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Our partner ecosystem is essential to delivering transformative solutions for customers. It serves as a catalyst to equipping businesses and customers with the technology and tools needed to succeed in an evolving digital economy.
In the past year – and in the past few months especially – we’ve seen first-hand exactly what our partner community offers in a dramatically changing world: unlimited potential. The potential to adapt, to connect, to innovate, and to achieve more.
Every year Microsoft Inspire offers a unique opportunity for the Microsoft Partner Network to connect, learn, and collaborate as we look to the year ahead and new ways to accelerate the digital transformation and success of Microsoft customers.
Now in its 17th year, this year’s Microsoft Inspire was the first time we have all come together for a digital-only event, a shift that underscores the times we’re living in, as well as our partners’ resilience. It’s an example of how, even amid widespread disruption, our ecosystem has continued to help customers adapt to a dramatically changing environment.
During Inspire this week we saw a huge number of announcements that will help to create innovative ways for partners to serve customers and manage their business amid changing work environments:
Partner of the Year Awards
As part of Microsoft Inspire, we host the Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards to recognise and celebrate partners who demonstrate excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.
As in recent years, but albeit in a different format, Cathriona Hallahan, Microsoft Ireland Managing Director, and I have had the privilege of helping recognise the impressive and innovative Irish winners. The awards offer an opportunity to showcase how our Irish partners are at the cutting edge of innovation, expertise and knowledge when it comes to helping organisations digitally transform.
Given the high standard and volume of entries from Microsoft partners across the globe, it was incredible to see an Irish-headquartered partner take the global award as Microsoft’s Security and Compliance Partner of the Year. This is testament to the tremendous work being carried out by Threatscape, a pure-play security specialist and Microsoft Gold Security Partner. It has been exciting to see their growth and how their dedicated Microsoft Security Practice combines their expertise and services with Microsoft technology to deliver security transformation for enterprise clients around the world.
As a Microsoft Security Gold Partner, Threatscape is one of very few dedicated security companies with a specialist Microsoft Security Practice. One of the projects which led to this award was a comprehensive security transformation for Sisk Group, one of Europe’s oldest and largest construction groups.
You may have also seen the announcement earlier this week that Ergo won the Microsoft Ireland Country Partner of the Year Award for 2020. Ergo has demonstrated outstanding expertise in implementing and supporting Microsoft technologies and services, and just as importantly, the skills to innovate around them to meet the different needs of our customers and ensure that together, we empower success for our customers.
We received a huge number of impressive entries for this year’s awards and judging these is always a challenging task as the quality and calibre of entries continue to improve every year.
Below is an overview of all the local winners from this year’s awards. A massive congratulations to all the winners and we really look forward to working with you to drive great impact in the coming year!
|Calling & Meetings for Microsoft Teams |
|Security & Compliance||CWSI |
|Apps & Solutions for MS Teams||Nulia |
|Data Analytics||EY |
|Datacentre Migration||Software One |
|Dev Ops||Spanish Point |
|Date Estate Modernisation||Version 1 |
|Modernise Finance & Operations||DxC Technology |
|Power Platform including Power BI||Evros |
|Proactive Customer Service||Sysco |
Indirect Partner & Partner for Social Impact
|Indirect Partner of the Year||MicroWarehouse |
|Partner for Social Impact|| Ergo |
|Surface Laptop Partner of the Year||Wriggle Learning |
Technical Skills Initiative
|Technical Skills||Auxillion |