Security services provider DEFEND has been named Microsoft's Partner of the Year for New Zealand, in the software giant's 2022 global awards, for its work with organisations to boost their cyber resilience.
Microsoft Australia and New Zealand chief partner officer Rachel Bondi said DEFEND helped Foodstuffs North Island build a best-in-class modern and secure supply chain, which enabled the grocery chain to ensure that food was on shelves during COVID-19.
DEFEND's efforts meant Foodstuffs North Island could spend more time focusing on higher-value areas of their business, Bondi said.
Legal practice management software specialist LawVu was the other finalist in Microsoft's 2022 Partner of the Year Awards.
LawVu has fully embraced Microsoft's cloud capabilities to transform businesses in an increasingly complex legal landscape, Bondi said.
The following Australia-New Zealand partners were finalists in their respective categories in the 2022 Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards:
ASI Solutions: Surface PC reseller
BizData: Healthcare & life sciences
Eighty20 Solutions: Modern endpoint management
Enlighten Designs: Power BI
FiveP: Modern Workplace for frontline workers
Flintfox: Dynamics 365 finance
Generation-e: Meetings, calling & devices for Microsoft Teams
Rapid Circle: Community response
Resolution Technology: Modern Workplace for SMB
rhipe: Operational excellence
Velrada: Dynamics 365 customer service & field service
Vodafone Next Generation Services Limited: Meetings, calling & devices for Microsoft Teams
Winners and finalists will be celebrated at the virtual Microsoft Inspire event taking place on July 19-20, the company said.