Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards 2008 - winners and finalists

by Editor 6/17/2008 10:50:00 AM

Recognizing partners that delivered exemplary solutions to customers, Microsoft Corp. has announced the winners and finalists of its 2008 Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards. The awards honor Microsoft Registered, Microsoft Certified and Microsoft Gold Certified partners that delivered exemplary solutions for their customers during the past year.

Award winners and finalists were chosen from among nominations from around the world. Winners and finalists will be recognized at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2008, the company's premier annual event for industry partners, being held July 7-10 in Houston. More than 2,000 entries were submitted by partners worldwide.

The award finalists and winners were selected from a group of nominations based on their dedicated use of Microsoft technologies to provide solutions for their customers' needs.

"The Partner of the Year Awards recognize the incredible innovation and value that Microsoft partners are delivering to our customers," said Allison L. Watson, corporate vice president of the Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft. "The winners and finalists announced today have helped raise the standard for delivery of customer solutions and support. It is a privilege to recognize their work in designing and deploying exemplary customer solutions built on Microsoft technologies."

Categories, winners and finalists appear below. A complete list including category descriptions is available at

Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Active Directory Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: Oxford Computer Group, United Kingdom 
  • Finalist: NetPro Computing, United States 
  • Finalist: Quest Software, United States

Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Exchange Migration and Deployment Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: Compugen, Canada 
  • Finalist: BrightPlanIT, United States 
  • Finalist: Janalent, United States

Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Hosting Solutions Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: groupSPARK, United States 
  • Finalist: WebCentral, Australia 
  • Finalist: 7global, United Kingdom

Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Storage Solutions Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: Compellent Technologies, United States 
  • Finalist: HP, United States 
  • Finalist: NetApp, United States

Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Systems Management Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: Dimension Data, Australia 
  • Finalist: CDW, United States 
  • Finalist: Getronics, United States

Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Windows Desktop Deployment Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: Getronics, Netherlands 
  • Finalist: Sogeti, France 
  • Finalist: 1E, United Kingdom

Business Process and Integration Solutions Partner of the Year

  • Winner: EMC, United States
  • Finalist: Frends Technology, Finland 
  • Finalist: Solidsoft, United Kingdom

Citizenship Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: Citrix Systems, United States
  • Finalist: Travi@ta, Belgium 
  • Finalist: PointBridge, United States

Custom Development Solutions, Application Infrastructure Development Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: imason, Canada
  • Finalist: T-Systems Enterprise Services, Germany 
  • Finalist: AVIcode, United States

Custom Development Solutions, Smart Client Development Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: InterKnowlogy, United States 
  • Finalist: Charteris, United Kingdom 
  • Finalist: SourceCode -- Workflow, United States

Custom Development Solutions, Web Development Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Vertigo Software, United States 
  • Finalist: TI-M Monterrey, Mexico 
  • Finalist: Infusion Development, United States

Data Management Solutions, Business Intelligence Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: Information Management Group (IM Group) Ltd., United Kingdom 
  • Finalist: evidanza, Germany
  • Finalist: Satyam Computer Services, India

Data Management Solutions, Database Management Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: Integrated Services, United States 
  • Finalist: Orion Technology, Canada 
  • Finalist: Idera (BBS Technologies), United States

Distribution Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: Tech Data Brasil, Brazil 
  • Finalist: Express Data, Australia 
  • Finalist: Ingram Micro, United States

Enterprise Alliance Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: Accenture and Avanade, United States 
  • Finalist: EDS, United States 
  • Finalist: HP, United States

Global ISV Consumer Partner of the Year Special Recognition Award 

  • Winner: Sonic Solutions, United States 
  • Finalist: Cewe Color, Germany 
  • Finalist: Pinnacle Systems, United States

Global ISV Infrastructure Partner of the Year Special Recognition Award

  • Winner: Citrix Systems, United States 
  • Finalist: CA Inc., United States
  • Finalist: Quest Software, United States

Global ISV Line of Business Partner of the Year Special Recognition Award 

  • Winner: Fiserv Inc., United States 
  • Finalist: Epicor Software Corp., United States 
  • Finalist: Open Text, Canada

