Last week, Microsoft Philippines held its 2020 Partner Awards, as part of a global circuit that recognizes Microsoft’s partners for their outstanding, innovative efforts to positively impact customers every year. This year’s awardees were Softline Services International Philippines Inc., Nexus Technologies Inc., Kation Technologies Inc., ePLDT Inc., Rhipe Philippines, NTT Data Philippines Inc., and Crayon Philippines.
“Our mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more is driven forward by our partners and the work they do, which is why recognizing their efforts and their constant innovation is both fundamental and essential to us at Microsoft—especially at this time,” said Microsoft Philippines Chief Partner Officer, Fides Ricasa. “We’re absolutely honored and inspired to see the outcomes they’ve achieved and the extraordinary impact that so many of them have had this year.”
A panel of judges composed of Microsoft executives presided over this year’s selection. Nominations were assessed based on their business performance, innovative use of Microsoft technology and the subsequent impact delivered to their customers.
Seven categories featured in this year’s Partner of the Year Awards: Azure Customer Recruit for excellence in delivering outstanding business value in line with Microsoft Azure, BizApps Customer Recruit for excellence in delivering outstanding business value in line with Microsoft’s Business Applications space, Teamwork Excellence for exceptional delivery of best-in-class teamwork solutions using Microsoft’s collaboration tools, Security Excellence for exceptional delivery of end-to-end security solutions, Coopetition Excellence for driving successful Partner-to-Partner (P2P) motions, Tech Intensity for excellence in driving transformation within their own organization and in their customers’ and finally Customer Centricity for exemplary focus and response to customer needs resulting in improvements in business performance.
For their outstanding efforts, Softline Services International Philippines Inc., received the Azure Customer Recruit Award and Kation Technologies Inc., the BizApps Customer Recruit Award. For the Excellence awards, Nexus Technologies Inc., was given the Teamwork Excellence Award, Crayon Philippines the Security Excellence Award and Rhipe Philippines the Coopetition Excellence Award. Finally, for the Customer Centricity and Tech Intensity Awards, NTT Data Philippines Inc., and ePLDT Inc., were awarded, respectively.
A special distinction was introduced this year to recognize key initiatives by partners in response to COVID-19. The Para sa Bayan Award celebrates innovative and outstanding solutions or programs that helped organizations and communities respond to and recover from challenges created by the pandemic.
For powering the digital transformation of the Overseas Workers Welfare Association (OWWA)—which led to the creation and implementation of their COVID Tracker Application and the DOLE-AKAP program—NTT Data Philippines Inc., was awarded alongside ePLDT Inc., for the latter’s efforts to enable remote learning for schools and students nationwide.
“We see the role we at Microsoft have to play in the Philippines’—and the world’s—recovery from COVID-19. We recognize the need, now more than ever, for purpose-driven innovation and our partners share that sense of responsibility. We’re thankful to all our partners for their incredible contributions and we look forward to even more next year and in the years to come,” said Ricasa.
Microsoft also extends its congratulations to Infosys Limited who, earlier this year in July, was named Microsoft Philippines Country Partner of the Year. Infosys has distinguished itself as an outstanding partner in its first year of operations in the country by demonstrating excellence in advancing digitalization and delivering value for their customers.
Microsoft expresses its gratitude to all partners for submitting their nominations and participation in the awards this 2020.