About IMPACT Awards
Each year, Microsoft Canada hosts the IMPACT Awards to celebrate innovation in technology recognizing the outstanding work our partners do to deliver virtually seamless solutions to customers. The IMPACT Awards showcase the excellence and innovation within our Canadian Partner community.
Janet H. Kennedy
Vice President, SMS&P
I'm thrilled with the group we have, the finalists and the winners. We had a great lineup of incredible solutions that represent the DNA of Canada,
Jason Brommet, Channel Chief Canada.
2014 IMPACT Awards
The 2015 categories for IMPACT Awards bring with them categories that reflect areas in which Microsoft is growing and transforming.
Please note: Categories are subject to change until the nomination tool opens.
INFRASTRUCTURE INNOVATION AWARD
Finalist: CMS Consulting Inc.
This Award recognizes a partner that delivers value to customers through innovative management and virtualization solutions (desktop or server). The solution has enabled customer(s) to save costs, increase availability, and improve the agility of an organization's IT infrastructure. Innovative solutions are those that have demonstrated leading edge implementation of these solutions that showcase Microsoft's Cloud OS Vision. Legitimate entrants are those that used virtualization to deliver an innovative, broad, technological advanced and well-designed cloud infrastructure solution.
FASTEST GROWING SMB CLOUD PROVIDER - EAST
The fastest growing SMB Canada Cloud Provider of the year Award is given to a partner who has successfully built and scaled out its cloud practice to a profitable business, delivering Public Cloud-based solutions to SMBs across Canada. This partner exemplifies the achievement of growth, revenue and innovation taking them to new levels of performance. Successful SMB cloud partners recognize the evolving needs of their customers and have taken great strides in transforming themselves and continue to set a bar for this industry. SMB Eastern partner is defined as a partner whose location is set up in the Microsoft Partner Network within the following geographies: Province of Quebec, Maritimes and Ottawa
FASTEST GROWING SMB CLOUD PROVIDER - CENTRAL
Finalist: Quartet Service Inc
Finalist: 360 Visibility Inc.
The fastest growing SMB Canada Cloud Provider of the year Award is given to a partner who has successfully built and scaled out its cloud practice to a profitable business, delivering Public Cloud-based solutions to SMBs across Canada. This partner exemplifies the achievement of growth, revenue and innovation taking them to new levels of performance. Successful SMB cloud partners recognize the evolving needs of their customers and have taken great strides in transforming themselves and continue to set a bar for this industry. SMB Central partner is defined as a partner whose location is set up in the Microsoft Partner Network within the following geographies: Province of Ontario (Excl. Ottawa)
FASTEST GROWING SMB CLOUD PROVIDER - WEST
The fastest growing SMB Canada Cloud Provider of the year Award is given to a partner who has successfully built and scaled out its cloud practice to a profitable business, delivering Public Cloud-based solutions to SMBs across Canada. This partner exemplifies the achievement of growth, revenue and innovation taking them to new levels of performance. Successful SMB cloud partners recognize the evolving needs of their customers and have taken great strides in transforming themselves and continue to set a bar for this industry.
SMB Western partner is defined as a partner whose location is set up in the Microsoft Partner Network within the following geographies: Provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
BIG DATA - BI INNOVATION AWARD
Finalist: Hitachi Solutions Canada
The Big Data or BI Award is specifically focused on recognizing partners that have delivered innovative solutions using Big Data and BI technologies.
Eligible entrants would have delivered an innovative implementation of Big Data or BI focused on Business Mission critical application migrations, empowering end users on data insights, or worked on prepackaged solutions that helped reduce the complexity of the solutions offered.
INNOVATION IN DYNAMICS ERP AWARD
Finalist: Hitachi Solutions Canada
Finalist: Edgewater Fullscope
The Dynamics ERP Project award is focused on partners that have customized a Dynamics ERP solution to fit a customer's business needs resulting in significant benefits to the customer's organization. A successful entry recognizes a solution that exceled at providing innovative and unique sales, services, solutions, and/or support based on Microsoft Dynamics ERP - including the Dynamics AX, GP, NAV, or SL product lines.
INNOVATION IN DYNAMICS CRM AWARD
Finalist: Betach Solutions Inc.
The Dynamics Project award is focused on partners that have customized a Dynamics AX or Dynamics CRM solution to fit a customer's business needs resulting in significant benefits to the customer's organization.
APPLICATION INNOVATION DEVELOPER AWARD
Finalist: i3 Solutions Inc
The Application Innovation Award recognizes a partner for exceptional innovation in application development that delivers exceptional customer business value. Candidates for award will showcase an innovation that truly transform business processes and realize the vision of truly mobile computing. Examples include applications that enable new forms of interaction with customers, apps that boost productivity across office, field, factory floor or showroom and apps that make things possible that could not be accomplished on a traditional desktop, laptop PC or Mobile phone. These apps are usually a component of a larger, custom business solution provided by a Partner and provide an opportunity for differentiation and additional customer value.
