Jul 28,2023

Celebrating our 2023 UK Partner of the Year Award winners and finalists

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Celebrating our 2023 UK Partner of the Year Award winners and finalists

Our prestigious Partner of the Year Awards recognise and celebrate the exceptional achievements of our partners across the global ecosystem. Each of our winners and finalists have consistently delivered outstanding customer impact, business performance and technical innovation using Microsoft technologies. 

In addition, our judging criteria covered purpose-driven activities that reflect our Partner Pledge and Microsoft corporate values. These broader commitments include nurturing tech talent, advancing diversity and inclusion, and championing sustainability initiatives. 

Partner of the Year UK winner 

Special congratulations go to Accenture and Avanade, our 2023 Microsoft UK Partner of the Year.  

This year, Accenture and Avanade once again delivered exceptional growth across business sectors to increase sales and revenue. It has also driven improvement in cultural and environmental areas, from gender pay-gap equality to programmes that support young people from under-served groups, helping the tech industry become more ethnically diverse. 

Accenture and Avanade effectively demonstrated its work to win a project that puts Microsoft Azure at the centre of the UK’s electricity market, advancing the energy sector’s digitisation. An Azure-hosted data platform will deliver insight to help consumers cut energy costs, while enabling new products and services through data-driven tariffs and offerings. 

Andy Gillett, Executive GM, Avanade, commented: “Avanade UK is deeply honoured to be recognised with the prestigious Microsoft Partner of the Year award. This accolade reflects our unwavering dedication to advancing the world through the power of people and Microsoft, and further cements our exceptional collaboration with Accenture and Microsoft.”

Celebrating other UK category award-winners 

We warmly congratulate our other UK award-winning partners in other global categories: Content + Cloud (Education category), Device Authority (Rising Azure Technology), M-Hance (Non-profit), Phoenix (Modern Endpoint Management), Version 1 (Modernising Applications), Westcoast (Device Partner Distributor/Reseller), and WPP (Inclusion Changemaker). 

Recognising partner success in new ways 

This year, we went a step further in recognising UK partners. Complementing our UK Partner of the Year, we’ve introduced new local awards: 

  • The UK Services Partner Award recognises growth across the Microsoft Cloud, with evidence of directly transforming customers’ business and market.  
  • The UK ISV Partner Award celebrates partners with differentiated IP on the Microsoft Cloud. This must be Marketplace-transactable and drive strong co-sell impact with Microsoft. 

We hope these categories will entice even more UK partners to share your achievements next year. 

2023 UK Microsoft Partner of the Year – new category winners 

Our warmest congratulations go to Kainos as our UK Services Partner of the Year and Rubrik as our UK ISV Partner of the Year. 

Kainos has delivered award-winning Microsoft solution-based projects, including Azure cloud security and threat-protection initiatives, across multiple industry sectors. As the largest supplier of new-build digital services to the UK government, Kainos is responsible for the government’s most high-profile programmes, with over 65 million citizens using its services daily. 

Kainos is a people-centric business and was one of the first partners to sign the Microsoft UK Partner Pledge. It demonstrates a strong commitment to making digital innovation a force for good, and consistently promotes positive initiatives in areas such as digital skills, diversity and inclusion, and sustainability.

Gabrielle O’Donnell, Head of Strategic Alliances, Kainos, said: “We’re delighted to be recognised by Microsoft and celebrate the award of Microsoft UK Services Partner of the Year 2023, a fantastic recognition of the work that Kainos does in delivering impactful solutions & services to our customers. Our partnership with Microsoft goes from strength to strength and is a strong foundation for our accelerated growth built on common values. I’d like to thank Microsoft for their exceptional partnership that has underpinned our success.” 

Rubrik has continued to excel in the data security space using Microsoft solutions. As one of the top ISVs transacting through Marketplace, Rubrik differentiates through its Zero Trust architecture, immutable back-up integration to Microsoft Sentinel, and industry thought leadership. Recent initiatives have seen clients drop operational recovery times from days to minutes using seamless Azure cloud archival.

This year, Rubrik’s annual customer event, ‘Rubrik + Microsoft Zero Trust Summit’, drove over 14,000 registrations, winning new customers and contributing significantly to the success of our partnership.

Dean Yates, VP Western and Southern Europe, Rubrik, said: “We are honoured to receive 2023 Microsoft Partner of the Year award in the UK. Rubrik helps organizations around the world improve their cyber resilience in the face of inevitable attacks. This recognition underscores the success of our collaboration with Microsoft and continued innovation for our joint customers on our mission to secure the world’s data.” 

Celebrating our 2023 UK Microsoft Partner of the Year finalists

Modern Workplace for Frontline Workers – Akari

Nonprofit – cloudThing

Dynamics 365 Business Central – Elite Dynamics

Customer Experience – Exclaimer

Government – Hitachi

Inclusion Changemaker, Advisory Services & MVP Industry Solutions GSI/Advisory – KPMG

Device – Neatframe

Microsoft for Startups – Pangaea Data

FastTrack Ready – Phoenix

Community Response & Employee Experience – Reply

Dynamics 365 Finance – SA Global

Operational Excellence – Softcat

Internet of Things & Intelligent Automation – Tata Consultancy

Achieving more in partnership

Heartfelt congratulations go to all our 2023 Partner of the Year winners and finalists for their remarkable success this year. Thank you for your partnership and we look forward to achieving even more together in FY24.

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