Six partners have entered submissions for Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Awards to be held in the US in July, for which the deadline was mid-April.
There are two entries in the Citizenship award — from Information Power and Simpl. Kinetics Group has again entered the international Small Business Specialist category, being the first New Zealand company to make the finals for the award last year.
Others seeking global Microsoft awards this year are Auldhouse in the Certified Partner for Learning Solutions group and Managed Hosted Applications in the Software plus Services integration category.
Local partner group manager Nick Fletcher says there is a trend toward New Zealand partners seeking local recognition because of the launch of the New Zealand partner awards two years ago. About 24 partners sought international recognition two years ago, while about seven did so last year. However, partner organisations who want a higher profile in a specialist area enter the global awards, Fletcher says.
Microsoft also canvassed the local channel on the need for a Supreme Award this year.
“The feeling is that there is not necessarily a need to have an ‘uber’ award. But there is also a feeling that [there should be the] ability for partners to be recognised not just in the depth of their capability, but also in the breadth across a number of areas. The Deployment Partner Award is about that,” says Fletcher.
The Deployment Partner Award is targeted at organisations doing large infrastructure rollouts, though it is also for those with a broad skill base in technology and development.