Partner of the Year Award Winners Announced at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference
July 12, 2007
Awards recognize partners’ innovative use of Microsoft technology to exceed customer expectations and solve business problems.

DENVER — July 12, 2007 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the winners of the 2007 Microsoft® Partner of the Year Awards. The awards recognize Microsoft Registered, Certified and Gold Certified partners that delivered exemplary solutions for their customers during the past year. Award winners were chosen from a group of finalists from around the world. Winners were announced at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2007, the company’s premier annual event for industry partners, held this year in Denver.

More than 1,800 entries were submitted by partners worldwide; the award winners were selected from a group of finalists based on their dedicated use of Microsoft technologies to provide solutions for their customers’ needs.

“The Partner Program Awards give Microsoft the distinct pleasure of recognizing Registered, Certified and Gold Certified partners that are going above and beyond to help our customers reach their full business potential,” said Allison L. Watson, corporate vice president of the Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft. “The winners announced today are delivering unmatched innovation and value to customers as part of Microsoft’s diverse and talented partner ecosystem. We look forward to these partners continuing to raise the bar in the design and deployment of customer solutions built on Microsoft technologies.”

Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Active Directory® and Identity Management Partner of the Year Winner

  • Dimension Data, Australia

The Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Active Directory and Identity Management Partner of the Year Award honors the partner that has practices with proven proficiency in implementing solutions based on the Microsoft Identity and Access technologies (Active Directory, Microsoft Identity Integration Server, Rights Management Services, Active Directory Federation Services). This award also recognizes the partner with innovative solutions that help enterprises optimize their identities and access to resources in a heterogeneous environment.

Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Exchange Migration and Deployment Partner of the Year Winner

  • Dimension Data, Australia

The Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Exchange Migration and Deployment Partner of the Year Award recognizes the partner with proven expertise in responding to the challenges of providing security-enhanced, reliable, virtually anywhere access to e-mail. E-mail and calendaring have a tremendous impact on the way organizations of all sizes conduct business. While workers communicate with greater speed and efficiency, the proliferation of e-mail brings the need for higher levels of security and a messaging and collaboration solution than can help them increase productivity and enhance mobile access. Microsoft Exchange Server provides a very effective set of capabilities to meet these requirements.

Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Hosting Solutions Partner of the Year Winner

  • Rackspace Managed Hosting, United States

The Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Hosting Solutions Partner of the Year Award recognizes demonstrated innovation and commitment to engaging with Microsoft. The winning partner has identified and targeted a new market opportunity using the latest version of Microsoft products and has demonstrated technical, business and marketing innovation.

Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Storage Solutions Partner of the Year Winner

  • PolyServe Inc., United States

The Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Storage Solutions Partner of the Year Award honors the partner that has storage infrastructure practices in designing and/or implementing various storage solutions to solve customers’ issues with data growth in their Microsoft Windows® operating system environments. Customers are looking to Microsoft technologies to meet the growing demands on their storage infrastructure due to compliance requirements and the massive year-over-year data growth. The winning partner has developed and deployed cost-effective storage solutions that integrated Windows Server® storage technologies or Windows Storage Server in customer environments.

Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Systems Management Partner of the Year Winner

  • EDS Global, United States

The Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Systems Management Partner of the Year Award honors the partner that has infrastructure practices with proven proficiency in implementing solutions based on the Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005, Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 and Data Protection Manager (DPM). This award also recognizes the partner with innovative solutions that used Infrastructure Optimization Model to advance the state of their customers’ IT infrastructure using Microsoft systems management products such as MOM 2005, SMS 2003 or DPM.

Business Process and Integration Solutions Partner of the Year Winner

  • Cactus Commerce Inc., Canada

The Business Process and Integration Solutions Partner of the Year Award recognizes best practices for selling and deploying business process management (BPM) and integration solutions. The winner of this award is a system integrator, solution and service provider, or software developer that concentrates on service-oriented architecture, enterprise application integration (EAI), business-to-business (B2B) application integration, BPM and adapter development using Microsoft BizTalk® Server, and may include other Microsoft technologies such as Windows Communication Foundation and Windows Workflow Foundation.

