At a glitzy evening function held last night in Auckland, Microsoft honoured its channel community at the company’s 2013 NZ Partner Awards.
A total of 22 awards were given out across four main categories including Cloud, Competency, Individual and Segment.
“We had an outstanding number of entries this year, with exceptionally high standards which made the process of selecting the winners very difficult. It’s great for us to be able to reward and recognise companies for their dedication to provide innovative solutions that make customers’ lives easier,” says Brent Kendrick, SMB solutions and partners director at Microsoft NZ.
Speaking at the event, Paul Muckleston, MD of Microsoft NZ, promised two Azure data centres in Australia soon for partners to tap into and provide computing power to their customers.
Partners with strong cloud solutions and projects dominated the event, including SoftSource, which picked up three awards, and Gen-i and IT Engine, which collected two awards each.
SoftSource, received the award for Mid-market Solution Provider, for its work with environmental planning and design consultancy Boffa Miskell after they received damage in the Christchurch earthquake. The company also received Sales Specialist of the Year and Cloud SMB category awards.
IT Engine won the Small Business award for the work they did for The Rural General Practitioners Network (RGPN), shifting them to a hybrid cloud service.
Datacom picked up the Cloud Enterprise award for transitioning Zespri’s infrastructure and enterprise applications globally from on-premise to a public cloud model.
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Express Data took home the Distributor award and Dimension Data walked away with the Management and Virtualisation award.
Telecom’s digital solutions division Gen-i won the award for Communications Competency for a business solution for their work using Microsoft Lync to address client challenges.
The full list of winners of the Microsoft New Zealand 2013 Partner Awards is below.
Microsoft New Zealand 2013 Partner Awards - Winners
Cloud SMB: SoftSource
Cloud Enterprise: Datacom
Cloud Hosting: OneNet
Competency Awards: Core Infrastructure
Devices and Deployment: Gen-i
Management and Virtualisation: Dimension Data
Server Platform: IT Engine
Competency Awards: Application Platform
Business Intelligence: Theta
Windows 8 App Developer: Marker Metro
Windows Azure Solution: Provoke Solutions
Competency Awards: Business Productivity
Collaboration and Content: Enlighten Designs
Competency Awards: Business Applications
CRM: Koorb Consulting
Sales Specialist of the year: SoftSource
Pre-Sales Technical Specialist of the year: Computer Concepts Limited
Distributor: Express Data
Innovative Technology for Good Citizenship: NV Interactive
Midmarket Solution Provider: SoftSource
Small Business: IT Engine
Volume Licensing Partner of the year: Insight