imageWith each passing day, we get another day closer to Worldwide Partner Conference 2012, which is July 8-12th in Toronto this year. I absolutely love Worldwide Partner Conference and it is by far my favorite conference of the year! What is also getting closer with each passing day is the deadline to get your Worldwide Partner Conference 2012 Partner Award nominations in. The deadline for submission is April 15,2012 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. For those of you without a calendar right in front of you, that’s just over two weeks away!

To help you out, I am posting some information and resources for you here so that you can get started right now in getting your nomination in and are not one of the poor souls that finds yourself on the other side of the deadline saying, “What? I missed it? Can I still submit?” Unfortunately, each year there are those people who procrastinate and put off their submission with the age old reason of, “I’ll get to it tomorrow,” and by the time they get to the ‘tomorrow’ that they are going to do it, it is too late. Don’t be one of those poor souls.

Let’s get started with the categories and awards available to you. Once again, we have a great collection of awards available this year, plus we have added some new awards as well:

Emerging Technologies and Innovation Awards

  • Microsoft Cloud Partner of the Year
  • Windows Intune Partner of The Year
  • BizSpark Partner of the Year
  • Microsoft Dynamics Cloud Business Excellence Partner of the Year
  • Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace Solution Excellence Partner of the Year
  • Microsoft Office 365 Innovation Partner of the Year
  • Microsoft Office 365 Commercial Partner of the Year
  • Microsoft Office 365 Solution Partner of the Year
  • Private Cloud Partner of the Year
  • Sustainability Partner of the Year
  • Visio Partner of the Year
  • Windows Azure ISV Partner of the Year
  • Windows Azure SI Partner of the Year

Microsoft Country Awards

  • Microsoft Country Partner of the Year

Services and Support Awards

  • Services Partner of the Year—Outstanding Collaboration
  • Microsoft Support Partner of the Year

Vertical, Industry, and Segment Awards

  • Microsoft Alliance ISV Industry Partner of the Year
  • Alliance Partner of the Year—Advanced Infrastructure
  • Alliance Partner of the Year—Application Platform
  • Alliance Partner of the Year—Cloud Innovation
  • Corporate Account Virtualization Data Center Services Partner of the Year
  • Microsoft Dynamics Distribution Partner of the Year
  • Microsoft Dynamics Financial Services Partner of the Year
  • Microsoft Dynamics Manufacturing Partner of the Year
  • Microsoft Dynamics Professional Services Partner of the Year
  • Microsoft Dynamics Public Sector Partner of the Year
  • Microsoft Dynamics Retail Partner of the Year
  • Public Sector, Education Partner of the Year
  • Public Sector, Government Partner of the Year
  • Public Sector, Health Partner of the Year
  • Public Sector, Public Safety, and National Security Partner of the Year
  • Small Business Specialist Partner of the Year

Citizenship Awards

  • Opportunities for Youth—Citizenship Partner of the Year
  • Humanitarian Response—Citizenship Partner of the Year
  • Innovative Nonprofit (NGO) Capacity Building—Citizenship Partner of the Year

Microsoft Partner Network Competency Awards

  • Application Integration Partner of the Year
  • Application Lifecycle Management Partner of the Year
  • Authorized Distributor Partner of the Year Award
  • Business Intelligence Partner of the Year
  • Content Management Partner of the Year
  • Data Platform Partner of the Year
  • Desktop Partner of the Year
  • Digital Marketing Partner of the Year
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM Partner of the Year
  • Microsoft Dynamics ERP Partner of the Year
  • Hosting Partner of the Year
  • Identity and Security Partner of the Year
  • ISV/Software Solutions Industry Partner of the Year
  • Learning Competency Marketing Excellence Partner of the Year
  • Learning Competency Training Solution Excellence Partner of the Year
  • Midmarket Solution Provider Partner of the Year
  • Mobility Business-to-Business Application Partner of the Year
  • Mobility Business-to-Consumer Application Partner of the Year
  • Mobility Partner of the Year
  • OEM Hardware Reseller Partner of the Year
  • OEM Hardware System Building Partner of the Year
  • Portals and Collaboration Partner of the Year
  • Project and Portfolio Management Partner of the Year
  • Search Partner of the Year
  • Server Platform Partner of the Year
  • Microsoft Management and Virtualization Partner of the Year
  • Software Asset Management Partner of the Year
  • Software Development Partner of the Year
  • Systems Management Partner of the Year
  • Messaging Partner of the Year
  • Communications Market Acceleration Partner of the Year
  • Communications Technology Partner of the Year
  • Volume Licensing Partner of the Year
  • Web Development Partner of the Year

Sales Excellence Awards

  • Corporate Accounts LAR Global Partner of the Year
  • Exceptional Sales Management Partner of the Year
  • Innovative Customer Advocacy Partner of the Year
  • Outstanding Sales Operations Partner of the Year
  • Sales Specialist of the Year

As you can see, there are a ton of categories for you to select from, based on your solution offerings, and yes, you can submit nominations for as many different categories as you are eligible for. Looking for more information about each of the award categories and eligibility criteria for each? No problem. We have an Award categories and descriptions document that you can download that includes all of this.

Now about those nominations themselves…

Ok, that should give you more than enough information to get your high quality nomination together and submitted for the categories you want to enter this year. Now stop reading this, follow the links above, and get your nominations in! After all, we’re heading into the weekend, so you have some time to get this taken care of before the hectic work week starts again on Monday. Good luck to all of you and I look forward to seeing you all at WPC 12 in Toronto!

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