Point Alliance named Microsoft IMPACT Award Finalist

Posted on: Wednesday, September 17, 2008

MICROSOFT CANADA CO. ANNOUNCES 2008 IMPACT AWARD FINALISTS
Microsoft Partner Program IMPACT Awards recognize top Canadian technology partners for customer support and service successes

Mississauga, ON — September 17, 2008 — Microsoft Canada Co. today announced the finalists for this year’s Microsoft Partner Program IMPACT Awards. The sixth annual IMPACT Awards recognize excellence within the Microsoft technology partner community in Canada as well as the innovative solutions and value they deliver to customers. The IMPACT Awards also acknowledge technology partners for their achievements beyond revenue, growth and innovation, including awards for customer service, marketing and contribution to their communities. The winners will be announced at a gala event in Toronto on November 13, 2008.

"Our annual IMPACT Awards is an opportunity to celebrate top technology partners who have demonstrated their leadership and shown true dedication through their tremendous support and service to customers." Lora Gernon, Director, Partner Group, Microsoft Canada Co.

New in 2008 is the IAMCP Canada Partner of the Year award which recognizes a technology partner who has demonstrated leadership across all four pillars of the IAMCP focus which include Partner Channel Building, Advocacy, Community/Citizenship and Education.

The Microsoft Partner Program IMPACT Awards are open to Systems Integrators, Large Account Resellers, Direct Market Resellers, Value Added Resellers, Distributors, Systems Builders, Authorized Education Resellers, Certified Partners for Learning Solutions, Microsoft Certified Partners, Independent Software Vendors, Channel Suppliers, Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) Partners and Original Equipment Manufacturers.

In addition, IMPACT Awards include categories that recognize top technology partners for excellence in four categories: Solution Awards; Business Awards; Marketing Awards; and Community & Initiative Awards.

The finalists for this year’s Microsoft Partner Program IMPACT Awards are as follows:

Data Management Solution of the Year
JMP Engineering Inc.
M R S COMPANY LTD
Point Alliance Inc.

Advanced Infrastructure Solution of the Year
Horn IT Solutions Inc.
ProServeIT Corporation
WolfBridge TSS

Business Intelligence Partner of the Year
SYSTEMGROUP INC
Ideaca Knowledge Services Ltd.
The Catalytics Group Inc.

Community Leadership Award
Mercer-MacKay Solutions Inc.
INFUSION DEVELOPMENT
SOFTCHOICE CORPORATION

Custom Development Solution of the Year Award
ENVISION IT
KNOWLEDGETECH CONSULTING INC
SYSTEMGROUP INC

Customer Experience Award
TGO Consulting Inc.
IT MATTERS INC
STROPHE INC

Desktop Deployment of Office & Windows Vista
Compugen
LEGENDCORP

Hosting Solutions Partner of the Year
Ceryx Inc.
PACIFIC ONLINE INC
TRONIA SYSTEMS LTD

Information Worker Solution of the Year
Concept Interactive Inc.
Ideaca Knowledge Services Ltd.
NetDexterity Inc.

ISV/Software Solution of the Year
Varicent Software Incorporated
Orion Technology, A Division of Rolta Canada Limited
GALEFORCE SOLUTIONS INC

LAR of the Year - Program Excellence
Compugen
Acrodex Inc.
SOFTCHOICE CORPORATION

Learning Solution of the Year
Nexient Learning Inc.
CTE SOLUTIONS
Dynexa / HiTech Institute

Licensing or Software Asset Management Solution of the Year
SOFTCHOICE CORPORATION
BUCHANAN ASSOCIATES
Dell Canada

Marketing Innovation Award - Enterprise
SOFTCHOICE CORPORATION
Orangutech Inc.
Ideaca Knowledge Services Ltd.

Marketing Innovation Award - Small, Medium Business
Broadview Networks
CDW CANADA INC
IT MATTERS INC

Microsoft Business Solution of the Year
BURNTSAND INC (ON)
Second Foundation
pavliks.com

Mobility Solution of the Year
SOTI Inc
Gavel and Gown
OpenNETCF Consulting

Networking Infrastructure Solution of the Year
IT MATTERS INC
IT MATTERS INC
ITL Calgary - Integrated Software Technologies Ltd

Security Solution of the Year
CMS CONSULTING INC
NCI
Sentry Metrics

Small Business Specialist of the Year
ITNORTH CA NETWORK AND CONSULTING SERVICE
IT MATTERS INC
ProServeIT Corporation

SOA and Business Process Solution of the Year
DAPASOFT INC
KNOWLEDGETECH CONSULTING INC
TGO Consulting Inc.

Unified Communications Partner of the Year
MTS Allstream Inc.
CCSI Technology Solutions
CMS CONSULTING INC

Winning Customer Award
MYTRAK Health System Inc.
ComputerTalk
THE LEGEND CORP

Distributor of the Year - OEM
Ingram Micro
Tech Data
Synnex Canada.

Distributor of the Year - Finished Goods
Synnex Canada.
Ingram micro Canada
tech data Canada.

LAR OF THE YEAR - Licensing Revenue
Softchoice
Dell
Insight

Microsoft Business Solutions Partner of the Year – License Sales
Ideaca
Xapt
Second Foundation

Microsoft Business Solutions Partner of the Year – Customer Adds
BDO
The RSC Group
Progressive Solutions

Reseller of the Year - Open License Revenue
PROGRAMMER'S PARADISE CANADA
BELL BUSINESS SOLUTIONS INC
WBM OFFICE SYSTEMS

Strategic Reseller of the Year
Syncronet Systems
Pc Corporate
Programmer's Paradise

IAMCP Award
Encore Business Solutions
Operitel Corporation
Proserve IT Corp

For more details about the Microsoft Partner Program IMPACT Awards please go to: http://www.microsoft.com/canada/awards

About Microsoft Canada
Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Co. is the Canadian subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq "MSFT") the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting and local support services in both French and English. Headquartered in Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has 10 regional offices across the country dedicated to empowering people through great software - any time, any place and on any device. For more information on Microsoft Canada, please visit www.microsoft.ca.

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