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3Cloud Announces John Nisi, GM & COO of US Cloud at Microsoft, as Executive Sponsor and Advisor

We’re excited to announce that John Nisi, General Manager and COO of US Cloud and Enterprise Busines at Microsoft, will be serving as an Executive Sponsor and Advisor to 3Cloud. In this role, John will collaborate with 3Cloud’s leadership team to grow the partnership between Microsoft and 3Cloud, with the goal of expanding Azure’s market share and bringing innovative data, analytics and application modernization solutions to organizations across the US.

“I’m delighted that John has agreed to serve as sponsor and advisor to 3Cloud,” said Mike Rocco, 3Cloud CEO and Co-Founder. “There are tremendous opportunities for 3Cloud and Microsoft to work together across our sales, marketing, engineering and solutions organizations. With John’s leadership, we’ll maximize our collaboration and help both companies achieve our growth goals.”

In his role as GM and COO of the US Cloud business at Microsoft, John is responsible for the US business, marketing and operations across the cloud and infrastructure portfolio of products including Azure, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Data, GitHub, Windows Server, System Center, SQL, and Developer Tools. Throughout his 22-year career at Microsoft, John has held leadership roles focused on helping customers innovate with Microsoft technologies, including Worldwide Services Chief Technology Officer for Data and Artificial Intelligence and US East Region Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Microsoft Services.

“3Cloud is extremely well-positioned to help Microsoft grow Azure’s market share by deploying high-value data, analytics and application modernization solutions for our customers,” said John. “I’m looking forward to working with the incredible 3Cloud team to capture the massive opportunity in front of us, especially in the data space.”


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3Cloud Acquires Pragmatic Works Consulting

Acquisition expands 3Cloud’s data and analytics capabilities and geographic reach, forming the largest Azure pure-play services firm in the U.S.

CHICAGO, IL September 9, 2020 – 3Cloud, a leading Microsoft Azure services firm, today announced that it has acquired the consulting arm of Pragmatic Works, an award-winning services firm focused on Microsoft’s cloud and data platforms.

“With the acquisition of Pragmatic Works Consulting, 3Cloud has taken another big step towards achieving our goal of becoming the number one Azure pure-play services provider” said Mike Rocco, 3Cloud CEO and Co-Founder. “Pragmatic Works Consulting has built an outstanding reputation as a leader in Azure data and analytics solutions, and we are excited to combine the expertise of our two world-class teams to deliver leading-edge Azure solutions for Microsoft customers.”

With this acquisition, 3Cloud will form the largest Azure pure-play services firm in the U.S. Additionally, 3Cloud will gain an expanded geographic presence to better serve clients across the U.S.

Pragmatic Works Training will continue to operate as a separately owned company under the leadership of Pragmatic Works CEO and Founder Brian Knight. “I’m extremely proud of the market-leading position Pragmatic Works has built in the Microsoft data and analytics space,” said Knight. “I look forward to seeing the talented employees of our consulting division continue to excel as part of the 3Cloud team.”

“Pragmatic Works Consulting has always focused on helping companies grow their business and operate more efficiently with data. We take pride in helping our clients solve some of their most complex technology challenges,” said Adam Jorgensen, Pragmatic Works Consulting President. “3Cloud has the same client-focused and growth-oriented approach, and we’re excited to join forces with them.”

Both firms have strong partnerships with Microsoft and industry-leading Microsoft credentials. 3Cloud was recently named the winner of the Microsoft US 2020 Azure Influencer Partner Award, and Pragmatic Works was named the winner of the Microsoft US 2020 Power BI Partner Award. Pragmatic Works was also a finalist for both the Power BI and Power Apps 2020 Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards and is a Databricks partner with deep expertise on this platform.

