Award categories

Find out about the different Microsoft New Zealand Partner Award categories for 2018


The Award categories

We are excited to offer Microsoft's New Zealand partners a variety of awards designed to showcase solutions built on Microsoft technologies that provide benefits to all customers. These awards celebrate successes and innovations related to partner competencies, cloud technology, entrepreneurial spirit, as well as highlighting the great work done by partners in the public sector and in Philanthropy arenas. 

Cloud For Good Award

Microsoft's mission is to empower every organisation and person on the planet to achieve more. This is an altruism award that recognised partners who have gone beyond the norm to assist NGO and non-profit organisations to try and make the world a better place.  

The Cloud For Good Award represents Microsoft’s commitment to making technology accessible to everyone around New Zealand. It's also about our commitment to empower partners to create these solutions to do more good and drive deeper impact in the communities they serve.  

Therefore, the Cloud for Good Award recognises a Microsoft partner creating and deploying a cutting-edge cloud technology solution for a non-governmental, non-profit organisation in ways that help them to be more efficient and/or more effective at driving their missions. 


Eligible candidates for this award will have proven their ability to meet customer demands by:

  • Demonstrating how non-profits are scaling their business through new tools and/or efficiencies using the latest Microsoft cloud technologies. 

  • Showing a solution that surpasses previous or current solutions to the community problem. 

  • Highlighting a solution or program deployed within the past year. 


Click here to enter your Cloud For Good award nomination

Empower Employees Award

Today we work in more groups than at any other time, and collaboration can be the difference between success and failure. And the Empowering Employees Award recognises a partner that has enabled its customers to work more collaboratively. The new workspace is made up of free range workers without walls. Have you implemented technology to create that new reality for your customers? If so, then this is the award for you.

The award winner will show how they have delivered a seamless experience across the familiar applications people already use, including Office 365, Dynamics CRM, Yammer, Sharepoint, Surface devices, Skype for Business and/or virtually any other application or service to empower their customers employees – fuelling collaboration and productivity, while mitigating the risks that comes with providing freedom and space to employees.

This award recognises a partner that has enhanced the suite of Microsoft Office-based or Dynamics solutions (or both!) by delivering an innovative or transformative solution that evolves the way people communicate and collaborate today... all while delivering a significant impact to the customer.


Eligible candidates for this award will have proven their ability to meet customer demands by:

  • Demonstrating how your solution empowers people with tools that fuel collaboration and productivity.
  • Demonstrating how your solution enables people to create, learn, share and grow.


Click here to enter your Empower Employees award nomination

Engaging Customers Award

The Engaging Customers Award recognises a partner who creates solutions that put the customer first. The award celebrates a partner building better, stronger engagements for their customers by connecting data to provide a complete view of the customer's business. The solution should illustrate how it can provide actionable intelligence and predictive insights that can deliver personalisation at scale.

This award focuses on partner organisations who are improving customer engagement by investing in the latest emerging technologies, such as Internet of Things (IoT), smart machines and sensors, computer vision, digital agents, bots, and language and speech recognition. 


Eligible candidates for this award will have proven their ability to meet customer demands by:

  • Building better, stronger engagement with your customers.
  • Building and harnessing a complete view of your customer, then act on derived insights.
  • Predicting the products and services your customers need.


Click here to enter your Engaging Customers award nomination

Optimising Operations Award

Having data is one thing – using it effectively is something entirely different.

The Optimising Operations Award recognises a partner who helps their customers optimise their business operations with effective use of data.

The partner solution helps to reshape customer relationships and service models by gathering data across a wide, dispersed set of endpoints, and draw insights through advanced analytics to introduce improvements on a continuous, real time basis.

The winning solution will have enabled customers to analyse any data – including unstructured and streaming data – to make fast, strategic business decisions and predict future business opportunities.

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 be built on top of a Microsoft data warehousing solution.


Eligible candidates for this award will have proven their ability to meet customer demands by:

  • Optimising business processes and service models.


Click here to enter your Optimising Operations award nomination

Transforming Products Award

Every business is in the throes of digital transformation. But how are you helping shape and curate that transformation for your customers?

The Transforming Products Award recognises a partner that excels in reinventing products, services and business models using digital content to capitalise on emerging revenue opportunities.

The partner will provide unique digital transformation solution that delivers exceptional customer business value in a specific industry, such as manufacturing, distribution, retail, professional services, public sector or financial services.

The winning solution will demonstrate a thorough understanding of the industry and expertise about the specific vertical being served, as well as consistent, high quality, predictable service to our mutual customers. Successful entrants will demonstrate business leadership and success through strong growth in customer additions and revenue.


Eligible candidates for this award will have proven their ability to meet customer demands by:

  • Demonstrating how the customer is innovating and adapting their products and services.
  • Demonstrating how the customer business model and value chain evolves to capture opportunities and respond to threats.


Click here to enter your Transforming Products award nomination


Modern Workplace Award

The world is rapidly evolving, Millennials will soon dominate the workplace, and they come with different hopes and expectations. We want to find the partners who are leveraging the power of Office 365 to bring their customers into the digital Twenty First Century. The Modern Workplace Award honours a partner who has empowered customers to be more mobile, more secure and more collaborative. A partner who works closely with their customers to create and curate true modern workplaces. 

Does that sound like you?  If so, here's what you need to do.  

Prove you have empowered your customers to create substantial and sustainable growth by transforming their workplace with one or all of the Microsoft 365 suite (Office 365, Windows 10, Enterprise Security + Mobility).  Demonstrate innovation, competitive differentiation, and customer benefits. (The nominee can either have deployed one or the full set of offerings directly or with other partners.) Customers need trusted advisors, and the winning partner should demonstrate expertise in helping customers modernise their workplace and keeping their IT environment compliant and secure.


Eligible candidates for this award will have proven their ability to meet customer demands by:

  • Delivering business value to a customer by simplifying their processes, enhancing their security and improving their device deployment and management processes.

  • Highlighting how you deliver end-to-end solutions that encourage people to communicate and collaborate.  


Click here to enter your Modern Workplace award nomination

Apps and Infrastructure Award

This is the big Infrastructure-as-a-Service award for Cloud Master Builders. Does that sound like you? The App and Infrastructure Award honours a partner that has created an Azure solution using to launch: 

1. Infrastructure-based services (e.g. IaaS); 

2. Portfolio of services via public or private cloud, including Azure Stack;

3. Or exhibits deliverables relating to Application Innovation on Azure such as App Modernisation;

4. Or virtualised resources complemented by storage and networking capabilities offered on demand.  


The nomination should outline how your innovative solution created competitive differentiation, and value that resulted in a profitable business outcome for the customer.  The winner will illustrate customer scenario(s) and problems resolved by the solution, how more customers were won, better customer service delivered, or how other business goal was achieved.


Eligible candidates for this award will have proven their ability to meet customer demands by:

  • Demonstrating how the solution successfully met customer interoperability, scalability and security needs leading with Microsoft Azure and / or Azure Stack, but can include a