The 2009 Worldwide Partner Conference is coming later in the year (July 13–16 in New Orleans), but the WPC Awards program is already opened for nomination.

If you are a Microsoft Partner with an awesome solution built on Microsoft technologies, it's time to start writing something up. Submissions for the Global Awards are open until April 2nd.

It is a great way to to showcase a solution and drive new business opportunities. Winners and finalists will get increased press coverage and market recognition. Who would not want that? Winners are also invited to an exclusive gathering at the 2009 Worldwide Partner Conference.

The awards for this year include:

  • Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Active Directory Partner of the Year
  • Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Storage Solutions Partner of the Year
  • Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Systems Management Partner of the Year
  • Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Windows Desktop Deployment Partner of the Year
  • Business Intelligence Partner of the Year
  • Citizenship Partner of the Year
  • Custom Development Solutions, Application Infrastructure Development Partner of the Year
  • Custom Development Solutions, Smart Client Development Partner of the Year
  • Custom Development Solutions, Web Development Partner of the Year
  • Data Management Solutions Partner of the Year
  • Distribution Partner of the Year
  • Hosting Solutions Partner of the Year
  • Information Worker Solutions, Data Visualization Partner of the Year
  • Information Worker Solutions, Enterprise Content Management and Forms Development Partner of the Year
  • Information Worker Solutions, Enterprise Project Management Partner of the Year
  • Information Worker Solutions, Office Business Application Partner of the Year
  • Information Worker Solutions, Office Deployment Partner of the Year
  • Information Worker Solutions, Office Solutions Development Partner of the Year
  • Information Worker Solutions, Portals and Collaboration Partner of the Year
  • Information Worker Solutions, Search Partner of the Year
  • ISV/Software Solutions Partner of the Year
  • ISV/Software Solutions Innovation Partner of the Year
  • Large Account Reseller Partner of the Year
  • Learning Solutions, Impact Partner of the Year
  • Learning Solutions, Innovative Partner of the Year
  • Licensing Solutions, License Delivery Partner of the Year
  • Licensing Solutions, Software Asset Management Partner of the Year
  • Microsoft Dynamics Distribution Partner of the Year
  • Microsoft Dynamics Financial Services Partner of the Year
  • Microsoft Dynamics Manufacturing Partner of the Year
  • Microsoft Dynamics Professional Services Partner of the Year
  • Microsoft Dynamics Public Sector Partner of the Year
  • Microsoft Dynamics Retail Partner of the Year
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX Partner of the Year
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM Partner of the Year
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner of the Year
  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV Partner of the Year
  • Microsoft Dynamics Point of Sale Solutions Partner of the Year
  • Microsoft Dynamics SL Partner of the Year
  • Mobility Solutions Partner of the Year
  • Mobility Solutions, Business Application Partner of the Year
  • Mobility Solutions, Consumer Application Partner of the Year
  • Mobility Solutions, Integration Partner of the Year
  • Networking Infrastructure Solutions Partner of the Year
  • Newly Recruited Partner of the Year
  • Notes Transition Partner of the Year
  • OEM Hardware Solutions, Device Manufacturing Partner of the Year
  • OEM Hardware Solutions, System Building Partner of the Year
  • Online Services Partner of the Year
  • Security Solutions, Identity and Secure Access Partner of the Year
  • Security Solutions, Infrastructure Security Partner of the Year
  • Small Business Specialist Partner of the Year
  • SOA and Business Process Partner of the Year
  • Software-plus-Services, Development Partner of the Year
  • Software-plus-Services, Integration Partner of the Year
  • Unified Communications Solutions, Instant Messaging and Presence Partner of the Year
  • Unified Communications Solutions, Messaging Partner of the Year
  • Unified Communications Solutions, Voice Partner of the Year

You can review the 2008 winners and their solutions at: https://partner.microsoft.com/global/40069287.
These will give you some good examples of what it takes to be a winning solution.

Detailed information about the 2009 program and how to nominate your solution can be found at:
https://partner.microsoft.com/global/trainingevents/wwpartnerconference/ppawards