A range of newcomers and old hands have been named as finalists in Microsoft NZ’s fifth annual Partner Awards.
The awards – 23 in all, across four categories – recognise the work of solution developers as well as distributor and reseller partners.
Chris Ichter, director small, midmarket solutions & partners group for Microsoft NZ, says the company’s partners have raised the bar this year.
"The high calibre of work is reflected in the number of quality entries submitted this year,” Ichter says.
"We received a number of first-time entries and have a great mix of finalists.”
The winners will be announced on November 17, at an event at the new Viaduct Events Centre, with winners to have the opportunity to enter in the 2012 World Wide Partner Awards.
A list of the finalists is below.
Desktop Deployment Solution of the Year – Fujitsu, Gen-i and Softsource
Virtualisation and Management Solution of the Year – Datacom, Lexel Systems and Softsource
Hosting and Data Centre Solution of the Year – Dimension Data and Softsource
Business Intelligence Solution of the Year - Datacom, Enlighten Designs and Montage Business Intelligence
Web Development Solution of the Year – Enlighten Designs, Intergen and NV Interactive
Windows Azure Platform Solution of the Year – Contrast Media, GreenButton and Intergen
People and Productivity
Portals and Collaboration Solution of the Year – Enlighten Designs, Intergen and Provoke
Unified Communications Solution of the Year – Dimension Data, Gen-i and Provoke
Windows Phone Solution of the Year – Marker Ltd (A), Marker Ltd (B) and Touch Maniacs
Dynamics CRM Solution of the Year – Fujitsu, Intergen and Magnetism
Dynamics ERP Solution of the Year – Intergen, Koorb Consulting and Theta Systems
Solutions Architect of the Year – Dimension Data, Elite Business Systems and GreenButton
Partners’ Choice CIO of the Year – Dimension Data, Enlighten Designs and Theta Systems
MSN Advertising Partner of the Year – Winner to be announced at Awards Ceremony
MSN Campaign of the Year – Winner to be announced at Awards Ceremony
Distributor of the Year – Express Data and Ingram Micro
Reseller of the Year – Dimension Data, Gen-i and Lexel Systems
Training Solutions Experience of the Year – ACE Training(A), ACE Training(B) and Kinetics Group
Online Services Partner of the Year – Kinetics Group, Provoke and Quay Corporate
BizSpark Partner of the Year – Contrast Media, GreenButton, Help4U, Pingar
Citizenship Solution of the Year – Enlighten Designs, NV Interactive and Provoke
Software Exporter of the Year – Agile, GreenButton, SERKO Limited and Vista Entertainment Solutions
Small Business Solution of the Year – Fujitsu, Kinetics Group(A) and Kinetics Group(B)