Microsoft Announces Finalists, Winners of Partner Awards
Microsoft Corp. announced Thursday the finalists and winners of its 2006 Microsoft
Partner Program Awards.
The annual awards recognize Microsoft Registered, Certified and Gold Certified
partners that have developed exemplary solutions for their customers during
the past year. The winners will be honored at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner
Conference 2006 next week in Boston.
"Each year, Microsoft has the distinct pleasure of recognizing Registered,
Certified and Gold Certified partners that have demonstrated an impressive level
of creativity in using technology to deliver excellence to their customers,"
said Allison Watson, corporate vice president of the Worldwide Partner Group
at Microsoft. "To have so many great entries from partners is a tremendous
reflection of the amazing scope and quality of partners that are meeting customer
needs by providing solutions with Microsoft technology."
Winners will be selected among the just-announced finalists for both a Technology
Innovation and a Sales and Marketing award in each of the 13 partner competencies:
Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Business Process and Integration Solutions,
Custom Development Solutions, Data Management Solutions, Information Worker
Solutions, ISV/Software Solutions, Learning Solutions, Licensing Solutions,
Microsoft Business Solutions, Mobility Solutions, Networking Infrastructure
Solutions, OEM Hardware Solutions and Security Solutions -- as well as in a
category called Small Business Specialist.
Microsoft also announced the winners of its Specialization Excellence award
for each category based on a partner's demonstrated ability to deliver specific
solutions within a specialized subset of Microsoft's competency areas.
In addition, Microsoft announced the winners of its Winning Customer and Customer
The Winning Customer Awards recognize the successful implementation of solutions
on the Microsoft platform, resulting in the migration of customers to Microsoft
technologies from competing technologies such as Novell Inc.'s NetWare, UNIX
The Customer Experience Award recognizes the outstanding customer service that
partners have provided to their customers.
For more on the announcement and list of award finalists and winners, go here.