“We continue to see tremendous Azure growth momentum in the marketplace, especially in the data and analytics space as companies seek to modernize their data warehouse and business intelligence platforms,” said Jim Dietrich, 3Cloud President and Co-Founder. “With the help of our financial partner Gryphon Investors, we will continue to pursue growth opportunities across the spectrum of Azure solution areas while remaining committed to our mission of delivering the ultimate Azure experience for our clients.”

7 Mile Advisors served as exclusive financial advisor to 3Cloud and Gryphon Investors. Gryphon Investors completed a majority investment in 3Cloud in June 2020.


About 3Cloud

3Cloud is a “born in the cloud” Gold-certified Microsoft Azure technology consulting firm and Azure Expert Managed Services Provider that provides cloud strategy, design, implementation, and managed services to clients across multiple industries. Founded by former Microsoft technology leaders, 3Cloud combines a team of highly experienced cloud architects and technologists with a strong network of Microsoft sales and engineering relationships to deliver the ultimate Azure experience for clients. 3Cloud is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois with offices in Dallas, Texas and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and supports clients throughout North America and Europe. To learn more, visit www.3cloudsolutions.com.

About Pragmatic Works

Pragmatic Works is 100% focused on Microsoft’s cloud and data platforms. They have worked across the United States with thousands of companies including 97% of the Fortune 100. Through their weekly free training sessions, large-scale virtual Azure events and a team dedicated to helping customers grow their business with data, they are uniquely positioned to consult businesses on taking advantage of the latest Microsoft applications. Pragmatic Works’ focused work with Microsoft has led to them being recognized as a finalist for the Data Platform Partner of the Year award in 2017, Data Analytics Partner of the Year award in 2019 and both the Power BI and Power Apps Partner of the Year award in 2020. They have also been named the 2020 MSUS Partner Award winner for Business Applications – Power BI. To learn more, visit www.pragmaticworks.com.

About Gryphon Investors

Based in San Francisco, Gryphon Investors is a leading private equity firm focused on growing and enhancing mid-market companies in partnership with management. The firm has managed over $5 billion of equity investments and capital since 1997. Gryphon targets making equity investments of $100 million to $300 million in portfolio companies with sales ranging from approximately $100 million to $500 million. Gryphon prioritizes investment opportunities where it can form strong partnerships with owners and executives to build leading companies, utilizing Gryphon’s capital, specialized professional resources, and operational expertise. For more information, visit www.gryphoninvestors.com.

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3Cloud Welcomes Marshall J Wells as a Board Member

Former Accenture Managing Director brings experience building major strategic partnership with Microsoft

CHICAGO, IL August 6, 2020 – 3Cloud, a leading Microsoft Azure services firm, has announced the appointment of Marshall J. Wells, II to the company’s board of directors.

“Marshall’s 20 years of experience as an IT services leader at one of the largest global systems integrators will be extremely valuable in helping 3Cloud navigate our next phase of growth,” said Jim Dietrich, 3Cloud President and co-founder. “We’re fortunate to be able to leverage his prior experience leading and expanding Accenture’s strategic cloud partnership with Microsoft to drive significant business value and innovation for both firms.”

Currently a member of Gryphon Investors’ Executive Advisory Board, Wells was formerly a Managing Director in Accenture’s Technology Strategy and Consulting practice. Over his two-decade career at Accenture, Wells held several senior roles including North American Lead for the IT Strategy Practice, North American Technology Consulting Lead for Communications, Media & High Technology, and Global Growth and Strategy Lead for Accenture Technology Consulting. Wells also led Accenture’s major strategic partnership with Microsoft involving hybrid cloud and next generation technologies.

“I am very excited to build on 3Cloud’s momentum and help accelerate their path to becoming the preeminent Azure solution and services leader,” said Wells.

Gabe Stephenson, a Principal in Gryphon Investors’ Business Services Group, added, “As a member of our advisory board, Marshall was closely involved with our investment thesis formation and eventual decision to partner with 3Cloud. His deep experience in IT Services, and specifically Azure as a leader in Accenture’s cloud partnership with Microsoft, gives him unique expertise that will help 3Cloud continue to accelerate its growth and be a leading service provider in the Microsoft partner channel.”


