Partners prepare for Microsoft NZ Awards…

Representing the pinnacle of IT industry awards in New Zealand, the Microsoft Partner Awards is set to take place in Auckland tomorrow.

Celebrating the exemplary work that Microsoft partners do in making customers lives easier through the implementation of Microsoft Solutions, check out the categories of tomorrow’s event below:

Cloud Awards…

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

Honouring a partner that has successfully scaled out its cloud practice to a world class marketing and sales engine, profitably and efficiently targeting and acquiring new customers to the cloud with innovative marketing tools (SEO, social media) and an effective customer acquisition strategy.

Cloud Enterprise Partner of the Year

Honouring a partner that has shifted some of their business from on premise to integration of a Cloud based practice.

Hosting Partner of the Year

Recognising a partner who demonstrates solution innovation and exemplary commitment to engaging with Microsoft.

Competency Awards: Core Infrastructure…

Devices and Deployment Partner of the Year

Recognising a partner serving enterprise, midmarket, and small businesses with proven expertise in helping customers migrate desktop environments to a modern, flexible environment.

Management and Virtualisation Partner of the Year

Recognising a partner that delivers management and virtualization solutions (desktop or server) that enable customers to save costs, increase availability, and improve the agility of an organisation’s IT infrastructure.

Server Platform Partner of the Year

Recognising a partner that has excelled in delivered solutions enabling a customer to increase the reliability and flexibility of their server infrastructures, save time and reduce costs, and provide a server platform for a dynamic and efficiently managed data centre.

Competency Awards: Application Platform…

Business Intelligence Partner of the Year

Recognising a partner who has delivered a Business intelligence solution based on the Microsoft Business intelligence platform.

Windows 8 App Developer Partner of the Year

Honouring a partner that has helped customers adopt Windows 8 through the development of a Windows 8 app.

Windows Azure Solution Partner of the Year

Recognising exceptional innovation from a partner who has used Azure and PaaS to deliver Compute, Data Services, App Services, or Network Services to customers in the past year.

Competency Awards: Business Productivity…

Collaboration and Content Partner of the Year

Recognising an exceptional partner who excels in providing their customers solutions in what were formerly known as Content Management, Portals and Collaboration and Search competencies.

Communications Partner of the Year

Recognising partners with a proven expertise in Microsoft Lync. The nomination is open for all the Lync partners involved in building solutions, deploying, and supporting Lync.

Competency Awards: Business Applications…

Customer Relationship Management Partner of the Year

Recognising a partner that has excelled in providing innovative and unique sales, services, solutions, and/or support based on Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

Enterprise Resource Planning Partner of the Year

Recognising a partner that excels at providing innovative and unique sales, services, solutions, and/or support based on Microsoft Dynamics ERP – including the Dynamics AX, GP, NAV, or SL product lines.

Individual Awards…

Sales Specialist of the year

Recognising an individual sales professional (e.g., Account Managers, Account Executives, Field Sales Reps, Telesales Reps, and Solution Sales Reps) who demonstrates exceptional Microsoft solution knowledge and sales expertise.

Pre-Sales Technical Specialist of the year

A new award this year that recognises an individual pre-sales technical professional (e.g. Pre-Sales Engineer, Product Specialist, or Technical Specialist) who demonstrates exceptional Microsoft technical solution knowledge and sales expertise in key workloads.

Segment Awards…

Distributor Partner of the Year

This award honours an outstanding Distributor Partner, the winning nomination will show innovation which can be demonstrated by a creative and effective approach to capitalize on new or maximize existing business opportunities.

Education Partner of the Year

Recognising a partner organization that excels at providing innovative and unique services or solutions based on Microsoft technologies to education customers. The partner shows that they understand how to leverage technology to deliver learning outcomes in the classroom.

Innovative Technology for Good Citizenship Partner of the Year

Recognising a partner creating and deploying a cutting-edge technology solution for a non-governmental organisation (NGO)/non-profit.

Learning Partner of the Year

The Learning Partner of the Year Award is for partners that excel in providing innovative training or marketing solutions to drive skills and certification growth.

Midmarket Solution Provider Partner of the Year

The Midmarket Solution Provider Partner of the Year Award honours a partner using Microsoft technologies in innovative ways across lines of business to deploy critical infrastructure solutions serving customers in the midmarket business space (50 to 250 PCs; 50 to approximately 500 employees).

Small Business Partner of the Year

The Small Business Partner of the Year Award honours a partner using Microsoft technologies in innovative ways for their small business customers (1–50 PCs, up to approximately 100 employees), specializing in design, deployment, and delivery of high-quality solutions.

Volume Licensing Partner of the Year

The Volume Licensing Partner of the Year Award recognises a partner that consistently seeks to innovate with Volume Licensing solutions and services and provides ongoing attention to customer-service excellence.

If you have any questions regarding the Microsoft Partner Awards, click here or email nzawards@microsoft.com

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