Dougie Wood achieves MS-100

Dougie Wood our Lead Cloud Developer has passed the newly issued MS-100 exam. Candidates for this exam are Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrators who take part in evaluating, planning, migrating, deploying, and managing Microsoft 365 services. They perform Microsoft 365 tenant management tasks for an enterprise, including its identities, security, compliance, and supporting technologies. Dougie has worked exceptionally hard studying to pass this exam and highlights his capabilities in Microsoft 365 Technologies including Conditional Access, Azure AD and Exchange Online.

MS-100 Certification Badge

The exam builds

More details on the exam can be found here.

Valto Double Microsoft Gold Partner Achievement

Valto has achieved Microsoft Gold Partner status for two significant areas. The competencies demonstrate our successful implementations, capabilities and technical certifications in Office 365 & Azure.

  • Gold Platform – This competency highlights our skills in Microsoft Azure achieved by significant deployments of Azure projects over a 12 month period. Our technical staff passed technical exams to display our knowledge in the Azure platform.
  • Gold Productivity – We achieved this by deploying a significant number of Microsoft 365 licenses and increasing the adoption of the products. Our team had to complete the brand new MS-100 exams highlighting their strengths in the new products included in Office 365.
Microsoft Gold Partner Competencies

Valto continues to innovate in the market and our Microsoft Gold Partner status will help as we look to grow and take on more projects and technical staff over the coming months.

If your organisation is looking to embark on a Microsoft 365 or Azure project contact us.

New Marketing and Business Development Manager joins Valto to help grow the business.

We’re pleased to announce a new member to our team. Dan Felix joins us as our new Marketing and Business Development Manager. Dan spent the last three and a half years’ as the Marketing Manager of a managed IT service provider, where he was responsible for the Marketing function. Prior to that, Dan worked at Iceland Foods and Samsung where he was involved in Marketing & Communications.

With experience in managing and delivering campaigns, as well as exploring new branding boosting and sales opportunities, Dan will be responsible for Valto’s marketing and business development and will help to continue the business growth that we have seen over the last 2 years.

Speaking on his appointment, Dan said:

“I’m delighted to be joining Valto at such an exciting time. The business has seen great growth year-on-year since its founding, and I am excited to help that growth continue. I have a passion for technology and the important role it can play within a company.”

Hugh Valentine, managing director of Valto, commented;

“We are delighted that Dan has joined the business. We’re always looking to see where we can grow the business and believed that it was the right time to bring in someone to help us with our marketing and business development. With Dan now with us, we can look to where we can grow our business and start the next chapter of the Valto story.

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We’re always looking for talented people to join the Valto team. If you feel that you could make the difference then contact us or call on 03335 779 009

Valto achieves additional Microsoft competencies

We’re always working hard to make sure we keep up to date with the latest technologies and solutions by striving to achieve more Microsoft competencies.

Over the last couple of months, we’ve been able to achieve Silver Cloud Platform, Cloud Productivity and ISV competencies,  all of which have been achieved by reaching milestones and passing exams.

Valto's Competencies

The Silver Cloud Platform competency demonstrates our continuing experience and growth by helping businesses migrate and utilise the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Silver Cloud Productivity shows our experience with successfully deploying and implementing Office 365 across all businesses regardless of their size. Whilst our Silver ISV competency demonstrates our ability to build and publish packaged applications of Microsoft technologies.

In order to pass each of these competencies, not only do we need to pass exams and achieve critical milestones, but we also need be to provide references from many of our customers that show our ability to complete projects.

But we’re not planning on stopping there! 2019 will see us achieve many new competencies and, in some cases, turn our Silver competencies into Gold.

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Looking to deploy Office 365 or make the most of your Azure infrastructure? How about working with an accredited Microsoft partner! Get in touch with us today or call on 03335 779 009

Valto becomes an award-winning business!

We’ve now become award-winning Valto, after being crowned Micro Business of the Year at the High Sheriff of Cheshire Enterprise Awards, with our award now taking pride of place in our office.

On receiving the award, Managing Director Hugh Valentine, said “I’m absolutely thrilled that we’ve won such a fantastic award. Our plan has always been to be the best at what we do and the winning of this award has recognised this. It’s a real team effort at Valto and we are all extremely proud.”

Beating off competition, which included a producer of tonic water syrups, a business magazine publisher and an aviation training provider, the Micro Business Award is aimed at recognising start-up and small businesses, with 4 or less employees, with the amazing work that they do.

Formed in 2017 with the aim of providing the best technology and customer service compared to many other managed IT service providers in the market we’ve continued to grow in turnover, customers, partners and projects and 2019 is projected to see this growth continue as we aim to continue to provide the best managed IT services with the best customer service.

Take a look at our video entry.

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Want to know what it’s like working with an awarding winning managed IT service provider? Get in touch with us today or call us on 03335 779 009.

Valto Q4 2017 Updates & New Member of Staff

Valto have been exceptionally busy over the last few months with several strategic partners coming on board including Preact a Dynamics CRM Partner.

We’ve also been busy working on some exciting projects including Turquoise Mountain where we are helping migrate the charity to Office365, Consolidate their Windows Licensing and start to utilise Mail, SharePoint, OneDrive & Skype for Business.

This month we welcome Dougie Wood to the team. Dougie is an Office365 & SharePoint Specialist with over 5 years experience in the SME & Enterprise Markets including many clients in the North West and has worked with enterprise clients including Barclays and IMI.

We very much look forward to maximising Dougie’s experience and will be introducing him to our clients during our next visits.

Valto have also launched several new products within their product portfolio including,

  • SharePoint ISO Management – If you’re company has or is working towards any ISO accreditations including ISO 9001, 20001, 370001. Our SharePoint ISO management tool can assist with the ongoing management of this by providing an easy to use Document Management interface including review and approval workflows, intelligent auto updating word headers/footers and version control.
  • SharePoint Leave Request – Our Leave Request system allows you to submit and manage all types of leave request including Holidays, Sickness, Overtime, Time off in Lieu and escalate approvals to employees line manager automatically.
  • SharePoint Phone Directory – Combining the collaborative tools of Office365 including Delve and Profiles our SharePoint Phone Directory allows you to easily view all members of staff and their important information including Phone Numbers, Office Locations, Pictures and Skills.
  • SharePoint SOX Management – Building on the success of our ISO Management process our SOX Management Tool allows you to fully manage the Sarbanes Oxley providing a dashboard for controls that will automatically create actions on a set frequency which can then be reviewed and approved by members of staff.
  • Azure Costing Saving Tool – In partnership with XX we’ve launched a new tool that can help with the ongoing management and control the costs of Azure subscriptions. We’re excited about this product and more information will be available soon.
  • SaaS Security Monitoring Tool – Our new tool that can help you monitor and control critical security settings within Software as a Service cloud applications including Azure, AWS, Office365, Dropbox, etc.

More details and new pages of these products will be published over the coming weeks.

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If you’re interested in hearing more about our applications or want to speak to one of our SharePoint Consultants then contact us or call on 03335 779 009 .



 Valto Hugh Valentine

Managing Director

T: 03335 779 009
10 Watergate Row, Chester. CH1 2LD