SMB CLOUD PLATFORM INNOVATION AWARD
SMB Cloud Platform Innovation Partner of the Year Award recognizes an SMB partner that is customer-obsessed and have driven substantial industry innovation using multiple Azure infrastructure workloads and services. This SMB partner has had proven success through developing customer solution(s) which have driven significant consumption of two or more Azure services. This partner would have also built a profitable cloud business that offers a managed service and/or deployed IP around cloud solutions. The winning nomination would have demonstrated industry-leading innovation, creative use of multiple Azure services, competitive differentiation, and customer value that has resulted in a profitable business while showcasing the benefits of using infrastructure services on Microsoft Azure.
SMB CLOUD PRODUCTIVITY INNOVATION AWARD
Microsoft has a fully featured, inclusive approach to productivity that spans across platforms, devices, browsers, online and offline experiences, which are transforming the way we work today. This category recognizes an SMB partner that has enhanced the suite of Microsoft Office-based solutions through the delivery of an innovative and transformative solution. These solutions have evolved the way people communicate and collaborate today while delivering a significant impact to the customer.
Successful SMB cloud partners recognize the evolving needs of their customers and have taken great strides in transforming themselves, while continuing to set the bar for this in their respective industry.
This Award honors a partner that has scaled their cloud practice through a repeatable solution that targets new cloud customers. The winning nomination has demonstrated innovation, competitive differentiation, and customer value that has resulted in a profitable business while showcasing the benefits of using Microsoft cloud services.
SMB PARTNER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Successful SMB cloud partners recognize the evolving needs of their customers and have also taken great strides to not only transform their businesses, but to continue to set the bar for this within their industries.
The SMB Partner of the Year honors a partner that has successfully scaled out their cloud practice by packaging two or more Microsoft Cloud Solutions (e.g. Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Enterprise Mobility Suite, Dynamics CRM, etc.) and Microsoft Partner Solutions into a complete customer offering that has solved an end customer challenge. This partner must have built out a repeatable solution which targets new cloud customers. The winning nomination has demonstrated innovation, competitive differentiation, and customer value that has resulted in a profitable business while showcasing the benefits of using Microsoft cloud services.
ENTERPRISE CLOUD PLATFORM INNOVATION AWARD
This category recognizes an Enterprise partner that has driven substantial industry innovation using multiple Azure infrastructure workloads and services. They have had proven success through developing customer solution(s) that have driven significant consumption of two or more Azure services. This partner has built a profitable cloud business that offers a managed service or has deployed IP around cloud solutions. The winning nomination has demonstrated industry-leading innovation, a creative use of multiple Azure services, competitive differentiation, and customer value that has resulted in a profitable business while showcasing the benefits of using infrastructure services on Microsoft Azure.
The solution provided by the partner has enabled customer(s) to save costs, increase availability, and improve the agility of an organization’s IT infrastructure. Innovative solutions are those that have demonstrated leading edge implementation of these solutions that showcase Microsoft's Cloud OS Vision. Legitimate entrants are those that used virtualization to deliver an innovative, broad, technologically-advanced, and well-designed cloud infrastructure solution.
ENTERPRISE CLOUD PRODUCTIVITY INNOVATION AWARD
Microsoft has a fully featured, inclusive approach to productivity that spans across platforms, devices, browsers, online and offline experiences that have transformed the way we work today. This category recognizes an Enterprise partner that has enhanced the suite of Microsoft Office-based solutions through the delivery of an innovative and transformative solution that has evolved the way people communicate and collaborate today while delivering a significant impact to the customer.
The winning partner has demonstrated the ability to evolve and/or build their business to capitalize on the Enterprise market opportunity for cloud services by having successfully built and deployed a key customer solution, integrating it into their existing workflow and business processes, while enabling efficiency gains and cost savings to their customers.
