The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-07-31T04:25:50Z Barhead Solutions to receive another Microsoft achievement to be part of the global elite group 2020/2021 Inner Circle for Microsoft Business Applications 2020-07-31T04:25:50Z barhead-solutions-to-receive-another-microsoft-achievement-to-be-part-of-the-global-elite-group-2020-2021-inner-circle-for-microsoft-business-applications Barhead is honored by Microsoft for achieving an outstanding sales achievement and innovation Sydney, NSW – 29 July 2020 – Barhead Solutions a specialised consulting firm focused on delivering business solutions leveraging Microsoft’s Digital Technology Stack has achieved the prestigious 2020/2021 Inner Circle for Microsoft Business Applications. Membership in this elite group is based on sales achievements that rank Barhead in the top echelon of the Microsoft’s Business Applications global network of partners. Inner Circle members have performed to a high standard of excellence by delivering valuable solutions that help organizations achieve increased success. 2020/2021 Inner Circle members are invited to the Inner Circle Virtual Summits, taking quarterly between July 2020 and June 2021, where they will have a unique opportunity to share strategy and network with Microsoft senior leaders and fellow partners. This recognition of Inner Circle for Microsoft Business Applications coincided with Microsoft Inspire, the annual premier partner event, which took place July 20-21, 2020. Microsoft Inspire provides the Microsoft partner community with the opportunity to learn about the company’s road map for the upcoming year, establish connections, share best practices, experience the latest product innovations and learn new skills. “Each year we recognize Microsoft Business Applications partners from around the world for delivering innovation and driving unsurpassed customer success,” said Cecilia Flombaum, Microsoft Business Applications Ecosystem Lead. “Our Inner Circle members are chosen based on their business performance as well as capabilities as an organization, whether that’s creating IP, developing solutions, or having an industry leading focus on digital transformation. Microsoft is honored to recognize Barhead for their achievements this past year, their dedication to our customers, and their innovation around the Microsoft Cloud.” With regards to the award, CEO and Co-founder Ken Struthers said, "The Barhead team is 100% focused on Microsoft and Business Applications. That the team's commitment and dedication is again recognised with such a prestigious award is fitting testament to their efforts and to those of our customers." “The Inner Circle Award further validates our continued investment and Microsoft's recognition of our performance and capability within Business Applications. As a leading Microsoft Partner in Australia we are thankful for Microsoft's continued support and trust in our business and drive to modernise our customers’ processes and solutions,” added John Orrock, Co-founder of Barhead About Barhead Barhead is an award winning specialised consultant firm focused on delivering business solutions, leveraging Microsoft’s Technology Stack. We believe that it is a combination of people, technology, and business drivers that underpin the most successful implementations. As a leading Microsoft Business Applications partner with global cross industry expertise, we cover the diverse product offerings from Microsoft and the broader ecosystem, supporting our clients to modernize their systems and processes. Our collaborative client engagement model centred on business outcomes enables us to deliver the most innovative use of technology. Our consulting expertise and offerings span the entire Microsoft stack with focus on Dynamics 365 and Power Platform. Barhead Solutions winner of the 2020 Microsoft Partner of the Year for Social Impact. 2020-07-15T23:54:52Z barhead-solutions-winner-of-the-2020-microsoft-partner-of-the-year-for-social-impact SYDNEY, NSW, Australia — July 14, 2020 — Barhead Solutions today announced it has won the 2020 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award for Social Impact. The company was honoured among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology. Ken Struthers, CEO and co-founder of Barhead Solutions, said receiving the global award from Microsoft for the company’s commitment and dedication to the NFP sector was “exceptionally exciting”. “Barhead is completely dedicated to delivering business solutions via the breadth of Microsoft cloud technologies,” he said. Barhead used Power Platform to enable YMCA Victoria to fast-track its JobKeeper applications to meet the government deadline with a two-day turnaround. This meant over 5,000 YMCA Victoria workers’ applications were filed in time. “We work closely with Microsoft Partner Development Manager and the One Commercial Partner team to help join the dots across the various cloud solutions,” Mr Struthers said. “Partnering with Microsoft is truly that, a partnership where we are confident that the Microsoft team supports our business goals and have a very clear and articulated desire to help us succeed." Barhead co-founder John Orrock said the award recognised Barhead’s position as a global leader in the NFP sector. “Our focus on the NFP sector, with a dedicated NFP practice, has not only been important for our growth, but is also seen by the team as a sign that we are helping organisations that make the world a better place,” he said. “This Microsoft recognition means long-term partners and customers can rest assured that their trust in Barhead as both an adviser and a system integrator is well-placed.” The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognise Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past year. Awards were classified in several categories, with honourees chosen from a set of more than 3,300 submitted nominations from more than 100 countries worldwide. Barhead Solutions was recognised for providing outstanding solutions and services in Australia. The Partner for Social Impact Award recognises a best in class Microsoft partner who has helped accelerate the digital transformation of non-profit organisations. The winning partner articulated how their solution enabled a non-profit organisation to be more productive, more innovative, and ultimately, to drive greater societal impact. “It is an honour to recognise the winners and finalists of the 2020 Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards,” said Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft. “These partners go 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 realise their full potential with Azure cloud services, and beyond. I am proud to honour and congratulate each winner and finalist.”   