Africa shines at Microsoft partner of the year awards

At this year’s annual Microsoft Inspire Awards 2020, a virtual partner of the year awards event shone the spotlight on the successes by partners in more than 100 countries. This year, 11 winners have been selected from 8 regions in Africa and 3 from the Levant region.

Selected based on their commitment to customers, the impact of their solutions and the exemplary use of Microsoft technologies, all winners have played a crucial role in cultivating and sustaining the powerful ecosystem as part of Microsofts greater mission on the continent at large.

“As a company, we have always believed in bringing technology closer to those who need it most, allowing everyone to ultimately achieve more. We’ve been able to do this through connecting our partners with customers and each other – enabling business growth and driving digital transformation,” says Ibrahim Youssry, General Manager at Microsoft Middle East and Africa Emerging Markets.

‘Our commitment to our partners doesn’t just start and end with recognition. For success to be sustained, continuous support is required. This is why we continue to invest in the appropriate programs, training and resources that will enable our partners to generate demand for as well as scale their solutions,” continues Youssry.

Winners from the continent include Salt Essential IT from Namibia. Salt has been at the forefront of driving a modern workplace story infused with their own solutions and bundles. Particularly, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Salt has been assisting customers, governments, and schools transition to Teams, also offering their security bundle. Cloudware from Ghana supports Microsoft on several accounts with true impact, leading customer face time in the field in alignment with Microsoft’s Cloud strategy. The organisation delivers workshops and support on Azure consumption by deploying customer Azure environments, which, in turn, leads to ACAs.

Cloud Productivity Solutions from Kenya focus on modern workplace and won the Global Teamwork Partner of the Year at last year’s ceremony for their phenomenal work on Teams. Since then, the organisation has continued with the drive they had of transforming customers not only on Teams but also in security and by building specific bundles for teams that push consumption and help customers lower costs. The company then made an expansion this year that saw them open an office in Uganda that is fully resourced and driving great customers initiatives on the ground.

“We continue to look at ways internally to provide innovative products and services to our partners, helping them to not only succeed but also deliver solutions that are valuable to customer needs”, concludes Youssry. “We are eager to continue working with these great partners and look forward to the great work and results over the next year”.

And, the list of other winners include:

  • Wragby Business Solutions & Technologies Limited from Nigeria
  • EZY Technologies, Pvt Ltd from Pakistan
  • Cloudshift from Tunisia
  • Cloud Productivity Solutions Limited from Uganda
  • Comprehensive Computing Innovations from Lebanon
  • MC3 Cloud from Mauritius
  • Exakis Nelite from Morocco
  • Optimiza from Jordan