Global ISV Technology Innovation Partner of the Year Special Recognition Award 

  • Winner: Dassault Systemes, France 
  • Finalist: Epicor Software Corp., United States 
  • Finalist: Pitney Bowes Inc., United States

Information Worker Solutions, Data Visualization Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: Idea Integration, United States 
  • Finalist: Sogeti USA, United States 
  • Finalist: Visimation, United States

Information Worker Solutions, Enterprise Content Management and Forms Partner of the Year

  • Winner: LegendCorp, Canada 
  • Finalist: Dataract, Australia 
  • Finalist: Concept Interactive, Canada

Information Worker Solutions, Enterprise Project Management Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: EPM Live, United States 
  • Finalist: AccTech Systems, South Africa 
  • Finalist: LMR Solutions, United States

Information Worker Solutions, Office Deployment Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: Dimension Data, Australia 
  • Finalist: Atos Origin, Netherlands 
  • Finalist: Citrix Systems, United States

Information Worker Solutions, Office Solutions Development Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: Goodsen Technology, South Korea 
  • Finalist: Fujitsu Consulting, Canada & Navantis, Canada 
  • Finalist: Triomis, Germany

Information Worker Solutions, Performance Management Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Mariner, United States 
  • Finalist: TGO Consulting, Canada 
  • Finalist: Information Systems Partners, South Africa

Information Worker Solutions, Portals and Collaboration Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Ascentium, United States 
  • Finalist: Datatel, United States 
  • Finalist: IMPACT Management, United States

Information Worker Solutions, Search Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: Tam Tam, Netherlands 
  • Finalist: Beyond IT, Argentina
  • Finalist: Getronics (Australia), Australia

Information Worker Solutions, Unified Communications Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: MTS Allstream, Canada 
  • Finalist: Ensyst, Australia 
  • Finalist: Siemens IT Solutions and Services International, United States

ISV/Software Solutions Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: ICONICS, United States 
  • Finalist: Integrated Solutions, Hong Kong 
  • Finalist: Mimosa Systems, United States

ISV/Software Solutions, Innovation Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: Verdiem Corp., United States
  • Finalist: ImageTag, United States 
  • Finalist: NewsGator Technologies, United States

Learning Solutions Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: iSolve Business Solutions, South Africa 
  • Finalist: Koenig Solutions, India
  • Finalist: QuickStart Intelligence (Irvine), United States

Licensing Solutions, License Delivery Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Bytes Technology Group, United Kingdom 
  • Finalist: DAQUAS, Czech Republic 
  • Finalist: Softcat, United Kingdom

Licensing Solutions, Software Asset Management Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: DATALOG Software, Germany 
  • Finalist: Specialist Computer Centres, United Kingdom 
  • Finalist: Dell, United States

Microsoft Dynamics AX Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: Fullscope, United States 
  • Finalist: XAPT Hungary, Hungary 
  • Finalist: Hitachi Consulting, United States

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: i5, South Africa 
  • Finalist: Ascentium, United States 
  • Finalist: Sonoma Partners, United States

Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: InterDyn -- Socius, United States 
  • Finalist: BDO Dunwoody, Canada 
  • Finalist: Touchstone Group, United Kingdom

Microsoft Dynamics NAV Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Eclipse Computing Australia, Australia 
  • Finalist: Tectura, Germany 
  • Finalist: Tegos, Germany

Microsoft Dynamics Point of Sale Solutions Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Elypsis, United States
  • Finalist: Davidson-Richards, United Kingdom 
  • Finalist: POSitive Technology, United States

Microsoft Dynamics SL Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: Synergy Business Solutions, United States 
  • Finalist: Strategic Information Solutions, United States 
  • Finalist: Tribridge, United States

Mobility Solutions Partner of the Year 

  • Winner: CDC, Russia 
  • Finalist: Tibco Mobile, France 
  • Finalist: Trust Digital, United States

Networking Infrastructure Solutions Partner of the Year 

  • Winner:, India 
  • Finalist: IT Matters, Canada 
  • Finalist: LPI Level Platforms, Canada

