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SoftSource big winner in cloud dominated Microsoft Partner Awards

SoftSource, Gen-i and IT Engine were among the big winners at the 2013 Microsoft New Zealand Partner Awards last night, each picking up multiple awards in an evening dominated by cloud solutions.

SoftSource took the top prizes in the Cloud SMB, Sales Specialist of the Year and Midmarket Solution Provider categories.

The company was praised for its commitment to providing tailored solutions, for easing the technology transition of 'sceptics and traditionalists' and for opening clients' minds to newer technologies and improved solutions.

The company won the Mid-market Solution Provider for its work with Boffa Miskell after they received damage in the Christchurch earthquake.

IT Engine and Gen-i each collected two awards, with IT Engine named winner of the Server Platform award in the core infrastructure competency awards section and Small Business award for the work they did for shifting the Rural General Practitioners Network to a 'reliable and robust hybrid cloud service'.

Gen-i's awards came for Devices and Deployment and Communications Competency for a business solution for their work using Microsoft Lync to address common client challenges such as out-of-date PABX systems and complicated decentralised storage of information.

Brent Kendrick, Microsoft New Zealand small and mid-market solutions and partners director, says selecting winners was 'very difficult' with an 'outstanding number of entries... with exceptionally high standards'.

β€œIt's great for us to be able to reward and recognise companies for their dedication to provide innovative solutions that make customers' lives easier,” he says.

Meanwhile the Distributor of the Year was a name that may be featuring in the awards for the last time – Express Data, acquired this month by Australia's Dicker Data.

Christchurch's Computer Concepts Limited (CCL) was named the Pre-Sales Technical Specialist of the Year, while Cyclone Computers took out the Education segement award.

Others claiming one of the 22 awards of the night were Datacom, winner of the Cloud Enterprise award for its work transitioning Zespri's infrastructure and enterprise applications to 100% public cloud. So far SAP, core services and have all be successfully migrated.

OneNet took home the gong for Cloud Hosting.

Dimension Data took home the Management and Virtualisation award, while in the application platform competency awards section Theta took out Business Intelligence, Marker Metro claimed Windows 8 App Developer and Provoke won Windows Azure Solution.

Full list of winners and finalists:

Cloud Awards

Cloud SMB:

Winner: SoftSource

Finalists: Full Suite, PC Media


Cloud Enterprise:

Winner: Datacom

Finalists: Enlighten Designs


Cloud Hosting:

Winner: OneNet

Finalists: N/A


Competency Awards: Core Infrastructure

Devices and Deployment:

Winner: Gen-i

Finalist: CodeBlue


Management and Virtualisation:

Winner: Dimension Data

Finalists: Computer Concepts, Dimension Data


Server Platform:

Winner: IT Engine

Finalists: Dimension Data, Computer Concepts Limited


Competency Awards: Application Platform:

Business Intelligence:

Winner: Theta

Finalist: Stellar


Windows 8 App Developer:

Winner: Marker Metro

Finalist: NV Interactive


Windows Azure Solution:

Winner: Provoke Solutions

Finalists: LeapThought, Theta


Competency Awards: Business Productivity

Collaboration and Content:

Winner: Enlighten Designs

Finalists: Datacom, Intergen



Winner: Gen-i

Finalists: Dimension Data, Provoke Solutions


Competency Awards: Business Applications


Winner: Koorb Consulting

Finalists: Intergen



Winner: Intergen

Finalist: Theta


Individual Awards

Sales Specialist of the year:

Winner: SoftSource

Finalist: N/A


Pre-Sales Technical Specialist of the year:

Winner: Computer Concepts Limited

Finalist: Provoke Solutions


Segment Awards


Winner: Express Data

Finalist: N/A



Winner: Cyclone

Finalist: Business Mechanix, New Era


Innovative Technology for Good Citizenship:

Winner: NV Interactive

Finalist: Magnetism



Winner: Auldhouse

Finalist: Kinetics, Auldhouse


Midmarket Solution Provider:

Winner: SoftSource

Finalist: IT Engine, CodeBlue


Small Business:

Winner: IT Engine

Finalist: Kinetics


Volume Licensing Partner of the year:

Winner: Insight

Finalists: Gen-I, Fujitsu, Dimension Data

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