and digital transformation in Greek & International market and Microsoft’s Gold Partner, has won the award for Business Excellence and ranks among the 30 companies worldwide, according to the reputable technological journal CIO Bulletin issued in America.
Office Line’s ranking in the “30 Business Excellence Awards 2019” list and the acquisition of yet another world-class distinction showcase its unique ability to keep up to date with the technological developments of the modern business environment.
Office Line is the only Greek company that managed to pass the rigorous evaluation and win the Business Excellence Award. The spectacular growth rates of the company and its transformation from a local System Integrator to a Global Service Provider is a huge achievement recognized internationally. This is an irrefutable proof that the partners who trust our company enjoy unique technological services of the utmost quality, anywhere in the world, thus ensuring that the organizations in which they work are completing their digital transformation smoothly, resulting in seamless and efficient operation.
Mr. Panagiotis Kouris, CEO of Office Line, stated: “I am proud and excited that we have succeeded in promoting excellence in all corners of the Earth. This is not something that is won overnight. In recent years we have consistently and continuously invested in the training of our staff, in targeted strategic collaborations with technological giants such as Microsoft as well as in the continuous research and development of technological solutions that will add value to our partners. ”
The CIO Bulletin is one of the most prestigious technology magazines, published in California, USA. Its electronic form acts as an interactive platform that its primary role is to inform and assist CIO’s in the understanding of advanced business solutions, thus contributing to the shaping of the optimum business operating model of the leading organizations.
Office Line S.A., the unique Diamond Sponsor of Microsoft Summit 2019 held on May 14 at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, made a strong presence with the compelling speech of Mr. Panagiotis Kouris, titled “Envision the Future of an AI Enabled Workplace”.
“Cloud has changed the way we work and evolve, helping us to understand the data more efficiently. AI adds magic to our work. It works for the good of society, always keeping human at the center” Mr. Kouris, CEO of Office Line, mentioned on stage.
Our company was also present at “Factory of the future” as Microsoft-selected company at “AI Innovators”, highlighting innovative solutions designed to optimize the day-to-day lives of employees in the modern workplace.
Office Line’s team welcomed distinguished market executives, businessmen, journalists as well as Philippe Rogge, President of Microsoft for the Central and Western Europe region, who congratulated us for the progress of the company at Greece and worldwide.
Office Line S.A., a leading provider of integrated Cloud and Digital Transformation solutions, is the gold sponsor of this year’s Impact Bite Awards.
With 22 years of successful presence in the field of high technology, the company is recognized as one of the leading system integrators and service providers, providing customers with specialized solutions tailored to their personal needs and requirements. Office Line has the experience, know-how and the most qualified executives in the Greek market, as well as the catalytic influence given by Microsoft’s recognition as the only authorized Fast Track Ready Partner in Greece and Cyprus. The company is ISO 9001: 2015 certified for its services and has 7 very important Gold Certifications from Microsoft. Corresponding certifications are also available from other leading technology vendors, namely HPE, Dell, IBM, Cisco, Citrix, Veeam, VMware, Checkpoint, for the application of innovative technology solutions.
The company has received significant awards: “Lifetime Customer Value in Azure” (Microsoft Partner Excellence Awards 2017), “Digital Transformation Enabler” (InfoCom world awards 2017), “Top 25 European Cloud Providers 2018” from the specialized magazine CIO Applications Europe, “Gold Cloud Provider” by Impact BITE awards (June 2018), highlighting the innovation and best practices of Business Technology. Office Line recently received Business Excellence Award for company’s transformation from a local System Integrator into a Global Service Provider, as the acclaimed CIO Bulletin ranked company in the “30 Business Excellence Awards 2019”
Concerning the event, Impact Bite Awards, the most important awards for technological innovation, were first organized in 2011 and are coming back dynamically for the eighth consecutive year from Boussias Communications, netweek magazine and ELTRUN. They are carried out under the auspices of SEPA (Hellenic Association of Information Technology & Communications Enterprises). The ceremony of the IMPACT BITE Awards will take place on Tuesday, May 28, 8:45 pm at the impressive venue of “Museum of Wine” (Agios Dimitriou Avenue, Pallini).