Citizenship Partner of the Year Winner

  • Satyam Computer Services Ltd., India

The Citizenship Partner of the Year Award recognizes the exceptional partner that has made a sustained commitment to society and its communities and can demonstrate the impact of its work. The winning partner works with a nonprofit in an innovative way to empower underserved communities by giving access to technology or technology skills training, and has made a unique and positive impact in making the knowledge economy more accessible.

Competing to Win Partner of the Year: Database Winner

  • Hyland Software Inc., United States

The Competing to Win Partner of the Year: Database Award recognizes the partner that has won customers with SQL Server™ where database solution alternatives such as Oracle or MySQL were a consideration or a prior deployment. Solution categories include Mission-Critical Business Applications, Business Intelligence, OLTP and Web Data. The winning partner has helped its customers better manage their business while securing an important segment on the Microsoft platform. This award emphasizes business strategies and approaches that can reach and scale to a broad segment.

Competing to Win Partner of the Year: Linux/LAMP Winner

  • Netsurit, South Africa

The Competing to Win Partner of the Year: Linux/LAMP Award recognizes the partner that has won customers on the Windows Server or desktop platform where Linux/LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/PERL/Python and similar Open Source Web platform stack) alternatives were a consideration or a prior deployment. Solution categories include HPC, File & Print, Networking, Web Server, Messaging/E-mail Solutions and Business Apps. The winning partner’s solution has helped its customers better manage their business, reduce total cost of ownership and increase productivity while securing an important segment on the Microsoft platform.

Competing to Win Partner of the Year: Search Winner

  • Allin Consulting, United States

The Competing to Win Partner of the Year: Search Award recognizes the partner that has won customers with Microsoft search technologies such as Live Search and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for Search where alternatives such as Google were a consideration or a prior deployment. Solution categories include Enterprise Search, Web Ads and others. The winning partner has helped its customers better manage their business and increase productivity by reducing time to find, use and share key business information within and outside organization while securing an important segment on the Microsoft platform. This award emphasizes business strategies and approaches that can reach and scale to a broad segment.

Competing to Win Partner of the Year: Security Winner

  • WM-data, Denmark

The Competing to Win Partner of the Year: Security Award recognizes the partner that has won customers with Microsoft Forefront Client Security, Microsoft Forefront for Exchange Server, Microsoft Forefront Security for SharePoint, Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server or Microsoft Intelligent Application Gateway where alternative security solutions from Symantec, McAfee, Trend, Cisco or Juniper were a consideration or a prior deployment. Solution categories include security of client operating systems, server applications and the network edge. The winning partner has helped its customers better manage their business and offer a security-enhanced computing environment to their employees, partners, customers and vendors while securing an important segment on the Microsoft platform.

Competing to Win Partner of the Year: Web Winner

  • Avansys Infotech, United Arab Emirates

The Competing to Win Partner of the Year: Web Award recognizes the partner that has won customers with Live services, Microsoft Office Live, ASP.NET, Internet Information Services, Windows Vista®, Internet Explorer® 7, Windows Server 2003 and Expression® Web where Web solution alternatives such as Adobe, PHP, Apache and ColdFusion were a consideration or a prior deployment. Solution categories include Web content, e-commerce, design, media and community. The winner has helped its customers better manage their business while securing an important segment on the Microsoft platform.

Custom Development Solutions, Application Infrastructure Development Partner of the Year Winner

  • Getronics (NL) BV, Netherlands

The Custom Development Solutions, Application Infrastructure Development Partner of the Year Award recognizes the exceptional, innovative partner that focuses on the development of customized solutions, Web solutions and tools built on Microsoft technologies utilizing the Visual Studio® family of development tools. Specifically, the winning partner delivers highly customized solutions to support its customers’ unique business practices, deliver one-off enhancements that allow customers to integrate existing systems with new technologies, or develop extensions to existing Microsoft solutions that their customers may already employ.

