A new category has been announced for our Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards – the Community Response Award – recognising the amazing efforts of our partners in delivering a positive impact during these difficult times. We are also extending the nomination submission deadline for all awards to May 12, 11:59 pm Pacific Time (PT), 2020. Learn more here.

Last year I was blown away by the calibre of Australian submissions we saw in the Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards. During these challenging times, we have an opportunity to shine a light on our Australian partner community and the solutions and innovations you are bringing customers each day. Now more than ever, we are seeing how determined our partners are to help customers succeed and the awards provide an ideal opportunity for us to recognise these efforts.

The awards recognise partners across 50 categories spanning across cloud technology, entrepreneurial spirit and the critical areas of social impact, diversity & inclusion and more. Receiving a Partner of the Year Award positions your company for new business opportunities, generates positive press coverage, and can lead to even greater market recognition. The nomination tool is now open, with entries closing on 12 May 2020, at 11:59 P.M (Pacific time).

This year we have a number of new, exciting awards, including one that recognises partners that have helped customers transform their workplace by having built an application that amplifies Microsoft Teams core collaboration features; an award for providing innovative and unique solutions via the Microsoft Commercial Marketplace; one that is for B2B startup organisations that have built and launched an outstanding solution leveraging Microsoft technology; and awards recognising resellers demonstrating great leadership in delivering Surface PC or Surface Hub solutions. You can see the full list of awards on the Partner of the Year Awards page.

Preparing all of your answers and supporting documents now will make it easier to upload your entry. The awards are based on a self-nomination process by partners and there are a number of resources available to help you create an award-winning entry:

Get resources – Review the official Microsoft 2020 Partner of the Year award guidelines and rules for an in-depth understanding of the program.

Get tips – Explore expert advice from the Partner of the Year Awards judges and learn how to create a standout nomination.

Get answers – Have questions? Download the FAQ document to get all your questions answered.

Get inspired – Meet Partner of the Year Award winners and finalists from previous years.

All this and more information is available at https://partner.microsoft.com/inspire/awards

On a personal note, I also wanted to take this opportunity to ensure you and your team have the support you need during these challenging times. I have published a blog with resources and information on how we can all support customers’ remote work needs. Please feel free to reach out on what Microsoft can do to assist you and your business, and take care.