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The biggest event for Microsoft's partners in Australia is the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference 2012, which will be in Brisbane from the 4-6 September. As well as the full conference experience, we also use it as the opportunity to announce the winners of the Microsoft Australia Partner Awards. (Of course, being Microsoft, we couldn't go any further without creating another acronym – MAPA – for this). Although the winners won't be announced until the first day of the conference, we have just announced the finalists for the awards. And that includes the finalists for the Microsoft Australia Education Partner of the Year 2012. And the finalists are…


ClickView, for their digital video solution for schools, which is designed to support learning the classroom by providing a simple and complete solution for watching digital video and other digital media (and if you're not yet using it, then give it a run with their ClickView free trial)

Data#3, for their Education SharePoint Rapid solution, to help education customers with rapid implementation and adoption of SharePoint 2010 and identity management.

Janison, for their Cloud Assessment Framework, CAFE, which provides a comprehensive online assessment system for secondary, tertiary and post-tertiary education providers worldwide.

We had some amazing entries this year, with some very innovative projects happening across schools, TAFEs and universities, and I'm hoping to be able to share some more details of the success stories after the end of the conference. But in the meantime, I'd recommend taking a look at the finalists, and their solutions, and seeing if you can second-guess the judges and work out who will win Smile


There are actually a whole host of other categories, including Windows Azure Platform ISV Partner of the Year (Janison are a finalist in that category too), Business Intelligence Partner of the Year (with WardyIT in the finalists), Communications Partner of the Year (with Generation-e in the finalists) and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Partner of the Year (with eSavvy, OBS and SGS competing for the crown). You can see the full list of MAPA 2012 Finalists here