Oceania’s firms bright at the Microsoft Global Partners Awards

Elizabeth Smith

Microsoft Global Partners Awards of the Year has awarded five Australian enterprises as consulting firm EY Australia walked away with the partner of the year for Australia.

The partner of the year for the Degense & Intelligence category was Brisbane-based Myriad Technologies, and the winner of the Device Distributor/Reseller category was Data#3, which is also headquartered in Brisbane.

Australia was the main charachter of this edition. Engage Squared, digital consulting firm Barhead Solutions, and tech consultancy Modis Consulting wich won the Employee Experience, Community Response, and Inclusion Changemaker awards respectiveley.

The winner of the Microsoft Global Partners Awards of the year for New Zeland is DEFEND Limited a threat protection and intelligence and detection-providing services specialist across Australia and New Zeland.

Myriad Technologies is an information management company specialising in the provision of “zero-trust multidomain data fabric for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance interoperability”, according to Microsoft.

The firm has ongoing relationships with the Australian Defence Force, and the New Zealand Defence Force. Myriad has provided a stable replication solution of Microsoft SharePoint to enable secure communication between deployable joint forces, brigades, and battle group headquarters in remote locations. This was achieved by combining Microsoft’s technology with iOra’s Geo-replication platform.

Data#3 is the sole reseller of Microsoft licences included in the Digital Transformation Agencies whole-of-government Volume Sourcing Arrangement (VSA). The firm’s current contract is the fourth iteration of the VSA with the federal government, which began in August 2019 and will be in place until June 30, 2025. So far, the contract has exceeded $800 million in value.

EY Australia was awarded Partner of the Year for Australia because of increasing uptake of Microsoft Cloud capabilities and “placing Microsoft at the centre of its data and AI efforts”. In a document announcing this year’s award recipients Microsoft highlighted a number of developments the consultancy firm has worked on in the past year.

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