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Dimension Data Counted among Top Finalists for the 2007 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award in Four Categories

  • 13 June, 2007 10:30

<p>Today, Dimension Data announced it has been selected as a finalist for Microsoft Corp.'s Partner of the Year Award in four categories (see more detail below). Winners for the 2007 Microsoft Partner Program Awards, which recognise top Microsoft Partners delivering market-leading, Microsoft-based solutions, will be announced July 11 in Denver, Colorado at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference.</p>
<p>Commenting on the nominations, Brian Walshe, Dimension Data's national Microsoft practice manager said: "We are delighted to have received these nominations from Microsoft. Dimension Data received more nominations than any other Microsoft partner worldwide. It is a great recognition of our leadership position in delivering innovative solutions to clients using Microsoft technologies".</p>
<p>Walshe added: "This accolade also follows on from our success last year when we won three Microsoft global partner awards."</p>
<p>Awards will be presented in a number of categories, with winners chosen from a pool of more than 1,800 entrants worldwide. Dimension Data has been nominated in four categories.</p>
<p>The Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Active Directory and Identity Management Partner of the Year award honours partners that have practices with proven proficiency in implementing solutions based on the Microsoft IDA technologies (Active Directory, Microsoft Identity Integration Server, Rights Management Services, Active Directory Federation Services). This award also recognises partners with innovative solutions that help enterprises optimise their identities and access to resources in a heterogeneous environment.</p>
<p>Dimension Data's nomination, IP telephony - Active Directory (IPAD) Connector - is a user-provisioning solution that integrates Microsoft Active Directory with Cisco IP telephony infrastructure, unifying identity management across voice and network environments. The IPAD Connector is based on Microsoft Identity Integration Server, to which Dimension Data has added further processes and capabilities. This provides a unified view of all identity information about users, applications and networks for organisations with multiple directories. Active Directory serves as the primary user directory for Cisco's CallManager Voice over IP (VoIP) system. Users added to Active Directory are automatically provisioned in the CallManager directory, with all necessary VoIP attributes added, changed or deleted.</p>
<p>The Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Exchange Migration and Deployment Partner of the Year award recognises partners with proven expertise in responding to the challenges of providing secure, reliable, anytime, anywhere access to email. Email and calendaring have a tremendous impact on the way organisations of all sizes conduct business. While workers communicate with greater speed and efficiency, the proliferation of email brings the need for higher levels of security and a messaging and collaboration solution that can help them increase productivity and enhance mobile access. Microsoft Exchange Server provides a very effective set of capabilities to meet these requirements.</p>
<p>Dimension Data's Exchange Migration and Deployment solution utilises the entire Microsoft Unified Communications and Collaboration stack and Dimension Data's telephony integration expertise. The solution utilises Exchange 2007, Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging, Live Communications Server, SharePoint Server and the Office suite. Genesys GETS middleware or the PBX vendor's connector is used to integrate LCS with PBX systems. One of the key benefits is that voice mail is integrated into a user's Outlook inbox. True unified communication and collaboration means users have a single, presence-aware interface for their PC- and phone-based messaging, saving time and improving efficiency.</p>
<p>Information Worker Solutions, Office Systems Desktop Deployment Partner award recognizes exceptional partners that have excelled in offering breakthrough Microsoft Office system solutions. The winning partner's technology and marketing offerings have increased its customers' employee productivity and assisted them in connecting with their business partners and customers. The winning partner's innovative thinking has helped to solve a technical challenge or helped to address its customers' business needs and empower their people, and has had a unique and positive impact on clients' business pain points.</p>
<p>Dimension Data was nominated for Dynamic Desktop Deployment, a solution which optimises desktop infrastructure by combining a well-defined management framework with proven processes and smart technology. This solution reduces downtime for staff, streamlines deployment and helps align desktop management operations with organisational goals. It significantly reduces desktop set-up and installation costs, minimises the risk of a desktop refresh, and automates and accelerates desktop deployments. Dimension Data's automated tools can image hundreds of desktops per day over the network with no human intervention, and rapidly deploy new business applications, security patches and software updates.</p>
<p>The Citizenship Partner of the Year award recognises exceptional partners that have made a sustained commitment to society and their communities and can demonstrate the impact of their work. The winning partner may work with a non-profit in an innovative way to empower underserved communities by giving access to technology or technology skills training, and will have made a unique and positive impact in making the knowledge economy more accessible.</p>
<p>Dimension Data's corporate social responsibility program, headlined by "Heads, Hearts and Hands" (HHH), was originally established in 2004 to provide a sustainable framework for existing and future community investment activities at Dimension Data. HHH comprises a range of activities across Australia including volunteering, workplace giving and social entrepreneur business mentoring. Also key is the alignment of Dimension Data's HHH activities with the values and core business of the organisation. Dimension Data has provided its expertise to non-profit organisations in a number of fields, including speech recognition and Microsoft web portal technologies, to improve the accessibility of the knowledge economy to the wider community.</p>
<p>"We have a diverse and talented partner ecosystem that each year raises the bar in the design and deployment of customer solutions built on Microsoft technologies," said Allison L. Watson, corporate vice president, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group. "We are pleased to recognise Dimension Data as one of our partners leading the field in these categories."</p>
<p>The Microsoft Partner Program Awards recognise Microsoft Partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions over the past year.</p>
<p>About Dimension Data</p>
<p>Dimension Data plc (LSE:DDT), a specialist IT services and solution provider, helps clients plan, build, support and manage their IT infrastructures. Dimension Data applies its expertise in networking, security, operating environments, storage and contact centre technologies and its unique skills in consulting, integration and managed services to create customised client solutions.</p>

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