“DiUS has continued to be very focused as an organisation on the core development and innovation. They have a high-energy, next generation approach and leverage a strong group of developers.”
Consulting Partner of the Year - Versent
Operating as a cloud partner since 2014, Melbourne-based IT consultancy firm, Versent, has advanced through the AWS ranks to achieve Advanced Partner status in 2016, with plans in place to achieve Premier Partner status in 2017.
For the service provider, key customers include Transurban and Adobe, with the company most recently delivering an API management solution to Service NSW, allowing the agency to perform half its transactions digitally.
In building a platform that services over 7.64 million citizens across a range of information and government services, Versent is helping Service NSW realise its target of 50 per cent digital adoption in the year ahead.
“If you think about where Versent is right now, they are a serious large consulting firm,” Jansen told ARN. “They have a long-term view on what the future will look like and they are very focused around automation, security and cloud.
“If you go deep, you deliver highest value and it’s proved time and time again because if you want to do a little bit of everything, customers are starting to call that out.
"Versent consistently call out the areas that they want to be standing for, and that’s what they focus on.”
Technology Partner of the Year - Xero
In recognition of a ground-breaking year, Xero took out the top technology honour after completing the final phase of the accounting provider’s migration to AWS.
Alongside the completion of the migration process, the New Zealand-owned and operated business also surpassed a million customers globally, while introducing new levels of innovation in the cloud through artificial intelligence and machine learning.
During a hectic year of growth, the business released more than 1,000 new services or updates, leveraging key parts of the AWS stack such as DynamoDB, Redshift, Kinesis, CloudSearch and Lambda.
In addition, Xero launched a Facebook-based chatbot built on AWS, designed to utilise machine learning to enable businesses to connect directly to the company’s back-end ecosystem.
“There were some awesome submissions from other partners which is testament to the strong year that Xero has had,” Jansen added. “Xero has completed one of the most largest and complex migrations to AWS and they continue to go from strength to strength in the cloud.
“But the real power of this story is in the context of our partnership because migration was not the core goal. Xero made the move to embrace the entire AWS platform that unlocks the ability to do much more in the cloud, which ties into their plans around machine learning and artificial intelligence.”
Xero’s current partner ecosystem includes banking partners, payment providers, and more than 500 add-on developer partners who use the company’s APIs to build new applications, including industry and geo-specific offerings across the world.
Specialised Partner of the Year - Soltius
New Zealand-owned, SAP Solutions company, Soltius, joined the Kiwi contingent of top performing AWS partners following a year of strong growth within the AWS partner ecosystem.
As a 20-year-old business, Soltius works with over 80 organisations New Zealand-wide, providing SAP solutions, support and consulting services.
As the only SAP partner with Gold status in New Zealand, the business has established itself as a leading IT consulting firm, capable of re-platforming SAP on to the AWS platform.
“Soltius are a market leader in New Zealand,” Jansen said. “It’s been a joint journey for both sides and we’re continuing to innovate in equal measure. Our partner programs are updated in response to the experience we have in the field and the foresight of a partner such as Soltius to get on that journey with SAP is a great example of this.
“We listen to our partners and we innovate alongside while staying focused on the customer.”
From an AWS perspective, Soltius achieved Advanced Partner status in July 2016, reseller status in September and in November was SAP Competency accredited, making them one of 17 partners worldwide to achieve such a status.