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2015 Microsoft NZ Partner Awards: The Cloud Contenders…

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.

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.

Eight 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.

Cloud Awards

Cloud Enterprise

Datacom

With nearly 50 years’ experience in technology, Datacom has grown to be one of Asia Pacific’s leading locally-owned IT-based service providers, operating across New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Established in Christchurch in 1965, the company is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, with expertise and experience in delivering Microsoft solutions across infrastructure and desktop platforms, and with a strong track record in software development.

Enlighten Designs

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 & Content.

Sitecore

Seen as a global leader in customer experience management software, Sitecore is a Microsoft Gold Independent Software Vendor (ISV) partner.

Sitecore is a member of several Microsoft Early Beta programs, ensuring the company can maintain the position as cutting-edge on the Microsoft platform.

This status in the Microsoft Partner Program has also seen Sitecore demonstrate expertise with Microsoft technologies including Azure.

Softsource

Based on Auckland’s North Shore, Softsource is an ICT systems integrator providing specialist Technology Solutions, Professional Services, Technical expertise and Data Centre Services to the SMB, Government and Enterprise markets.

As a Microsoft Gold Certified partner, Softsource are licensing specialists fully equipped to provide expert advice on acquisition models including Open Licensing, Open Subscription, Select and Office 365.

Cloud Platform

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.

Provoke

By focusing exclusively on a clearly defined subset of the Microsoft technology stack, Provoke now have an enviable reputation as Microsoft SharePoint, Azure, Office 365 and Lync specialists.

The company’s suite of Gold and Silver Competencies demonstrate best-in-class expertise within Microsoft’s marketplace and is evidence of the deepest, most consistent commitment to a specific business solution area.

Timely

With over 10 years experience in building booking software, founders of Dunedin-based firm Timely are experts in making life easier for small business owners.

Billed as an affordable and reliable scheduling software for small businesses across the country, Timely utilises the scalability of Microsoft Azure, as the local start-up eyes the global market overseas.

VMob

Using Microsoft Azure, VMob is an end-to-end mobile personalisation platform that lets brands create highly personalised marketing campaigns.

Creating integrated beacon technology for a greater in-store experience, the Auckland-based business is in the admit of vast global expansion plans, recently setting up an office in New York, America.

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Cloud SMB

Atmospheric

Atmospheric’s partnership with Microsoft has been built over more than a decade with an ability to deploy Redmond products and solutions across the country.

Consistently recognised for our work in the SME space, Atmospheric has earned Silver competencies in Cloud Productivity (Office 365) and Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions with Microsoft.

Kinetics

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.

Softsource

Based on Auckland’s North Shore, Softsource is an ICT systems integrator providing specialist Technology Solutions, Professional Services, Technical expertise and Data Centre Services to the SMB, Government and Enterprise markets.

As a Microsoft Gold Certified partner, Softsource are licensing specialists fully equipped to provide expert advice on acquisition models including Open Licensing, Open Subscription, Select and Office 365.

The Full Suite

Established in 2011, The Full Suite develops expertise and real-life experience with small enterprise needs, creating applications that sit on top of the Office 365 platform.

Recipients of the Microsoft Start-Up Partner of the Year Award for 2012, Suite's collection of tools are designed to help small enterprises gain real business efficiencies in productivity, operating costs and risk mananagement.

Hosting

OneNet

Regarded as a pioneer and New Zealand market leader in cloud computing, OneNet been providing cloud based solutions since 2001, hosting many of Microsoft’s applications in New Zealand for over 15 years.

One of the company’s leading turn-key cloud services is Microsoft Hosted Windows Desktops (or Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS)) with Office, file server storage, and the clients line-of-business applications, charged for on a per user per month subscription basis, OnetNet has a nationwide reputation for taking Microsoft clients to the cloud.

Softsource

Based on Auckland’s North Shore, Softsource is an ICT systems integrator providing specialist Technology Solutions, Professional Services, Technical expertise and Data Centre Services to the SMB, Government and Enterprise markets.

As a Microsoft Gold Certified partner, Softsource are licensing specialists fully equipped to provide expert advice on acquisition models including Open Licensing, Open Subscription, Select and Office 365.

MHA Cloud Computing

Since recently attaining Microsoft’s Gold Hosting competency, MHA Cloud Computing are currently operating in the top one percent of the global Microsoft partner ecosystem.

Providing cloud computing solutions since 2002, the company has strong expertise in Microsoft Dynamics CRM and the entire Microsoft Office 365 portfolio.

Check back tomorrow for a full run-down of the Competency Awards - Application Platform finalists...