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2015 Microsoft NZ Partner Awards: The Final Contenders

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.

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.

Segment Awards

Education - Finalists

Cyclone

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

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

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

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

Ace

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

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.

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.

Pcmedia

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Marketing - Finalists

Intergen

Seen as leaders in the design and application of Microsoft technology, Intergen is one of Australasia’s leading dedicated Microsoft solutions providers and a leading member of the Microsoft Partner Network.

With staff delivering information technology solutions across Australia, New Zealand and North America, is key offerings include portals, content and collaboration solutions, web and digital strategy and delivery, user experience design, Microsoft Dynamics financial and customer relationship management among others.

Kinetics

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Origin IT

Origin has been delivering market leading IT support and services to businesses since 2000 across New Zealand.

Operating as the first fixed fee managed service provider in New Zealand, launching its managed service offering under the "Onefee" suite of products in 2000, and the company now supplies over 200 market leading clients with everything from managed services to IT strategy and CIO services.

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.

Rising Star - Finalists:

Lazyworm Apps

Based in Christchurch, Lazyworm Apps builds world-class applications for the latest Microsoft platforms.

Most commonly known for delivering the iconic Windows Phone app 'Metrotube' and other popular titles on Windows 8 such as Tweetro+ and Weave News Reader, Lazyworm Apps caters for the world's biggest brands and has worked with fellow Microsoft partner NV Interactive in the past.

Origin IT

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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.

Volume Licensing - Finalists

Fujitsu

Working from a global alliance, Fujitsu focuses on building solutions with Microsoft technologies, partnering with the company to provide infrastructure and business solutions including Business Intelligence, CRM, ERP, Knowledge Management, Messaging, Mobility, Unified Communications, Windows 7 and 8.

As Members of the Microsoft Partner Network, Fujitsu has expertise in Digital Marketing, Enterprise Resource Planning, Customer Relationship as well as Systems Management and Web Development.

Insight

Insight is one of the world's leading single source providers of IT products and services.

From competitively priced computers, hardware and software to services ranging from basic configuration to advanced design implementation and financing; the company solves the IT needs of businesses and organisations of all sizes.

Northcom ICT

Northcom ICT is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and Small Business Specialist.

Based in Whangarei Northland, Northcom ICT has been a preferred technology solution provider to over 2,000 commercial clients in Northland region for over ten years.

All Nothcom ICT’s computer engineers are Microsoft Certified Professionals. This means that not only do they have high level skill sets, but also they follow Microsoft endorsed industry best practice in completing projects and tasks.

Spark Digital

Recognised with numerous awards from Microsoft - including NZ Large Account Reseller of the Year three times since 2009 - Spark Digital has embraced Microsoft Lync as an enterprise voice platform.

Through its heritage as a leading telecommunications provider, Spark Digital helps customers build and integrate robust Lync Voice platforms alongside or in place of existing phone systems.