• Innovation Technology for Good Citizenship
Finalists: IT Engine, Koorb
“It was clear from their submission that the solution Koorb is providing for Plunket is going to have long term positive benefits not only for the organisation itself, but for New Zealand as a whole,” Kendrick adds.
“We were impressed by their commitment to future-proofing the solution, as well as the care and attention given to ensuring deployment and utilisation by the Plunket nurses was a smooth process that would bring enduring results.”
Finalists: Ace, Auldhouse, Kinetics, pcMedia
“Auldhouse addressed market research by identifying an opportunity to educate the market on why certification matters through a highly successful marketing campaign,” Kendrick adds.
“Consistently high calibre trainers and classroom learning experiences for both partners and industry clients, make Auldhouse an excellent choice for both technical and end user IT skills development.”
• Volume Licensing
Finalists: Fujitsu, Insight, Northcom ICT, Spark Digital
“Insight are showcasing exceptional performance backed by solid operational excellence and a strong customer focus,” Kendrick adds.
“Insight have successfully been able to leverage their knowledge, experience and data intelligence to develop a number of sales tools and services that not only differentiate their value proposition to the market, but ultimately help fulfil their customer’s needs. They have cracked the code on attaching online services to enterprise license agreements.”
Finalists: Intergen, Kinetics, Origin IT, Provoke Solutions
WINNER: Provoke Solutions
“Provoke’s (Closer Look Cloud) was a best in class example of a fully integrated marketing campaign,” Kendrick adds. “Their campaign was born to promote adoption of Azure for enterprise cloud customers.
“Provoke has grown an in-house marketing capability to the extent that they are able to offer digital marketing services to the market. They have also shown willingness to share their marketing insights with other Microsoft Partners.”
• Rising Star
Finalists: Lazyworm Apps, Origin IT, Timely, VMob
“VMob’s strategy is based around helping retailers connect customers with relevant offers via a real-time mobile app,” Kendrick adds.
“They do this by leveraging contextual data about the customer with their offerings delivered on Microsoft Azure.
“This has enabled them to secure large global accounts like McDonald’s in the USA, Netherlands, Sweden and Japan as well as some local customers.
“Their rapid growth and forecasted projections are impressive along with the references from their existing customers. VMob is truly a ‘rising star’.”