About 3Cloud:

3Cloud is a “born in the cloud” Gold-certified Microsoft Azure technology consulting firm and Azure Expert Managed Services Provider that provides cloud strategy, design, implementation, and managed services to clients across multiple industries. Founded by former Microsoft technology leaders, 3Cloud combines a team of highly experienced cloud architects and technologists with a strong network of Microsoft sales and engineering relationships to deliver the ultimate Azure experience for clients. 3Cloud is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois with offices in Dallas, Texas and supports clients throughout North America and Europe. To learn more, visit www.3cloudsolutions.com.

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Pragmatic Works (now part of 3Cloud) Wins 2020 Microsoft US Partner Award for Power BI

The Microsoft US Partner Award (MSUS) program complements the global Microsoft Partner of the Year Award program and highlights US-specific partner impact. Pragmatic Works, now part of 3Cloud, won this honor through their work with a national sport organization in which they migrated them off of Tableau, Qlik, and Domo over to Microsoft Power BI. This migration reduced the number of reports the customer had to produce down from 20,000 to 1,000 and saved them over $40,000 a year in licensing costs.

The Microsoft US Partner Team stated, “The nomination pool was very competitive and selecting the winners was a challenging task.”

As part of this honor, Pragmatic Works was featured and celebrated during the Microsoft Inspire MSUS general session led by Dave Willis, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner.

“Being recognized with a US Partner Award for Power BI from Microsoft really showcases the talent and innovative thinking Pragmatic Works puts forth into every engagement. We are honored to partner with Microsoft in delivering top-tier solutions that help our customers revolutionize their business and modernize their technology.” stated Adam Jorgensen, President of Consulting.

The Power BI US Partner of the Year Award recognizes US based partners who have delivered Business Analytics solutions based on the Power BI cloud service. The solutions will have augmented a customer’s resources with self-service analytics and enabled the customer to transform data into actionable insights to make informed decisions.

Pragmatic Works is a team of dedicated and passionate Microsoft MVPs and industry experts on a mission to help businesses grow and operate more efficiently through data and the latest Microsoft features, such as Azure and Power BI. They deliver top-notch training and consulting services for even the most complex Data Management, Big Data, Cloud and Business Intelligence projects.

The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past year. Click here to learn more about the Microsoft’s partner awards.

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3Cloud Acquires Applied Cloud Systems

Acquisition expands 3Cloud’s infrastructure and application modernization capabilities as well as geographic reach, extending 3Cloud’s market leadership in the Azure ecosystem

CHICAGO, IL July 30, 2020 – 3Cloud, a leading Microsoft Azure services firm, today announced that it has acquired Applied Cloud Systems, an award-winning Microsoft consultancy that helps customers adopt and leverage Microsoft cloud technologies.

“3Cloud was founded with the mission to deliver the ultimate Azure experience for our clients and the vision to be the leading Microsoft Azure partner. Our acquisition of Applied Cloud Systems greatly strengthens our ability to deliver on those objectives,” said Mike Rocco, 3Cloud CEO and Co-Founder. “We’re excited to welcome Applied Cloud Systems’ world-class team into the 3Cloud organization. Their deep cloud expertise, especially in Azure with education and leading healthcare institutions, furthers our vision of being the preeminent pure-play Azure services provider in the U.S.”

With this acquisition, 3Cloud will form one of the largest and most experienced Azure-focused services firms in the U.S. Additionally, 3Cloud will gain an expanded geographic presence to better serve clients in the Eastern U.S.

“After working together on a number of client engagements, the synergies between our two firms became clear,” said Brian Dupper, Applied Cloud Systems CEO. “We both have a commitment to helping clients embrace the cloud and a focus on innovating with Microsoft technologies. We’re excited to join 3Cloud on its incredible growth trajectory.”

