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
Desktop Deployment Solution of the Year
Hosting and Data Centre Solution of the Year
Virtualisation & Management Solution of the Year
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
Dynamics CRM Solution of the Year
Dynamics ERP Solution of the Year
Solution Architect of the Year
Partner Choice CIO of the Year Award
MSN Campaign of the Year
MSN Advertising Partner of the Year
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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