Next month, Microsoft will recognise the winners of its 2017 Partner of the Year Awards at its annual partner conference, Microsoft Inspire.
The award winners have been chosen based on their ability to innovate and implement leading customer solutions based on Microsoft technology. There are 34 categories covering core partner competencies, including cloud technology, application development and customer experience.
Here are some of the 2017 winners:
Global alliance systems integrator: Accenture/Avanade
Accenture/Avanade has large-scale investments in the Microsoft platform and offers a set of business solutions spanning all aspects of digital transformation. These offerings, targeted at Fortune 2000 companies, have seen significant uptake over the past year with SAP on Azure being a particular highlight. This momentum has ensured that Accenture/Avanade continues to be the market leader for Microsoft services in the enterprise.
Application development: ICONICS
ICONICS offers Azure-based software solutions that deliver building management energy savings and manufacturing/industry 4.0 efficiencies to customers worldwide. Because of the ‘open protocol based’ ideology that its software provides, customers can easily integrate with their IT systems and Microsoft Azure, providing ‘command and control’ capabilities to building occupants. Through the use of IoT and big data, ICONICS has helped its customers reduce energy consumption, carbon commissions and improve energy efficiency.
Cloud productivity: The Consortium – Content and Code, Modality Systems, Inframon, Program Framework and Coeo
Based in the UK, The Consortium comprises five specialist Microsoft partners, each with enterprise-level experience and their own unique IP. Together, these partners offer end-to-end digital transformation services for Microsoft’s Cloud customers, helping them unlock the potential of their technology investments. By working together, the Consortium combines the expertise, flexibility and agility found in specialist partners, while offering clients the breadth of capability more typically found in global systems integrators.
Internet of things: Copa-Data
Leveraging the Microsoft Cloud and IoT portfolio, Copa-Data has built a predictive maintenance solution for a world-leading supplier of filling and packaging systems – empowering customers of these systems with insights to operationalise efficiencies and prevent costly downtime. The solution has also differentiated the supplier from its competitors by adding value to its existing offerings. It has leveraged services including Azure IoT Hub, Stream Analytics, Machine Learning, Events Hub and SQL DB to create bi-directional communication between each machine and the cloud platform to provide equipment operators with maintenance recommendations and sees potential to expand to use cases in other industries such as energy and public sector. Copa-Data selected the Microsoft platform because of its rich capabilities in performance, availability and security.
Public sector, government: Lagash
Lagash’s innovative use of advanced cloud workloads was impressive. Its IoT solution, GasoApp, not only empowers the customer to provide insights through data and reductions in cost, but it has also helped to reduce losses of up to US$1 billion per year for the Mexican Treasury, ensure compliance with tax authorities, and safeguard the quality of the product delivered to the Mexican people. The powerful Azure architecture also enables GasoApp to be a viable platform for multiple other industry scenarios.
To see the full list of winners and finalists, head to the Microsoft partner page.
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