DIGITAL MARKETING INNOVATION AWARD
Finalist: Brushfire North Inc.
The Digital Marketing Innovation Award recognizes an exceptional partner who excels at developing and delivering the use of campaigns using SEO, SEM, Search or Social and demonstrates their Impact to drive leads and opportunities. Though this category is not limited to driving Microsoft Digital Marketing assets, however advantage will be given to partners who demonstrate how they use our platforms (Bing, Skype, Outlook etc) to create these market opportunities.
ENTERPRISE PUBLIC CLOUD INNOVATION AWARD
The Enterprise Public Cloud Award honors a partner that has demonstrated the ability to evolve and/or build their business to capitalize on the Enterprise market opportunity for Public Cloud Services. The winner will have built a repeatable, profitable, enterprise-level managed cloud business, centered on one or more of Microsoft's Public cloud solutions (e.g. Windows Azure, Office 365, Windows Intune, Dynamics CRM, etc). The winner will have successfully built and deployed a key customer solution, integrating into existing workflow, business processes, while enabling efficiency gains and cost savings to their customers. They will have acquired/migrated large key marque customers to the Cloud in a hybrid infrastructure. The winning nomination will demonstrate innovation, competitive differentiation, and customer value that results in a profitable business while showcasing the benefits of using Microsoft Public Cloud services.
BUSINESS PRODUCTIVITY INNOVATION AWARD
Microsoft has a fully featured, inclusive approach to productivity that spans platforms, devices, browsers, online and offline experiences, transforming the way we work today. This category recognizes a partner that has enhanced the suite of Microsoft Office-based solutions through the delivery of an innovative and transformative solution that evolves the way people communicate and collaborate today while delivering a significant impact to the customer.
PARTNER HOSTED CLOUD INNOVATION AWARD
The Partner Hosted Cloud Innovation Award recognizes a partner who has developed and implemented a hosted solution(s) that has proven to have innovative approach to selling Microsoft solutions and first party services and focused on a customer's business challenge alongside with unique marketing strategies to impact Canadian Marketplace. The submission should document how customers have seen the partner work closely with Microsoft.
CITIZENSHIP AND COMMUNITY AWARD
Finalist: Global Knowledge
Finalist: Spot Solutions
This award recognizes partners that have leveraged Microsoft technology and their company resources to have a direct, and immediate effect on improving the communities and/or environment in which we live, and operate - helping people to realize their full potential.
WINNING TOGETHER AWARD
Finalist: T4G and NetDexterity
Finalist: CMS Consulting Inc. and Imason
Microsoft's partner ecosystem has one of the most active and diverse networks in the world, with infinite opportunities for partners to build relationships with other Microsoft partners.
A critical aspect of "winning together" is collaboration between Microsoft partners, where they leverage each other's diverse strengths to solve increasingly complex customer problems. This award was designed to showcase how our partners, by working together, have built positive and profitable businesses and how the breadth of Microsoft's products and the solutions built upon them, can combine to create the unique and differentiated solutions and practices that allowed them to compete and thrive.
MICROSOFT PARTNERS FOR EDUCATION AWARD - DIGITAL LITERACY
Finalist: Global Knowledge
Barriers to educational opportunities arise from social and economic injustices, learning disabilities, geographic isolation, and lack of resources of all types. Used creatively, technology can enhance the education of people of all ages, by enabling learning and improving the effectiveness of teaching. Technology has the promise of making lifelong learning a reality for more people around the world.
Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference
IMPACT Awards 2015 will take place at WPC 2015 in Orlando, Florida.
In 2014, the IMPACT Awards recognized partners who provided the most innovative and comprehensive solutions that empowered customers to be more agile, efficient, and profitable. For the first time the IMPACT Awards were held at the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) on July 13, 2014 at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, D.C.
IMPACT Awards 2014 - Winners:
|Infrastructure Innovation Award
||CMS Consulting Inc.
|Innovation in Dynamics ERP Award
||Hitachi Solutions Canada
|Innovation in Dynamics CRM Award
|Business Productivity Innovation Award
|SMB Canada Central Cloud Provider of the Year
||VI Professional Solution Inc.
|SMB Canada West Cloud Provider of the Year
|SMB Canada East Cloud Provider of the Year
|Mobile Innovation Award
|Windows Experience Award
||i3 Solutions Inc.
|Citizenship and Community Award
|Big Data BI Innovation Award
||Hitachi Solutions Canada
|Partner Hosted Cloud Innovation Award
||iweb Technologies Inc.
|Enterprise Public Cloud Innovation Award
|Winning Together Award
We can't forget those who have won for their accomplishments in previous years, click on a year to see the winners and finalists:
Nominate your company today.
Applicants are advised to read through each category description carefully and submit their entry by April 20th, 2015.
Start your nomination here.
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