Today, Microsoft announced the 2012 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award winners and finalists. These winners and finalists were selected from nearly 3,000 entries coming in from over 100 countries! Wow, that’s an impressive number of submissions, partners! Thank you to all of you that submitted your entries into this year’s awards as you should all be very proud of the incredible solutions that you have delivered for your customers around the world.

As for the winners and finalists… You can see an interactive list online showing the partner stories and where they are from on the Digital Worldwide Partner Community site here. Also, I am including the overall list here below to offer my thanks and congratulations to them all:

Alliance ISV Industry Partner of the Year

  • Winner: OpenText
  • Finalist: Tribold
  • Finalist: OSIsoft
  • Finalist: Retalix
  • Finalist: Fiserv

Alliance Advanced Infrastructure Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Citrix

Alliance Application Platform Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Accenture/Avanade

Alliance Cloud Innovation Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Sogeti

Application Integration Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Breeze Training and Consultancy
  • Finalist: Codit

Application Lifecycle Management Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Invit
  • Finalist: Navantis Inc.

Authorized Distributor Partner of the Year

  • Winner: ETC
  • Finalist: Asahi Electronics Co. Ltd
  • Finalist: Daiwabo Information System Co. Ltd.

BizSpark Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Soluto
  • Finalist: News360

Business Intelligence Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Fusionex
  • Finalist: Open Text Corp.
  • Finalist: Panorama Software Inc.

Citizenship Humanitarian Response Partner of the Year

  • Winner: NV Interactive
  • Finalist: iLink Systems
  • Finalist: YCC Information SYSTEM Ltd.

Citizenship Innovative Nonprofit (NGO) Capacity Building Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Olidata
  • Finalist: Kinetics Group
  • Finalist: Winvision

Citizenship Opportunities for Youth Partner of the Year

  • Winner: New Signature
  • Finalist: Accenture/Avanade
  • Finalist: EACS Ltd.

Communications Market Acceleration Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Hewlett-Packard
  • Finalist: Enabling Technologies Corp.
  • Finalist: Wortell

Communications Technology Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Avtex
  • Finalist: Aruba Networks
  • Finalist: Plantronics Inc.

Content Management Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Concurrency Inc.
  • Finalist: Dell Inc.
  • Finalist: Gimmal

Corporate Account Virtualization Data Center Services Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Infront Consulting Group
  • Finalist: Dimension Data

Corporate Accounts LAR Partner of the Year

  • Winner: SoftwareONE
  • Finalist: Bytes
  • Finalist: CDW Corp.
  • Finalist: Softchoice Corp.

Data Platform Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Systemgroup Consulting Inc.
  • Finalist: DSP Managed Services
  • Finalist: Red Rock Consulting

Desktop Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Insight Enterprises Inc.
  • Finalist: Dell Inc.
  • Finalist: Sogeti
  • Finalist: Thomas Duryea Consulting

Digital Marketing Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Telligent
  • Finalist: Netcompany
  • Finalist: Webtrends

Exceptional Sales Management Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Quadra Systems
  • Finalist: Ignify Inc.
  • Finalist: SoftwareONE Brasil
  • Finalist: Intellinet

Hosting Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Rackspace Hosting
  • Finalist: Hostway Corp.

Identity and Security Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Itergy
  • Finalist: CDW Corp.
  • Finalist: Oxford Computer Group Ltd.

Innovative Customer Advocacy Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Mimecast
  • Finalist: Data#3 Ltd.
  • Finalist: Quadra Systems

ISV/Software Solutions Industry Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Numerix
  • Finalist: Kentico Software
  • Finalist: Newsgator Technologies
  • Finalist: Nintex

Learning Competency Marketing Excellence Partner of the Year

  • Winner: DDLS
  • Finalist: MIPECOM s.r.o.
  • Finalist: New Horizons Worldwide Inc.

Learning Competency Training Solution Excellence Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Quickstart Intelligence
  • Finalist: Benchmark Learning
  • Finalist: SELA

Messaging Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Dimension Data
  • Finalist: Core BTS
  • Finalist: infoWAN Datenkommunikation GmbH

Microsoft Cloud Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Infusion
  • Finalist: Breeze Training and Consultancy
  • Finalist: Altus Dynamics

Microsoft Dynamics Cloud Business Excellence Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Zero2Ten
  • Finalist: Pareto Platform Inc.
  • Finalist: Rose Business Solutions Inc.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Partner of the Year

  • Winner: PowerObjects
  • Finalist: Accenture/Avanade
  • Finalist: Navantis Inc.
  • Finalist: Sonoma Partners

Microsoft Dynamics Distribution Industry Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Blue Horseshoe
  • Finalist: Junction Solutions
  • Finalist: KORUS Consulting
  • Finalist: Sunrise Technologies

Microsoft Dynamics ERP Partner of the Year

  • Winner: INFOMA Software Consulting GmbH
  • Finalist: InterDyn AKA
  • Finalist: KCS.net Holding AG
  • Finalist: mcaConnect

Microsoft Dynamics Financial Services Industry Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Traviata
  • Finalist: AND Project
  • Finalist: Customer Effective
  • Finalist: Veripark

Microsoft Dynamics Manufacturing Industry Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Edgewater Fullscope Inc.
  • Finalist: Armanino Consulting
  • Finalist: Columbus
  • Finalist: Junction Solutions

Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace Solution Excellence Partner of the Year

  • Winner: ClickDimensions
  • Finalist: Armanino Consulting
  • Finalist: InsideView
  • Finalist: proMX GmbH

Microsoft Dynamics Professional Services Industry Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Systems Advisors Group
  • Finalist: Computer Generated Solutions Inc.
  • Finalist: proMX GmbH
  • Finalist: Sable Systems

