Advance Computing, GIS People, Insync, Avanade, Cloud Collective and Single Cell are among the Microsoft Australia Partner Awards winners for 2017.
The vendor unveiled the winners of its latest local awards on 14 November, during its annual Microsoft Summit event in Sydney.
“It comes as no surprise that Microsoft partners are leading innovation across Australia,” Microsoft Australia One Commercial Partner director, Mark Leigh, said. “Each of the 10,000 partners in the Australian Microsoft ecosystem are doing amazing work each day,”
“We focussed on five award categories that really spell out the impact that Microsoft technologies and our partners are having when it comes to optimising your operations; transforming your products; empowering your employees; engaging your customers; and, using the cloud for good.
“It was not easy to select the winners out of the stellar field of MAPA 2017 submissions, but the following partners stood out,” he said.
Regional IT services provider, Advance Computing, won the “transform your products” award, with a cloud-based solution that has streamlined and simplified water brokering for farmers who are part of the Waterpool Co-op, delivering a 35 per cent business increase in the past year.
Insync, meanwhile, won the “empower your employees” award. The company has deployed Azure, Skype for Business, Surface Hub and Office 365 to support people working for the Central Highlands Regional Council.
According to Microsoft, the online communications and collaboration solutions provided by Insync now saves the regional council’s employees long drives of up to six hours at a time.
At the same time, GIS People took home the “optimise your operations” category, with its Gruntify solution, which was used to collect and share data about the damage caused by Cyclone Debbie earlier this year.
It helped the Queensland Government get residents and businesses back on their feet faster than ever before, the vendor said.
Avanade won the “engage your customers” category, thanks to a cloud-based solution for Treasury Wine Estates that provides granular insights about sales and inventory, helping to ensure stocks don’t run low and customer expectations are met.
Cloud Collective and Single Sell, shared this year’s “cloud for good award”, with Cloud Collective -- which comprises Microsoft partners, Antares, Modality and Quorum -- developing a new solution for non-profit, Mission Australia, that streamlines operations and supports staff so they can spend more time with clients.
Single Cell, meanwhile, worked with the Centre for Aboriginal Health on an Azure-based contract and analytics platform that delivers clarity about services, patient behaviours and potential improvements in order to optimise outcomes.
The winners’ announcement comes just weeks after Microsoft named the finalists for its latest local awards event, with a list that focused on customer innovation.
Partner finalists included GIS People; Bistech; Rackspace; Advance Computing; Sable37 and Velrada, alongside Insync; Kloud; Readify; Avanade; Enghouse Interactive and EYC3.
In addition, cloud specific finalists feature Cloud Collective; Single Cell; Object Consulting and Expose.
“Every year it's a huge privilege to be able to recognise through the MAPA those partners who have really stood out, delivering incredible solutions and extraordinary levels of service,” Leigh said at the time.
“What really stood-out for me was the transformative nature of the stories submitted. Together, with our partners we are helping Australian organisations transform.
“Whether using the power of machine learning to identify unique markers in graffiti or leveraging technology to modernise retail operations, our partners are making use of Microsoft solutions to truly transform Australian organisations and position them for sustained success,” he said.