About Barhead Barhead is an award winning specialised consultant firm focused on delivering business solutions, leveraging Microsoft’s Technology Stack. We believe that it is a combination of people, technology, and business drivers that underpin the most successful implementations. As a leading Microsoft Business Applications partner with global cross industry expertise, we cover the diverse product offerings from Microsoft and the broader ecosystem, supporting our clients to modernize their systems and processes. Our collaborative client engagement model centred on business outcomes enables us to deliver the most innovative use of technology. Our consulting expertise and offerings span the entire Microsoft stack with focus on Dynamics 365 and Power Platform. Barhead develops groundbreaking Return to Office app leveraging Microsoft Power Platform and Teams. 2020-06-10T02:24:01Z barhead-develops-groundbreaking-return-to-office-app-leveraging-microsoft-power-platform-and-teams Sydney – 09, June 2020. Australian business software specialist Barhead has unveiled a groundbreaking workforce management application that will help companies ensure the safe and efficient return of employees to the workplace as COVID-19 restrictions begin to lift. Built using Microsoft’s Power Platform and integrating with other modern workplace solutions including Microsoft Teams Barhead’s Return to Office app provides employees with a streamlined way to connect to the workplace, to book workspaces, meeting rooms, general office spaces or schedule work from home periods, and alert employers to their current location and future plans. This system, developed with security front and centre, ensures employers have complete transparency regarding where their staff are working, and who they have been in contact with. The application leverages the tenants’ Common Data Service (CDS) and internal Human Capital Management (HCM) data to ensure compliant and secure use of data. Fully integrated with existing business systems, the Return to Office app helps streamline the way in which meeting rooms and office space can be reserved. The app can also be used to help schedule any necessary workflows such as deep cleaning before a meeting room or desk is used by the next person or group. According to Barhead founder John Orrock; “The way an organisation needs to engage with its clients, engage with its employees, industry partners, and so forth, will change, for the foreseeable future.” He added that the Return to Office app would support the wellbeing of employees as they return to the office and deliver rich real time insights to the enterprise to help mitigate risk around issues such as insurance and workers health and safety. Barhead’s experience as a leading business applications services provider that leverages the entire Microsoft stack has allowed it to integrate the Return to Office app with key data flows in other workplace applications for example to ServiceNow, IBM Maximo or SAP  and deliver the insights organisations need to be efficient and effective as they return to the new normal. Rachel Bondi, Chief Partner Officer, Microsoft Australia congratulated Barhead for its foresight in developing the Return to Office app. “We are seeing most of Australia’s enterprises now focusing on activating the recovery phase of their COVID-19 business continuity plans. This richly featured and highly relevant Return to Office app is exactly what businesses need to allow their employees to safely return to work – whether that is in the office or at home - with no compromise of safety or productivity. “Barhead has an exceptional understanding of the Microsoft stack; this enables it rapidly to build highly innovative solutions like the Return to Office app that respond to customer needs swiftly and effectively.” Developed using the Microsoft Power Platform over a period of just seven days, the Return to Office app also leverages an Azure based bot which can check people in and out based on their Microsoft Teams activity or prompt them to check in manually to specify where they are working that day, including any periods of time when they plan to work from home. There is pre-built integration to Barhead’s Workforce Management App along with ready to use integrations to common IoT sensors and networks. The Return to Office app has also been developed to be able to incorporate solutions such as people counting, health stations for temperature checks and facial recognition, as well as access control, ID scanners and desk check-ins. Employees can use the app’s reservation engine to make a room booking or select an in-office location to work for either a couple of hours, a day or more extended periods. Because the app integrates with other Microsoft business systems such as Dynamics 365 and Teams the reservation engine can show users availability and accessibility of meeting rooms, offices – even different desk and technology formats such as standing desks or double screen availability. The app is also automatically updated with details of any holidays that an employee might have booked. All of the information collected via the app is transparent and made available securely in real time to the employer’s existing business systems – which also benefit from the app’s track and trace functionality. If an incident occurs, the