Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, and Avanade, a global business technology, cloud and managed services provider, have been recognised by Microsoft as Alliance Partner of the Year for the eighth year in a row and 11th time overall.
Microsoft also awarded Accenture and Avanade with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Partner of the Year and Country Partner of the Year in Italy. As Avanade celebrates its 15th year in business, these awards reinforce the company’s status as one of the most successful joint ventures in the technology industry and, with Accenture, as the most frequently recognised Microsoft partners.

As voted by Microsoft global sales, Accenture and Avanade received Microsoft’s Alliance Partner of the Year award for demonstrating business excellence and customer satisfaction in delivering innovative Microsoft solutions. The Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Partner of the Year award recognises Accenture and Avanade’s deep industry and technology expertise in delivering Microsoft Dynamics CRM-based client innovation. The Country Partner of the Year — Italy award highlights the companies’ ability to help clients realise results with digital, cloud-based solutions in the Italian market. Together, Accenture and Avanade have collaborated on more than 10,000 Microsoft-based business and public service projects for more than 4,000 global clients.

“Understanding how to leverage the power of Microsoft technologies is even more critical today for clients operating in a cloud-first, digital-first world,” says Paul Daugherty, chief technology officer and chair of the Avanade Board of Directors. “Accenture, Avanade and Microsoft share a long and successful history of delivering technology solutions to help enterprises better engage and stay connected with their customers, empower employees and grow for the future.”

“Digital solutions are transforming the ways in which companies work, engage with customers and contribute to the bottom line,” says Adam Warby, Avanade chief executive officer. “Every day at Avanade, we help clients increase their use of technology to speed up, streamline, automate, redesign and optimise processes to drive business value and success. We’re honoured that Microsoft has recognised our contributions and commitment to the success of our mutual clients.”

“The Accenture-Avanade-Microsoft alliance brings together the talent required to help our mutual customers thrive in a mobile-first, cloud-first world,” says Stephen Boyle, vice president, Microsoft Enterprise Partners. “With Accenture’s deep business and industry expertise, Avanade’s world-class services and Microsoft’s market-leading enterprise technology, these awards represent clear recognition of the digital transformation and cloud innovation the alliance is delivering for our joint customers.”

The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognise Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past year. The Accenture-Avanade-Microsoft alliance offers the valuable combination of market-leading technologies, industry expertise and delivery skills that result in more effective and efficient technology delivered at a lower cost. Avanade has 23 Microsoft Gold Partner Network competencies, and Avanade and Accenture together have more than 24 000 certifications in Microsoft technology.