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Microsoft South Africa has announced the winners and finalists of the Microsoft 2019 Partner of the Year Awards, with Accenture walking away with the coveted title of Managing Director’s Partner of the Year. The much-anticipated annual awards recognize Microsoft South Africa partners that are demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology. The annual awards event that took place last night (Wednesday, 25 September) at the Houghton Hotel in Johannesburg, was well-attended with over 300 partners present.

“The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards represent the best and most forward-thinking innovators coming out of our amazing partner community here in South Africa. Every year I’m amazed by the creativity, dedication, and skill our partners demonstrate in building new solutions for customers on the Microsoft platform. And this year is no different. Our partners have delivered a true “master class” on how to bring technology to life and bring real-world, bottom-line value to customers, not just locally, but globally too. Congratulations to each and every partner” says Lionel Moyal, Commercial Partner Director of Microsoft South Africa.

Speaking at the event, Moyal drew attention to the fact that thanks to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, business is rapidly changing, and how it’s critical that we use technology to develop smart solutions to drive digital transformation and unlock better value for customers. Talking to the future of work and other key opportunities through which customers’ success can be enabled, Moyal made mention of the power of Microsoft Teams and the Power Platform. “We’re at a tipping point here, and you, our partners, can help customers become digitally empowered, and forward-focussed employers and employees, by encouraging adoption,” he said.

“We are honoured to have received the MD Award from Microsoft South Africa.  It bears testament to our efforts to localise the launch of our global Accenture Microsoft Business Group in South Africa and look forward to growing our partnership while we pivot our customers to the “new”,” says Joel Chacko, Associate Director for Accenture Microsoft Business Group in Africa.

In closing, Moyal assured the partners that Microsoft will continue to invest in and grow the services in the local datacentres, while skills development remains a key priority for the organisation. “In our industry, partnership is everything,” says Moyal. “Thanks to your work, together we can support organisations and businesses to thrive in this Fourth Industrial Revolution,” he concluded.

Partner of the Year award winners:

Managing Director’s Partner of the YearAccenture
Application Development Innovation Partner of the YearTangent Solutions
Artificial Intelligence Partner of the YearMint Group
Azure Consumed Revenue of the YearBUI
Best Go-To-Market Execution Partner of the YearMint Group
Business Applications ERP Partner of the YearAltron Karabina
Cloud CRM Partner of the YearMint Group
Cloud Platform Partner of the YearBUI
Consumer and Retail Distributor of the YearTarsus Technology
Data and Analytics Partner of the YearAltron Karabina
Emerging Partner of the YearPhulukisa Health Solutions
Industry Vertical Solution Partner of the YearNebula
IP Co-Sell Impact partner of the YearCitrix
ISV Partner of the YearIoT.nxt
Licence Solution Provider (LSP) of the YearFirst Technology
Modern Workplace Partner of the YearAltron Karabina
OEM Partner of the YearMustek
Open Source Partner of the YearTangent Solutions
Retail Partner of the YearMakro
Security Partner of the YearBUI
Services Partner of the YearBUI
Software Asset Management (SAM) Partner of the YearVantage Systems SA
Top CSP Indirect Provider of the YearTarsus on Demand
Top CSP Reseller of the YearFirst Technology
Top Customer Adds Award Partner of the YearAscent Technology