Strong partnerships: the key to unleashing the transformative potential of technology in Africa


Posted by Tracey Newman
Small and Medium Solutions and Partners (SMS&P) Director for Microsoft West, East & Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands

I was very pleased to see some of the best of Africa’s partner network recognised and their expertise showcased at two separate awards ceremonies that took place in Los Angeles recently. At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) held from 10 -14 July, 10 partners received WPC Country Awards, while 16 partners received Awards at the WECA Awards, a regional awards ceremony for the West, East and Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands (WECA & IOI) sales locations.  Both Awards acknowledge partners for their continued excellence in providing outstanding value to customers and the marketplace as a whole. 

Microsoft has always emphasized that its partners form a critical part of its business model:  today there are 1.3 million Microsoft partner companies in the world, who together provide 95% of Microsoft’s revenue. The scope and scale of this network is vast, covering distributors, resellers, retailers, system integrators, Independent Software Vendors, OEM manufacturers, hosters and gamers. And our 7000 strong partner network in Africa allows us to develop, sell, deploy and support our software solutions on almost every corner of the continent.

Our partners are certainly important to us because they help us expand our reach, but they also help us achieve something bigger: fuelling transformative innovation across the continent, by developing technologies developed by Africa, for Africa. This continent is brimming with opportunity, and we believe that our software can help realize this by improving the lives of individuals, organisations and local economies. But to do this, we need solid relationships with skilled partners – exactly the sort that our Partner Awards shine the spotlight on.

This is why it is so inspiring to see the calibre of work our partners in Africa are producing, and why I was so excited to see the best of these partners recognized at our global partner event. They will play an integral role in increasing business aptitude and improving government effectiveness.

On this note, I congratulate the following partners for excelling in their respective areas of specialisation:

Country Partner Award winners:

HERMES-SYSTEM – Reunion

IPMC – Ghana

Signal Alliance – Nigeria

System Plus Pioneer Ltd – Mauritius

Computer Revolution Africa – Uganda

Computer Revolution Africa – Kenya

Computer Revolution Africa –Ethiopia

Menshen – Angola

Techno Brain LTD – Malawi

FTF (Full Technologies Formations) - Senegal

West, East and Central Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands Award winners:

Axxend – West and Central Africa (Portals and Collaboration)

Computrade – Indian Ocean Islands (Named)

Coretec  – Eastern and Southern Africa (Dynamics Enterprise Resource Planning)

Courts – Indian Ocean Islands (Retail)

Elytis – Indian Ocean Islands (Distributor)

FRCI  – Indian Ocean Islands (Learning)

FRCI – Indian Ocean Islands (Virtualisation)

FTF – West and Central Africa (Desktop)

Ha-shem – Nigeria (Small & Medium Business)

LCI – Indian Ocean Islands (Education Sector)

Mitsumi – Eastern and Southern Africa (System Builder)

Signal Alliance – Nigeria (Unified Communication)

Tavia Technologies – Nigeria (Communication Sector)

Technobrain LTD. – Eastern and Southern Africa (Enterprise Software Advisor)

Technobrain LTD. - Eastern and Southern Africa (Independent Software Vendor)

Technobrain LTD. - Eastern and Southern Africa (Government Sector)

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