Winners were recognised for their outstanding efforts to transform customers
New Zealand, 9pm, 27 November 2020 – Microsoft is thrilled to announce the winners for its 13th annual Microsoft New Zealand Partner Awards. These winners
represent the best of Microsoft’s local Partner network and were celebrated tonight at a glamorous ceremony held at the
Auckland Town Hall.
Judges spoke highly of each of the 10 winners for the outstanding ways they are continuing to empower customers through
clever use of Microsoft technology.
“The last 12 months have seen the Partner network face some really challenging circumstances. What is most exciting to
see is that the calibre of this year’s winners shows Partners have really stepped up to the plate and done some
incredible work. Their exceptional efforts to go above and beyond for customers is admirable and it makes us so proud to
be partnered with them,” says Matt Bostwick, Commercial Partner Director at Microsoft NZ.
Two Partners were recognised multiple times for creating outstanding customer solutions, with Fusion5 being awarded the
Business Applications and highly contested Transforming Product awards, and Datacom taking out the Cloud for Good and
Azure Migrate awards. Information Leadership won the Empowering Employees award for the second year in a row.
The workplace has seen significant disruption from COVID-19 this year, with staff being forced to work from home and
businesses having to embrace new tools to help workers collaborate, while keeping information secure. The digitisation
of Kiwi companies also made them a prime target for cybercrime. Defend Limited demonstrated its award-winning
credentials in Modern Work and Security through its work for Zespri. To quote Defend Limited, “Success is about
uplifting people, process, and technology – in harmony.”
New Zealand’s longest running Microsoft Gold Partner for DevOps, Equinox IT, was awarded the Azure Innovate Award. Its
work to help Fulton Hogan’s Enterprise Data Warehouse team transform how they develop and deploy data warehouse
capability to critical engineering and infrastructure projects is a prime example of the outstanding local innovation
that attracted Microsoft to launch a new datacenter region in New Zealand. Valocity also walked away with the newly
introduced ISV Partner Award for its transformation of New Zealand’s property ecosystem via the Valocity Connect app.
“This year has really shaken up the world, so it is great to be able to come together and recognise some of the good
stuff that has happened. We couldn’t be more thrilled by the winners and the incredible work they have achieved this
year for customers. Our Partners are transforming New Zealand and its economy in some pretty amazing ways and now is
more important than ever for this to continue. We can’t wait to see what they will do next year – watch this space,”
Microsoft would also like to extend its congratulations to Enlighten Designs, who in July 2020 was named Microsoft NZ’s
Partner of the Year. Enlighten has been innovating with Microsoft technologies for the past 21 years and was recognised
for providing outstanding solutions and services in the New Zealand market.
The full list of 2020 winners are:Azure Innovate Award
Winner: Equinox IT – Fulton HoganAzure Migrate Award
Winner: Datacom – Financial Markets Authority
Highly Commended: LANcom Technology – MMC
Highly Commended: The Instillery – WatercareBusiness Applications Award
Winner: Fusion5 – Higher Education Centre of ExcellenceChannel Development Award
Winner: Dicker Data – Microsoft Azure Cloud Solution Provider GrowthCloud for Good Award
Winner: Datacom – Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara.
Highly Commended: Softsource – Youth HorizonsEmpowering Employees Award
Winner: Information Leadership – Tasman District CouncilEngaging Customers Award
Winner: NV Interactive – Te Puni KōkiriISV Partner Award
Winner: Valocity – Valocity Connect
Highly Commended: Theta – EVA Check-inModern Work & Security Award
Winner: DEFEND – Zespri
Highly Commended: Vodafone New Zealand Limited – Bank of New Zealand
Highly Commended: UNiFY NZ Limited – Ministry of Education
Highly Commended: Lexel Systems Ltd – Alliance GroupOptimising Operations Award
Winner: Rocos – Robot Operations PlatformSurface Partner Award
Winner: Spark New Zealand – Kāinga OraTransforming Products Award
Winner: Fusion5 – Manawanui