UPDATED: Microsoft names top partners at its global awards

UPDATED: Microsoft names top partners at its global awards

Object Consulting, Dimension Data Learning Solutions, Rackspace Hosting, Veeam Software and Readify make list

Microsoft named Dimension Data Learning Solutions (DDLS) its 2012 Microsoft learning competency training solution excellence partner of the year and Object Consulting its Australian 2012 Microsoft country partner of the year at its recent Microsoft partner awards.

Veeam Software snagged the 2012 Microsoft management and virtualisation partner of the year award and Readify won the 2012 Microsoft software development partner of the year.

According to DDLS, this is the first Australian company to receive the 2012 Microsoft learning competency training solution excellence partner of the year award.

Microsoft Learning general manager, Lutz Ziob, said that DDLS’ performance and leadership during the past year in the development of learning solutions for channel partners to gain the skills, certifications, and competencies needed to adopt key Microsoft technologies led to its win.

He also said that the award recognises DDLS as a provider driving awareness, education and the adoption of new Microsoft technologies, as well as the execution of a wide range of learning programmes focused on the key areas of virtualisation, private Cloud, unified communications and business intelligence.

As one of the largest IT training organisations in Australia, DDLS plays a critical role in enabling the evolution of skills in the Australian IT community.

Employing the country’s largest community of Microsoft certified trainers, DDLS aims to support individuals and organisations with IT projects through learning solutions.

“It recognises the hard work, dedication and significant expertise of the DDLS team in the provision of world class Microsoft Training,” DDLS general manager, Mal Shaw, said.

Object Consulting was also recognised as 2012 Microsoft country partner of the year for Australia at the awards.

Microsoft worldwide partner group corporate vice-president, Jon Roskill, claimed that Object Consulting has set the standard for delivering innovative Microsoft solutions that meet the needs of customers.

According to the company, it recognises Object for a range of projects, including the Mary MacKillop Place Museum installation using the MS Surface 2.

The award also distinguishes the company as succeeding in effective engagement with its local Microsoft office, demonstrating excellent subsidiary engagement in Australia, driving customer satisfaction, and winning new customers.

"We work closely together to deliver solutions built on next-generation software into Australian business. It is through our aligned efforts that we drive our success and the success of our joint customers," Object Consulting Microsoft practice manager, Kevin Francis, said.

The event also saw Rackspace Hosting taking home the 2012 Microsoft hosting partner of the year award for the fourth time.

The award recognises a partner who has demonstrated solution innovation and a commitment to engaging with Microsoft.

According to Rackspace, its joint efforts with Microsoft on helping customers address business challenges through technology innovation led to its win. Along with demonstrating innovation, Rackspace actively promoted its solutions through marketing campaigns.

“Through an expansive portfolio of Microsoft offerings backed by Fanatical Support, Rackspace will continue to open the door to new market opportunities, while setting the pace for innovation in the hosting space,” Rackspace vice-president of worldwide channel sales, Christopher Rajiah, said.

He claimed that the ongoing collaboration will enable Rackspace to continue building successful businesses on top of Microsoft technology, while providing Microsoft customers with the ability to take advantage of Cloud computing.

Veeam Software was awarded 2012 Microsoft management and virtualisation partner of the year.

The Microsoft management and virtualisation partner of the year award recognises a partner delivering management and virtualisation solutions (desktop or server) that enabled customers to save costs, increase availability, and improve the agility of their IT infrastructure.

According to Veeam, the award affirms the success of its longstanding relationship with Microsoft.

Veeam recently achieved the gold Microsoft ISV partnership status and, in A/NZ, offers 10 free licenses of its Management Pack to Microsoft System Centre Customers, to help users manage and protect private clouds that include Windows Server Hyper-V and/or VMware.

“We have been working with Microsoft to help our customers manage and monitor their virtualised environments using System Center for more than five years.

“With the introduction of System Center 2012, we believe the promise of cloud computing is tangible and the benefits to businesses large and small will be immense,” Veeam Software president and CEO, Ratmir Timashev, said.

Australian owned software development company, Readify, won the 2012 Microsoft software development partner of the year award.

In the last three years, only six partners in Australia have won this award previously.

According to the company, it received the award in recognition of the innovation and quality it demonstrated in the delivery of custom software solutions based on Microsoft technologies.

“This is something that all Readify staff can be very proud of as this award recognises the passion and energy that they devote to the software industry in Australia, and equally to the faith they have in Microsoft development platforms,” Readify managing director, Graeme Strange, said.

Microsoft Australia managing director, Pip Marlow, attributed the win to its partners.

The Microsoft partner awards recognise Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past year. The awards were presented in multiple categories and winners were chosen from a set of nearly 3000 entrants worldwide.

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