On Tuesday, October 25, a handful of experts and MVP’s participated in an Enterprise Collaboration Q&A at the IT/Dev Connections conference in San Francisco, CA.

Among those experts was Thomas Verwer, Cloud Infrastructure Lead at Rapid Circle. Experts such as Jaap Wesselius, Andy Malone and Theresa Miller were also present.

During the session, experts were asked about the challenges in terms of Enterprise Collaboration for the upcoming year.

Compliancy, security, (cloud)identity and adoption of new services such as Teams and Groups were the main focus.

The experts emphasized that much of the cold feet and fear to transition to the Cloud, are unfounded. For every risk there is a mitigation measure and for extreme scenarios where extra functionalities are needed, very mature third party tools are available that make the total solution very mature. The Microsoft Cloud offers a very strong proposition for companies that want to take collaboration to the next level.

To name one of the challenges, companies that have already transitioned to Office 365 have made a head start in the preparation for the GDPR that will be introduced in 2018.

Thomas Verwer speaks during the Ask The Experts Session

Thomas Verwer speaks during the Ask The Experts Session

Andy Malone emphasizes the enormous power that results from the continuous development of all collaboration tools within the platform. Not to forget the importance of considered Governance that comes with the introduction of those techniques. For this reason it is very important to think carefully about who can create Groups within an organization.

Click here for more information about the IT/Dev conference and the speakers.


For the fourth time in a row Rapid Circle has been awarded during the Microsoft ‘Global Partner of the Year’ awards. This time in the category ‘Content and Collaboration’.

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The Microsoft Awards are introduced to acknowledge Microsoft partners who make the difference with customers, using Microsoft technology. Rapid Circle has been chosen from over 2800 nominations from 115 different countries. Rapid Circle owes its acknowledgement on the unique approach for the adoption of Office 365 and Digital Workplace based on the tool Pulse, that makes desired behavior and the effectiveness of adoption and training measurable. As a ‘Finalist’, Rapid Circle is once again one of the 4 partners worldwide for Content & Collaboration.

The essence of our adoption approach is that we don’t focus on the use of a tool itself, but rather on indicating that specific behavior, supported by the Microsoft platform, supports objectives of the organization. In essence, we measure desired behavior. For example, when we train people to use OneNote during meetings, to make notes, we measure how many people during a meeting (this can be found in Outlook) use OneNote. There are many measuring points, from behavior during meetings, time spent reading emails to the level of cross-department collaboration. To know more about our Organizational Pulse tool, click here.

“Rapid Circle wins award based on a model and tool to make the success of adoption demonstrable and to make the value measurable.

— Microsoft

Harold Punter, CEO of Rapid Circle: “This acknowledgement means a lot to us, because it emphasizes the direction we’re going in is the right one. We are a Microsoft partner who wants to support our customers in getting the most out of the Microsoft cloud platform.  Much of it usually remains unused which is a shame. We provide a broader use of the products, but always with a purpose, in terms of productivity and collaboration of the employer.”

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Microsoft has confirmed Rapid Circle’s membership in the exclusive Partner Advisory Council (PAC) program. The PAC is an invitation-only membership and consists of the most select group of partners sharing their customer projects experiences with Microsoft management. Microsoft uses this feedback for their product development strategy, especially with respect to new product releases. 

Rapid Circle is active in the Public Sector group at corporate level giving Rapid Circle a seat at the table to contribute to Microsoft’s Public Sector Strategy. This program allows partners to receive information at an early stage, about the roadmap, products and go-to marketing strategies of Microsoft. Rapid Circle benefits from the latest Microsoft development strategies, which can then be implemented at an early stage in customer projects. In addition it allows Rapid Circle to give its customers the chance to be a part of the Rapid Deployment Program. By participating in the PAC, Rapid Circle strengthens her position as a top ten Worldwide Microsoft Cloud Partner of Microsoft worldwide.

“We are very pleased to be selected as one of the 16 partners worldwide for this council. There are only a few councils, which means we are part of a very select group that shares practical experience with the management of Microsoft Corp. This information and feedback is being used by Microsoft for, among other things, improvements in new product releases and for their partner strategy.

— Wilco Turnhout - CCO Rapid Circle

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LUMC chooses Rapid Circle as Office 365 implementing and executing partner

LUMC establishes a leadership position among Academic Medical Centers in the Netherlands by fully shifting to Microsoft Cloud The Leids Academic Medical Center (LUMC) has chosen Rapid Circle to be its implementation partner for Office 365. This makes LUMC one of the first hospitals in the Netherlands to fully shift to Office 365. Office 365 will play a central role within the digital workplace for all its employees that will, among others, optimally work within the LUMC’s VDI environment.


