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Microsoft 2011 Partner of the Year Award winners and finalists announced. Congratulations to you all!

Back on March 18th, we announced to the world that the Microsoft Partner Conference 2011 awards submission process was now open, and since that time, partners from all around the world have been submitting their nominations and success stories into the pool of applicants competing for this year’s Partner of the Year Awards. This morning, we are very proud to announce the 2011 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award winners and finalists across all of the categories!

As a quick reminder, here is what the winners and finalists will each receive:

Winners and Finalists receive:

  • Customized logos and web banners that help you showcase your company as an honored Microsoft partner
  • Custom public relations templates to help promote your distinction
  • Trophies (winners) and plaques (finalists) to proudly showcase your success
  • Congratulatory letter from Microsoft executives
  • Photo opportunities with Microsoft executives at WPC 2011

Winners receive: (If you’ve ever been to either of these, they are fantastic opportunities for you!)

  • Invitation to come on stage at WPC 2011 in Los Angeles this July. Public recognition in front of your peers, customers, press, analysts, and Microsoft executives.
  • Microsoft WPC 2011 Partner Award winners are invited to an exclusive Awards celebration July 12, during WPC 2011, where you’ll have the opportunity to network with Microsoft executives and strengthen relationships with Microsoft business groups.

I have a list linked to the various award winners and finalists by category below available to you if you want to look at specific awards. We also have all of the award categories and their associated winners listed on the Digital WPC Awards page if you would like to browse through each of them and be sure to check out Jon Roskill’s blog post as well.

Microsoft Partner Network Competency Awards

Emerging Technologies & Innovation Awards

Microsoft Country Awards

Vertical, Industry and Segment Awards

Sales Excellence Awards

Congratulations to all of the 2011 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award winners and finalists! This is truly a fantastic accomplishment and I commend you on the incredible work and solutions you have implemented in helping your clients be successful through using Microsoft technologies!

In addition, I would like to thank all of the partners that submitted entries into the Partner of the Year Awards, whether you won or not. First, for taking the time to share with us the amazing work you are all doing with your clients of all sizes from countries around the globe. It is always inspiring to see the solutions and results you all are delivering each and every year. Second, like each year before, the incredible level of quality solutions that are submitted each year across the entries makes each year unbelievably competitive, often with the difference between the winners, finalists, and other entries being very close. You should all be proud of the phenomenal solutions you have delivered and submitted into the process. Even if you were not a finalist or winner of an award this year, I would highly encourage you to enter again next year as each year we see new award winners and finalists emerge, and many times they are past entrants who came so close in prior years.

Congratulations again to all of you, the 2011 Partner of the Year Award winners, finalists, and all who submitted entries! It is an absolute honor and privilege to get to work with with all of you as Microsoft partners and I thank you sincerely for all that you do in delivering the solutions you do to help so many around the world through Microsoft’s technology offerings.

Now on to Worldwide Partner Conference 2011 where I hope to see many of you! By the way, if you haven’t completely filled your networking calendar yet in the WPC Connect Tool, you may want to reach out to some of the award winners above that focus in areas of interest to you to schedule a meeting to discuss ideas. After all, Networking Opportunities at WPC 2011 can Generate Serious Business.

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