Each day I am amazed by our partners; the work they do, the value they deliver to customers, and the impact that they have across this country is something that brings me great pride.

So I am thrilled today, to share the 2019 Australian Partner of the Year and also the winners and finalists in the global Microsoft Inspire Awards.

I’ll get to the winners soon, but first I wanted to share with you why I believe it’s so important that we continue to work together to bring the best solutions for Australian enterprises large and small.

Australia’s economy has been incredibly resilient – but if we want to stay strong, we need to invest in innovation, drive efficiencies across our economy and use data to stay smart and internationally competitive.

By international standards we’re still doing well; GDP up 2.8 per cent in 2017-18 – and the work our partner ecosystem performs plays a key role in continuing to drive growth across all sectors.

Our 2019 Australian Partner award winners and finalists will be celebrated at Microsoft Inspire, which will take place in Las Vegas in July. This year we received nearly 3,000 nominations from 115 countries – and Australian partners were right up there with transformative solutions that deliver real value to customers’ bottom lines.

This year Australia was rewarded with three category winners, and six finalists.

Australian Partner of the Year was Modis, which also won in the Data Analytics category and was a finalist in the AI and machine learning category.

In partnership with the Western Australian Police department, Modis developed an innovative AI driven intelligent analytics platform. Described by WA Police as a “paradigm shift for policing”, this enables rapid analysis of huge volumes and types of data to identify investigative avenues and solve crimes faster. Modis was able to deliver a solution that not only delivered significant value to the customer but created a reference solution that can potentially be scaled to any police department in the world.

Australia’s second winner was Illuminance Solutions, which takes the award as Inspired’s Partner for Social Impact.

Focussed on our National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which provides information, support, and funding for over 460,000 permanently and significantly disabled people, Illuminance developed for NDIS providers an integrated client and services management platform. Leveraging Dynamics 365 the platform helps providers address the strict compliance criteria and business model requirements of the Scheme while increasing transparency and quality in service delivery, helps grow and develop their workforce capacity to deal with demand, automate previously time-consuming administrative tasks and remain compliant with NDIS requirements.

We are also delighted to also announce that Wiise, led by KPMG was a finalist in the Dynamics 365 for Business Central category; Expose was a finalist in the Power BI award; Rhipe named as a finalist in the Indirect Providers category; Insight a finalist in Education; and, Velrada a finalist for Dynamics 365 for Field Service.

I was blown away by the calibre of all the Australian submissions, and am absolutely thrilled that Microsoft Australia partners shone so brightly in this year’s Inspire awards.

Congratulations to the winners and finalists, and to all partners who strive to help Australian customers succeed and the nation prosper each and every day.