New categories for Microsoft Partner Awards

New categories for Microsoft Partner Awards

Include Business Impact Solution and Partners' Choice CIO of the Year.

Microsoft has shifted the date of this year’s partner awards from August to September and added more categories in a bid to create wider industry interest. New categories this year are the Partners’ Choice CIO of the Year, honouring a CIO who has a vision for their company’s IT infrastructure, the Business Impact Solution of the Year, rewarding a offering that has achieved cost savings for a business, and the MSN NZ Advertising Partner of the Year, for an outstanding online campaign delivered through the MSN portal.

Partner group director Brent Colbert says the changes will allow the awards to have a larger impact on the industry at large.

“The awards are designed to reward our partners for the great work they do all year long. We felt it was important to expand the awards scope this year as a chance to demonstrate and celebrate more of that high-calibre work produced by the industry.”

Partners can submit entries online from Wednesday, March 24 until Wednesday, June 2.

The full list of categories are:

Application Platform Solution of the Year

Enterprise Content Management Solution of the Year

Portals & Collaboration Solution of the Year

Unified Communications Solution of the Year

Core Infrastructure Solution of the Year

Dynamics CRM Solution of the Year

Dynamics ERP Solution of the Year

Small Business Solution of the Year

Citizenship Solution of the Year

Individual Awards

Solutions Architect of the Year (formerly Solutions Star of the Year)

Partners Choice CIO of the Year (New)

Partnering Awards

Distributor of the Year

Reseller of the Year

MSN NZ Advertising Partner of the Year (New)

Learning Solutions Partner of the Year

Online Services Partner of the Year (Formerly Software plus Services Partner of the year)

Partnering of the Year Award

Supreme Awards

ISV Solution of the Year

Platform Value Partner of the Year

Business Impact Solution of the Year (New)

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