What’s New for Microsoft 2019 Partner of the Year Awards

Winning a Microsoft Partner Award can help attract new customer prospects, add credibility to existing sales efforts, trigger new partnerships within the Microsoft ecosystem, and accelerate Microsoft Co-Sell collaboration.

The Microsoft Partner of the Year award submission tool is now available. The deadline for all entries is April 11, 2019.

The process of submitting nominations is similar as past years (providing an essay that addresses a series of questions). As usual, award categories have seen some additions and eliminations. New awards categories include:

  • Business Applications
    • Dynamics 365 for Marketing
    • PowerApps
  • Industry
    • Financial Services
    • Retail
    • Automotive
  • Intelligent Cloud
    • Mixed Reality
  • Other
    • Alliance Global ISV
    • Diversity and Inclusion

Award categories eliminated this year include:

  • Business Applications Platform
  • Open Source Data & AI
  • Partner Seller Excellence

Last year a couple awards were not eligible for partner nomination, but Microsoft still recognized a winner. It is good to see the Global ISV award back up for open nomination.

Co-Sell Ready ISVs are specifically eligible for all of the award categories except the following:

  • Intelligent Cloud: Application Innovation, Azure Influencer, OSS on Azure
  • Modern Workplace: Intelligent Communications, Modern Desktop, Project and Portfolio Management, Security and Compliance

Nominations are due April 11, award winners are notified in early June, and Microsoft recognizes the winning partners at the annual Inspire partner conference.

Over 2,600 nominations were received from 115 countries last year, so competition is stiff. Competegy clients have won 10 Microsoft Partner of the Year awards (including 3 of the current winners). If you want to improve your chances of winning an award this year, request a meeting to determine your potential.

The full list of 2019 Microsoft Partner of the Year award categories is as follows:

  • Business Applications
    • Dynamics 365 for Customer Service
    • Dynamics 365 for Field Service
    • Dynamics Finance and Operations
    • Dynamics 365 for Marketing
    • Dynamics 365 for Sales
    • Dynamics 365 for Talent
    • Power BI
    • PowerApps
  • Industry Awards
    • Automotive
    • Education
    • Financial Services
    • Government
    • Health
    • Manufacturing & Resources
    • Media & Communications
    • Microsoft CityNext
    • Retail
  • Intelligent Cloud Awards
    • AI and Machine Learning
    • Application Innovation
    • Azure Influencer
    • Data Analytics
    • Data Estate Modernization
    • Datacenter Migration
    • DevOps
    • Internet of Things
    • Mixed Reality
    • OSS on Azure
    • SAP on Azure
  • Modern Workplace Awards
    • Intelligent Communications
    • Modern Desktop
    • Modern Workplace Transformation
    • Project and Portfolio Management
    • Security and Compliance
    • Teamwork
  • Other Awards
    • Alliance Global ISV
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Customer Experience
    • Indirect Provider
    • Learning
    • Partner for Social Impact
  • Country Partner of the Year Awards