Intelligent Tech Channels Issue 52 - Page 43


Saicom strengthens market leadership and creates dedicated Microsoft division

I n its continued focus on meeting its clients where they are in their technology journeys , South Africa-based solutions provider , Saicom has created a dedicated Microsoft division and appointed industry veteran , Michael Ziervogel as the general manager .

“ If we have learnt anything over the last two years , it is that hybrid work is here to stay , and our clients are looking for ways to leverage their Microsoft investments .
“ By combining our expertise in cloud and voice solutions , with the power of the Microsoft Teams platform , more businesses can benefit from world class unified communications ,” said Kyle Woolf , Chief Executive Officer , Saicom .
Ziervogel has been tasked with strengthening the cloud-first , softwaredriven solutions company ’ s partnership with Microsoft and equip business clients with the tools to navigate their migration more efficiently to the hybrid world of work .
Ziervogel said : “ The pandemic resulted in a massive growth in platforms like Microsoft Teams with organisations looking for ways to collaborate remotely as securely as possible while still maintaining their corporate identity . This has also had a knock-on effect on how employees view their work environment . According to the Microsoft State of Remote Work survey published last year , 73 % of people want flexible remote work options to continue .”
In South Africa , many companies have been using Teams for its voice and video functionality . However , the platform provides significant functionality beyond that . Saicom has seen many of its corporate customers requesting Teams and Teams-aligned services to create collaboration sites where employees can Michael Ziervogel , General Manager , Microsoft Division , Saicom readily access , share , and create content .
“ The golden thread running through the recent role at the company was General modern workplace is the need for companies Manager : Managed Services and Consulting . to stay connected with their teams using
Ziervogel has always been passionate advanced technologies like those available about how to leverage technology to unlock through Microsoft . I have always had a strong business value . At Saicom , he will play a interest in these solutions . And while the crucial role in driving this and building on underlying Microsoft technology is great , the existing relationship the company has what really excites me is the application of with Microsoft to unlock more revenuegenerating opportunities . that in the South African market and the potential for companies and consumers to
Woolf added : “ This appointment , benefit from this ecosystem of solutions in all and the role that Michael will play in our aspects of their operations and lives ,” he said . organisation , is a testament to our continued
Ziervogel joins Saicom from Dimension commitment to clients , who want to do more Data having spent almost 25 years at the with the technology investments they have organisation . He had multiple roles there made , in partnership with a trusted advisor starting as a field services engineer . His most like Saicom .” •