BUI earns four top accolades at Microsoft Partner Awards
BUI collects Cloud Platform trophy for the sixth consecutive year at Microsoft’s annual awards gala for local partners.
IT consultancy BUI won the Cloud Platform Partner of the Year, the Security Partner of the Year, the Services Partner of the Year, and the Azure Consumed Revenue Partner of the Year awards at the 2019 Microsoft Partner Awards, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday night (25 September 2019).
Nearly 300 Microsoft Partners attended the gala dinner and prize-giving ceremony at the upmarket Houghton Hotel in Houghton Estate. Held annually, the Microsoft Partner Awards acknowledge and celebrate partner organisations that have excelled in delivering Microsoft solutions. Judging takes place across numerous competencies after intensive reviews of the award submissions.
Personal best for BUI
“It was a great evening,” says BUI Managing Director Ryan Roseveare with a smile. “I’m thrilled that we took home the Cloud Platform Partner of the Year award for the sixth year in a row! We collected four trophies in total, and that’s a personal best for us. But it’s also a testament to the commitment of every person at BUI. I’m enormously proud of them all.”
Roseveare was equally excited about scooping the Security Partner of the Year award. “We’ve made significant investments in our security division this year,” he explains. “We’ve added a dedicated Security Operations team focused on cloud security operations. We’ve also built a cloud-centric Security Operations Centre to provide our customers with cutting-edge security and oversight solutions. This award is a wonderful endorsement of the local skills and local capabilities that we offer to the market.”
Era of opportunity
In his opening remarks on Wednesday evening, Lionel Moyal, Commercial Partners Lead at Microsoft South Africa, urged partners to explore new ways of helping their customers adapt to the digital age. “As we move towards the fourth industrial revolution, it is important that we work together, sell together, and win together. We are seeing every industry embrace tech intensity, as every company is becoming a digital company.”
Roseveare echoes Moyal’s sentiments. “We’ve seen sustained interest in cloud technology, especially since the launch of Microsoft’s Hyperscale Cloud Data Centres here in South Africa. At BUI, we added 23 new Azure customers this financial year alone, and they’re consuming Azure at an exceptional rate. We’ve positioned ourselves to strengthen organisations in diverse industries, and I think our Services Partner of the Year and Azure Consumed Revenue Partner of the Year trophies speak to our success in this regard,” says Roseveare.
Microsoft gave this year’s award-winners an extraordinary token of appreciation in addition to their trophies: a celestial body! Winning partners will have an actual star named after them. “We took home more awards last night than any other partner. It’s an incredible feeling! And it’s because of the stellar work done by the BUI team,” concludes Roseveare.