Below is a list of what I believe are the top Azure consulting companies in the DC Metro area including Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington D.C. The ratings are based mostly on industry insider knowledge, including factors such as satisfaction of known customers, consultant turnover, and experience with key 3rd party solutions from the Azure Marketplace. Top companies can do more than just migrate virtual machines to Azure, but offer services to transform applications using the power of the cloud.
The top Azure consulting companies are active speakers in local user groups, Microsoft Gold Partners, Cloud Solution Providers, and participate in Microsoft programs such as Azure Everywhere Assessments/Pilots/POC, Go Fast, and Software Assurance Planning Days.
Azure is new and is rapidly evolving. As Microsoft customers move installing packaged software on servers to the cloud, this creates opportunities for new partners and may change trusted relationships with customers and vendors. You should expect this list to be updated frequently. The list below is in no particular order (so don’t email me to complain if your company is #9, we can still be friends).
These guys have a pretty large Microsoft practice focused primarily in the Federal government. Their customers include most of the intelligence community and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Dan Usher is as active in the Azure technical community as he is in the SharePoint community.
These guys are large, national, and prefer to work on the biggest projects. They have a large presence in the Federal government, including DHS, and Fortune 1000. Our team regularly sees Accenture consultants and local Azure user groups.
Xgility started as a SharePoint consulting and application development company. Over the last few years we have recognized that Microsoft cloud reduces the time to market and deploy technology solutions for our customers. Recent projects include developing mobile field agent reporting apps, proof of concept (POC) lab for a government customer, migrating virtual machines to Azure for a large trade association, and modernizing an ecommerce application for a major insurance company to take advance of Platform as Service. Xgility is a Gold partner, CSP, GSA schedule holder, and a certified small business.
CSRA traditionally has been a provider of general IT program management services. In the past they have hosted customers in their data center and implemented mostly provide cloud (virtual servers) environments. Recently they have stepped up their commitment to Microsoft and Azure specifically. Our team has had the opportunity to work with them on past projects in the Federal Government.
AIS, also known as Applied Information Sciences, grew out of small business status by performing mostly on government contracts. While not as active in the user group community as some, they still have a good (mostly federal) customer base in the DC metro area.
Planet Technologies is a Microsoft partner headquartered in Montgomery County, MD. They have a good presence in the state and local government and also do federal work. Patrick Curran, one of their consultants, is an active speaker in Azure and SharePoint community.
If you have implemented SaaS solutions like Office 365 and SalesForce, it may be time to evaluate moving the servers in your data center to a public cloud. Have you worked with another Azure consulting company else you really like? Drop us a note.
Author: Kurt Greening
Editor: Alex Finkel