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NZ software firms feel the global love as honoured Microsoft partners

It's easy to forget that not everyone uses technology that begins with a lowercase i. And a couple of Kiwi companies are living examples of doing this well, receiving accolades at the worldwide Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards.

GreenButton was named global winner of the Windows Azure ISV Partner of the Year Award, while Provoke received a Country Partner of the Year nod. 

"They have delivered innovative, creative and superior Microsoft solutions and services, and stamped the Kiwi mark on the world as a hub for technology innovation,” says Paul Muckleston, managing director for Microsoft New Zealand.

The annual awards honour members of the Microsoft Partner Network for delivering outstanding customer solutions during the past year using Microsoft technology. And with nearly 3,500 entries submitted from more than 200 countries, it's not an insignificant achievement.

GreenButton, which helps software vendors get to grips with the cloud and aiding their transition, was also a finalist in both the BizSpark Partner of the Year and Tech & High Performance Computing Partner of the Year categories. Chief marketing officer Vivian Morresey says the distinction will allow the company to position itself as "real market innovators, instead of a 'who, from where'.”

“For us, this award is complete validation that what we do, and how we do it, is globally accepted and recognised. We are a fairly small team and we work long hours, doing the hard yards an internet start-up company has to endure—compared with big US companies we’ve done it tougher with less, which is the Kiwi way,."

Meanwhile, Provoke, a Microsoft specialist that develops software using Microsoft .NET, SQL Server and SharePoint 2010, credits its handpicked staff for its success.

"We combine our skill base with a ‘whatever it takes’ attitude to get the job done," says chief executive Mason Pratt.

The local NV Interactive was also recognised as a finalist in the web development category for its use of technologies like Silverlight, Web Slices and Pivot Viewer to deliver compelling live web experiences for New Zealand cricket players and fans alike. (It was behind the Christchurch Share an Idea initiative, too).