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Microsoft holds Partner Conference and Award Ceremony

Microsoft Sri Lanka recently hosted its annual Partner Conference with the participation of a broad gathering of partners from both Sri Lanka and the Maldives. The conference focused on enlightening partner communities on new products and strategies of Microsoft and also highlighted the importance of their continued commitment to the enhancements of local IT infrastructure, the global company said.

“The hallmark feature of this event has always been the celebration of Microsoft Sri Lanka’s relationships with its Partner Network and at the same time, strengthening of these partnerships to meet the growing IT needs in the market. The conference was followed by the Partner Awards Ceremony which is also held annually to honour outstanding performances by partners,” the statement said.

The evening saw Microsoft’s extensive partner network being recognized for their performance during the year in the following manner; Best Managed Partner won by DMS Electronics Limited, while the runner up was Millennium Information Technologies Limited, Best ‘Attach at Source’ COEM Partner won by Softlogic Trading (Pvt) Ltd, Best ‘Attach at Source’ COEM Distributor presented to Trident Corporation (Pvt) Ltd, Best Partner - Maldives awarded to Focus Computer (Pvt) Ltd, Best Distributor won by Tech One Global (Pvt) Ltd, Best Partner Microsoft Dynamics, awarded to H-ONE Private Ltd, Best Competitive Win Back, awarded to Zillione Technologies and ‘Best Certified Partner in Learning’ presented to NetAssist International (Pvt) Ltd.

One of the key features of the conference was the presentation made by Gary Sweeting, Enterprise Technology Strategist, Customer Advocacy and Technology Management, Microsoft Corporation. During his presentation Mr. Sweeting stressed on the need for contnued unity among the IT community of Sri Lanka in order to maximize the impact technology could have on organizational efficiency. “We’re in the early days of an industry-wide transformation as we re-orient towards the cloud. It’s a natural evolution in computing – from mainframe, mid-range, client-server, Internet to more advanced forms of communication and technology and it presents a great opportunity for Microsoft with our partners to expand into new markets and grow revenue together,” he said.

Speaking at the event, Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne, Country Manager, Microsoft Sri Lanka emphasized the need for continued partnerships among the ICT community. “The IT landscape in Sri Lanka is now moving faster toward achieving its full potential. With the advent of cloud computing technology, the limitlessness of the future is now more available to every single individual. As partners we need to educate ourselves and you on how best to carry this technology forward to benefit the entire local IT community.”

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