Entries are now open for the Microsoft New Zealand Partner Awards, following an overhaul of the channel’s longest running awards ceremony.
Open to all partners across the tech giant’s expanding ecosystem, the 11th running of the awards sees the process simplified in 2018, reducing the number of categories from 23 to 11.
As a result, the focus has shifted towards customer-centric solutions, showcasing how partners have empowered customers through the inventive use of Microsoft technology.
Irrespective of size or stature, the aim is to celebrate innovative partners addressing customer needs and digital transformations, all while maintaining strong technical excellence.
“We’ve listened to our partners and devised a programme we think reflects industry trends, like digital transformation, machine learning and the changing workplace,” Microsoft New Zealand One Commercial Partner director, Phil Goldie, said.
“This new format better celebrates some of the world-leading and uniquely Kiwi innovations developed right here in our own backyard.”
Goldie said winners will now be acknowledged with promotional kits and activities including press templates, customised logos, web banners and inclusion in press releases, with all finalists acknowledged at the awards ceremony on 21 June in Auckland.
“Not only can it distinguish your business from your rivals’ and enhance your credibility, it can open doors by introducing you to potential customers and strengthening existing customer relationships,” Goldie added.
“Inviting them to share their story as part of the submission shows that their success is yours too.”
The new Microsoft Partner Awards categories are:
- Cloud for Good
- Empowering Employees
- Engaging Customers
- Transforming products
- Optimising Operations
- Modern Workplace
- Data & AI
- Apps & Infrastructure
- Business Applications
- Surface Partner
- Channel Development
The submission period runs until midnight 18 May.