Monday, July 02, 2012

Microsoft Announces Winners and Finalists of the 2012 Partner of the Year Awards

Microsoft partners work hard to get nominated, so congrats to all.  I’ve been watching these for a few years now and this year the results seem different (except for Oxford of course).  As a metadirectory historian I find this year’s results interesting for a few reasons:

  1. There are a lot of systems integrators (sometimes unsung/unknown) doing FIM work (yay!)
  2. There is a trend for LARs to do SI work (who knew CDW would deploy FIM for you?)
  3. FIM is leaving it’s incubation/niche nest

From the press release:

Identity and Security Partner of the Year

· Winner: Itergy

· Finalist: CDW Corp.

· Finalist: Oxford Computer Group Ltd.

The Identity and Security Partner of the Year Award recognizes the partner that has delivered end-to-end security, identity and access solutions enabling customers to achieve their business goals while managing risk and helping to ensure that the right people always have secure access to the information they need to get their jobs done. The winning solution used Microsoft’s security, identity and access products, technologies and solution accelerators, including, but not limited to the following:

· Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection

· Microsoft Forefront Protection for Exchange Server

· Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange

· Microsoft Forefront Protection for SharePoint

· Microsoft Forefront Security for Office Communications Server

· Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway

· Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway

· Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager

The winner has dramatically transformed the security of a customer’s IT infrastructure resulting in higher levels of protection and compliance, reduced IT labor or hardware costs, or streamlined overall operational efficiency.

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