Every year at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft announces its Partner of the Year Awards. These awards represent the best the Microsoft’s partners have to offer across several Microsoft product categories, geographies and business units. We receive over 3,000 partner entries on an annual basis.

As part of our preparation for WPC this year, the SQL Server team is excited to announce the finalists and winners for our two awards: the Data Platform and Business Intelligence Partners of the Year!

2012 Data Platform Partner of the Year

For the Data Platform award, the two finalists are:

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DSP Managed Services – For their solution for International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) for Strategic Studies  using not only HA, but several other features that come out of the box with SQL Server which has proven TCO for IISS and to help reduce worldwide conflict.

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Red Rock Consulting – For their product, RockSolid, which is used to provide end to end management across large scale SQL Server deployments within enterprise customers.  They are also a Microsoft Gold Certified Data Platform partner.

And our Data Platform winner is…

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Systemgroup Consulting Inc. - Systemgroup Consulting Inc. is a management consulting and business software development company based in Canada. Through consultation with the management of a customer in the health care industry, Systemgroup identified how to properly implement and configure SQL Server 2012 to improve  the customer’s business, public image, and most importantly, to help them save more lives. With features such as PowerPivot for reporting, SSRS for notifications, and SSIS for external data source integration, Systemgroup was able to provide a mission critical solution to their customer.  This customer now has a real-time tool that enables them to make business decisions based on accurate information rather than unreliable, audible data they used to use.

2012 Business Intelligence Partner of the Year

For the Business Intelligence award, the two finalists are:

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Panorama – Queensland Health with Necto.  The case study can be found here

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OpenText for their utilities ISV solution with manager View product.

And our BI winner is…

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Fusionex for their Thailand conglomerate BI project.  Fusionex is a systems integrator based in Singapore, serving Microsoft-based projects throughout southeast Asia.  The implementation was a broad-based BI solution that delivered end user BI tools and data warehouse capabilities to a large company (a Thailand-based conglomerate) that had multiple data sources, from SAP line of business systems, to other data warehouses running on IBM, to apps running on top of Oracle.  Despite the large competitive platform footprint of SAP, Oracle and IBM, Fusionex was able to win with Microsoft.   The solution utilized important features of SQL Server 2012, including Power View for end user data visualizations and analytics, ColumnStore Index for data warehouse scalability and MDS/DQS for data lineage and cleansing.

Congratulations to our finalists and to our winners, and thank you to all of our partners everywhere around the world. We look forward to meeting you at WPC!