Cloud based solutions are transforming New Zealand's IT sector with businesses operating in that space dominating this year's Microsoft Partner Awards.
The multinational software and now hardware company had a record number of entries in this year's competition recognising excellence in the IT sector from those companies that integrate using Microsoft solutions.
Microsoft New Zealand's Director for Small and Midmarket Solutions and Partner Brent Kendrick said, in a media statement that entries were broad.
"This year we were happy to see a good mix of new and old, large and small partners entering compelling IT solutions in their submissions," Kendrick said. "The relevance and impact of cloud computing continues to be a strong theme this year, and the finalist partners are, by no accident, those that are transforming their businesses most intentionally and effectively toward cloud-based services."
Kendrick said New Zealand companies traditionally did well in the Microsoft Global Partner Awards. This year's international winner will be announced at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, Canada, in July.
Microsoft headquarters took special notice of a new internal recognition category debuting in New Zealand this year and included it as a new category at the global level.
"New Zealand has tended to punch above its weight in this global competition, as we celebrated two global winners and four global finalists in 2015.
"Last year we included our new Marketing Partner of the Year Award as a local New Zealand award for the first time ever. The Microsoft team in our Redmond headquarters loved this idea as well and have now included a similar marketing category in this year's Global Partner Awards."
New Zealand winners will be announced on March 31 at a black tie, sit down dinner event at The Langham in Auckland with entertainment, speakers, networking opportunities and live music. Partners are also welcome to invite their customers to join in their success at the event.
- Cloud Enterprise: Dimension Data, Fujitsu and Intergen.
- Cloud Platform: Atmospheric, Datacom, NV Interactive and Timely.
- Cloud SMB: ComputerCare, IT Engine, Kinetics and Softsource.
- Collaboration and Content: Datacom, Information Leadership, Leapthought and Theta.
- Communications: Datacom, Lexel and Spark Digital.
- CRM: Datacom, Fusion5, Intergen and Magnetism.
- Data Analytics: Altis Consulting, Enlighten Designs and Intergen.
- Datacenter: CCL, Dimension Data and Spark Digital.
- Devices and Deployment: Fujitsu and Intergen.
- Distribution: Dicker Data, Exeed and Rhipe.
- Education: Cyclone, Enlighten Designs, New Era IT and pcMedia.
- ERP: Sable37 and Theta.
- Hosting: MHA Cloud Computing, OneNet, Revera and Softsource.
- Innovative Software Product: 11 Ants Analytics, Datacom, Eight Wire and Putti.
- Innovative Technology for Good Citizenship: Fujitsu, Fusion5 and NV Interactive.
- Learning: Auldhouse, Kinetics and Ripped Orange.
- Marketing: Acquire, Intergen, Provoke and Revera.
- Partner Seller: Andrew Kosmodakis of Intergen, James Stainton of Datacom and Justin Whelan of Spark Digital.
- Rising Star: AcrePC, Inde, SecureCom and Timely.
- Sales Specialist: Craig Davis of Dimension Data, David Ollason of Spark Digital, James David of Datacom and James Stainton of Datacom.
- Volume Licensing: Datacom, Insight and Spark Digital.
- Windows App Developer: Lazyworms Apps and NV Interactive.