Custom Development Solutions, Smart Client Development Partner of the Year Winner

  • Momentum Advanced Solutions, Canada

The Custom Development Solutions, Smart Client Development Partner of the Year Award recognizes the exceptional, innovative partner that focuses on the development of customized solutions, Web solutions and tools built on Microsoft technologies utilizing the Visual Studio family of development tools. Specifically, the winning partner delivers highly customized solutions to support its customers’ unique business practices, deliver one-off enhancements that allow customers to integrate existing systems with new technologies, or develop extensions to existing Microsoft solutions that their customers may already employ.

Custom Development Solutions, Web Development Partner of the Year Winner

  • ITWorx, Egypt

The Custom Development Solutions, Web Development Partner of the Year Award recognizes the exceptional, innovative partner that focuses on the development of customized solutions, Web solutions and tools built on Microsoft technologies utilizing the Visual Studio family of development tools. Specifically, the winning partner delivers highly customized solutions to support its customers’ unique business practices, deliver one-off enhancements that allow customers to integrate existing systems with new technologies, or develop extensions to existing Microsoft solutions that their customers may already employ.

Data Management Solutions, Business Intelligence Partner of the Year Winner

  • Information Management Group (IM Group) Ltd., United Kingdom

The Data Management Solutions, Business Intelligence Partner of the Year Award is designed to provide recognition to the partner that provides solutions in data warehouse and business intelligence. The winning partner’s solution improves organizations by providing business insight to all employees, helping lead to better, faster and more relevant decisions.

Data Management Solutions, Database Management Partner of the Year Winner

  • Scalability Experts Inc., United States

The Data Management Solutions, Database Management Partner of the Year Award recognizes the exceptional partner that supports customers with their mission-critical applications. The winning partner’s solution showcases how SQL Server 2005 reduced application downtime, increased scalability and performance, and tightened security controls.

Enterprise Alliance Partner of the Year Winner

  • HP, United States

The Microsoft Enterprise Alliance Partner of the Year Award is given to the global services or technology partner that has demonstrated leadership and has been the most valuable global enterprise partner in delivering Microsoft solutions to its mutual enterprise customers in the past year. The input for this award is provided by the Microsoft worldwide field global partner regional leaders, the Enterprise and Partner Group leaders in top countries, and the Microsoft corporate team.

Global ISV Partner of the Year Winner

  • Quest Software Inc., United States

The Microsoft Global ISV Partner of the Year Award is given to the global independent software vendor (ISV) partner that has demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in partnering with Microsoft and its customers.

Information Worker Solutions, Enterprise Project Management Partner of the Year Winner

  • Pcubed and FK&A, United States

The Information Worker Solutions, Enterprise Project Management Partner of the Year Award recognizes the exceptional partner that has excelled in offering breakthrough Microsoft Office system solutions. The winning partner’s technology and marketing offerings have increased its customers’ employee productivity and assisted them in connecting with their business partners and customers. The winning partner’s innovative thinking has helped solve a technical challenge or helped address its customers’ business needs and empower their employees, and has had a unique and positive impact on customers’ business pain points.

Information Worker Solutions, Messaging and Collaboration Partner of the Year Winner

  • Hitachi Consulting, United States

The Information Worker Solutions, Messaging and Collaboration Partner of the Year Award recognizes the exceptional partner that has excelled in offering breakthrough Microsoft Office system solutions. The winning partner’s technology and marketing offerings have increased its customers’ employee productivity and assisted them in connecting with their business partners and customers. The winning partner’s innovative thinking has helped solve a technical challenge or helped address its customers’ business needs and empower their employees, and has had a unique and positive impact on customers’ business pain points.

