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Microsoft partner award nominations open

10 Dec 15

Entries have opened for the Microsoft New Zealand 2016 Partner Awards, which feature the addition of awards for Partner Seller of the Year and Innovative Software Product of the Year.

Brent Kendrick, Microsoft director of small and midmarket solutions and partner group, says the new Innovative Software Product of the Year category is about recognising ISVs who have built an innovative product on the Microsoft stack which utilises the power of the cloud.

“It might not be an app though,” Kendrick notes. “It could be a service accessed over the internet which drives value for customers in a compelling way.”

The award is a category unique to the New Zealand market.

The Partner Seller of the Year award has been added to the individual award category, alongside the Sales Specialist of the Year award, which this year incorporates the Pre-sales Technical Specialist of the Year as well.

Kendrick says he’s expecting a high calibre of entries again this year, and is encouraging partners to get their entries in before Thursday 11 February.

The awards, now in their ninth year, recognise excellence in the IT sector from companies which integrate Microsoft solutions into their products and services ‘to accelerate innovation and go above and beyond customer expectations’.

Kendrick says the awards celebrate Microsoft’s best-in-class partners and the great work they do every day to optimise productivity and platform solutions for mutual customers.

Companies can submit more than one entry per category, and can be chosen as a finalist and/or winner across more than one category.

The winners will be announced at a gala evening in March, with 22 awards presented on the night.

The full list of award categories is:

Cloud Awards

Cloud Small and Medium Business (SMB) Partner of the Year

Cloud Enterprise Partner of the Year

Cloud Platform- Azure Partner of the Year

Hosting Partner of the Year

Innovative Software Product of the Year

Competency Awards: Core Infrastructure

Devices and Deployment Partner of the Year

Datacenter Partner of the Year

Competency Awards: Application Platform

Data Analytics Partner of the Year

Windows App Developer Partner of the Year

Competency Awards: Business Productivity

Collaboration and Content Partner of the Year

Communications Partner of the Year

Competency Awards: Business Applications

Customer Relationship Management Partner of the Year

Enterprise Resource Planning Partner of the Year

Individual Awards

Sales Specialist of the Year

Partner Seller of the Year

Segment Awards

Marketing Partner of the Year

'Rising Star' Partner of the Year

Distributor Partner of the Year

Education Partner of the Year

Innovative Technology for Good Citizenship Partner of the Year

Learning Partner of the Year

Volume Licensing Partner of the Year

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