By Emeka Aginam
Microsoft Nigeria at the maiden edition of its Partner’s Awardat held recently in Lagos has recognized Signal Alliance and MainOne for excelling in delivering its solutions in the 2016 fiscal year spanning July 2015 through to June 2016.
The Microsoft Partners Award is an initiative of Microsoft Nigeria meant to appreciate its partners for their commitment to Microsoft business as well as supporting the digital transformation drive in the country.
The award celebrated partner’s success in the area of sales excellence, customer experience excellence and cloud transformation.
“We are rewarding our partners for their level of dedication and competencies over the last fiscal year and their support in driving our digital transformation agenda in the country,’’ Oluwawemimo Adeniyi Director, Small, Midmarket Solutions & Partners at Microsoft Nigeria had said during her welcome address.
The awards were divided into Competency, Strategic and Business categories, explored the different levels of services offered by Microsoft partners in the country.
In the Competency category, Signal Alliance was awarded the Cloud Productivity Partner of the Year Award, over both Reliance InfoSystem Limited and Ha-Shem Network.
This award opened the doors for several other winners, making mention of Wragby Business Solutions who won the Cloud Platform Partner Award and IPI Solutions who won the Small and Mid-Market Cloud Solutions Partner of the Year Award.
In the Strategic Category Awards, Signal Alliance team also received the Cloud Excellence Partner of the Year Award, while Reliance InfoSystem Limited was rewarded with the Customer Experience Partner of the Year Award.
Also in the Strategic Category, Adedamola Omirinde of Signal Alliance won the P- Seller of the year award, while Discasio went home with the award for the New Age Partner of the Year and Redington received the award for Distributor of the Year.
In the Business Award Category, retail giant, Office Everything, received the award for Industry Partner of the Year – Retail, while Ha-Shem Network picked the award for Industry Partner of the Year – Commercial.
The most significant award of the night was however received by MainOne for the Microsoft Country Manager’s Partner of the Year Award, which recognized the partner that had aligned with Microsoft priorities and have over achieved in one or more of the three transformational pillars of Microsoft, be it personal computing, the intelligent cloud and reinventing productivity other nominees in this category included Reliance InfoSystem Limited and Ha-Shem Network.
Speaking, while receiving the award on behalf of MainOne, Chief Information Security Officer, Chidinma Iwe, said “We’re honored to be recognized by Microsoft as Country Partner of the Year. Since January 2015, when we launched our Tier III data center, we have worked with Microsoft to provide cloud-based solutions to our customers, which has helped them optimize their organizational efficiency at competitive costs.
“This award cannot have come at a more opportune time than this, as it not only demonstrates the value we bring to our customers, but also reiterates the impact of our company as MainOne clocks 6 years of technology excellence this week.”
In his closing remarks, Awawu Olumide –Sojinrin, Marketing & Operations Director for Microsoft Nigeria who made the closing remark on behalf of the Managing Director Kabelo Makwane, expressed satisfaction saying that, “I am really excited we were able to do this, and we remain committed to empowering every organization and individual on the planet to achieve more. We are creating platforms for people to do more.”