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Rising stars shine amidst winning tech companies at Microsoft NZ 2015 Partner Awards
Posted on 20-Mar-2015 11:32. | Tags Filed under: News.

Rising star companies shared the limelight with some familiar faces on the winners’ podium at Microsoft New Zealand’s 2015 Partner Awards event held in Auckland.

Now in its eighth year, the annual Partner Awards exists to recognise excellence in the IT sector from those companies that integrate Microsoft solutions into their products and services to accelerate innovation and go above and beyond customer expectations.

In congratulating all finalists and winners, Brent Kendrick, Microsoft New Zealand’s SMB and Partner Director, noted the impressive range of entries for the 2015 Awards, which saw a significant increase in the number of partners who had never competed before.

“The quality of entries this year has been truly outstanding, and shows the extent to which partners have been joining Microsoft on our journey of transformation towards becoming the productivity and platform company for a mobile-first, cloud first world,” he says. 

“We know that a cloud-first world requires new and different ways of reaching customers, and I’m glad to see some really good marketing work happening inside many of our partners. Your efforts and strength of engagement have made New Zealand number one in the world in terms of year-on-year growth in the number of Gold Competency partners.”

A full list of award categories, finalists and winners follows:

Cloud Awards


  • Cloud SMB
Finalists: Atmospheric, Kinetics, SoftSource, The Full Suite
WINNER: Atmospheric
  • Cloud Enterprise
Finalists: Datacom, Enlighten Designs, Sitecore, SoftSource
WINNER: Datacom
  • Cloud Platform
Finalists: NV Interactive, Provoke Solutions, Timely, VMob
WINNER: NV Interactive
  • Hosting
Finalists: OneNet, SoftSource, MHA Cloud Computing
WINNER: MHA Cloud Computing

Competency Awards: Core Infrastructure


  • Devices and Deployment
Finalists: Datacom, Dimension Data, Fujitsu
WINNER: Fujitsu
  • Datacenter
Finalists: Datacom, Spark Digital
WINNER: Spark Digital

Competency Awards: Application Platform


  • Data Analytics
Finalists: Enlighten Designs, Montage, Stellar Consulting, Theta
WINNER: Stellar Consulting 
  • Windows App Developer
Finalists: Lazyworm Apps, Marker Metro, Joint (NV Interactive and Intergen)
WINNER: Marker Metro

Competency Awards: Business Productivity


  • Collaboration and Content
Finalists: Datacom, Enlighten Designs, Intergen, Leapthought
WINNER: Leapthought
  • Communications
Finalists: Dimension Data, Lexel, UCFX

Competency Awards: Business Applications


  • CRM
Finalists: Adaptable Solutions, Datacom, Intergen, Koorb
WINNER: Intergen
  • ERP
Finalists: Intergen, Koorb, Sable37
WINNER: Intergen

Individual Awards


  • Presales Technical Specialist
Finalists: CodeBlue: Henry Min, Provoke Solutions: Alan Marshall, Spark Digital: David Ollason
WINNER: Alan Marshall, Provoke Solutions

Segment Awards


  • Education
Finalists: Cyclone, New Era IT, pcMedia
  • Innovation Technology for Good Citizenship
Finalists: IT Engine, Koorb
  • Learning
Finalists: Ace, Auldhouse, Kinetics, pcMedia
WINNER: Auldhouse
  • Volume Licensing
Finalists: Fujitsu, Insight, Northcom ICT, Spark Digital
WINNER: Insight
  • Marketing
Finalists: Intergen, Kinetics, Origin IT, Provoke Solutions
WINNER: Provoke Solutions
  • Rising Star
Finalists: Lazyworm Apps, Origin IT, Timely, VMob


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