Microsoft partners celebrate customer success

Published on the 22/06/2018 | Written by Heather Wright

Microsoft Partner awards 2018

Intergen leads new focus on customers for restructured Awards ceremony…

The full Microsoft partner ecosystem gathered in Auckland last night for their annual leer-up at the New Zealand Partner Awards.

After taking out Microsoft’s Global Partner of the Year award on the world stage, Intergen has continued its roll, winning two categories for their ‘Data and AI’ implementation at Foodstuffs, and in the ‘Optimising Operations’ category, earning recognition for their work at AB Equipment.

A cloud-based solution for Tourism New Zealand and the use of Office 365 for charitable community health provider Emerge Aotearoa were among other customer projects picking up honours.

“Solutions and innovations that are optimising businesses as well as improving people’s lives.”

This year’s streamlined awards saw a greater focus on customers with the categories, which were reduced from 26 to 11, focused on areas such as the Modern Workplace, Engaging Customers, Empowering Employees and Transforming Products, along with more traditional technology categories of Data and AI, Applications and Infrastructure and Business Applications.

Datacom’s Tourism New Zealand solution won the Empowering Employees Award, while Lexel Systems ‘innovative’ approach to My Food Bag took out the Modern Workplace category.

Theta won the Cloud for Good Award for its use of Office 365 at Emerge Aotearoa and also took out top honours in the Business Applications Award for its work on a Downer facilities maintenance application.

Microsoft New Zealand commercial partner director Phil Goldie said judges were incredibly impressed by the high calibre of entries, which provided a ‘genuine challenge’ to pick winners.

“The winners truly showed a range of Microsoft Partners who are delivering excellent solutions and innovations that are optimising businesses as well as improving people’s lives,” Goldie said.

All the photos from the awards are available here.

The full list of winners and highly commended partners is:

Modern Workplace Award
Winner: Lexel Systems, My Food Bag
Highly Commended: Intergen, SNAP 365

Applications & Infrastructure Award
Winner: The Instillery, The Cloud Savings Calculator
Highly Commended: Umbrellar, Digital Transformation

Data & AI Award
Winner: Intergen, Foodstuffs
Highly Commended: Datacom, Vulcan Steel

Business Applications Award 
Winner: Theta, Downer facilities maintenance application)
Highly Commended: Fusion5, Carters

Surface Partner Award
Winner: The Laptop Company

Channel Development Award
Winner: Dicker Data New Zealand

Engaging Customers Award
Winner: Timely
Highly Commended: Datacom, AIA ‘Ava’

Empowering Employees Award
Winner: Datacom, Tourism New Zealand
Highly Commended: Lexel, My Food Bag

Transforming Products Award
Winner: NV Interactive, NV Play

Optimising Operations Award
Winner: Intergen, AB Equipment

Cloud for Good Award
Winner: Theta, Emerge Aotearoa Office 365

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