New categories for Microsoft 2011 Partner Awards

New categories for Microsoft 2011 Partner Awards

New deadline dates will allow Kiwi winners to compete at the World Partner awards.

Microsoft New Zealand has announced the date and new categories for the 2011 Partner Awards. There will be 10 new categories at this year’s awards, designed to recognise the breadth of work conducted by the companies in the Microsoft Partner Network.

Award submissions for the Microsoft New Zealand 2011 Partner Awards will be open from 24 August to 14 October, with finalists announced on Monday 31 October 2011. The New Zealand Partner Awards event will be held at the currently under construction Viaduct Event Centre on Thursday 17 November.

“The technology industry is continually changing with new products and services. It is important to adjust the award categories to represent this, and as a result, this year we will include awards that recognise excellence in developing applications for Windows Azure and Windows Phone,” says Brent Colbert, director – partner group at Microsoft.

The 2011 event will be the fifth year of the Partner Awards in New Zealand, and Microsoft says it expects to see more partners entering the awards as a result of the new categories.

The Microsoft New Zealand 2011 Partner Awards dates are currently aligned with the timing of the wider Microsoft Worldwide Partner Awards, giving local award winners the opportunity to compete on the global stage.

The awards categories will have five sub-categories (the new awards for 2011 are in italics):

Solution Competency Awards

Core Infrastructure

Desktop Deployment Solution of the Year

Hosting and Data Centre Solution of the Year

Virtualisation & Management Solution of the Year

Application Platform

Application Platform Solution of the Year

Business Intelligence Solution of the Year

Web Development Solution of the Year

Windows Azure Platform Solution of the Year

People and Productivity

Content Management Solution of the Year

Portals & Collaboration Solution of the Year

Unified Communications Solution of the Year

Windows Phone Solution of the Year

Business Applications

Dynamics CRM Solution of the Year

Dynamics ERP Solution of the Year

Individual Awards

Solution Architect of the Year

Partner Choice CIO of the Year Award

MSN Awards

MSN Campaign of the Year

MSN Advertising Partner of the Year

Partnering Awards

Distributor of the Year

Reseller of the Year

Retailer of the Year

Learning Solutions Partner of the Year

Online Services Partner of the Year

Innovation & Supreme Awards

BizSpark Partner of the Year

Citizenship Solution of the Year

Software Exporter of the Year (previously ISV Solution of the Year)

Small Business Solution of the Year

Platform Value Partner of the Year

Paul Plester, GM at Express Data New Zealand, was awarded the Worldwide Distribution Partner of the Year at the 2010 Worldwide Partner Awards.

“Heading to the global awards was a fantastic experience, and a great opportunity to get the company brand highlighted on the international stage,” says Plester. “Our win resulted in significant business benefits over the last 12 months and we look forward to entering the 2011 awards.”

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