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Copilot Gets Own Category in Microsoft's 2024 Partner of the Year Awards

The results of this year's Microsoft Partner of the Year awards were announced this week with two new categories that signal exactly what Microsoft thinks its partners should be prioritizing.

"Copilot" and "AI Innovation" were added to the slate this year under the Business Transformation solution area. Not only are those new partner award categories, they also reflect Microsoft's laser-guided focus on AI in general. The company has spent multiple billions so far to cultivate its AI bona fides through strategic partnerships, technology acquisitions and infrastructure development. It's no surprise it would reward partners that help it advance those efforts.

This year's winners, which are listed below, "demonstrate the monumental impact that Microsoft partners are delivering to customers," said channel chief Nicole Dezen in a blog post Wednesday, "and showcase outstanding successes and innovations across a range of categories, solution areas, and industries through business transformation and social impact."

Historically presented at Inspire, this year's partner winners will instead be honored during Microsoft's new virtual partner event, MCAPS Start for Partners, which takes place on July 10, as well as during this November's Ignite event in Chicago.

SOLUTION AREA CATEGORY COMPANY LOCATION
AZURE
Analytics Quisitive United States
Building with AI PwC United States
Migration to Azure Capgemini Japan K.K. Japan
Modernizing Applications WinWire United States
OSS on Azure Confluent United States
SAP RISE on Microsoft Cloud Accenture-Avanade Singapore
BUSINESS APPLICATIONS
Dynamics 365 Business Central JourneyTeam United States
Dynamics 365 Finance EY United States
Dynamics 365 Sales & Customer Insights Accenture-Avanade United States
Dynamics 365 Service HCL Tech United States
Dynamics 365 Supply Chain HSO Netherlands
Intelligent Automation EY United States
Low Code Application Development Hitachi Solutions United States
BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION
AI Innovation SymphonyAI United States
Commercial Marketplace Wiz United States
Copilot Accenture-Avanade United States
INDUSTRY
Defense & Intelligence Icertis United States
Education AvePoint United States
Energy & Resources Cognite Norway
Financial Services Capgemini France
Gaming EPAM United States
Government PWC Canada
Healthcare & Life Sciences Rubrik United States
Manufacturing Data Driven X / Siemens Digital Industries Germany
Media & Telco Accenture-Avanade United States
Mobility Accenture-Avanade United States
Nonprofit Valorem Reply United States
Retail & Consumer Goods Accenture-Avanade United States
MODERN WORK
Apps & Solutions for Microsoft Teams TeamViewer Germany
Converged Communications Symity - Part of Charterhouse Group United Kingdom
Employee Experience Rapid Circle Australia
Modern Workplace for Frontline Workers Epic Fusion Switzerland
Project & Portfolio Management Innovative-e Inc. United States
Secure Productivity BDO Digital United States
Surface Reseller Data#3 Limited Australia
PARTNER INNOVATION
Device Lenovo Hong Kong SAR
Distributor PAX8 United States
Global Advisory EY United States
Global ISV PROS Inc. United States
Global System Integrator (GSI) Accenture-Avanade United States
GSI Growth Champion Cognizant Technology Solutions United States
ISV Innovation NVIDIA United States
Microsoft for Startups Silverfort Israel
Scale Solutions LSP Crayon Norway
SMC-SI Empowering Customer Innovation BDO Digital United States
Training Services CloudThat India
SECURITY
Compliance Cyclotron Inc. United States
Identity InSpark Netherlands
Modern Endpoint Management VNEXT Group Inc. Canada
Security BlueVoyant United States
SOCIAL IMPACT
Community Response Simpson Associates United Kingdom
Inclusion Changemaker Legal Interact South Africa
Sustainability Changemaker EY United States

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Gladys Rama (@GladysRama3) is the editorial director of Converge360.

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