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Microsoft NZ Partner Awards 2021: The finalists are announced
The Microsoft New Zealand Partner Awards are coming up again — and Microsoft has kick-started the fanfare today with an official announcement of the finalists.
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Kiwi company DEFEND achieves world first with Microsoft
With the achievement of the Cloud Security Advanced Specialisation, which recognises capability and expertise with Azure Security services, DEFEND is the first company in the world to achieve all four Microsoft Advanced Specialisations.
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Microsoft NZ launches new Teams features
"The personal features in Teams will provide users the ability to better connect, plan, coordinate, and share together online." 
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Microsoft: Eight hybrid work trends every business leader should know
Microsoft has announced the New Zealand findings from its first annual Work Trend Index. 
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Patrick Quesnel, a Microsoft NZ mainstay, is appointed as Azure infrastructure lead for APAC
Quesnel comes into the new role off the back of over three years as AI business group lead for Microsoft Azure New Zealand, where he was ‘instrumental’ in building Microsoft NZ’s business. 
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Microsoft NZ completes new senior leadership team with AWS hire
"This appointment has taken us a while due to COVID19 and our commitment to only hiring the best of the best talent."
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Microsoft NZ reports giant jump in profits in 2020 financial results
The company made $27.3 million in profit for the year ended June 2020, compared to a loss of $3.8 million the prior year.
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Microsoft: Kiwis find innovation easier post-pandemic
According to newly published survey results, 85% found innovation to be hard before COVID-19, while now just 40% express the same sentiment.
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Microsoft NZ bolsters senior leadership team with new specialist sales lead
“I am delighted and grateful for the opportunity to lead the Specialist Team Unit at Microsoft."
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Microsoft NZ expands senior leadership team
Microsoft New Zealand has announced the expansion of its senior leadership team, with the appointment of Nigel Parker to the newly created role of customer success unit lead.
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Fonterra named Microsoft's first major customer for new data centre region
The move will see the dairy giant migrate a large portion of its operations and critical data from on-premises data centres to Microsoft Azure once the ground-breaking data centre region is launched.
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Interview: ACE Training execs discuss how to capitalise on NZ's new data centre region
Microsoft's bombshell announcement last month to build a data centre region in New Zealand made waves with the country's enterprises. Graham Dwyer and Ray Deklerk discuss the wider implications and benefits.
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Microsoft to help NZ job seekers acquire new digital skills for the COVID-19 economy
"The digital transformation of the economy is driving demand for tech-enabled jobs across almost every industry and with it demand for people with digital skills."
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More in store for NZ data centre landscape after Microsoft investment
The country’s successful fight against COVID-19, and its status as a ‘standout nation’ as characterised by the Fletcher School’s Digital Evolution Index, means New Zealand remains an ‘attractive market’ for continued investment, according to GlobalData.
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Microsoft to launch data centre region in New Zealand
Microsoft is calling the announcement a ‘major milestone’ towards delivering enterprise-grade cloud services locally.
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Familiar face returns to Microsoft NZ as enterprise director
No stranger to Microsoft, Bain spent seven years at the tech giant working with both enterprise customers and partners. 
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Microsoft NZ rolls out free AccountGuard service ahead of general election
Microsoft’s AccountGuard service aims to strengthen cybersecurity for those campaigning for the election, or for government organisations involved in political education or analysis.
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Microsoft NZ general manager Barrie Sheers bound for Asia
Current Microsoft New Zealand enterprise director Vanessa Sorenson will succeed Shears as NZ general manager from April 1.
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Microsoft NZ bolsters senior public sector team
“Public sector is such an important sector for us, and we wanted to make sure we had the right person leading the team. Thankfully, we didn’t need to look far."
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How Azure ExpressRoute will impact Kiwi businesses
Local ExpressRoute services will initially be provided by Megaport, Vocus, Spark, Kordia and Devoli.
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Microsoft NZ bids Goldie a “fond farewell”
Microsoft New Zealand director of commercial and partner business takes new role across the Tasman. The search for his replacement has begun.
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Microsoft demonstrates the real-life applications of AI in NZ
"The tool is a fantastic example of how AI is being used for good – in this case, delivering large-scale, grassroots solutions to our growing litter problem in New Zealand."
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Microsoft ups commercial prices by 9% for Kiwis
The increase only affects commercial online services priced in New Zealand dollars and is limited to cloud products only.
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The ethics of AI: How this technology can empower your business
Fundamentally AI is used to help automate repetitive tasks within businesses, however, it’s not always quite as easy as flicking a switch.