Story image

Microsoft changes NZ Partner Awards

21 Jan 10

Microsoft is making a number of changes to its New Zealand Partner Awards in order to recognise more partners and with hopes that its partners will make it onto the global stage at the Worldwide Partner Awards.

Microsoft Partner Group Director Brent Colbert said, “We’d like to see New Zealand partners on the worldwide stage winning at the worldwide level. We believe the quality is there.”

The main changes will be to the categories, which have been expanded and will be slightly different. The awards will be split into four sub-categories: solution, individual, partnering and supreme. The previous award for licensing star of the year will become the Channel Person of the Year award and a new award for advertising will be the MSN NZ Advertising Partner of the Year.

“We wanted to extend the categories without creating too many awards and therefore everyone was getting one, but we wanted to make sure that we were recognising excellence at the same time,” Colbert said.

The other main change includes a month earlier deadline, in May rather than June, which is intended to ease pressure on resellers during the end of their financial year. The new deadline will align better with the worldwide deadline. Also in the works is a way for it to be easier and less work for partners wanting to enter the country awards as well as the worldwide ones.

“We want to make it easy as possible for our partners to enter both our awards and the worldwide ones, so we’re looking at how we do that,” Colbert said.

The changes have been made primarily in order to offer partners a better chance at winning on the global stage, but were also influenced by feedback Colbert received in the past few years requesting more clarity between categories and awards.

“The awards are for our partners and it’s less about us, we’re just recognising their excellence, so we do listen to the feedback very clearly,” he said.

Colbert said he thinks that partners will react positively to the changes and encourages feedback on the changes when they come into effect for this year’s awards.

The new awards and categories are as follows:

Solution Categories



  • Application Platform Solution


  • Enterprise Content Management Solution


  • Portals & Collaboration (Includes Search)


  • Unified Communications Solution


  • Core Infrastructure Solution (Incls Optimised Desktop/Optimised DataCentre)


  • Dynamics CRM Solution


  • Dynamics ERP Solution


  • Small Business Solution


  • Citizenship Solution
Individual



  • Channel Person of the Year


  • Partner Choice Award
Partnering



  • Distribution/Reseller of the Year


  • Hardware/Retail Partner of the Year


  • MSN NZ Advertising Partner of the Year


  • Learning Solutions Partner of the Year


  • Online Services Partner of the Year


  • Partnering of the Year Award
Supreme



  • ISV Solution of the Year


  • Platform Value Partner of the Year


  • Business Impact Solution of the Year

Virtustream launches cloud automation and security capabilities
Virtustream Enterprise Cloud enhancements accelerate time-to-value for enterprises moving mission critical apps to the cloud.
Digital Realty nabs new executive appointment from Equinix
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer could be the game plan that Digital Realty is currently following.
CSPs ‘not capable enough’ to meet 5G demands of end-users
A new study from Gartner produced some startling findings, including the lack of readiness of communications service providers (CSPs).
Atos launches new French data centre – more modules to come
Atos together with the Yvelines departmental Council has officially launched its new data centre in Les Clayes-sous-Bois, Yvelines.
EU cloud adoption rising, but still far from mainstream
Cloud adoption is surging among some European Union (EU) nations but it still has a way to go to becoming commonplace across the board
Industry cloud market forecast for ‘unusual’ growth
The market for industry cloud solutions is in good stead with that growth showing little signs of slowing.
Dell EMC embeds security in latest servers
Dell EMC's 14th generation of PowerEdge servers has comprehensive management tools to provide security across hardware and firmware.
Businesses focusing on threats from within - survey
Over 50% of respondents reported that 100 days of dwell time or more was representative of their organisation.