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Microsoft Partner Awards Focus on Cloud, Everything Else

Microsoft honored several hundred partners for business excellence today with the announcement of the 2013 Partner of the Year Award Winners and Finalists.

There were 139 category winners from 44 global award categories and 95 Country Partner of the Year awards. For those, Microsoft received more than 3,000 nominations.

In a blog post about the winners, Microsoft Channel Chief Jon Roskill said, "From the five cloud technology award categories to the brand new Pre-Sales Technical Specialist category, the winners not only met the needs of our customers, but they helped them meet their business potential."

Roskill called out the appearance of some born-in-the-cloud and other cloud partners. Some of the cloud category winners included Solidsoft (U.K.) for Cloud, Object Consulting (Australia) for Cloud-Enterprise Customers, TechQuarters (U.K.) for Cloud-SMB, eSavvy (Australia) for Microsoft Dynamics Cloud, SkyKick (U.S.) for Start-Up Cloud-Developed Markets, and ISA Technologies (Malaysia) for Start-Up Cloud-Emerging Markets.

There were more non-cloud than cloud categories. Roskill highlighted a few non-cloud winners in his blog:

  • The Collaboration and Content Partner of the Year Award, which went to NC4 and 6th Street Consulting for working together on the SAFECOP application for the Tampa Police Department for the 2012 Republican National Convention.

  • Public Sector: Health Partner of the Year Award, which went to IN2 from Croatia for the eWaiting and eOrders solution now installed in more than half of the hospitals in that country.

  • Learning Partner of the Year Award, which went to Global Knowledge for an application that provides a joint learning experience for in-class and remote students.

The complete list of awards is available here.

Microsoft will hand out the awards at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston this July.

Posted by Scott Bekker on May 20, 2013