Congratulations to the 2023 Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards winners and finalists - Microsoft AI Cloud Partner Program

Congratulations to the 2023 Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards winners and finalists

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It is once again my honor to announce our Microsoft Partner of the Year Award winners and finalists. Over the past year, our global and diverse partner ecosystem has supported customers in their digital transformation with Microsoft Cloud applications, services, devices, and AI innovation. Across the cloud and edge, you have delivered unmatched value and helped organizations grow, run, and manage their businesses in new ways. The stories recognized with these awards are a showcase of your success in creating innovative solutions for our customers on the Microsoft Cloud.

We will celebrate these outstanding achievements together with all our partners across the globe at Microsoft Inspire 2023, which we’re hosting from July 18–19. Visit the Inspire website to view event details and register.

Our partners are transforming to address evolving customer needs, responding to their increased demand for the cloud, and delivering IP and services that enable innovation, productivity, and customer success. Along the way, we have seen partners adapt to the opportunities presented by new technology — from innovative uses of AI in every industry, to solutions enabling industries to operate more sustainably — to drive global impact. Through the strength of our collaboration, our partner community and track record of success has continued to grow: this year we received more than 4,200 nominations across 106 countries/regions for the Partner of the Year Awards.

Your partnership is a key element to the success of our continued mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more, and is why we come together and celebrate this community every year. Together, we are more agile, inventive, and inclusive with our solutions. Thank you for your ongoing impact and creativity, which keep us on our industry’s leading edge.

Congratulations to this year’s winners and finalists, and to all our partners who have demonstrated innovation, commitment to their customers, and consistent delivery of meaningful, accessible, inclusive, and sustainable solutions around the globe. We look forward to virtually gathering as a community to recognize and celebrate your achievements from the past year, and to share new opportunities to develop and expand your business.


  • Nicole Dezen
    Chief Partner Officer and Corporate Vice President, Global Partner Solutions

    Nicole Dezen serves as Chief Partner Officer and Corporate Vice President, Global Partner Solutions (GPS) at Microsoft. She leads the commercial partner business and is responsible for building and selling Microsoft Cloud applications, services and devices with partners. She collaborates with a broad set of commercial partners including Advisory partners, device partners, Global System Integrators (GSIs), Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), and services partners to drive digital transformation, scale, business growth and profitability with partners. Nicole believes in empowering people to drive growth. She works to help partners unlock the virtually limitless power of the Microsoft Cloud to provide solutions that create new value for customers. Prior to leading GPS, Nicole led the Microsoft Device Partner Sales organization, where she successfully drove business growth and innovation across the device ecosystem by developing strategies with the most innovative original device and equipment manufacturers, silicon partners, along with resellers and distributors. Under her leadership, the team delivered opportunity and growth across Microsoft’s device and edge partner ecosystem spanning Windows PCs, IOT, Collaboration devices, Servers and Mixed Reality. With more than 25 years of sales experience in tech, Nicole's innate curiosity has led her from several years in telecommunications, to leading tech start-ups as CEO, to driving Microsoft's multi-billion-dollar commercial partner business today. Nicole joined Microsoft in 2007 and served in multiple roles in the US, Asia and EMEA. Nicole is a proud Los Angeleno living in the Pacific Northwest. In her personal time, Nicole is a foodie, and loves cooking family recipes, or crushing a Peloton ride. She loves to travel and experience the local culture and food in the cities and countries she visits.