LUMC has chosen Rapid Circle based on their experience with Office 365, successfully proven approach, vision on successful client usage and its solutions. On top of this, it was important for LUMC that Rapid Circle’s ‘best practices’ can be used for the implementation in general and within LUMC's VDI workplace concept.


Rob de Weerd, Manager ICT Operations at LUMC: ‘For us, it was important that the partner could not only deliver a solid design but had also been through different pitfalls. It’s also very important when they know how to make working together a pleasant experience. We see in Rapid Circle a partner that helps us proactively with making a success out of all our planned steps in the field of Office 365 and the Microsoft Cloud. Rapid Circle has proven that they understand what healthcare entails and that they prefer working in small pragmatic steps, with a sharp focus on the future’.


Wilco Turnhout, cofounder Rapid Circle: ‘LUMC has a progressive vision on ICT with professional pragmatism. They enjoy being an example to other hospitals in terms of setting up solid state-of-the-art solutions and platforms that truly help employees do their work in a better way. I’m proud that we were chosen to form a team together to work on the implementation of the Microsoft Cloud.’


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Rapid Circle is now a Sharegate Premium Partner

At Rapid Circle we are always on the lookout for great new partners. This time we are happy to announce we are an official Sharegate partner. Sharegate is a third-party software that allows companies to comprehensively manage migration and administrative reporting tasks for SharePoint, Office 365, and OneDrive for Business. Sharegate has also rapidly become one of the leaders in its industry.

As a partner and reseller, we have the in-house knowledge to advise and guide you in the extensive array of features Sharegate offers. Moreover, when applicable, we have the expertise to incorporate the use of Sharegate in your file share or SharePoint migration plans to Office 365.

Finally, through our partnership, we are also able to offer discounts up to 25% to any of our customers interested in buying the product.

Interested in how we can help you with your migration? Feel free to contact us.

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Rapid Circle makes "Cloud builders" dev team available to customers

The same cloud experts who build our award-winning solutions are now available to our customers as remote team members.

Rapid Circle Cloud Builders provides world-class cloud and mobile developers who work remotely within your team to help you meet your project goals. Want to know what they can do for you? Check out the Cloud Builders page here. Learn more about our solutions and the Cloud Builders team, and get your dev project started at no costs.

Rapid Circle named Tier-1 Microsoft Cloud Solution provider


As of January 2016, Rapid Circle has been accepted into the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider programme (CSP). This means that Rapid Circle – as one of the few so-called Tier-1 partners – can buy licences from Microsoft directly. Because of this, we can offer licences for Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics CRM on favourable conditions, without the intervention of an external licence supplier and without an Enterprise Agreement contract.

If you purchase licences via Rapid Circle, this can have many advantages for you as an end user. Some of these advantages are:

  • Optimal flexibility, because CSP licences can be changed every month. So there is not only the option to upscale your plan every month, it also provides the option to terminate (some) licences every month.
  • Transparent investments: all the project activities, (premium) support and Microsoft licences on just one invoice.
  • It allows for paying at the end of each month, instead of 1 year in advance.

Would you like to know more about the possibilities that this licence model can offer you? If so, please contact Norbert Waal via or on +31 6 15 56 49 38.


Website based on SharePoint live at BrabantZorg

Last month, Rapid Circle launched a public website based on SharePoint at BrabantZorg. The website is fully responsive, optimised for Google and fully contemporary.   What did BrabantZorg need?

BrabantZorg is – as a committed organisation for housing, welfare and healthcare – always working on renewing itself. The purpose is to be able to be a distinctive and attractive regional provider for clients, employees and all the relevant institutions in the changing healthcare market. An important step in the development trajectory towards becoming an attractive provider was a new website.

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What did we do?

In collaboration with the online marketing bureau Have a Nice Day Online and BrabantZorg, we built a public facing website based on SharePoint 2013. Keeping the future and the possibility to integrate processes in mind, it suited BrabantZorg for the public website to be built on the same technology, because the internal sites and processes of BrabantZorg also run on SharePoint 2013. Rapid Circle has taken care of the technical realisation and the project management.

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The result

The website, developed in coproduction, has improved a lot when compared to the old version. The current site is fully responsive, Google optimized and entirely compliant with the guidelines and standards of these times. The most important difference between the old and the new site of BrabantZorg is that the experience of the user is much more positive due to the userfriendliness.

