Microsoft has shifted the date of this year’s partner awards from August to September and added more categories in a bid to create wider industry interest.
New categories this year are the Partners’ Choice CIO of the Year, honouring a CIO who has a vision for their company’s IT infrastructure, the Business Impact Solution of the Year, rewarding a offering that has achieved cost savings for a business, and the MSN NZ Advertising Partner of the Year, for an outstanding online campaign delivered through the MSN portal.
Partner group director Brent Colbert says the changes will allow the awards to have a larger impact on the industry at large.
“The awards are designed to reward our partners for the great work they do all year long. We felt it was important to expand the awards scope this year as a chance to demonstrate and celebrate more of that high-calibre work produced by the industry.”
Partners can submit entries online from Wednesday, March 24 until Wednesday, June 2.
The full list of categories are:
Application Platform Solution of the Year
Enterprise Content Management Solution of the Year
Portals & Collaboration Solution of the Year
Unified Communications Solution of the Year
Core Infrastructure Solution of the Year
Dynamics CRM Solution of the Year
Dynamics ERP Solution of the Year
Small Business Solution of the Year
Citizenship Solution of the Year
Solutions Architect of the Year (formerly Solutions Star of the Year)
Partners Choice CIO of the Year (New)
Distributor of the Year
Reseller of the Year
MSN NZ Advertising Partner of the Year (New)
Learning Solutions Partner of the Year
Online Services Partner of the Year (Formerly Software plus Services Partner of the year)
Partnering of the Year Award
ISV Solution of the Year
Platform Value Partner of the Year
Business Impact Solution of the Year (New)