For the Kiwi ICT industry, awards season has arrived as a total of 65 finalists prepare to battle it out in 19 awards, across seven segments for one prize - the 2015 Microsoft New Zealand Partner Award.
Seven days out from the awards ceremony, to be held at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland, each day will feature a full rundown of the competing finalists, in order of categories, offering potential insight into who will claim the coveted awards on March 19.
Competency Awards: Application Platform
Occupying a prime position within the New Zealand market as recognised leaders in software development, systems integration, and website design, Enlighten Designs’ journey began in 1998 in Hamilton, with the company enjoying sustained business growth as evidenced by placing within the Deloitte Asia Pacific Technology Fast 500 in 2010 and 2011.
As one of the country’s leading SharePoint providers, Enlighten Designs has gained SharePoint Elite status and winning numerous awards for business productivity solutions utilising the SharePoint platform including the 2013 Microsoft APAC Partner of the Year Award for Collaboration and Content.
Operating as an independent professional services consultancy, Montage offers key professional services which include: Business Intelligence, Business Analytics, Enterprise Project Management, Human Resource Information Systems and Search and Selection.
The company’s end-to-end Business Intelligence service delivers all stages of the Business Intelligence Framework; these include business intelligence consulting, programme and project management, data warehousing, reporting, measurement and analysis, training and support.
In attaining Microsoft Gold Data Analytics Competency, Stellar Consultancy has demonstrated its capability to deliver BI solutions to the highest standards, operating as one of only a handful of companies in New Zealand to have achieved this status with Microsoft.
Stellar’s partnership with Microsoft ensures consultant’s have the tools, training, and credentials needed to provide expert advice and solutions using the Microsoft BI product suite.
Theta is an information technology consultancy company with offices in Auckland and Wellington, using a number of Microsoft technologies to deliver specialist solutions.
The company demonstrates industry level expertise in .NET, Azure, BizTalk, the SQL Server suite (including Reporting Services, Analysis Services and Integration Services), Microsoft Dynamics NAV, and Microsoft Online Services.
Windows App Developer
Based in Christchurch, Lazyworm Apps builds world-class applications for the latest Microsoft platforms.
Most commonly known for delivering the iconic Windows Phone app 'Metrotube' and other popular titles on Windows 8 such as Tweetro+ and Weave News Reader, Lazyworm Apps caters for the world's biggest brands and has worked with fellow Microsoft partner NV Interactive in the past.
Operating as the first 100% Windows App agency, Marker Metro excels around building apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8, while also providing expertise in Xbox App Strategy, Design and Development.
In addition to having a close relationship with Microsoft and Nokia, the company are members of the Developer Partner Program for Xbox LIVE Applications.
Joint (NV Interactive and Intergen)
NV Interactive - Sitting at the intersection of technology and design, NV Interactive helps clients develop an overall digital marketing strategy that defines what they need to communicate and the best way to deliver it.
A multiple winner of Microsoft Partner Awards in the past, including numerous global accolades, the Wellington-based company are widely renowned as world leaders in the design and development of Windows Apps.
Intergen - Seen as leaders in the design and application of Microsoft technology, Intergen is one of Australasia’s leading dedicated Microsoft solutions providers and a leading member of the Microsoft Partner Network.
With staff delivering information technology solutions across Australia, New Zealand and North America, is key offerings include portals, content and collaboration solutions, web and digital strategy and delivery, user experience design, Microsoft Dynamics financial and customer relationship management among others.