employer has instant access to information about location, and can trigger a workflow for a cleaner to be deployed or alert any other people who might need to be notified. Orrock noted that being cloud based allowed the Return to Office app to scale rapidly, adding that the low-code nature of the Power Platform also ensured that any changes required by either Government or company rules could be easily accommodated making the app highly versatile and responsive whatever the new normal looks like in the post COVID-19 era. Barhead Solutions reveals double hire and a promotion 2020-05-14T02:52:11Z barhead-solutions-reveals-double-hire-and-a-promotion CRN Fast50 winner and Microsoft Gold Partner Barhead Solutions has announced two new senior hires and another major promotion. First is Lisa Crosbie, who was promoted to technology evangelist. Crosbie has worked for Barhead since August 2017, and was named a Microsoft MVP for her contributions to Dynamics 365 and Power Platform communities, one of only 18 people with the distinction in the country. In her new role, Crosbie will help customers keep up with changes to Dynamics 365 and Microsoft's Power Platform and advise on applying both products. Crosbie also designed and delivers App in a Day training demonstrations, having trained staff from almost 600 companies over the last six months. Amanda Stenson is another new hire, in the role of not-for-profit lead. Stenson has worked in the sector for the past two decades. She will lead Barhead’s not-for-profit portfolio which includes the likes of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation, Mission Australia and Wesley Mission. Prior to Barhead, Stenson worked for the Advanced Solutions International for 15 years. Finally Jennifer Maritz was hired as Barhead’s new head of sales. Martiz previously worked for IBM for 20 years, in addition to being CEO of Nvoi before joining Barhead. Barhead automates YMCA Victoria's JobKeeper application with Microsoft Power Platform 2020-05-14T02:47:59Z barhead-automates-ymca-victoria-s-jobkeeper-application-with-microsoft-power-platform Microsoft partner Barhead Solutions has developed a solution to help automate YMCA Victoria’s application process for the Australian government’s JobKeeper program. The solution was built with Microsoft’s Power Platform, where the application is pre-populated with an individual’s information required to apply for the support package. Users are able to see the information, verify it and apply a digital signature before YMCA submits the form to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). The development of the PowerApp had a turnaround time of two days to comply with the ATO’s deadline and get eligible staff onto the pay cycle to ensure they get paid for the month. Microsoft introducted Barhead to YMCA due to its experience and expertise with Power Platform. Barhead founder John Orrock said YMCA reached out at 6pm on a Wednesday asking for a completed solution on Friday the same week. “Although the 2-day request was aggressive, it was also doable given the Y’s approach to teaming,” Orrock said. “Our expertise and experience with Microsoft’s Power Platform allowed us to complete the solution and support the Y’s team through end-user processing of about 5,000+ records. It was a true rapid solution delivery with the appropriate controls.” YMCA Victoria had to apply for the JobKeeper support package after it had to shutter more than 150 locations, including swimming pools, gyms, youth programs and camping sites, which had resulted in the standing down of some 5,200 staff. YMCA Victoria executive head of technology and strategy Shane Riddle said the process “presented a very large logistical challenge” to try and manage a manual process with the more than 5000 staff involved. The non-profit also wanted good governance in case any of the applications were queried by the ATO later and was easy enough to be used by non-tech savvy users. Riddle said the rapid turnaround had “genuine human impact”. “We had to ensure that we could get those forms out, get the people to review and populate the form, and then send a signed form back,” he said. “Because within the regulations that the ATO had laid out, no one will be paid unless they have a signed form.” “Timelines were quite strict. We had no movement in that. Barhead were fantastic - the way they approached it was agile in the extreme,” Riddle added. “We needed something very simple to allow them to walk through, understand what they were looking at and signing up to, and then apply their signature and send that form back.” Looking ahead, Barhead will continue working with YMCA Victoria to deploy collaboration solutions for the organisation as it continues to deal with COVID-19. Barhead Solutions Australia Achieves the 2019/2020 Inner Circle for Microsoft Business Applications 2019-08-01T06:25:01Z barhead-solutions-australia-achieves-the-2019-2020-inner-circle-for-microsoft-business-applications [SYDNEY, NSW — JULY 31, 2019] — Barhead Solutions Australia specialised consulting firm focused on delivering business solutions, leveraging Microsoft’s  Technology Stack has achieved the prestigious 2019/2020 Inner Circle for Microsoft Business Applications. Membership in this elite group is based on sales achievements that rank Barhead Solutions in the top echelon or part of the top 1% of the Microsoft’s Business Applications global network of partners. Inner Circle members have performed to a high standard of excellence by delivering valuable solutions that help organizations achieve increased success. 