Would you like to know more? About public facing websites based on SharePoint or what else we can do? Please contact us!

Two awards for ASML’s digital workplace

The digital workplace of ASML won two international awards in the Collaborative Enterprise Cup. The award ‘Best Integration of Collaboration & Communication’ and a special jury award are assigned to MyASML, a portal that’s co-developed and designed by Rapid Circle. Paul Leemans, Sr. Manager Collaboration at ASML: “We are very proud that we won those two awards, and especially the special jury award. We think that communication and collaboration at a digital workplace must support each other. The jury found that this is one of the key things of our intranet, together with the personal experience on the homepage. With all of the complex technical solutions in the backend, all hidden for the end users. Their experience is a simple page that is personally relevant to them and their work and is easy to adapt to their wishes. I want to thank Rapid Circle for their expertise and development that makes this is possible.”

At Rapid Circle we are also very proud of this award. The awards are assigned to the ASML portal for assumptions that we think are very important; creating personal relevant, simple and user friendly digital workplaces and intranets. Who wants, after all, an intranet where you can only find something? If you’re lucky? If your intranet can help you with your work today, it’s an attractive place to start your day and consult it daily. The jury of the Collaborative Enterprise Cup is that exactly what MyASML is! We are also very proud that Attini, our solution for personal news, and our app catalogue have contributed to winning this award.

Want to know more about one of these topics? Please contact Wilco Turnhout.

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Rapid Circle wins again! Cloud Partner of the Year

After winning the worldwide ‘Health Partner of the Year’ award from Microsoft we also received the ‘Cloud Partner of the Year’ award for the Dutch healthcare sector. Andre Piso, Health & Local Government Lead from Microsoft Netherlands handed over the award to Wilco Turnhout.  With this annual awards Microsoft wants to express their appreciation for all Dutch partners who developed special or innovative solutions for the healthcare industry based on Microsoft technology. The Microsoft Health Partner awards are awarded in 5 categories: Innovator of the Year, System Integrator of the Year, Solution Partner of the Year, Licensing Partner of the Year en Cloud partner of the Year. We also want to congratulate the other award winners – Wortell,, ChipSoft and Agile Software.

The reason that Rapid Circle won this ‘Cloud Partner of the Year’ award is because of our express choice for Office 365, Cloud and Microsoft Azure. Our clear ‘Cloud first’ strategy at our customers, but also in our marketing and PR.

Rapid Circle wins Microsoft ‘Worldwide Health Partner of the Year’ award.

Rapid Circle has been proclaimed winner of the ‘Health Partner of the Year’. We are very honoured to belong to a global field of top Microsoft partners. Every year Microsoft awards partners who have demonstrated excellence in innovation and implementation of future-proof customer solutions based on Microsoft technology. Awards were presented in several categories, with winners chosen from a set of more than 2,300 entrants from 108 different countries worldwide. In 2014 Rapid Circle was already named finalist in the Healthcare category, this year we can officially take the trophy home. With this we can be considered the most valuable partner for Microsoft in healthcare worldwide.

“This year’s award winners are among the most innovative and valuable our partner ecosystem has to offer. Therefore, it came as no surprise that Rapid Circle was named among that group as this year’s winner of the 2015 Microsoft Health Partner of the Year award,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft Corp. “We applaud Rapid Circle on this achievement and for the outstanding value it continues to provide for our mutual customers.”

Industry Managing Director, Worldwide Health Paul Smolke from Microsoft adds: “Rapid Circle has earned the Microsoft Health Partner of the Year Award because of their innovation and dedication to results.  They offer solutions based on a combination of Microsoft’s cloud and mobile platforms and their understanding of healthcare.   Their solutions are easy to implement and utilize.  Thank you, Rapid Circle for making a difference.”

Phil Sorgen and Satya Nadela (Corporate Vice President and CEO Microsoft) will officially present the award at the World Partner Conference in Orlando


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We’re very proud and honoured to win this prize. Harold Punter, CEO: “It is an acknowledgement for our course, vision and the results we achieve with our clients. For this we want to thank our clients, because we achieve innovations and success together.”

Even though Rapid Circle is present in several sectors to improve cooperation and productivity, our position is especially strong in healthcare. While the healthcare sector has less and less resources to work with, we are motivated to add value to the quality of care and to improve client experience. As Rapid Circle we can add value to productivity and quality of care through the utilization of new technologies. The Netherlands is leading in innovation of healthcare, and this award is a great example.

Cloud Success Management. A new approach to IT

Employees of (healthcare) organisations experience innovative and cloud technologies as consumers everyday. Because of this, they also expect these technologies within their organisations more and more. New solutions for mobile and tablets help with innovating internal and external communication and cooperation, increase productivity and stimulate self-organisation in flatter organisations. These solutions become relevant to organisations through configuration and continuous cloud-based innovation, just like for consumer apps.

Configuration demands a different approach to IT than customization used to have. Our approach consists of guiding (healthcare) organisations in determining cloud-strategy based on organisation goals and user profiles, implementing platforms, arranging support, measuring results and continuously pay attention to the utilization of platforms through adoption and governance. Because we invest in long-term relationships we can offer organisations the latest innovations on the platform right away


Leading in new technologies

In the Netherlands Rapid Circle is leading in implementing solutions based on the Microsoft Cloud. Important elements of the cloud are Office 365, SharePoint Online, Enterprise Mobility Suite, apps, CRM Online and Skype for Business. Based on these elements, Rapid Circle realizes solutions in healthcare. Examples are the digital workplace, care apps, employee portals, referral portals, client portals, quality handbooks and video conferencing.

As a fast growing organisation we hope to support more healthcare organisations in the years to come with their questions regarding innovation of cooperation.

Do you want to know more about our plans, way of working, solutions and services? Please contact Wilco Turnhout.

Rapid Circle is Gold Certified Cloud Productivity Partner


By the end of 2014 we were chosen by Microsoft as the winner of the ‘European Microsoft Cloud First Partner Healthcare’ award. And now, as one of the first in Europe, we have also recieved the Gold competency for the Cloud Productivity program and the Silver competency for the Cloud Platform program for Microsoft partners. Those programs are part of the total cloud strategy of Microsoft, in which technologies as Office 365, Windows Azure and Dynamics CRM are very important. We are very proud that we reached those two competencies as a recognition of our knowledge, experience and commitment to the ‘Cloud First’ strategy of Rapid Circle. It gives our customers the security that they can trust us on our cloud expertise. Besides those competences we already got the Gold competency for Content & Collaboration and also the Gold one for App Development.

Rapid Circle & the Cloud

For years we think that cloud is the right way to go for organizations. Employees bring their experiences with the apps and solutions for the home consumers into the office and expect the same experience with their business apps. Cloud solutions bring those innovative and new technologies for business solutions and help organizations with reducing costs, increase productivity and innovate on their internal communications and collaboration. The Cloud helps organizations to grow and makes them more flexible in a fast changing world.

Implementing new technologies is always challenging for businesses on the technical and organizational part. When they are successful in the cloud they can focus more on those two pillars, which brings them in a better balance.

Do you want to talk about Cloud solutions for your organization? Please contact us.

Rapid Circle wins “European Microsoft Cloud First Partner Healthcare” award


Rapid Circle has been chosen as the winner of the ‘European Microsoft Cloud First Partner Healthcare’ award at the ‘EU Health Innovation Event’ in Brussel. We are very proud that Microsoft sees us as one of the most important partners for working with the Microsoft Cloud for healthcare. Microsoft: “We recognize Rapid Circle for leading the cloud business in Europe.” 

For Rapid Circle is Cloud a very important part of our vision and strategy. We believe that the Microsoft Cloud is an important platform for innovation and better healthcare. We are dedicated to the Microsoft Cloud for the last 5 years, to reach our goals: Innovative, user friendly and cross-application app’s. We are very proud that our method and focus on Cloud are recommended with this award.

Microsoft says that our creativity, the way we speak the language of our customers and all of our work for lots of healthcare organizations in and around the Netherlands brought us the award for ‘European Microsoft First Partner Healthcare’. With this we serve as a model for Europe, regarding migrating to the cloud and knowing what is relevant for cloud adoption.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - "Off course we also participate in the battle agains ALS"

Being challenged in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? Off course we step up! "Surely we also participate in the battle agains ALS", says Harold Punter in the video with the Ice Bucket Challenge of Rapid Circle. A fun wat to generate attention and extra resources for a serious cause; the rare neurological disease ALS. "In this wat we contribute to the research of this terrible disease".

As Microsoft Healthcare partner Rapid Circle happily supports this cause. "ALS is a disease with approximately 1000 victims a year, to which no cure is available. Hopefully we can change this together", says Harold. In return, Rapid Circle challenges PQR, Agile Software and Mavention to contribute as well. Because it is as the ALS foundation states on their website: "There's only one way to ban ALS, and that is through research. And research is not cheap."