Both firms have strong partnerships with Microsoft and industry-leading Microsoft credentials. 3Cloud was recently named the winner of the Microsoft US 2020 Azure Influencer Partner Award, and Applied Cloud Systems was a finalist for both the Community Response and Education 2020 Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards. The companies together hold 10 Microsoft Gold competencies and are among a select group of partners worldwide to earn the Microsoft Azure Expert MSP designation (3Cloud) and the Microsoft Azure Advanced Specialization in Modernization of Web Applications (Applied Cloud Systems).

“The addition of Applied Cloud Systems’ services and expertise will enable 3Cloud to create the most comprehensive set of Azure offerings available in the marketplace,” said Jim Dietrich, 3Cloud President and Co-Founder. “With the backing of our new financial partner, Gryphon Investors, we are just beginning our next phase of organic and acquisition-driven growth and look forward to continuing to expand our Azure capabilities and resources to meet our mission of delivering the ultimate Azure experience for our clients.”

Alantra LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to 3Cloud and Gryphon Investors. Gryphon Investors completed a majority investment in 3Cloud in June 2020.


About 3Cloud:

3Cloud is a “born in the cloud” Gold-certified Microsoft Azure technology consulting firm and Azure Expert Managed Services Provider that provides cloud strategy, design, implementation, and managed services to clients across multiple industries. Founded by former Microsoft technology leaders, 3Cloud combines a team of highly experienced cloud architects and technologists with a strong network of Microsoft sales and engineering relationships to deliver the ultimate Azure experience for clients. 3Cloud is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois with offices in Dallas, Texas and supports clients throughout North America and Europe. To learn more, visit www.3cloudsolutions.com.

About Applied Cloud Systems:

Applied Cloud Systems is a Microsoft Managed Gold Partner, with a national footprint, that helps customers adopt and leverage Microsoft cloud technologies including Azure, Dynamics 365, Office365, and Power Platform. Applied Cloud Systems holds several Gold and Silver Microsoft competencies and has recently been awarded Microsoft’s Application Modernization Specialization. The company was also named a finalist for Microsoft’s Community Response and Education 2020 Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards. Applied Cloud Systems is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.appliedcloudsystems.com.

About Gryphon Investors:

Based in San Francisco, Gryphon Investors is a leading private equity firm focused on growing and enhancing mid-market companies in partnership with management. The firm has managed over $5 billion of equity investments and capital since 1997. Gryphon targets making equity investments of $100 million to $300 million in portfolio companies with sales ranging from approximately $100 million to $500 million. Gryphon prioritizes investment opportunities where it can form strong partnerships with owners and executives to build leading companies, utilizing Gryphon’s capital, specialized professional resources, and operational expertise. For more information, visit www.gryphoninvestors.com.

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3Cloud Welcomes Gary Diorio as Executive Chairman of the Board

Former Cloud Sherpas and Contino President brings experience growing cloud-based companies

CHICAGO, IL July 28, 2020 – 3Cloud, a leading Microsoft Azure services firm, has announced the appointment of Gary DiOrio as Executive Chairman of the company’s board of directors.

“Gary’s experience growing multiple cloud-based companies both organically and through synergistic acquisitions will be incredibly valuable to 3Cloud as we accelerate our own growth,” said Mike Rocco, 3Cloud CEO. “He understands the art and science of scaling a company while successfully integrating acquisitions. And his passion for not just growing companies, but also developing employees and helping them grow their careers resonates with 3Cloud’s vision and culture.”

Currently a member of Gryphon Investors’ Executive Advisory Board, DiOrio has held executive leadership positions across multiple cloud services companies. He served as President of Cloud Sherpas’ global Salesforce.com business unit, as well as President of Contino North America, a leading DevOps consultancy and premier Amazon Web Services partner. Prior to his work in cloud services, DiOrio was a General Manager and EVP at Capgemini, CEO of Plaut Consulting, a leading SAP implementation specialist, and CEO of Intershop NA, a leading enterprise eCommerce software firm.