2019/2020 Inner Circle members are invited to the Inner Circle Summit, taking place October 1-4, 2019, where they will have a unique opportunity to share strategy and network with Microsoft senior leaders and fellow partners. This recognition of Inner Circle for Microsoft Business Applications came during Microsoft Inspire, the annual premier partner event, which took place July 16-18, 2019, in Las Vegas, NV. Microsoft Inspire provides the Microsoft partner community with the opportunity to learn about the company’s road map for the upcoming year, establish connections, share best practices, experience the latest product innovations and learn new skills. “Each year we recognize Microsoft Business Applications partners from around the world for delivering innovation and driving unsurpassed customer success,” said Cecilia Flombaum, Microsoft Business Applications Lead. “Our Inner Circle members are chosen based on their business performance as well as capabilities as an organization, whether that’s creating IP, developing solutions, or having an industry leading focus on digital transformation. Microsoft is honored to recognize Barhead Solutions for their achievements this past year, their dedication to our customers, and their innovation around the Microsoft Cloud.”     “As a leading Microsoft Business Applications partner with global cross industry expertise, we cover the diverse product offerings from Microsoft and the broader ecosystem supporting our clients to modernize their systems and processes. Our collaborative client engagement model centered on business outcomes enables us to deliver the most innovative use of technology.” said John Orrock, Founder of Barhead. Our consulting expertise and offerings span the entire Microsoft Stack – Office 365, Dynamics 365, and Azure anchored around a business solution. We cover all the D365 applications (Sales, Service, Field Service, Marketing, Talent, ERP) and, Power Platform (PowerApps, Flow, AI Builder and Power BI). Barhead’s services extend to ISV product development leveraging Microsoft’s Power Platform. Barhead has achieved ISV Development Center certification bolstering our capabilities. Of the award, Ken Struthers, General Manager and Co-Founder, said " We are proud of the work the Barhead team has put in to be recognized as an elite business applications solutions provider. We are incredibly pleased that we decided to invest in a Microsoft business.” Visit https://barhead.com/ for more information. BARHEAD SOLUTIONS AUSTRALIA Achieves the 2018/2019 Inner Circle for Microsoft Business Applications 2018-08-01T02:37:31Z barhead-solutions-australia-achieves-the-2018-2019-inner-circle-for-microsoft-business-applications Sydney, NSW— 1st August, 2018 — Barhead Solutions, a born in the cloud Business Applications consultancy, has been named a member of the prestigious 2018/2019 Inner Circle for Microsoft Business Applications. Membership in this elite group is based on sales achievements that rank Barhead in the top echelon of the Microsoft’s Business Applications global network of partners. Inner Circle members have performed to a high standard of excellence by delivering valuable solutions that help organisations achieve increased success. This recognition of Inner Circle for Microsoft Business Applications came during Microsoft Inspire, the annual premier partner event, which took place July 15-19, 2018, in Las Vegas, NV. Microsoft Inspire provides the Microsoft partner community with the opportunity to learn about the company’s road map for the upcoming year, establish connections, share best practices, experience the latest product innovations and learn new skills.  2018/2019 Inner Circle members are invited to the Inner Circle Summit, taking place October 23-26, 2018, where they will have a unique opportunity to share strategy and network with Microsoft senior leaders and fellow partners. “Each year we recognize Microsoft Business Applications partners from around the world for delivering innovation and driving unsurpassed customer success,” said Cecilia Flombaum, Senior Director, Microsoft, One Commercial Partner organization. “Our Inner Circle members are chosen based on their business performance as well as capabilities as an organization, whether that’s creating IP, developing solutions, or having an industry leading focus on digital transformation. Microsoft is honored to recognize Barhead Solutions for their achievements this past year, their dedication to our customers, and their innovation around the Microsoft Cloud.”     Barhead’s platform driven approach ensures that customers benefit from the full breadth of capability and native integration of Dynamics 365, Office 365 and the Power Platform.   Barhead works in close partnership with the Microsoft sales and engineering teams, helping customers to leverage Microsoft cloud technologies to unlock new business value streams, and get the most from their investment.  This close collaboration means the advice given to customers is closely aligned with the direction of Microsoft’s investment in business applications, ensuring solutions delivered by Barhead will power digital transformation now and well into the future.  Barhead was awarded the Microsoft Dynamics Asia Pacific ISV Partner of the Year 2017/2018. Of the award, Ken Struthers, General Manager and Co-Founder, said "We are incredibly pleased that we decided to invest in a Microsoft business. The Microsoft eco-system and platform is facilitating an amazing growth rate - much faster than our previous salesforce.com businesses.  To be recognised as an elite business applications partner after only a couple of years in business is an amazing achievement and is clear recognition of the passion, energy, and capability of the Barhead team."   About Barhead Barhead is a ‘born in the cloud’ Dynamics 365 partner, with a focus on business applications and innovations leveraging the Microsoft stack. With 20 years’ CRM experience, from Siebel to Salesforce, the founders of Barhead chose to invest in building a business to ‘move the needle’ for Dynamics in Australia. After founding two leading salesforce consultancies, most recently Cloud Sherpas, the Barhead leadership team are well versed in what it takes to make a market leader.   With a team spanning Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Manila, Barhead delivers consistent, high quality outcomes for clients, providing solutions across the full suite of end-to-end business applications in Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform.