Vivek Puthucode General Manager, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Asia Pacific

Celebrating Asia Pacific regional partner success at the inaugural Microsoft APAC Partner Awards 2020

Early last year, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said our company observed “two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months,” and all of us have been impacted by the ongoing pandemic and the widespread transition to remote work. 

Also seeing tremendous growth in 2020 is the Microsoft Asia Pacific Partner community, which has grown by more than sixteen percent in the last twelve months. 

This growth, to me, is evidence of their trust in the Microsoft partnership and how our collective customers are increasingly looking to us as an industry to help them recover, rebuild and even to reimagine their business as they address the challenges that COVID-19 has presented. 

As a community, our partners and us also have the unique privilege to empower organizations and individuals with technology-led solutions and innovations so that they can emerge stronger from the pandemic.  

There have been many amazing and inspiring stories of how you have done exactly that for our customers and the community that we live, work and play in – including the Microsoft Enabler Program that seeks to increase employability for people with disabilities in the region and most recently the #GetReadySG to upskill and boost employment for Singaporeans.  

Each year, we recognize and celebrate the achievements of our partner community in each of the countries that we operate in Asia Pacific. Yet, the reality is that many of our partners are replicating the customer and community success they deliver in one country to another – sometimes to many more. 

As such, for the first time this year, we introduced three new Asia Pacific Partner Awards categories to recognize outstanding regional partners who have demonstrated business leadership in the region with their innovative and unique services and solutions that are built on the Microsoft platform.  

Please join me in congratulating this year’s winners, finalists and all our partners who have demonstrated not just commitment and tenacity, but also empathy in a truly unprecedented year.  

The three categories and their respective winning and finalist partners are:

 

Yet, I believe that even with what we have accomplished collectively in the last year, we are only scratching the surface. Our partners make more possible and I truly believe there is a reservoir of untapped potential for us to uncover together.