Information Worker Solutions, Office Smart Client Development Partner of the Year Winner

  • Spanish Point Technologies Ltd., Ireland

The Information Worker Solutions, Office Smart Client Development Partner of the Year Award recognizes the exceptional partner that has excelled in offering breakthrough Microsoft Office system solutions. The winning partner’s technology and marketing offerings have increased its customers’ employee productivity and assisted them in connecting with their business partners and customers. The winning partner’s innovative thinking has helped solve a technical challenge or helped address its customers’ business needs and empower their employees, and has had a unique and positive impact on customers’ business pain points.

Information Worker Solutions, Office Systems Desktop Deployment Partner of the Year Winner

  • Compugen Richmond Hill, Canada

The Information Worker Solutions, Office Systems Desktop Deployment Partner of the Year Award recognizes the exceptional partner that has excelled in offering breakthrough Microsoft Office system solutions. The winning partner’s technology and marketing offerings have increased its customers’ employee productivity and assisted them in connecting with their business partners and customers. The winning partner’s innovative thinking has helped solve a technical challenge or helped address its customers’ business needs and empower their employees, and has had a unique and positive impact on customers’ business pain points.

Information Worker Solutions, Portals and Enterprise Content Management Partner of the Year Winner

  • Ideaca Ltd., Canada

The Information Worker Solutions, Portals and Enterprise Content Management Partner of the Year Award recognizes the exceptional partner that has excelled in offering breakthrough Microsoft Office system solutions. The winning partner’s technology and marketing offerings have increased its customers’ employee productivity and assisted them in connecting with their business partners and customers. The winning partner’s innovative thinking has helped solve a technical challenge or helped address its customers’ business needs and empower their employees, and has had a unique and positive impact on customers’ business pain points.

ISV/Software Solutions Partner of the Year Winner

  • Workshare USA, United States

The ISV/Software Solutions Partner of the Year Award recognizes the ISV Competency partner that excels at developing and delivering People-Ready packaged software to customers. The winning software solution will work together with one or more of Microsoft’s latest server-based platform and middleware products, such as SQL Server 2006, Windows Server 2003, BizTalk 2006, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Microsoft Business Solutions (all products and versions) or Exchange Server 2007. The solution will also be built utilizing Microsoft .NET development framework(s) and tools including Visual Studio 2005. A qualified People-Ready software solution will help customers make better-informed decisions and facilitate effective collaboration with colleagues, customers and partners.

ISV/Software Solutions, Innovation Partner of the Year Winner

  • Digipede Technologies LLC, United States

The ISV/Software Solutions Innovation Partner of the Year Award recognizes an ISV that has developed an innovative, new approach to solving a new or existing business or consumer need utilizing Microsoft’s latest server or client technologies. The winning partner has demonstrated leadership in the areas of innovation, market potential, media/analyst buzz, investor value creation and customer adoption with a least three active business customers or 1,000 consumers.

Learning Solutions Partner of the Year Winner

  • NetCom Information Technology Inc., United States

The Learning Solutions Partner of the Year Award recognizes a partner’s commitment and ability to deliver high-quality learning services using a consultative engagement model. It also validates the impact skills assessment, technical training, student mentoring and Microsoft Certified Professional exam preparation have on customer satisfaction, and the application of Microsoft technology to solve business problems. The winning partner provides training services based on Microsoft technologies, has been innovative in its approach to training, and has used sales and marketing resources to help support its innovative training approach.

Licensing Solutions, License Delivery Partner of the Year Winner

  • DATALOG Software AG, Germany

The Licensing Solutions, License Delivery Partner of the Year Award recognizes the partner that consistently seeks to innovate its licensing solutions and services and provide ongoing attention to customer service excellence. The winning partner has an innovative licensing solution, and has used services and marketing strategies to provide outstanding service, as well as demonstrated results.