Microsoft Dynamics Public Sector Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Rock Solid Technologies
  • Finalist: Accenture/Avanade
  • Finalist: Altus Dynamics
  • Finalist: Ti-M

Microsoft Dynamics Retail Industry Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Ignify Inc.
  • Finalist: Cole Systems Associates Inc.
  • Finalist: Manzana Group
  • Finalist: QURIUS PRODWARE SPAIN

Management and Virtualization Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Veeam Software
  • Finalist: CDW
  • Finalist: Dyntek Inc.
  • Finalist: Alantex Corp.
  • Finalist: NetApp

Microsoft Office 365 Commercial Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Cloud Business
  • Finalist: Quadra Systems
  • Finalist: utilitas GmbH

Microsoft Office 365 Innovation Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Wortell
  • Finalist: Accenture/Avanade
  • Finalist: SkyKick

Microsoft Office 365 Solution Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Slalom Consulting
  • Finalist: Content and Code
  • Finalist: Penman Designs

Microsoft Services Outstanding Collaboration Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Capgemini
  • Finalist: Dimension Data
  • Finalist: Veripark

Microsoft Support Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Wortell
  • Finalist: Dimension Data
  • Finalist: Fujitsu Ltd.

Mid-Market Solution Provider Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Quadra Systems
  • Finalist: ITnorth.ca
  • Finalist: Wirebird

Mobility Business-to-Business Application Partner of the Year

  • Winner: FOXit

Mobility Business-to-Consumer Application Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Sequence Collective

Mobility Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Accenture/Avanade

OEM Hardware Reseller Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Micro Center
  • Finalist: GRUPO DELTRON SA
  • Finalist: Motion Computing Inc.
  • Finalist: Xiotech

OEM Hardware System Building Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Wortmann AG
  • Finalist: MouseComputer
  • Finalist: Seneca
  • Finalist: ThirdWave Corp.

Outstanding Sales Operations Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Softchoice Corp.
  • Finalist: Quadra Systems

Portals and Collaboration Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Foundation SP
  • Finalist: Infusion
  • Finalist: Slalom Consulting

Private Cloud Partner of the Year

  • Winner: NetApp
  • Finalist: DataCore Software Corp.
  • Finalist: Inovativ
  • Finalist: Wipro Ltd.

Project and Portfolio Management Partner of the Year

  • Winner: SharkPro Software
  • Finalist: BrightWork
  • Finalist: Prosperi
  • Finalist: UMT

Public Sector, Education Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Dell Inc.
  • Finalist: Business Mechanix
  • Finalist: Helliwood Media & Education
  • Finalist: Integrity Solutions

Public Sector, Government Partner of the Year

  • Winner: IEG4
  • Finalist: Innofactor Plc
  • Finalist: Solidsoft Ltd.
  • Finalist: VBrick Systems Inc.

Public Sector, Health Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Ascribe
  • Finalist: Colibrium Partners
  • Finalist: Globalweb

Public Sector, Public Safety and National Security Partner of the Year

  • Winner: iLink Systems
  • Finalist: TITUS
  • Finalist: Total Computer Software

Sales Specialist of the Year

  • Winner: Glenn Williams from Intellinet
  • Finalist: David Geevaratne of New Signature
  • Finalist: Quadra Systems

Search Partner of the Year

  • Winner: EMC Corp.
  • Finalist: Hitachi Consulting
  • Finalist: SurfRay Inc.

Server Platform Partner of the Year

  • Winner: CDW
  • Finalist: ITQAN
  • Finalist: Janus Networks

Small Business Specialist Partner of the Year

  • Winner: eMazzanti Technologies
  • Finalist: Kinetics Group
  • Finalist: The Hole Group

Software Asset Management Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Specialist Software Services
  • Finalist: Asset Consult GmbH
  • Finalist: CSK Win Technology

Software Asset Management Market Acceleration Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Chengdu Time Carnival Software Technology | (Chengdu Shi Dai Jia Hua)
  • Finalist: Servicios Especializados en Recursos Informaticos, SA de CV
  • Finalist: Softcat Ltd.

Software Development Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Readify
  • Finalist: Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp.
  • Finalist: Infusion

Sustainability Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Iconics Inc.
  • Finalist: Accenture/Avanade
  • Finalist: ESRI

Systems Management Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Catapult Systems
  • Finalist: Organised Computer Solutions Ltd. (OCSL)

Visio Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Process4Biz
  • Finalist: ProModel

Volume Licensing Partner of the Year

  • Winner: SoftwareONE Brazil
  • Finalist: Brasoftware Informatica
  • Finalist: SHI International Corp.
  • Finalist: SoftwareONE USA

Web Development Partner of the Year

  • Winner: NV Interactive
  • Finalist: Affinity Systems Ltd.
  • Finalist: DM Assessoria e Sistemas Ltda

Windows Azure ISV Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Jack Henry & Associates Inc.
  • Finalist: BEDIN Shop Systems srl
  • Finalist: CommVault Systems Inc.

Windows Azure SI Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Sogeti
  • Finalist: Accenture/Avanade
  • Finalist: Aditi Technologies Inc.

Windows Intune Partner of the Year

  • Winner: New Signature
  • Finalist: CDW Corp.
  • Finalist: Fritx & Macziol
  • Finalist: Venzo

You can also check out the blog post by Jon Roskill regarding the 2012 Partner of the Year Award winners and finalists.

Once again, congratulations to all of the winners and finalists in this year’s Partner of the Year Awards and a huge thanks to all of the partners for your submissions and what you do each and every day for your clients around the world. I’m looking forward to seeing you soon at WPC!

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