OEM Hardware Solutions, Device Manufacturing Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Germany 
  • Finalist: GN Netcom, United States
  • Finalist: Quintum Technologies, United States

OEM Hardware Solutions, System Building Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Germany
  • Finalist: THIRD WAVE, Japan
  • Finalist: UNIT.COM, Japan

Security Solutions, Identity and Secure Access Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Omada, Denmark
  • Finalist: Oxford Computer Group, United Kingdom
  • Finalist: Certified Security Solutions, United States

Security Solutions, Infrastructure Security Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Eurodata Systems, United Kingdom
  • Finalist: Sentry Metrics, Canada
  • Finalist:, India

Small Business Specialist Partner of the Year

  • Winner:, India
  • Finalist: Network & Consulting Service, Canada
  • Finalist: Kinetics Group Ltd., New Zealand

International Association of Microsoft Certified Partners Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Tech Data Brasil, Brazil

About the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference provides Microsoft's partner community with access to key marketing and business strategies, leadership and information regarding specific customer solutions designed to help partners succeed in the marketplace.

Along with informative learning opportunities covering sales, marketing, services and technology, the Worldwide Partner Conference is an ideal setting for partners to garner valuable knowledge from their peers and from Microsoft. More information can be found on the Partner Program home page at

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Capgemini celebrates first birthday of its IT centre in Morocco

by Editor 4/30/2008 4:41:00 PM

Capgemini, one of the world's foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, celebrates today the first anniversary of its Rightshore® centre in Casablanca.

Capgemini currently employs almost 150 people in Morocco, working on IT systems integration projects. Capgemini is confident about the advantages Morocco has to offer and plans to launch a BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) centre there by the end of the year so as to provide its clients with comprehensive, nearshore services.

The Group has the ambition to become the European leader among IT companies in Morocco. The Moroccan centre is part of Capgemini’s Rightshore® service which offers clients the best skills in the best location in the world at a competitive price via its centers in India, Poland, China and Latin America.

In addition to a perfect command of the French language, Morocco is a breeding ground for first-rate young graduates from engineering schools, universities and private training establishments, at competitive rates. Finally, the proximity of the country and its historical links with France appear as major assets to Capgemini’s French clients that are looking for Rightshore® solutions close to France.

For Philippe Grangeon, President of Capgemini Technology Services Maroc SA and member of the Group Executive Committee, “Morocco is a very well- adapted destination for French clients thanks in particular to its pool of talent and the strong involvement of the government in developing the IT sector through incentives such as the creation of dedicated zones - such as Casanearshore - and an ambitious, targeted training plan. Moreover, we can rely on a very motivated local management team that is very enthusiastic about developing Capgemini’s activities in Morocco”.

The Casablanca centre has been managed by Moncef Benabdeslam, a Moroccan Engineer who graduated from the Ecole nationale supérieure des techniques avancées (ENSTA) in Paris, and worked for several consulting firms in France before going back to Morocco in the financial and call centers sectors.

Located in the heart of Casablanca, Capgemini Technology Services Maroc SA will move next year to Casanearshore (a business park devoted exclusively to offshore activities) and its own building measuring 5,500m².

The centre already operates on a completely integrated model where the resources mobilized for clients are grouped into a single team, wherever they are located in France or Morocco. This organizational model is in response to the Group’s industrialization strategy: Rightshore® employees and the client team in France work together at all stages of the project (from specifications to design and coding), and share the same responsibilities and aims.

“Capgemini Technology Services Maroc SA has already adopted the ‘one-team’ collaboration method, says Moncef Benabdeslam, Executive Director of Capgemini Morocco.

“This organization has already proved its worth by providing clients with a united team facing the same challenges and working towards the same aims.”

Key French clients have already put their trust in the Capgemini Moroccan centre for their IT projects, particularly in the financial services and telecoms sectors, but also in the public sector.

Capgemini is the preferred partner of a large French bank for its French-language development and application maintenance projects. It has also been chosen by a major telephone operator to implement its sales administration system.