Licensing Solutions, Software Asset Management Partner of the Year Winner

  • Bytes Technology Group, United Kingdom

The Licensing Solutions, Software Asset Management Partner of the Year Award recognizes the partner that consistently seeks to innovate its software asset management (SAM) solutions and services and provides ongoing attention to customer service excellence. The winning partner has an innovative licensing solution, and has used services and marketing strategies to provide outstanding service, as well as demonstrated results.

Microsoft Dynamics AX Partner of the Year Winner

  • Fullscope, United States

The Microsoft Dynamics™ AX Partner of the Year Award recognizes the partner that demonstrates excellence in delivering value to mutual customers. This partner is a champion in delivering solutions to delight its customers and drive their business productivity. It consistently exceeds customer expectations and has earned great loyalty from its customers. This partner demonstrates leadership within the Microsoft Dynamics AX Partner community in terms of adding new customers, driving revenue growth and contributing to the overall success of the Partner community.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Partner of the Year Winner

  • Aspective Ltd., United Kingdom

The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Partner of the Year Award honors a partner that has exhibited unsurpassed leadership in providing Microsoft CRM solutions to customers. This partner is a true champion of the Microsoft Dynamics value proposition. It provides consistent, high-quality and predictable service to Microsoft CRM customers to ensure immediate benefits out of CRM investments. This partner demonstrates business leadership through aggressive demand generation, nurture marketing, new customer additions and revenue growth.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner of the Year Winner

  • Interactive Business Information Systems Inc., United States

The Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner of the Year Award recognizes a partner that demonstrates excellence in delivering value to mutual customers. This partner is a champion in delivering solutions to delight its customers and drive their business productivity. It consistently exceeds customer expectations and has earned great loyalty from its customers. This partner demonstrates leadership within the Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner community in terms of adding new customers, driving revenue growth and contributing to the overall success of the Partner community.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV Partner of the Year Winner

  • Pebblestone, Netherlands

The Microsoft Dynamics NAV Partner of the Year Award honors a partner that has exhibited unsurpassed leadership in providing Microsoft Dynamics NAV solutions to customers. These are true champions of financial management, supply chain management and/or customer relationship management solutions whose energy, persistence and integrity have allowed Microsoft to strengthen its leadership across multiple verticals and geographies. The winner provides consistent, quality and predictable service to Microsoft Dynamics NAV customers to help ensure immediate benefits out of Microsoft Dynamics NAV investments. This partner demonstrates business leadership through aggressive demand generation, nurture marketing, new customer additions, total revenue and revenue growth.

Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System, Partner of the Year Winner

  • POSitive Technology.com, United States

The Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System Partner of the Year Award recognizes a partner that demonstrates excellence in delivering value to mutual customers. This partner is a champion in delivering solutions to delight its customers and drive their business productivity. It consistently exceeds customer expectations and has earned great loyalty from its customers. This partner demonstrates leadership within the Microsoft Point of Sale Partner community in terms of adding new customers, driving revenue growth and contributing to the overall success of the Partner community.

Microsoft Dynamics SL Partner of the Year Winner

  • SBS Group, United States

The Microsoft Dynamics SL Partner of the Year Award recognizes a partner that demonstrates excellence in delivering value to mutual customers. This partner is a champion in delivering solutions to delight its customers and drive their business productivity. It consistently exceeds customer expectations and has earned great loyalty from its customers. This partner demonstrates leadership within the Microsoft Dynamics SL Partner community in terms of adding new customers, driving revenue growth and contributing to the overall success of the Partner community.

Mobility Solutions Partner of the Year Winner

  • SAT Corp., United States

The Mobility Solutions Partner of the Year Award is designed to provide recognition for the partner that specializes in developing, deploying, supporting and marketing software solutions and/or services based on Microsoft Windows Mobile® technologies. The winning partner has implemented mobile business solutions to accelerate customers’ business cycles, increase their productivity, reduce operating costs and extend their business infrastructure.

