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Microsoft NZ Partner Awards - And the finalists are…

Microsoft NZ Partner Awards - And the finalists are…

Revamped line-up shifts focus towards customer-centric solutions

Phil Goldie (Microsoft)

Phil Goldie (Microsoft)

Credit: Microsoft

Finalists have been revealed for the 2018 Microsoft Partner Awards in New Zealand, recognising the most customer-centric partners across the country.

Following an overhaul of the channel’s longest running awards ceremony, the awards - launched in 2008 and now in its 11th year - sees the process simplified in 2018, reducing the number of categories from 26 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.

"So many of our partners have demonstrated outstanding technical excellence, that fantastic Kiwi entrepreneurial spirit and above all, a strong focus on making their customers’ lives easier,” Microsoft New Zealand One Commercial Partner director, Phil Goldie, said.

“We may have streamlined the awards to make it easier to enter this year, but the judges will have a tougher decision than ever.”

Irrespective of size or stature, Goldie said the aim of the awards is to celebrate innovative partners addressing customer needs and digital transformations, all while maintaining strong technical excellence.

Categories include Engaging Customers, Cloud for Good, Empowering Employees and Modern Workplace.

“What really stands out for me is the transformative nature of the work our partners are doing,” Goldie added. “They’re using technology, data and platforms in clever ways that really makes a difference to every aspect of their customers’ operations, enabling them to be in a much stronger position for the future.

“Every one of these finalists deserves to be celebrated and I’d like to offer them my congratulations, as well as every one of Microsoft’s partners who took the time to enter. I can’t wait to see what the judges decide and see who the ultimate winners are.”

Winners will 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.

The 2018 Microsoft Partner Awards finalists in New Zealand -

Channel Development Award
- Ingram Micro
- Dicker Data
- Exeed

Surface Partner Award
- Asnet Technologies
- Acquire
- The Laptop Company
- Dimension Data
 
Cloud for Good Award

- Datacom
- Theta
- Magnetism Solutions
- Kinetics Group
- New Era IT
                       
Optimising Operations Award
- LeapThought
- Datacom
- NV Interactive
- Intergen
 
Empowering Employees Award
- Lexel
- Datacom
- Enghouse Interactive
- Spark New Zealand
- New Era IT
 
Engaging Customers Award
- Datacom
- New Era IT 
- Revera and NV Interactive
- Timely
- Theta
- Provoke Solutions
 
Transforming Products Award
- Timely
- Enlighten Designs
- NV Interactive
- Datacom
- Parallo
- LeapThought
- Dimension Data
 
Business Applications Award
- Theta
- Datacom
- Theta
- Fusion5
- Timely
- LeapThought
 
Modern Workplace Award
- Lexel Systems
- Intergen
- Fujitsu
- Datacom
 
Applications & Infrastructure award
- Umbrellar
- Revera and NV Interactive
- Parallo
- The Instillery
- Datacom
- Inde
 
Data & AI Award
- Intergen
- Datacom
- NV Interactive
- Stellar Consulting Group 


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