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.
With the awards ceremony set for tonight, to be held at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland, each day has featured a full rundown of the competing finalists, in order of categories, offering potential insight into who will claim the coveted awards on March 19.
Education - Finalists
Cyclone Computers was established in 1988 and provides IT hardware, software and support to some of New Zealand’s largest organisations.
With primarily an education focus, customers include some of the largest IT users in New Zealand including Auckland University of Technology, Unitec, University of Canterbury, Manukau Institute of Technology, Lincoln University, University of Otago, Waikato Institute of Technology and Eastern Institute of Technology.
New Era IT
New Era IT provides an ICT service to schools that enhances and integrates the delivery of ICT in the curriculum, giving students and teachers the knowledge and skills they need to be active players in the 21st Century.
The company works solely within the education market with a number of senior personnel coming from a background in teaching and through its nationwide channel, New Era IT currently service over 900 schools in New Zealand.
Pcmedia provides clients with cost effective straightforward IT solutions, combing IT hardware with Cloud computing and work across all the major brands.
After starting in a garage selling floppy disks in 1993, over the last twenty years the company has grown into a modern ICT firm offering support and services to corporate, small business and home users, and was made a Microsoft Platinum Partner in 2013 after taking more business to the Cloud than any other IT business in New Zealand.
Innovation Technology for Good Citizenship - Finalists
IT Engine is a locally owned Wellington based company focused on providing quality IT solutions for New Zealand business.
Operating from its premises in Victoria Street, Wellington where they are ideally located to provide expert advice and prompt efficient service to clients in the Wellington region, IT Engine has long established partnership with Partners across New Zealand enabling national coverage.
Koorb is a 100 percent New Zealand company, established over 14 years ago with offices in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
The main focus of its business is implementing and supporting Microsoft Dynamics AX (Gold Partner), Microsoft Dynamics CRM (Gold Partner), Microsoft Business Intelligence (BI) Solutions (Gold Partner) and Microsoft SharePoint (Silver Partner).
With a team of over 80 certified and experienced consultants this makes Koorb the largest practice of its kind in New Zealand.
Learning - Finalists
Established in 1987, ACE is one of the largest privately New Zealand owned computer training companies.
At present, the company has the unique distinction of being the only training company in New Zealand to be both an IBM and Microsoft Authorised Education Centre.
With dedicated training centres in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch, ACE delivers Microsoft applications and technical training and certification to world class standards nationally.
Auldhouse Computer Training offers a large range of both end-user and IT professional training courses in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
With it comes the company’s vision of imparting to all those who use computing the knowledge to maximise not only the functionality of the systems, but also the knowledge to maintain or enhance them.
As an award winning independent IT services provider, Kinetics strong work with Office 365 has seen the company win the Microsoft NZ Partner Awards for Small Business four times in the last five years.
With a range of programmes designed to meet business requirements for value and confidence, Kinetics’ approach ensures organisations maximise the buying power of hardware and software budgets.