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Gijima, first to earn Microsoft’s Advanced Specialization Certification

Gijima, first to earn Microsoft’s Advanced Specialization Certification

Gijima, a leading systems integrator for organizations of all sizes is the first South African Company to have earned the Microsoft Advanced Specialization: Windows Server and SQL Server Migration to Microsoft Azure certificate.


The award of this prestigious certificate, verifies that Gijima is best placed to provide delivery and support in migrating Windows Server and SQL Server-based production workloads to Azure. The attainment of this Advanced Specialisation further solidifies Gijima’s proven track record and exemplary success within the Azure migration journey for its customers. It is lastly, testament of the long-standing relationship with Microsoft whereby both companies have a vested interest in providing digital and cloud driven transformation for companies within the South African market.

Given the notability of the certificate, Microsoft ensured it could only be attained by partners that meet stringent criteria around customer success and staff skilling, as well as pass a third-party audit of their migration practices.

As a result of the award, Gijima has taken a step to prove that we are the partner of choice when refactoring or rehosting Windows Server and SQL Server workloads at scale to the Azure platform for large enterprises as well as midmarket customers in the various sectors.

Leonard Rawbone, Practice Lead for Microsoft at Gijima comments: “We are honoured to be the first partner in South Africa to earn this Advanced Specialisation. Our team is proud to be recognised for their knowledge and skill within Microsoft Azure” He adds, “Current and prospective clients can rest assured that Gijima not only meets the current standards required for Windows Server and SQL Server Migration to Azure but will continually to evolve its business in line with the advancing cloud practices and services.”

“We congratulate Gijima on achieving the Windows Server and SQL Server Migration to Microsoft Azure advanced specialisation, which highlights those partners who can be viewed as most capable when it comes to migrating Windows-based workloads to Azure. Gijima continues to demonstrate that it has both the skills and the experience to offer clients a path to successful migration so that they can start enjoying the benefits of being in the cloud,” says Lionel Moyal, Commercial Partner Director at Microsoft South Africa.

To date, Gijima and Microsoft enjoy more than 17 years of local and international collaboration as well as Gijima’s Gold Certified Partner status. Gijima, furthermore continues to focus on expanding our Microsoft competencies relevant to the industry demand and Microsoft strategic direction having retained and attained 9 Gold and 3 Silver Microsoft competencies.

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Gijima is a proudly 100% Black Owned South African Information and Communications Technology (ICT) company with Level 1 AAA+ B-BBEE status. It has gained recognition as the complete ICT partner to a considerable client base, on the large scale of technology users in both the public and private sectors.


For more information, please contact:

Roberta Gumede – Roberta.Gumede@gijima.com

or Mbali Misaveni – Mbali.Misaveni@gijima.com