ENTERPRISE CLOUD PARTNER OF THE YEAR
The Enterprise Cloud Partner of the Year honors a partner that has successfully scaled out its cloud practice by packaging two or more Microsoft Cloud Solutions (e.g. Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Enterprise Mobility Suite, Dynamics CRM, etc.) and Microsoft Partner Solutions into a complete customer offering, ultimately solving an end customer challenge. This partner must have built out a repeatable solution that targets new cloud customers. The winning nomination has demonstrated innovation, competitive differentiation, and customer value that has resulted in a profitable business while showcasing the benefits of using Microsoft cloud services.
ISV CLOUD INNOVATION AWARD
The ISV Cloud Innovation Award recognizes a partner for exceptional innovation in application development that has delivered phenomenal commercial value in a repeatable fashion leveraging the Microsoft Cloud. Candidates for this award will showcase an innovation that provides great value to end user customers and realize the vision of true cloud computing around the world leveraging Azure.
The winning solution should be a solution that has been:
- built on Azure that provides tremendous value to an end user customer transforming business processes and embracing the true vision of cloud computing. Examples include: vertical, specific solutions that helped solve a very specific need and requirement for that particular industry, a horizontal industry solution addressing a common function within multiple industries but at the same time providing extraordinary value.
- Based on exceptional innovation creating a repeatable solution offering in the cloud leveraging Microsoft Azure, which has demonstrated the full benefit of cloud computing for both the end user customers and the ISV partner themselves. Ideally on a global scale.
IOT INNOVATION AWARD
Across the globe every day, businesses are connecting their things and harnessing their data to create powerful new business value. Connecting devices to IT systems is only the first step. The real value lies in the data that is transmitted from those devices, and the compelling business insights this data can enable.
These connected “things” are producing large amounts of information. By tapping into those data streams and connecting them to the Cloud and back-end systems, organizations can optimize business processes, make more informed decisions, identify new revenue opportunities, and understand and predict customer and partner behaviors in ways they couldn’t imagine before.
This Award recognizes a partner who has used IoT to solve a problem or to generate significant value for the user. Through the implementation of this solution the customer was able to connect and scale with efficiency, analyze and act on new data and/or integrate and transform current business processes.
DATA AND ADVANCED ANALYTICS INNOVATION AWARD
The Data Insights Innovation Award is specifically focused on recognizing partners that have delivered innovative solutions using Big Data and Analytics capabilities.
Eligible entrants would have delivered an innovative implementation enabling customers with the ability to analyze any data including unstructured and streaming data to make fast, strategic business decisions and to predict future business. Winning solutions should take advantage of leading advanced analytics capabilities using Microsoft’s cloud data services including HDInsight, Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, Azure Stream Analytics, Azure Data Factory and built on top of a Microsoft data warehousing solution.
INNOVATION IN DYNAMICS ERP AWARD
The Dynamics ERP Project Award is focused on partners that have customized a Dynamics ERP solution to fit a customer’s business needs resulting in significant benefits to the customer's organization. A successful entry recognizes a solution that has exceled at providing innovative and unique sales, services, solutions, and/or support based on Microsoft Dynamics ERP – including the Dynamics AX, GP, NAV, or SL product lines.
CRM PARTNER OF THE YEAR
The Cloud Customer Relationship Management Partner of the Year Award will recognize an exceptional partner who has exceled in providing their customers solutions for sales automation, marketing automation, social engagement or customer service. This Award is designed for Microsoft partners who have shown both innovation and results related to selling and delivering Microsoft Dynamics CRM Cloud offerings.
WINDOWS 10 INNOVATION AWARD
The Windows 10 Innovation Award is based on exceptional innovation in embracing Windows as a Service and the Windows 10 platform that delivers exceptional consumer value. Candidates for the award will be Partners who built a solution for driving the deployment and management of Windows 10 that promotes the vision of Windows as a Service with all the benefits of up-to-date experiences, the most comprehensive security and improved functionality for the mobile first-cloud first world.
The winning solution is built on Windows 10 that truly transforms business processes and that realize the vision of truly mobile computing. Examples include apps that enable new forms of interaction with customers, apps that boost productivity across office and apps that make things possible that could not be accomplished on a traditional desktop, laptop PC or Mobile phone.