Networking Infrastructure Solutions Partner of the Year Winner

  • Space Age Technologies, South Africa

The Networking Infrastructure Solutions Partner of the Year Award honors the partner that has infrastructure practices with proven proficiency in implementing solutions based on the Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 or Windows Server 2003 operating systems. This award also recognizes the partner with innovative services-based solutions that help small and midsize customers realize their potential by providing operational efficiencies with the help of Windows Server and other related infrastructure technologies. The winning partner has provided its customers with technology solutions that have resulted in core infrastructure transformation; whether this was its first server or it was a migration from competitive or legacy systems, this partner helped customers build a strong infrastructure foundation layer that supports their business goals.

OEM Hardware Solutions, Device Manufacturing Partner of the Year Winner

  • Teneros Inc., United States

The OEM Hardware Solutions, Device Manufacturing Partner of the Year Award is designed to recognize an independent hardware vendor or original equipment manufacturer (OEM) that designs and develops hardware peripheral and device solutions that use Microsoft technologies to create superior customer value.

OEM Hardware Solutions, System Builder Partner of the Year Winner

  • Third Wave Corp., Japan

The OEM Hardware Solutions, System Builder Partner of the Year Award honors the OEM system builder that creates superior customer value through personal computer or server hardware systems preinstalled with genuine Microsoft software as well as key support services to end-user customers.

Security Solutions, Infrastructure Security Partner of the Year Winner

  • Certified Security Solutions Inc., United States

The Security Solutions, Infrastructure Security Partner of the Year Award recognizes exceptional partners that have demonstrated expertise in providing the most advanced security solutions and services to help protect their customers’ information assets. The winning partner’s solution showcases the unique and positive impact it has had on its customers’ business pain points through its expertise in the Security Solutions Competency.

Security Solutions, Security Management Partner of the Year Winner

  • Otsuka Corp., Japan

The Security Solutions, Security Management Partner of the Year Award recognizes the exceptional partner that has demonstrated expertise in providing the most advanced security solutions and services to help protect its customers’ information assets. The winning partner’s solution showcases the unique and positive impact it has had on its customers’ business pain points through its expertise in the Security Solutions Competency.

Small Business Specialist Partner of the Year Winner

  • Integrated Business Intelligence Corp., Canada

The Small Business Specialist Partner of the Year Award honors the partner that is using Microsoft technology to deploy innovative small-business solutions. The winning partner has demonstrated innovation in deploying a small-business Microsoft-based solution (fewer than 50 employees or fewer than 25 PCs). The winning solution has utilized key Microsoft products in the small-business solutions stack, which includes Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2, Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office system, Microsoft Office Accounting Professional 2007 or Microsoft Office Accounting Express 2007, Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Small Business Financials. The winning partner has demonstrated how it provides ways for a small business to better connect with customers, partners and employees, manage business processes productively and rely on dependable, flexible and security-enhanced software.

In addition, Microsoft will also recognize partners that made into its Inner Circle and President’s Club programs. The Microsoft Dynamics Inner Circle and President’s Club programs recognize exceptional sales and customer add performance among Microsoft Dynamics value-added resellers and ISVs. The Inner Circle recognizes the top echelon of the Microsoft Dynamics partner channel worldwide, and the President’s Club recognizes approximately the top 5 percent within each region. A listing of President’s Club and Inner Circle partners can be found on the Microsoft Dynamics newsroom at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/newsroom/dynamics/default.mspx.

About the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

More information about the Worldwide Partner Conference is available on the virtual event site at http://partner.microsoft.com/digitalwpc. Visitors can watch select keynotes live or on demand, register to view sessions, and learn more about the news and events coming out of the conference.

The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference provides Microsoft’s partner community with access to key marketing and business strategies, leadership, and information regarding specific customer solutions designed to help partners succeed in the marketplace. Along with informative learning opportunities covering sales, marketing, services and technology, the Worldwide Partner Conference is an ideal setting for partners to garner valuable knowledge from their peers and from Microsoft. More information can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/partner/events/wwpartnerconference and https://partner.microsoft.com.

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