Rhipe, Velrada, Vector Risk, Adopt & Embrace and Advvy are among the Australian Microsoft partners named as winners in the vendor’s Inspire Global Awards tally, while Datacom has been tapped as a finalist.
While Microsoft’s Inspire industry event doesn’t kick off until July, the tech giant has identified the winners and finalists of the 2018 Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards, with more than a few Australian partners making the cut.
In a further demonstration of local success, it should be noted that Microsoft received over 2,600 submissions from 115 countries for this year’s Inspire Awards, with high calibre of submissions, according to the vendor.
Local publicly-listed cloud software distributor Rhipe has been awarded the gong for Australia’s country partner of the year for 2018.
According to Microsoft’s One Commercial Partner area director for the local market, Mark Leigh, Rhipe currently claims an alliance with more than 1,700 Microsoft partners in the local region.
In February, Rhipe revealed that, as at 31 December 2017, it had over 186,000 Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) Office 365 seats, compared to 126,000 as at 30 June 2017.
"Leveraging Microsoft Azure and the rich array of Microsoft tools and services, Rhipe and its partners are working with organisations in every sector and geography,” Leigh said in a blog post.
"Innovative solutions, such as Rhipe’s PRISM cloud portal that simplifies cloud billing and provisioning, and its smart marketing support for partners is what sets it apart and has led to significant growth over the last 12 months for Rhipe and its partner ecosystem."
Other winners named from Australia’s partner ranks include Perth-headquartered integrator and advisory firm Velrada, which won this year’s Dynamics 365 for Field Service Award.
With offices in four capital cities around Australia and another in Paris, Velrada specialises in Dynamics 365, Microsoft Azure and Office 365, along with digital transformation and consulting services for a legion of top tier clients such as Santos, Mitsubishi and BHP.
“Testament to the power of those solutions is the fact that Velrada itself is seeing 30 per cent revenue growth – and 300 per cent growth in its facilities management business,” Leigh said.
The vendor’s 2018 Financial Services Award, meanwhile, goes to local cloud-based risk software solutions provider Vector Risk, which taps into Microsoft’s Azure, HPC Pack and SQL Server offerings to develop solutions designed to help financial services businesses comply with compliance obligations.
At the same time, media and advertising workflow digital transformation provider Advvy has been was handed this year’s Media and Communications Award.
Built in Dynamics 365, and leveraging Office 365 and Azure’s analytics capabilities, the company’s media agency workflow solution has been widely deployed to reduce administrative overhead, turnaround and response times.
Consulting and professional services provider Adopt & Embrace, which works with Microsoft partners and customers to consult and improve Office 365 adoption, was awarded Microsoft’s Teamwork Award for 2018.
According to Leigh, the company demonstrated how it is possible to drive broad adoption of Office 365 by aligning closely to C-suite business priorities, in turn securing benefits for all employees across the organisation.
While not among the winners’ ranks, New Zealand-headquartered IT services powerhouse Datacom was named as a finalist in the App Innovation Award this year for its work developing a customer service app for the electricity industry.
“There are also a number of other partners that I wanted to highlight that are also playing a profoundly important role in the transformation taking place right across Australia,” Leigh said in his blog post, noting that IT training provider DDLS claims the largest community of Microsoft certified trainers in Australia.
Other local Microsoft partners of note highlighted by Leigh included Advance Computing, which has leveraged its understanding of agribusinesses to deploy solutions such as an Azure and IoT system developed for Australian Consolidated Milk.
Advance Computing said in November last year it was poised to roll out its milk monitoring platform, built on Azure, to over 180 dairy farms around the country.
Leigh also made mention of KPMG and the Commonwealth Bank, which have developed a new cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) provider named Wiise to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) grow, leveraging Microsoft Dynamics 365.
KPMG Australia, Commonwealth Bank and Microsoft revealed in May that they had banded together to launch Wiise in the local fintech market.
“I’d like to add my personal congratulations to all our winners and finalists this year and look forward to celebrating further success throughout 2018,” Leigh added.
“It’s always a particular delight to be able to acknowledge our standout partners each year and to demonstrate how they have gone above and beyond to ensure the success of our customers."