Announcing the Community Response award - a new Partner of the Year Awards category - Microsoft AI Cloud Partner Program

Announcing the Community Response award – a new Partner of the Year Awards category

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Microsoft partners are at the center of how we deliver technologies and business transformation to customers. Today, more than ever, we need to collaborate and co-innovate to meet our customers’ needs. During this period of tremendous uncertainty around the world, there is also a lot of hope, with incredible examples of partnership and innovation in the face of exceptionally challenging circumstances. We want to hear these incredible stories and also recognize the amazing efforts our partners are taking to create positive impact during this difficult time. As such, we are introducing an additional award category to our Partner of the Year Awards program this year – the Community Response award.

This new award recognizes a partner organization that has made a great difference, providing innovative and unique services or solutions to help solve problems for our customers and community during these unprecedented times. You can find more details about the award and the criteria by visiting the Partner of the Year Awards page.

Additionally, in response to COVID-19 and the impact it’s having on our global partners, we are extending the nomination submission deadline for all of our awards to 11:59 pm Pacific Time (PT), on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

Thank you, and we look forward to reading about all of the great work that our partner community is doing. Together, we achieve more.


  • Tracey Pretorius
    Senior Director, Global Security Research Strategy

    Tracey leads Microsoft worldwide security researcher enablement strategy efforts to ensure our customers benefit from world-class security and AI solutions. She is passionate about helping customers and partners navigate an ever-evolving cybersecurity landscape and leverage Microsoft technology to effectively protect against and respond to cybercrime. Collaboration with security experts and partners across industries is critical to driving cybersecurity advancements. Tracey is involved in a number of groups, including co-founding and chairing the Microsoft Women in Security (MWiS) group, engagement in the Executive Women’s Forum (EWF) for Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy, an executive sponsor of partner KPMG’s i-4 Forum for Information Security & Risk professionals and on their CISO global member advisory board, an advisory board member at Strategic Cyber Ventures, and is also on the board of directors of the Choroideremia Research Foundation.