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Microsoft Names Citrix, HP 2005 Partners of the Year

More than 45 companies took laurels in Microsoft's Partner of the Year awards, held this weekend at the company's Worldwide Partner Conference in Minneapolis, Minn.

Microsoft named Citrix Systems ISV Partner of the Year, and Hewlett Packard garnered Global Enterprise Services and Technology Partner of the Year honors.

Winners were also announced in the partner competency categories, with separate awards given for technical innovation and sales and marketing. These winners are:

Competency Technical Innovation Sales and Marketing
Advanced Infrastructure PointBridge Solutions Levi, Ray & Shoup
Business Intelligence Information Management Group Solutions Consulting Group
Custom Development Magenic Technologies Norcal Vertscape
Information Worker Ascentn Convergence
Microsoft Business Solutions ePartners World Class International
Mobility Solutions WPA ApS ALK Technologies
Networking Infrastructure Quadrasystems.net Otsuka
OEM Hardware DigiPOS Systems T.S.B. Computer
Security Solutions Ward Solutions Dimension Data
Small Business IdealSoft Computer Institute of the Rockies

Winners were also announced for specializations in some of above competencies, as well as in two "Special Initiative" categories: Winning Customer and Customer Experience.

More than 1,800 partners worldwide applied for the awards, Microsoft said. The nominees were announced last week.

Go here to view the complete list of 2005 winners.

About the Author

Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Converge360 Group, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital projects at the company, including launching and running the group's popular virtual summit and Coffee talk series . She an experienced tech journalist (20 years), and before her current position, was the editorial director of the group's sites. A few years ago she gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web browser technology would impact online advertising for publishers. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.

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