Microsoft Sri Lanka held its annual Partner Conference & Awards Ceremony on 3rd August 2012, at a grand ceremony held at Waters
Edge Battaramulla. In a landmark event for Microsoft & and their quality partners, the evening kicked off with the launch of Office
365 marking the availability of Cloud services in Sri Lanka.
As customary, the evening culminated in Microsoft’s premier partner organisations being awarded for another year’s outstanding performance.
Top industry players Tech One Global (Pvt) Ltd emerged champions of the evening, winning the title of ‘Best Distributor’. Tech One also
bagged the award for Best “Attached at Source” COEM Distributor & Named Partner.
ZILLIONe Technologies and Millennium Information Technologies (Pvt) Ltd were recognised as the joint recipients of the ‘Best Managed Partner’
award while the title of ‘Best Partner Led Competitive Win Back’ also going to Millennium Information Technologies (Pvt) Ltd.
Maldivian IT services supplier, MAXCOM Technologies walked away with ‘Best Partner – Maldives’ award and ‘Best Partner in the Public Sector’
was won by MS Technologies (Pvt) Ltd. The title of ‘Best Microsoft Learning Partner’ went to NetAssist International (Pvt) Ltd.
Three special recognition awards were also presented at the awards ceremony. Millennium IT won the award for the 'Unified Communication Solution
of the Year". IronOne Technologies (Pvt) Ltd won the 'Application Development on Microsoft Platform' award and Metropolitan Group (Pvt) Ltd won
the award for 'The COEM Partner with Highest Revenue Contribution'.
Wasantha Weerakoon, COO of Tech One Global, Winner of the ‘Best Distributor’ award said "We have been an exclusive Microsoft distributor from the
inception and the benefits we've received from this partnership has helped us succeed both in local and foreign markets. Our long-standing partnership
with Microsoft has been challenging, yet in a most positive way, where both companies have benefitted greatly and grown because of this close-knit relationship.
Working with Microsoft as always has been a rewarding experience."
Another significant part of this year’s partner conference was the unveiling of Microsoft’s new ‘Partner Awards Scheme’, set to kick off in the new year. The 2013
partner awards, will be more in line with business changes that have taken place within Microsoft with the introduction of Cloud based products and looks at recognizing,
new types of partners as well as different business segments. While the new award categories will give partners the opportunity to better showcase their achievements and
milestones, the system will also attempt to align Microsoft business with that of their partners. Pubudu Basnayake, Director, SMS&P, Microsoft Sri Lanka, who made the announcement,
said that the new awards would have a Sales Specialist – Software developer (ISV) for New Enterprise Business category and separate awards for Partners who manage Windows 8 and
Windows phones. The small business segment will also generate interesting awards in FY13.
He also unveiled the fresh new look to the Partner trophy and the new logo for the future Partner Conference.
Bernice Paris, APAC Enterprise & Partner Group - Microsoft Corporation, who also attended spoke about how partners needed to harness the excitement created by Office 365 cloud offering
for mutual business growth. "This is one of the greatest offerings from Microsoft where partners will have the opportunity to successfully accelerate the sales process for Office 365 and
other cloud services, cutting the sales time in half compared to using traditional, premise-oriented sales processes. There will be opportunity to reach new consumer segments and grow
revenue in new and exciting ways."
Speaking at the event, Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne, Country Manager of Microsoft Sri Lanka & Bangladesh, emphasized the significant role played by the partners in Microsoft’s success.
"Our partner network, who are our distinguished guests here tonight, is the life blood behind all our achievements these years past. Every achievement we have on the table is also the
achievement of our partners, the impact that we have made in the country and every Sri Lankan is because of them - the people who really matter to us the most."
Imran Vilcassim, Director Enterprise Partner Group of Microsoft Sri Lanka who led the Office 365 launch sequence at the event commented that there is a significant role for partners to
play in the way they intend to broad base the adoption of Cloud services in Sri Lanka. “One of the key things we will do is work closely with our partners to skill them up in talking to
our customers to ensure that both our partners and customers embrace the benefits of Office 365 as a business driving productivity tool”
Pubudu Basnayake, Director, Small & Mid-market Solutions & Partners group of Microsoft Sri Lanka said, “Our investment in Partner development has been significant. In the past 2-3 months,
we have brought in foreign resources to enable our partners to take up cloud. Technologies like Office, Exchange and Windows are the key areas we are looking at in terms of working with
partners to go to market. So to enable this we have brought up different schemes based on rebates and incentives to excite partners to take this out into the market.”
Bernice Paris, APAC Enterprise & Partner Group, Microsoft Corporation speaking to
the audience about the oppportunities of the Office 365 cloud offering to Partners
The Award Winning Partners
Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne, Country Manager of Microsoft Sri Lanka & Bangladesh
speaking during the event
The Award Winners with the Microsoft Team
Joint Winners for the Best Managed Partner Award - ZILLIONe Technologies (Left) and
Millennium Information Technologies (Centre)
IronOne Technologies receiving a Special Recognition Award for Applications Developed
on Microsoft Platform from Bernice Paris, APAC Enterprise & Partner Group, Microsoft
Metropolitan Group (Pvt) Ltd receiving a Special Recognition Award for being the
COEM Partner with the highest Revenue Contribution
MS Technologies (Pvt) Ltd receiving the Award for Best Partner in Public Sector from
Bernice Paris,APAC Enterprise & Partner Group, Microsoft Corporation
NetAssist International (Pvt) Ltd receiving the award for the Best Microsoft Learning
Partner from Pubudu Basnayake, Director SMS&P, Microsoft Sri Lanka
Tech One Global (Pvt) Ltd receiving the Best Distributor Award from Pubudu Basnayake,
Director, Small & Mid-market Solutions & Partner group, Microsoft Sri Lanka
Maxcom Technologies receiving a Special Award for Best Partner in the Maldives from
Pubudu Basnayake, Director SMS&P, Microsoft Sri Lanka and Hisham Sally,Partner Manager,
Microsoft Sri Lanka