Glamorous Awards Night Celebrates Microsoft Partners

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Last night Mike McRoberts hosted the Microsoft New Zealand Partner Awards at Shed 10, celebrating outstanding local business partners.

This was the 11th year of the Awards, and the new-look event saw the prizes streamlined to 11 key categories. Although each category was diverse, from Modern Workplace to Cloud for Good, all the winners were unified by a singular obsession – the customer.

A point articulated by guest speaker Cynthia Patterson, Fonterra’s GM of Global Technology and Services: ‘Often we get over-excited by what the technology can do, without pausing to consider what our customers really want it to do. Those are two slightly different things, but the distinction is a critical one.’

The secondary theme of the evening was speed of innovation. ‘In technology, as in life, the only constant is change,’ said Mike McRoberts, who captured the rate of change with a story about working in the newsroom 30 years ago, when the air was thick with pipe smoke and the clatter of typewriters. ‘Technology doesn’t progress smoothly, it moves in leaps. We are living through a leap, a time when tech is moving so fast it’s altering the fabric of society. So, it’s great to be here with some of the people propelling us into the next era.’

Barrie Sheers, New Zealand’s MD, then took to the stage, opening with the mantra of Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella: As a culture, we are moving from a group of people who know it all to a group of people who want to learn it all.

‘And some of the people who really teach us the most are you, our partners,’ explained Sheers. ‘You all teach us what is possible with our own technology. And we are privileged that New Zealand has one of the most innovative Partner ecosystems in the world.’

Commercial Partner Director, Phil Goldie, expanded on the theme of innovation, defining the Fourth Industrial Revolution as a time when, ‘We have more technological power at our fingertips than at any moment in human history. And it feels like together with our brilliant partner eco-system we can solve almost any business challenge.’

Goldie then presented the first award of the evening, the World-wide Microsoft Partner Awards, won by Intergen, who will be celebrated in Las Vegas at Microsoft Inspire in a few weeks.


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Commercial Partner Director, Phil Goldie, expanded on the theme of innovation, defining the Fourth Industrial Revolution as a time when, ‘We have more technological power at our fingertips than at any moment in human history. And it feels like together with our brilliant partner eco-system we can solve almost any business challenge.’

Goldie then presented the first award of the evening, the World-wide Microsoft Partner Awards, won by Intergen, who will be celebrated in Las Vegas at Microsoft Inspire in a few weeks.

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Another key winner was Lexel Systems for their innovative approach to My Food Bag in the Modern Workplace category, described by one of the judges as a ‘delicious digital solution’.

Theta, a New Zealand-based IT consultancy, won the Cloud for Good Award for their use of Office 365 in collaboration with Emerge Aotearoa, a charitable community health provider. Michael Brick, Microsoft’s Director of Corporate and Legal, described it as a solution that embodies the Microsoft mission to empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more.

Datacom also came out on top with its Tourism New Zealand solution, which leveraged Cloud technology to promote the Land of the Long White Cloud. The solution empowered Tourism New Zealand’s employees to promote beautiful Aotearoa more easily no matter where they are.

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Modern Workplace

Winner               Lexel Systems – My Food Bag

Highly Com        Intergen – SNAP 365

Applications & Infrastructure award

Winner               The Instillery – The Cloud Savings Calculator

Highly Com        Umbrellar – Digital Transformation

Data & AI Award

Winner               Intergen – Foodstuffs

Highly Com        Datacom – Vulcan Steel

Business Applications Award  

Winner               Theta – Downer facilities maintenance application

Highly Com        Datacom

Surface Partner Award

Winner               The Laptop Company

Channel Development Award

Winner               Dicker Data NZ Ltd

Engaging Customers Award

Winner               Timely Ltd

Highly Com        Datacom – AIA ‘Ava’

Empowering Employees Award

Winner               Datacom – Tourism New Zealand

Highly Com        Lexel – My Food Bag

Transforming Products Award  

Winner               NV Interactive – NV Play

Optimising Operations Award

Winner               Intergen – AB Equipment

Cloud for Good Award

Winner               Theta – Emerge Aotearoa Office 365

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