Recognised for continued commitment to Australia’s Education Sector

HSD today announced it has retained Microsoft Gold Authorised Education Partner (AEP) status for 2018, demonstrating its ability to meet Microsoft education sector customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment. To earn a Microsoft AEP authorization, partners must complete a test to prove their level of academic licensing and education market expertise.

The AEP program is designed to train participating partners on Microsoft’s Academic licensing, authorise them to purchase and resell Microsoft Academic licenses, and demonstrate to potential customers that they are approved and knowledgeable academic partners.

HSD continues to be Australia’s education regulatory technology specialist providing systems and services to the Federal Department of Education and Training, in particular the flagship Training.gov.au website.

HSD also implemented and continues to support and enhance asqanet for the Australian Skills Quality Authority – a Microsoft Dynamics based enterprise wide system to manage the core functions of the Australian vocational education regulator.

However in HSD’s home state of Victoria, the company has had a long history delivering Microsoft technologies and systems for the Victorian Department of Education and Training and the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA). Functions such as vocational education funding, school building maintenance, apprenticeship regulation, and school and training provider regulation depend on HSD implemented and supported systems.

“This Microsoft AEP recognition shows our commitment and specialism in the education IT marketplace and demonstrates our knowledge of Microsoft and its education products,” said Keith Don, Director – Strategy & Consulting for HSD. “We hope to accelerate our education and regulatory customers’ successes by serving as technology advisors for their IT requirements.”

“By becoming AEPs, partners show themselves to be committed and trained in providing discounted Microsoft academic products to the education market,” said Anthony Salcito, vice president of Education for Microsoft Corp.’s Worldwide Public Sector. “This authorization, along with our other education partner initiatives, gives our partners recognition of their areas of expertise and our academic customers the confidence that they are buying from academic IT specialists.”