“Azure adoption has grown at an impressive pace and is expected to continue growing for many years as companies of all sizes continue their journey to the cloud. In just three years, 3Cloud has established itself as a market leader focused on delivering the ultimate Azure experience and outpacing market growth,” said DiOrio. “I look forward to working with Gryphon Investors and 3Cloud’s outstanding leadership to help build upon this world-class platform and accelerate the company’s growth both organically and through synergistic acquisitions.”

Alex Earls, Partner and Head of the Business Services Group at Gryphon Investors, added, “3Cloud will benefit greatly from Gary’s expertise in growing both early-stage technology firms and business units within global systems integrators. His depth of experience leading acquisition integrations—both at acquiring and acquired companies—will help to position 3Cloud for success in its next phase of its growth.”


About 3Cloud:

3Cloud is a “born in the cloud” Gold-certified Microsoft Azure technology consulting firm and Azure Expert Managed Services Provider that provides cloud strategy, design, implementation, and managed services to clients across multiple industries. Founded by former Microsoft technology leaders, 3Cloud combines a team of highly experienced cloud architects and technologists with a strong network of Microsoft sales and engineering relationships to deliver the ultimate Azure experience for clients. 3Cloud is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois with offices in Dallas, Texas and supports clients throughout North America and Europe. To learn more, visit www.3cloudsolutions.com.

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3Cloud Wins 2020 Microsoft US Azure Influencer Award

CHICAGO, IL July 22, 2020 – 3Cloud, a leading Microsoft Azure services firm, today announced it has been named the 2020 Microsoft United States Azure Influencer Partner Award Winner. This award recognizes a partner that has excelled in delivering outstanding business value to Microsoft by influencing customer adoption of Azure.

“3Cloud was founded with the mission of delivering the ultimate Microsoft Azure experience for our clients. We’re proud to be recognized for our influence on Azure adoption and for bringing that ultimate cloud experience to a growing number of companies across the US,” said Mike Rocco, 3Cloud co-founder and CEO. “We are thankful for the opportunity to work alongside Microsoft every day to deliver the full value of Azure for our clients.”

Jim Dietrich, 3Cloud co-founder and President, added, “These awards reflect the exceptional Azure expertise of the entire 3Cloud team. We’re honored to be recognized for the depth and breadth of our Azure capabilities and our commitment to delivering innovative solutions for clients wherever they are in their cloud journey.”

As cloud adoption matures, companies are looking for consulting partners who can go beyond datacenter migration to deliver cloud-native solutions that generate real business and financial value. 3Cloud has developed a comprehensive suite of services, solutions and accelerators to guide companies on their Microsoft Azure journey and help them not only move to the cloud, but fully leverage its potential for technology and business innovation.


About 3Cloud:

3Cloud is a “born in the cloud” Gold-certified Microsoft Azure technology consulting firm and Azure Expert Managed Services Provider that provides cloud strategy, design, implementation, and managed services to clients across multiple industries. Founded by former Microsoft technology leaders, 3Cloud combines a team of highly experienced cloud architects and technologists with a strong network of Microsoft sales and engineering relationships to deliver the ultimate Azure experience for clients. 3Cloud is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois with offices in Dallas, Texas and supports clients throughout North America and Europe. To learn more, visit www.3cloudsolutions.com.

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Pragmatic Works (now part of 3Cloud) Recognized as Finalist for the 2020 Power BI and Power Apps and Power Automate Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards

Pragmatic Works, now 3Cloud, is excited to announce that we have been named a finalist for the 2020 Microsoft Power BI and Power Apps and Power Automate Partner of the Year Awards. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.

3CloudPragmatic Works (now part of 3Cloud) Recognized as Finalist for the 2020 Power BI and Power Apps and Power Automate Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards
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