Customer Excellence Awards

Microsoft is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2008 Customer Excellence Awards! Customer Excellence Awards recognize, honor and celebrate customers who have achieved outstanding success with their Microsoft solutions as well as Microsoft partners’ solutions.

Click here to watch the Convergence 2008 Orlando Customer Excellence Awards video

Overall Excellence

Overall Excellence: United States Air Force in Europe

United States Air Force in Europe (USAFE) Partner: Acentium Corporation

The Overall Excellence category winner is chosen by Microsoft executives from nominations submitted in the other eleven (11) categories.

Distribution Industry Leadership

Distribution Industry Leadership: Roland, DGA

Roland, DGA Partner: Neudesic, LLC

The Distribution Industry Leadership award recognizes a distribution company (eg, wholesale distributors and industrial good distributors) whose innovative use of technology in their business delivers measurable benefits to their organization.

Excellence in Academics

Excellence in Academics: Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University Partner: Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance

The Excellence in Academic Alliance award recognizes a special group that has greatly enhanced their students’ learning experience and preparation for their careers by integrating Microsoft solutions into the curricula at the university level.

Excellence in Environmental Sustainability

Excellence in Environmental Sustainability: Seventh Generation

Seventh Generation Partner: SCS, Inc.

The Excellence in Environmental Sustainability award recognizes a customer who is using their business management system in an innovative way to track their initiatives around becoming more environmentally sustainable.

Excellence in Multinational Implementation

Excellence in Multinational Implementation: Associated Press

Associated Press Partner: Columbus IT

The Excellence in Multinational Implementation award recognizes a customer that has achieved extraordinary success in the implementation of their Microsoft business management solution across multiple countries, currencies, and business processes. This customer has demonstrated innovative technology and process execution to overcome the many challenges of doing business internationally.

Excellence in Evangelism

Excellence in Evangelism: Raymond James Financial, Inc.

Raymond James Financial Inc.

The Excellence in Evangelism award recognizes a customer that has demonstrated a strong commitment to Microsoft technology and services. This customer not only evangelizes Microsoft business management solutions, but is also a source of continual feedback to Microsoft and takes the time to engage with other customers or potential customers to share learning.

Excellence in Evangelism

Excellence in Evangelism: OAKLEAF

OAKLEAF Partner: Navint Consulting, LLC

The Excellence in Evangelism award recognizes a customer that has demonstrated a strong commitment to Microsoft technology and services. This customer not only evangelizes Microsoft business management solutions, but is also a source of continual feedback to Microsoft and takes the time to engage with other customers or potential customers to share learning.

Excellence in Innovation

Excellence in Innovation: ASME

ASME Partner: Computer Generated Solutions

The Excellence in Innovation award recognizes a customer whose innovative use of a broad range of Microsoft technologies delivers measurable benefits to their organization.

Healthcare Industry Leadership

Healthcare Industry Leadership: Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories

Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories Partner: Ascentium Corporation

The Healthcare Industry Leadership award recognizes a healthcare organization based in North America whose innovative use of technology in their business delivers measurable benefits to their organization.

Manufacturing Industry Leadership

Manufacturing Industry Leadership: BTD Manufacturing, Inc.

BTD Manufacturing, Inc. Partner: Avanade

The Manufacturing Industry Leadership award recognizes a manufacturing firm (e.g., in an area such as hi-tech, industrial equipment, automotive, and/or metal fabrication) whose innovative use of technology in their business delivers measurable benefits to their organization.

Public Sector Industry Leadership

Public Sector Industry Leadership: Cook County Clerk's Office

Cook County Clerk's Office Partner: InterDyn LANAC Technology

The Public Sector Industry Leadership award recognizes a government, education, or healthcare institution whose innovative use of technology in their business delivers measurable benefits to their organization. Public sector candidates include areas such as State and Local Government, Education, and Healthcare.

Retail Industry Leadership

Retail Industry Leadership: Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys Partner: Columbus IT and POSitive Technology

The Retail Industry Leadership award recognizes a retail company (eg, specialty retail companies) whose innovative use of technology in their business delivers measurable benefits to their organization.

Services Industry Leadership

Services Industry Leadership: Swisher Hygiene

Swisher Hygiene Partner: I.B.I.S., Inc.

The Services Industry Leadership award recognizes a services organization (including Professional Services firms such as IT and management consulting firms, architecture and engineering firms, and financial services companies) whose innovative use of technology in their business delivers measurable benefits to their organization.

Benefits of Winning a Customer Excellence Award

Pre-Convergence:
  • “Celebration in a Box” award kit containing the following:
    • Celebration favors
    • Luncheon invitation
    • Customizable press materials
  • Recognition on the Convergence website
  • Microsoft press release highlighting all Customer Excellence Award recipients
At Convergence:
  • Award recipients and their partners will be honored at a luncheon hosted by Microsoft executives
  • Recognition in all Convergence materials
  • Recipients will be showcased in a Keynote Session
  • A one (1) hour meeting will be scheduled with a Microsoft executive
  • Video interviews will be recorded with each award recipient
  • Free Convergence 2008 Orlando registration pass
Post-Convergence:
  • Recognition on the Convergence website

Expectations of Award Recipients

  • Participate in 30-minute video interview at Convergence 2008 Orlando
  • Sign a Microsoft legal release to allow use of your company name, logo, etc. in Convergence materials
  • Provide a company logo (.eps or other high resolution file) for use in Convergence materials
  • RSVP for the onsite luncheon with Steve Ballmer and other Microsoft executives
    • Wednesday, March 12, 11:45am-1:45pm