Microsoft Names Top Partners

Microsoft plans to honor the winners and finalists of its 2015 Partner of the Year Awards next month at the software giant’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Orlando, Florida.

The Redmond, Washington-based company will recognize partners in 43 categories – cloud, public sector, sales excellence and more.

Competition was stiff. The company received more than 2,300 entries from 108 countries. Finalists and winners were chosen based on “their commitment to customers, their solution’s market impact and exemplary use of Microsoft technologies.”

“The 2015 Partner of the Year Award winners and finalists honor our top partners that demonstrate excellence in providing solutions and value to our mutual customers,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft. “This year’s award winners and finalists are among the most innovative our partner ecosystem has to offer. Congratulations to each winner on this incredible achievement.”

Microsoft’s Alliance Partners of the Year were Accenture, the global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company; and Avanade, the global business technology, cloud and managed services provider. It’s the eighth year in a row they’ve claimed the honors and 11th time overall.

"The Accenture-Avanade-Microsoft alliance brings together the talent required to help our mutual customers thrive in a mobile-first, cloud-first world," said Stephen Boyle, vice president, Microsoft Enterprise Partners. "With Accenture’s deep business and industry expertise, Avanade’s world-class services and Microsoft’s market-leading enterprise technology, these awards represent clear recognition of the digital transformation and cloud innovation the alliance is delivering for our joint customers."

Other Microsoft Partner of the Year winners include:

Big Data and Analytics: Neudesic

Application Integration: nVisionIT

Cloud Customer Relationship Management: PowerObjects

Cloud Platform (Customer Focus): bluesource

Cloud Productivity: Kloud

Distributor: Tech Data Europe

Enterprise Mobility: Oxford Computer Group

Hosting: Rackspace

Modern Data Center (Customer Focus): Dimension Data

A full list of winners and finalists is available here.

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