Finalists for Microsoft NZ 2015 Partner Awards announced

 |   Bob Glancy

Wave of new businesses entering competition with leading cloud and mobility solutions

Microsoft New Zealand announced today the finalists for the 2015 Microsoft Partner Awards.

Now in its eighth year, the annual Partner Awards exists to recognise excellence in the IT sector from those companies that integrate Microsoft solutions into their products and services to accelerate innovation and go above and beyond customer expectations.

Brent Kendrick, Microsoft New Zealand’s SMB and Partner Lead, says there was an impressive range of entries for the 2015 Awards, with a significant increase in new partners who have never competed before pitching their business solutions for consideration.

“The quality of entries this year has been truly outstanding, and shows the extent to which partners have been joining Microsoft on our journey of transformation towards becoming the productivity and platform company for a mobile-first, cloud first world,” he says.

Kendrick congratulated all finalists, and says he looks forward to seeing them at the black tie gala event to be held on 19 March. The event is open to any and all businesses to attend, and tickets can be purchased through the Partner Awards web site, http://www.microsoft.com/nz/partnerawards/

A full list of awards categories and finalists follows:

Cloud Awards

  • Cloud Enterprise: Finalists: Datacom, Enlighten Designs, Sitecore, SoftSource
  •  Cloud Platform: Finalists: NV Interactive, Provoke Solutions, Timely, VMob
  • Cloud SMB: Finalists: Atmospheric, Kinetics, SoftSource, The Full Suite
  • Hosting: Finalists: OneNet, SoftSource, MHA Cloud Computing

Competency Awards: Application Platform

  • Data Analytics: Finalists: Enlighten Designs, Montage, Stellar Consulting, Theta
  • Windows App Developer: Finalists: Lazyworm Apps, Marker Metro, Joint (NV Interactive and Intergen)

Competency Awards: Business Applications

  • CRM: Finalists: Adaptable Solutions, Datacom, Intergen, Koorb
  • ERP: Finalists: Intergen, Koorb, Sable37

Competency Awards: Business Productivity

  • Collaboration and Content: Finalists: Datacom, Enlighten Designs, Intergen, Leapthought
  • Communications: Finalists: Dimension Data, Lexel, UCFX

Competency Awards: Core Infrastructure

  • Datacenter: Finalists: Datacom, Spark Digital
  • Devices and Deployment: Finalists: Datacom, Dimension Data, Fujitsu

Individual Awards

  • Presales Technical Specialist: Finalists: CodeBlue: Henry Min, Provoke Solutions: Alan Marshall, Spark Digital: David Ollason

Segment Awards

  • Education: Finalists: Cyclone, New Era IT, pcMedia
  • Innovation Technology for Good Citizenship: Finalists: IT Engine, Koorb
  • Learning: Finalists: Ace, Auldhouse, Kinetics, pcMedia
  • Marketing: Finalists: Intergen, Kinetics, Origin IT, Provoke Solutions
  • Rising Star: Finalists: Lazyworm Apps, Origin IT, Timely, VMob
  • Volume Licensing: Finalists: Fujitsu, Insight, Northcom ICT, Spark Digital

For more information on the 2015 Microsoft NZ Partner Awards, visit http://www.microsoft.com/nz/partnerawards/

ENDS

 For more information, contact:

Brendan Boughen
Public Relations Manager, Microsoft NZ
Phone: 027 839 6044
Email: Brendan.Boughen@microsoft.com

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