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The benefits of teaming up to manage GDPR

Business relies on teamwork-bridging various perspectives to solve complex challenges. This is particularly critical as companies attempt to reach General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance with the fast-approaching deadline. Enterprise, medium, and even small organizations need help putting the right people, processes, and technology in place.

At Microsoft, we’re seeing an increasing number of partners who are choosing to work together on addressing the GDPR for their customers through a consortium approach. This allows partners to address customers’ needs, spanning guidance on regulatory compliance through technology expertise to implementation of specific remediation plans. As partners create strategic arrangements with their channel counterparts, they not only speed time-to-market, but also create a powerful value proposition for customers-a simplified approach to GDPR compliance.

One partner who has seen success with this model is Controle. By working with other technology service providers in their area, Controle has been able to create partnerships which leverage combined strengths across multiple services companies. As a result, the pair creates solutions for customers that are greater than the sum of its parts. Check out their story below.

“The GDPR is really opening up a lot of opportunities for us to partner with other companies to meet our customers’ needs. It’s not uncommon for me to have two or three meetings a week with other firms to discuss how we can jointly partner on a customer opportunity around GDPR.”

-Elizabeth Fogerty, VP Business Development, Controle

US-based Controle is focused on helping clients manage their electronic data by gaining end-to-end information governance. Utilizing their eDiscovery background, Controle has evolved their offerings in response to the GDPR by providing defensible processes for GDPR data subject access requests.

Controle sees GDPR compliance amounting to two qualifications: preventing data leaks from security breaches, and proactively handling data subject requests from customers. According to Elizabeth Fogerty, VP of Business Development, Controle’s strength is dealing with data subject requests. Handling security infrastructure to stop breaches however is something we feel can be best addressed by other partners. We see GDPR engagements with customers as an excellent opportunity to jointly own a solution so all aspects of GDPR compliance can be met.”

Controle takes an active, grass-roots approach to finding firms they can partner with to provide customers with a complete solution-from researching LinkedIn to networking by word of mouth. By leveraging eDiscovery partner relationships and optimizing their website, Controle has invested in ensuring both customers and partners can find them.

“We appreciate the value a multi-partner consortium can have for customers, especially when dealing with complex topics such as GDPR. Customers’ needs often span policy and process change in addition to technology investments. Partners who can collaborate to build comprehensive solutions are absolutely seeing a competitive advantage to winning larger services deals.”

-Parri Munsell, Director, Microsoft 365 Security and Compliance

Microsoft Partners helping customers in their GDPR journey:

Australia Netherlands
Experteq IT Services Pty Ltd Motion10
Austria Nováccent Group B.V.
ACP OfficeGrip B.V.
atwork information technology OGD
AXIANS Pink Elephant B.V.
Crayon AS Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP
FWI Information Technology GmbH QS solutions
Insight  Quinfox Automatisering B.V.
Belgium Rapid Circle B.V.
Successfully Managed Services NL B.V.
Belgium Synlogic
AMPLEXOR Valid
CONXION BVBA Winvision Holding B.V.
Devoteam NV/SA Wortell
E.S.C. BVBA Norway
ECONOCOM Acando AB
GFI Advania AS
ITC Belgium Atea
Ordina Belgium NV Atea Global 
RealDolmen Crayon AS
Spikes NV EVRY ASA
Brazil Lumagate
N1 SOFTWARE e SERVICOS DE INFORMATICA LTDA-ME Skill AS
Bulgaria Pakistan
Bulpros Consulting AD TAJMAC IT Solutions
Software Group Poland
Stone Computers AD Atos Global
Canada Billion
AVALERIS INC Comparex 
BDO Dimension Data
KPMG DXC.technology 
Croatia eSecure Sp. z o.o.
Combis d.o.o. Gamfi
Poslovna Inteligencija Huro
S&T Hrvatska d.o.o. Integrity Partners
SPAN d.o.o. It-Dev
Cyprus ITMAGINATION Sp. z o.o.
IBSCY Ltd Piwik PRO Sp. z o.o.
Czech Republic Secuba
Innovation One s.r.o. Portugal
K-NET TECHNICAL INTERNATIONAL GROUP  Armis – Sistemas de Informação; Lda
Vodafone AXIANS Portugal
CloudForce s.r.o. GFI Portugal – Tecnologias de Informação; S.A.
EY ÍNCENTEA SA
Kentico ITEN Solutions
KPCS KPMG
KPMG Puerto Rico
Mainstream Technologies; s.r.o. Maureen Data Systems
PwC Czech Republic Romania
Xeelo Avaelgo
Denmark Network One Distribution S.R.L.
2ndC Zitec 
Atea Russia
Cloudteams EY
Crayon AS Serbia
Delegate A/S ComTrade System Integration
Ezenta A/S Singapore
Globeteam Crayon
inLogic Slovakia
Innofactor Plc  BSP SOFTWARE DISTRIBUTION
JDM A/S Tech-Arrow
Nnit A/S Slovenia
Omada Agitavit Solutions d.o.o.
Timengo ApS Also
TimeXtender DISS d.o.o. 
Egypt S&T Slovenija d.d. 
Blue Cloud Technologies South Africa
Link Development Cloud Essentials
Estonia Global Computing and Telecoms
Nortal AS Performanta 
Finland Spain
Alphacom Accenture
Inmics Oy Auraportal
Ineo Oy Crayon AS
Innofactor Plc EUROFOR 
KPMG Gti; Software & Networking
m-files Insight 
Onrego Oy Necsia IT Consulting
Siili Solutions Oyj ODM COMPUTERS SL
Sulava Oy PRODWARE SA
TIETO CORPORATION ZERTIA TELECOMUNICACIONES
France Sweden
Ai3 Advania
Avanade Altitude 365
Business & Decision Atea Global 
Capgemini Coligo AB
Crayon Combitech AB
Devoteam Cygate Solna
EXAKIS WeSafe IT
Mega International Xperta AB
NELITE FRANCE Switzerland
NEOS SOFTWARE DEVELOPP INTEGRATION BPA Solutions
NEURONES Dinotronic AG
NOVENCIA T.S. keyon AG
PRODWARE SA Novadia Sàrl
Perenne IT Turkey
Projetlys Aeris Teknoloji Cozumleri Ltd. Sti.
TRYADE Este Bilişim A.Ş.
VNEXT EY
Germany KPMG
Accenture Makronet Bilgi Teknolojileri San. Tic. Ltd. Sti.
ANK Business Services OMERD Business Solutions
Avanade  
Bechtle Global United Arab Emirates
Brüll & Partner Computer Network Services GmbH EY
CANCOM GmbH United Kingdom
Concat AG Core Technology Systems 
DextraData GmbH Accenture
Dr. Netik & Partner GmbH AGILISYS LTD
DXC.technology Automated Intelligence
EY AXON-IT COM LTD 
Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH Bytes Software Services
infoWAN Datenkommunikation GmbH Calligo Limited
Insight CGI Group UK
Intellecom GmbH CHORUS IT 
it@business GmbH & Co. KG CLOUD BUSINESS LTD
iTernity (Global) Cloud Direct
IT-Haus GmbH Cognism
KPMG Company85
MAC IT Solutions Corporate Project Solutions Limited
Objektkultur Software GmbH Crayon AS
Orbit Gesellschaft für Applikations- und Informationssysteme mbH D4t4 Solutions Plc
PHAT Consulting GmbH Datalytyx Head Office
pmOne Ag Fujitsu Services
SMEA IT  Hitachi Consulting Corporation
SYCOR GmbH Infinity Group
TAROX AG  Ingram Micro
Greece m-hance London
EY Minttulip Limited
INTTRUST SA  New Signature
KPMG Obsequio
OFFICE LINE SA PowerONPlatforms
PRONET S.A.  Pulsant Ltd 
Space Hellas RIVERBANK IT MANAGEMENT LTD
Hungary RSM UK Consulting LLP
KingSol Kft SAN-iT LTD
S&T AG Seelogic Ltd
VirtDB Zrt. SILVERSANDS LTD
India TechQuarters
Crayon AS Tisski Limited
EY TOTAL COMPUTER NETWORKS LTD 
Microland Limited Tricostar Software Ltd
PWC  T-Tech
SoftwareONE AG ULTIMA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS LTD.
Ireland UTILIZE PLC
HIBERNIA COMPUTER SERVICES West Ip Communications Inc.
Israel  
BDO Ziv Haft United States
Italy Accenture
4WARD Adaquest; Inc.
AGIC TECHNOLOGY Archive360 Inc
AQuest Ascent Solutions, LLC
Insight AvePoint Inc
Leo”s Computer srl  Blue Chip Consulting Group, LLC
MESA S.r.l. Catapult
netvisory srl Cavirin
PIPELINE COURSEWARE & SOFTWARE HOUSE SRL Crayon
PROGE SOFTWARE Crowe Horwath LLP
Progel S.p.A Edgile; Inc. 
PUNTOIT SERVIZI INFORMATICI SRL Egnyte
Reply Ephesoft; Inc. 
RETI SPA EY (Global)
SoftJam S.p.A.  Forsyte IT Solutions; LLC. 
Lebanon GAVS Technologies Pvt Ltd
Signature Consultancy Heimdall Data
Luxembourg HORIZONS CONSULTING INC
ELGON SA Intellinet
GLOBAL INFO (Digital Insights) Interlink Cloud Advisors; Inc. 
RGROUPE SARL Ipswitch Inc
Malta KPMG (Global)
Smart Technologies Limited Magenium Solutions; LLC
Netherlands Metalogix Software Corp
Claranet Limited NATHCORP
Comparex  Netrix; LLC 
Crayon AS Omada
EY Patriot Consulting Technology Group LLC. 
ICT Spirit B.V. RHI
Inergy Analytical Solutions B.V Sada Systems
Inspark Saviynt, Inc.
Intercept B.V. Slalom
IT Support Groep B.V. Swc Technology Partners Inc
KPMG Synergy Advisors LLC 
KPN Synergy Technical
Macaw UnifyCloud
Workspot 
Lighthouse Global

 

If you’d like to be included in this list of approved Microsoft GDPR partners, please contact your local partner development manager. We’re always happy to welcome more security and compliance partners.

Natee Pretikul | Senior Partner Marketing Manager
Ankur Arora | Director, WW Partner Strategy: Security & Compliance

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