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Microsoft Names 2014 Partner of the Year Winners

Microsoft acknowledged hundreds of its highest-performing partners Tuesday with the announcement of the Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards. Winners included Alliance Partners Accenture/Avanade for systems integration and Sitecore on the ISV side.

The two categories for individuals went to Geno Cenci of ePlus Technology Inc. for Sales Specialist Partner of the Year, and to Graham Quinn of Auxilion for Pre-Sales Technical Specialist Partner of the Year.

The winners and finalists in 46 categories and the 93 country winners will receive their awards at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), which runs July 13-17 in Washington, D.C. In a statement, Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president of the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group, said the winners and finalists "represent the best technology professionals our partner ecosystem has to offer" and are "top partners that solve complex business challenges by providing innovative solutions to our mutual customers."

Country award winners in some of the Microsoft Partner Network's most partner-dense geographies included New Signature in the United States, Dot Net Solutions in the United Kingdom, EXAKIS in France, proMX GmbH in Germany, Sonata Information Technology Ltd. in India, Fujitsu Ltd. in Japan, Wortell in the Netherlands, Softjam spa in Italy, Cloud-IT in Canada, TOPS Consulting in Russia, Allen in Brazil, Ensyst in Australia and ODM in Spain.

Of the 46 category awards, several were lumped into larger groupings. Partners winning in the cloud grouping were, Ensyst, Cloudamour Ltd. and Object Consulting. For application developers, Dell won in the Windows 8 app category and DocuSign claimed the Office and SharePoint app category. A public sector grouping recognized ITWORX, HP Enterprise Services UK Ltd., Winvision, AvePoint and ICONICS as winners. Top honors for Dynamics went to Edgewater Fullscope for the industry category and Zero2Ten for cloud.

Twenty-six partners won in their Microsoft Competency categories: Infusion, Breeze, nFocus Software Testing, OSIsoft, Webzavod, Orange Business Services, Hitachi Solutions America Ltd., CSK WinTechnology Corp., Wortell, Advance Digital, Tech Data Europe, HSO Group, Triple C Cloud Computing Ltd./Team Netcom Ltd., Oxford Computer Group, CGI IT UK Ltd., Algebra, Convergent Computing, Binary Tree Inc., CompING, Accenture/Avanade, COMPAX, Sensei Project Solutions Inc., CommVault, Bitscape Infotech, Softcat Ltd., Brasoftware.

Citizenship categories included humanitarian response, won by SELA Canada; innovative technology for good citizenship, won by NV Interactive; and YouthSpark, won by Teleios Systems.

Winners and finalists were selected from among 2,800 entries from 117 countries. Click here for the full list of category winners and finalists and country winners.

Posted by Scott Bekker on May 27, 2014