In response to the industrialization strategy of its French clients, Capgemini aims to be the first services company to offer comprehensive services from Morocco, from IT systems integration to outsourcing. The Group plans to develop BPO by the end of 2008, using the Group’s expertise in this area and the experience of local management.

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SAP, Microsoft, Axon and others help banks establish a service-oriented architecture

by Editor 4/30/2008 4:24:00 PM

SAP AG, together with Microsoft, today announced a significant milestone in its mission to help banks establish a service-oriented architecture (SOA) for their business operations. SAP and Microsoft, along with other founding members, have created the Banking Industry Architecture Network (BIAN). The goal of BIAN is to help banks ease the transition to an SOA by gathering together a community of industry leading players and global banks who will openly share domain and technical expertise to apply SOA principles and methodologies.

In employing these principles, banks globally will be able to better respond to changing customer needs and reduce risk and cost of re-engineering legacy systems towards a more flexible operational environment. Based on the foundation of the Industry Value Network (IVN) for Banks created by SAP, seventeen founding members have launched BIAN; AXON, Callatay & Wouters, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Postbank, Finanz IT, ifb group, ING, Microsoft, SAP, Standard Bank, Steria, SunGard, SWIFT, Syskoplan, Temenos and Zurcher Kantonalbank.

The announcement was made at a signing ceremony, where members gathered for the official launch of the BIAN association. While IT infrastructure is seen as a key component to a bank's operations, outdated and incompatible legacy systems are increasingly becoming a hindrance in tightly linked, global financial markets. As an association, BIAN members will work within the industry to enable a non-disruptive, step-by-step evolution toward SOA. It will work to create a blueprint to help banks more flexibly use software to run core banking processes and achieve better interoperability among their IT systems allowing them to reduce risk and costs while improving overall operations. The open forum will offer a wide adoption of industry enterprise services and will globally enable banks to easily utilize the results of this collaborative effort.

A goal of BIAN is to define and encourage the development and implementation of standardized services, which will help banks in their daily operations by creating operational efficiencies and allowing them to focus on growth, time-to-market and the increasing demands from their customers. Financial institutions, software vendors and service providers, along with technology partners, are invited to join the association and play a collaborative role with other industry leaders in the definition, building and implementation of next-generation banking platforms.

"Being an active member of the Industry Value Network of Banks, Credit Suisse sees the creation of this association as significant milestone for not only ourselves, but for the industry as a whole," said Claus Hagen, head of Integration Architecture, Credit Suisse.

"The association will create an open environment of members that begins with an idea and takes it all the way through to execution." "Microsoft is pleased to play a lead role in helping define the roadmap for a more flexible approach across the banking industry," said Koen Van den Brande, worldwide industry manager for core banking at Microsoft.

"A common view of the functional scope of 'banking enterprise services' is needed to build a next generation of agile banking platforms. This SOA- based approach is designed to enable our largest customers to implement more flexible banking solutions based on a new generation of banking technologies from our partners."

Banking Industry Architecture Network Creating and Building Enterprise Services for Banks

One of the key challenges for SOA in banking lies in the semantic definition of services that will provide a more flexible and modularized IT landscape. In 2005, SAP and its banking advisory board began the journey to address this challenge by creating the industry value network (IVN) group for Banks.

The IVN banking group, comprised of 37 financial services institutions and software providers, was tasked with combining their own experiences with expertise from SAP to define important SOA services and create the blueprint for a successful transition from today's tightly coupled IT landscape. Recently formed as an association according to German law, BIAN has an open intellectual property policy, which helps ensure that the specifications that emerge from this collaboration can be implemented on a variety of technology platforms.

BIAN members will work closely with:

-- Standards bodies: BIAN will strive wherever possible to encourage the adoption of standards already in existence, while working collaboratively with standards bodies for the benefit of the industry as a whole.

-- Global banks: BIAN will work with banks worldwide on the definition of enterprise services that maps closely to banks' in-house target architectures for next-generation SOA and business process management- based banking platforms.

-- Software vendors and systems integrators: BIAN will work with leading independent software vendors and systems integrators worldwide who want to build and implement enterprise services for banks to use with their in-house and software vendors' platforms.

