South African company i5 has been named the first global winner of the Microsoft Partner of the Year award in the category, Microsoft Dynamics CRM. The award is to be presented at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston, Texas, in July.

According to i5 CEO Glen Ansell, the award is the culmination of the company’s determination and sharp focus on the Microsoft technology stack, and specifically, Dynamics CRM.
"Having recognised the viability and relevance of Microsoft’s CRM package soon after the inception of i5 in 2004, our company took a strategic decision to become the South African market leader in this aspect of Microsoft’s technology solutions,” he says.
Ansell explains that i5's primary competencies lie in Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Microsoft Dynamics ERP Products and Information Worker competencies, such as Portals, Collaboration and Business Intelligence.
Despite being a relative newcomer on the scene, i5’s passion and dedication to creating value for its customers has seen the company quickly build a client list which includes some of South Africa’s leading blue-chip businesses.
While winning awards is not new to the company – it has received numerous accolades from Microsoft including three at Microsoft Partner Summit 2006 and Independent Software Vendor of the year in 2007 – he notes that this is the company’s biggest triumph to date.
“There were over 2,000 entries in the awards programme this year from around the globe; this I believe is the result of the commitment and hard work of every individual within this business. Microsoft’s recognition of our ability is testament to the dedication, innovation, symbiotic interactions and overall passion that i5 exhibits in its engagement with peers, customers and partners,” he says.
Ansell believes that while this is an award of some consequence, it is just the start of the company’s accelerating momentum.