Northwest software developer and cloud services provider honored for growth of Microsoft Azure Government business and excellent service in government sector.

Alliance Enterprises, Inc. was named the Microsoft Rising Star Partner of the Year in the state and local government sector, earning the honor by collaborating with Microsoft Corp. to significantly expand Alliance’s cloud services in state agencies across the country.

The award, announced at the Microsoft Public Sector Industry Solutions University (ISU) event in Washington D.C. on August 9, recognizes Alliance’s tremendous growth of cloud services among its customer base. The company safely and securely migrated seven of its state vocational rehabilitation clients to the Microsoft Azure Government cloud platform. Alliance provides continuous support, superior data protection and cost-effective cloud services to budget-minded agencies.

“We’re thrilled that Microsoft recognized our company for the work we’ve done providing cloud services to our customers,” said Chris M. Pieper, Chief Executive Officer, Alliance Enterprises. “We’ve seen how our customers have benefitted from Microsoft Azure Government, providing a rapid migration to a safer and secured environment and a cost-effective solution that enables maximum uptime and unmatched protection of customer data.”

With a 35-year history of providing software solutions to the public sector, Alliance does know government. The company’s case management software, called Aware®, is used by 12,000 counselors at vocational rehabilitation agencies in 35 state agencies and 24 tribal nations. The software helps 3 million Americans with disabilities each year obtain and maintain meaningful employment.

Alliance is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, with competencies in Cloud Platform, Application Development and Data Center services.

“Our award winners excel at providing our public sector customers with innovative and unique solutions built on the Microsoft platform,” said Michael Donlan, vice president, U.S. State and Local Government, Microsoft. “Alliance has demonstrated that it is embracing Microsoft’s cloud-first mindset to help state agencies and tribal nations transform the way they engage and support the needs of citizens.”

Sven Akerman Jr., Alliance’s Chief Technology Officer, said he looks forward “to the exciting developments ahead with Microsoft. It’s a successful collaboration that is going to get even stronger in the years to come as we work with Microsoft to provide our customers advanced capabilities like predictive analytics, machine learning and interoperability.”