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Microsoft partner finalists announced

06 Jul 2010

The full list of finalists for Microsoft’s 2010 New Zealand Partner Awards has been announced.

“We have been impressed with the high-calibre of work that our partners have delivered over the past year and these awards give us an opportunity to recognise and reward our partners for the great work they do,” said Brent Colbert, Director, Partner Strategy at Microsoft.

There are 20 awards split into four sub-categories – Solution, Individual, Partnering and Supreme. This year’s ceremony will also feature two new awards; the Partners Choice CIO of the Year Award and Business Impact Solution of the Year Award.

“We felt it was important to expand the scope of the awards this year to demonstrate and celebrate more of the top-quality work produced by the industry,” added Colbert.

The awards will be held in the Great Room at the Langham Hotel, Auckland on August 18th.

2010 Microsoft Partner Awards nominations:

Solution Awards

Application Platform Solution of the Year

Finalists: Datacraft, Datacom, Hewlett Packard

Enterprise Content Management Solution of the Year

Finalists: Datacom, Enlighten Designs, IGA Systems

Portals & Collaboration Solution of the Year

Finalists: Datacom, Enlighten Designs, Intergen

Core Infrastructure Solution of the Year

Finalists: Datasouth (Catholic Diocese of Christchurch), Datasouth (Warren & Mahoney), Lexel Systems

CRM Solution of the Year

Finalists: Business Mechanix, Datacom, Magnetism, Markinson, OA Systems

ERP Solution of the Year

Finalists: Intergen, Koorb Consulting

Small Business Solution of the Year

Finalists: Datasouth, Kinetics (Jenkin Timber), Kinetics (Sistema Plastics), Maclean Computing

Citizenship Solution of the Year

Finalists: Intergen, Provoke

Unified Communications Solution of the Year

Finalist: Integral-Axon

Individual Awards

Solutions Architect of the Year

Finalists: Alex Taylor (Enlighten Designs), Carl Whitehead (Datacom)

Partners Choice CIO of the Year

Finalists: Julia Raue (Air New Zealand), Neville Richardson (Les Mills), Rob McNaughtan (Mighty River Power)

Partnering Awards

Distributor of the Year

Finalists: Express Data, Ingram Micro, NewLease

Learning Solutions Partner of the Year

Finalist: Auldhouse

Reseller of the Year

Finalists: Gen-i, Lexel Systems, NewLease

Online Services Partner of the Year

Finalists: Contrast Media, Provoke

Partnering of the Year Award

Finalists: Enlighten Designs & Integral-Axon (Tau Ora), Enlighten Designs & Integral-Axon (Vodafone), Markinson & App Serv

Supreme Awards

Business Impact Solution of the Year

Finalists: Datacraft, Enlighten Designs, Theta Systems

ISV Solution of the Year

Finalists: Aptimize, Serko Online

Platform Value Partner of the Year

Finalists: Gen-i, Softsource

Each finalist will receive five tickets to the bash. Extra tickets are available for $149 and tickets can be purchased from the Microsoft Partner Awards website.

And just in case you're wondering, where there is only one finalist for a category "this partner will be judged against previous winning submissions in this category".

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