​As we are counting down the days to the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), I am excited to announce the 2015 Partner of the Year Award Winners and Finalists. The awards program allows us to take a moment to reflect and recognize the innovative and transformative work that is being done by partners across the globe. These accomplishments exemplify and should serve as key examples of excellence for every Microsoft partner.
There were more than 2,300 nominations submitted from 108 different countries for the 43 different global award opportunities this year. There are also 110 different Country Partner of the Year Awards honoring partner achievements across the globe. Each nomination was judged blindly three times from a panel of more than 600 Microsoft subject matter experts. Our final task in making award winning selections wasn’t easy, with so many partners reflecting so many great examples of cutting edge solutions, solving problems for others and creating more simplicity for their customers.
Emerging themes throughout the solutions reflected how many of our partners are maturing in their transformation. Many award winners find that when they embrace Microsoft’s cloud platforms, it acts as a catalyst for sparking innovation and driving rapid growth. Microsoft’s cloud offerings are enabling partners to develop creative applications, transform LOB apps and deliver traditional applications through cloud technologies.
Partners are also accelerating their offerings with data-driven solutions and value add services. Partners are helping customers implement secure, real-time IoT solutions with incredible scalability, integration and automation. They are streamlining digital processes integrating tools that allow for greater efficiencies and improved deployments while enabling subscription billing and recurring revenue.
These award-winning solutions all highlight the extraordinary power of our partnership and proof of customer confidence. It’s very apparent that when customers have a stronger connection with their trusted partner, they also demonstrate a stronger commitment to products like Azure, Office 365 and CRM Online. Most importantly, together we’ve achieved the ability to delight our customers with product and solution offerings that better meet their needs.
Congratulations to all of the 2015 Partner of the Year Award Winners and Finalists. We can’t wait to recognize and celebrate you at WPC in July. And I’m equally excited to see what all Microsoft partners do to innovate in the year ahead!
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