Provoke have continued their winning streak in the annual Microsoft Partner awards, collecting a further two accolades on Monday. The announcement from Microsoft adds Collaboration and Content Partner of the Year 2012 to Provoke’s trophy cabinet and Start-Up Partner of the Year 2012 honors went to The Full Suite, one of Provoke’s subsidiaries.
Also the proud recipient of Country Partner of the Year in 2011, these latest wins solidify Provoke’s position as leaders in their field. As pioneers of numerous Microsoft technologies, Provoke have an enviable history, “We have demonstrated sustained market leadership in key Microsoft technologies such as Office365, SharePoint and Windows Azure. Accolades such as these further validate our focus on the Microsoft platform and our continued investment in staying at the forefront” says Provoke’s CEO, Mason Pratt.
These recent Microsoft awards bring Provoke’s total to ten since they began in 2007, but to pick up the coveted Collaboration and Content Partner title is particularly satisfying. This award goes only to the “best of the best” in SharePoint, a platform that Provoke has been working with extensively since the product’s inception in 2001.
Also satisfying is the recognition of the great work achieved with key client, Partners Life. Partners Life required a scalable, cost-effective document management solution and a low-maintenance IT platform. And it was Provoke’s technical expertise in both cloud and SharePoint that enabled them to design and deliver the right solution.
Provoke COO Brendon Ford is pleased to be acknowledged for such an exciting project, “The solutions we have deployed for Partners Life have been challenging and sometimes complex, so required truly innovative thinking. Our ultimate measure of success is the results delivered to our clients, but the significant positive impact this solution has had on Partners Life’s business is thoroughly sweetened by this award.”
Ford is also pleased that it’s Partners Life with whom they get to share this honor, “Partners Life are a great client to work with They see as much value in the cloud as we do and are always looking for opportunities to leverage the best in technology to meet their strategic objectives.”
Provoke also picked up the competitive Start-Up Partner of the Year via their subsidiary business, The Full Suite. Suite is a cloud consultancy set up by Provoke 18 months ago to satisfy the unique IT needs of small and medium-sized businesses. Utilizing the Office 365 platform and their own custom applications, Suite have spent their inaugural year helping over 100 SMBs move their IT into the cloud. It’s their unique product development that is likely to have clinched this fledgling four person company the win.
Creating complimentary tools to the Office 365 platform is what sets this consultancy apart from the pack. SuiteFiles, an application that combines the power of SharePoint and transforms the user experience with a totally new and user friendly user interface is one example of this. It’s this technical ingenuity and understanding of customer needs that make them award winners.
Of the Start-Up win, Pratt is particularly proud, “The Full Suite is a true start-up, with all the resource and financial constraints that come with that. So, to have done so much in such a short time and to be officially recognized for it is very rewarding and a testament to the talent in that team.” Pratt also suggests that this is only just the beginning of success for The Full Suite, with a recent partnership with fellow kiwi innovator Xero picked to accelerate their growth exponentially over the coming months.
The awards announcements could not have come at a more relevant time, with the country recently celebrating its first Technology Innovation Week, the significance of which is not lost on Pratt. “With New Zealand’s tech companies increasingly setting their sights on international markets it’s great to have events such as TIW working to govern a certain level of practice. Initiatives such as this should really help to raise the standard, a challenge that we thrive on and that can only serve to improve New Zealand’s impression on the global tech stage.”