MODERN MARKETING INNOVATION AWARD
Developing successful plans and strategies to the changing needs of customers is the most challenging it has ever been. Digital marketing has changed the landscape of how companies optimize their marketing efforts on reaching new customers at scale. This Award recognizes an exceptional partner who exceled at breaking through and defining modern marketing.
The Modern Marketing Partner of the Year Award recognizes a partner who is using modern/digital marketing practices to acquire, convert and retain customers. The winning partner will be able to articulate how modern marketing practices have helped grow their business in terms of revenue and profitability. The winning nominee should discuss innovative marketing that emphasizes their unique value in the market, and sets them apart from competitors. Nominees should discuss how digital marketing has helped them to more effectively and efficiently reach prospects and convert them to loyal, repeat customers, including KPIs around customer growth, customer marketing ROI and/or customer retention metrics.
PUBLIC SECTOR AWARD
The Public Sector Award recognizes a partner whose solutions are a strong reflection of Microsoft’s cloud-first, mobile-first vision. This partner excels at providing innovative and unique products, solutions, or services to Government customers, including Central, Regional and Local Governments.
The successful applicant for this Award has demonstrated industry knowledge and expertise, as well as consistent, high-quality, predictable service and/or solutions to Government customers. Successful entrants will also have demonstrated business leadership and success through strong growth in new customer additions and revenue. Partners applying for this Award should demonstrate effective engagement with Microsoft by using the Microsoft Partner Network to develop, create demand for, and sell their software solutions or services.
CITIZENSHIP AND COMMUNITY AWARD
This year, this Award will have 3 distinct areas for partners that focus on Microsoft’s mission on empowering every organization and person to achieve more. The Awards will recognize partners that have leveraged Microsoft technology and their company resources to have a direct, and immediate effect on improving the communities and/or environment in which they live, and operate – helping people to realize their full potential.
Community: This Award recognizes partners who have deployed and developed a unique technology solution built with Microsoft products that have aided people and/or organizations in time of need and/ or created and implemented an innovative technological solution to solve an NGO's needs to help their community.
Education: Barriers to educational opportunities arise from social and economic injustices, learning disabilities, geographic isolation, and lack of resources of all types. This Award recognizes partners who have helped empower disadvantaged and underserved marginalized communities with unlocking the power of technology to increase economic self-sufficiency.
Youth: Used creatively, technology can enhance the education of people of all ages, by enabling learning and improving the effectiveness of teaching. This Award recognizes partners who have either:
- Helped enable easy integration of STEM and computing into learning environments so that students can advance technology skills and succeed in today’s digital economy.
- Prepared kids for a future in technology by enabling them to learn to code. This partner will be able to enumerate on the opportunity they created for kids to develop a love for coding.
WINNING TOGETHER AWARD
Microsoft’s Partner Ecosystem has one of the most active and diverse networks in the world, with infinite opportunities for partners to build relationships with other Microsoft partners.
A critical aspect of “winning together” is collaboration between Microsoft partners, where they leverage each other’s diverse strengths to solve increasingly complex customer problems. This Award was designed to showcase how our partners, by working together, have built positive and profitable businesses and how the breadth of Microsoft’s products and the solutions built upon them, can combine to create the unique and differentiated solutions and practices that allowed them to compete and thrive.
Eligible entrants will be able to demonstrate that by partnering with one or more Microsoft partners, as identified in the Microsoft Partner Network, together they were able to deliver an innovative and successful solution to a customer leveraging Microsoft-based technology.
DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION LEADERSHIP AWARD
The digital world is advancing at amazing speeds—and it is all connected to the cloud. To succeed, business leaders must embrace digital transformation: new ways of connecting people, data, and processes to create value for customers. The Microsoft Digital Transformation Leadership Award recognizes a partner that has set the standard for the evolution of Canadian businesses in the digital age by transforming their business practices and enabling their customers to harness the opportunities of cloud, big data, mobile and social to become more empowered, engaged, and efficient.