Winners at the Microsoft Quality Partners 2008 Awards Ceremony
Colombo, 8th October 2008 – Microsoft Sri Lanka announced the winners of its annual partner awards at the ceremony held last night at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo. The awards night, attended by over 200 partners who gathered to celebrate their outstanding achievements over the past twelve months, was designed not only to recognize and reward the partners, but also to celebrate and further strengthen Microsoft’s relationship with them.
“Good partnerships work on mutual respect for each other and equalization is needed. ‘I need you and you need me’ – that’s the concept. Good partnerships cannot have a superior partner and an inferior partner; both have got to be equal and is based on the equality concept. Partnerships that flourish like a good marriage come from understanding and trust. A bit of give and a bit of take.” Said Mr. Hemaka Amarasuriya, Chairman Singer Sri Lanka Ltd., who delivered an inspirational key note speech on the importance of partners in this competitive business world. He was joined by Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne, Country Manager of Microsoft Sri Lanka and Pubudu Basnayake, Small Mid Market Sales & Partner Lead of Microsoft Sri Lanka who together presented the 12 awards.
The glamorous evening titled as the "Oscars of the Partner Industry", saw Microsoft’s extensive partner network being recognized for their performance during the year with awards ranging from Best Managed Partner which was awarded to Zillione Systems Solutions (Pvt) Ltd, Best ‘Attach at Source’ COEM Partner won by PC House (Pvt) Ltd, Best Partner Server Sales won by Millennium IT (Pvt) Ltd, Best Partner Breadth awarded to Open Systems Integrators (Pvt) Ltd, Best Distributor won by Tech Distribution Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, Best Partner Maldives awarded to Grayscale (Pvt) Ltd and Best Microsoft Learning Partner of the Year going out to Ceylinco NetAssist (Pvt) Ltd.
A range of Special Awards were also in store for the partners which saw Raffles Solutions (Pvt) Ltd winning for Microsoft Dynamics and Aklo Information Technologies (Pvt) Ltd for Best Competitive Win Back. In addition, Special Recognition Awards were also given out to Visual Computing Systems (Pvt) Ltd for their laudable contribution towards breadth sales and to outgoing distributor Ingram Micro Lanka (Pvt) Ltd for the services they have rendered in the past in contribution towards helping Microsoft Sri Lanka achieve their shared business goals and aspirations.
Speaking at the ceremony, Sriyan De Silva Wijeyeratne, Country Manager of Microsoft Sri Lanka said, “Microsoft is a case study in how meaningful partnerships can drive better business results – we have proven this across the world and I am glad, that Sri Lanka too is proving to be one such partner success story. Microsoft Sri Lanka is privileged to be associated with a partner network of likeminded organisations that share our uncompromising focus on quality and superior delivery. Our partner network encompasses Sri Lanka’s finest ICT organisations and together, we have been able to drive industry growth forward – in a bid to push Sri Lanka up the digital ladder. We believe that all our partners have championed our cause to the entire nation; and we have collectively emerged victorious. And so it gives us great pleasure to recognize their winning performance during the last year.”
Microsoft’s partner ecosystems is an integral component of its business in Sri Lanka – the Microsoft business model focuses on its partners driving the achievement of business goals. Microsoft partners receive a wide range of direct support and training services from Microsoft and in turn, are authorised to deliver Microsoft technologies to end users. The emphasis throughout the engagement with Microsoft is on quality, and the Quality Partner awards seek to instil in the partners a greater commitment to superior quality service and solutions.
Faiq Faaiz of Millennium Information Technologies Ltd (MIT) – a Microsoft Quality Partner and winner of two Quality Partner Awards at the ceremony said, "Millennium Information Technologies Ltd (MIT) has been a Microsoft partner over the last four years during which we have enjoyed unprecedented success. Our partnership with Microsoft has enabled us to leverage on their global strengths and technology leadership – which we have converted into a competitive advantage. Our staff has benefited from the association with high quality training and exposure to the latest technologies. Microsoft’s passion for quality is infectious – our partnership has helped MIT to instil a culture of quality consciousness and business excellence."
Microsoft Partners are fully authorised to implement, service, and maintain Microsoft technologies. Their digital platforms run the gamut of complexity from simple consumer solutions to advanced enterprise level solutions utilising technologies such as Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization technology, Dynamics ERP, Silverlight, SQL server BI platform. Microsoft only grants Certified Partner status after a comprehensive audit of an entity’s readiness to deliver the quality and standard of solution demanded by Microsoft. As such, Microsoft “Certified Partners” are guaranteed by Microsoft to be fully competent to deliver solutions based on Microsoft technologies and are geared with the knowledge, training and experience to handle any challenge.