"Driving the IVN group for banks for the last two years has been a very exciting initiative, through which SAP has been able to work more closely with the banking industry to lead the efforts of standardizing enterprise services and creating a path where our customers can transition their business operations into a more flexible and agile IT environment," said Thomas Balgheim, senior vice president, global banking line of business, SAP.

"Through the success of the IVN, its members and SAP have turned their goal of forming a new industry association into a reality. This will enable members to create a truly open community."

Microsoft and its partners have long collaborated to advance the business of banking and financial services. Together, they develop technologies designed to enable financial institutions across the global to run their IT systems and applications more effectively and efficiently, allowing staff to better leverage technology to drive business success.

This is reflected in Microsoft's approach with BIAN and via this history and acumen, Microsoft is happy to help shape the future for banking around the important work that BIAN will deliver. BIAN will utilize the existing value from the IVN group for banks which resulted from its collaboration between SAP and leading banks worldwide.

Through the identification of customer pain points, critical services and a path to standardize the adoption of the service-oriented architecture (SOA) framework, BIAN will help to accelerate product development under one consistent business language. The IVN group for banks had created an SOA taxonomy, developed a service landscape and identified the strategic and organizational building blocks that banks require for a successful transition to SOA. This successful collaboration has evolved into a global community comprised of 130 participants representing 37 financial services institutions and software providers.

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Hitachi Consulting wins Microsoft's Excellence Award

by Editor 4/10/2008 4:33:00 PM

Business and IT consulting company Hitachi Consulting has been presented with the Microsoft Desert Mountain Area Best Practices/Excellence in Competency Award in Denver recently.

The Microsoft Excellence Award is given to alliance companies who have been successful in implementing Microsoft Dynamics AX for the purpose of consolidating and streamlining project management, business processes and employee tracking.

Hitachi Consulting had been hired by Pearl Development Company to help implement a fully integrated ERP application which would support the company's rapid business growth and large number of field-based employees.

Hitachi Consulting’s success with this important client is a testament to its focus on seamlessly delivering deep industry expertise integrated with Microsoft Dynamics solutions,” said Michael Clark, Mirosoft’s general manager for the Southwest Area.

“The firm continues to experience sustained success with Microsoft Dynamics year over year.”

Mike Gillis, managing VP of the Hitachi Consulting Microsoft Dynamics group added:

“We enjoy industry recognition and appreciate having our customer successes recognized by our strategic partner, Microsoft. This is a great addition to our trophy case which includes many regional awards as well as being recognized as back-to-back Microsoft Business Solutions U.S. Partner of the Year. Our capabilities have grown much deeper and broader, allowing us to serve our customers at a much higher level. We are very pleased that our new integrated approach has been recognized by our customers and by Microsoft.”

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EDS appoints new IT chief, partners up with Microsoft

by Editor 3/19/2008 4:09:00 PM
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Information technology services corporation EDS (Electronic Data Systems) has appointed Cherri Musser the company's new Vice-President and Chief Information Officer.

Starting March 31, Musser's responsibilities will include EDS' infrastructure, information technology strategy, planning and implementation. She had previously worked for General Motors, where she was Vice-President and CIO for GMAC Financial Services.

In the meantime, EDS has signed a deal with Microsoft that will allow the software giant to offer the Microsoft Dynamics CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system as an EDS enterprise application.

Microsoft Dynamics is the line of software that replaced the Microsoft Business Solutions. The last version of the CRM package (3.0) was released in December 2005. Microsoft and EDS will cooperate on the development of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 as well as on the global promotion of the service-oriented software. If things go well, the two IT companies may renew their contract at the end of next year.

Alex Halikias, CRM Service Line Leader at EDS, commented on the new IT partnership: “Microsoft has been getting ready for the enterprise space and has made inroads and has very good traction, but it could definitely use an enterprise like EDS to get more credibility and momentum in that space. One of the key catalysts for our interest in this partnership is that we see in Dynamics a very promising application with great visibility. It has been structured as service-oriented from the beginning, and the ability to develop additional solutions and be able to replicate basic XML templates is really good for a service provider like us.”

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