Avanade, Accenture get inaugural AI transformation award as they celebrate 19th year as Microsoft’s Global SI Partner of the Year

KUALA LUMPUR, June 28: Avanade and Accenture have been recognised as Microsoft’s Global SI Partner of the Year for a record 19th time, it was announced today.

This accolade underscores the companies’ nearly 25-year partnership with Microsoft and commitment to delivering cutting-edge innovation, world-class capabilities, and transformative client value.

Avanade and Accenture have also been named Microsoft’s first ever Global Business Transformation Partner of the Year for Copilot – recognising their leading expertise in deploying and leveraging Copilot across the Microsoft ecosystem and driving substantial value with generative AI for organisations worldwide.

The companies have been at the forefront of developing AI solutions in collaboration with Microsoft for over a decade, most recently pioneering with generative AI application.

As early adopters of Copilot, they have also played a critical role in previewing, developing, and deploying the full suite of Microsoft Copilots – enabling them to have market-leading offerings available on day-one of general availability.

Avanade and Accenture have continued this momentum with the rollout of industry-specific Copilots and Microsoft Agents for Copilot, showcased at Microsoft Build in May 2024.

This year, Avanade and Accenture received more Global Industry awards and finalist recognitions than ever before – including wins across Retail Consumer Goods, Media & Telco, and Mobility & Transportation.

They were also recognised as a winner or finalist in every Business Applications category.

Overall, Avanade and Accenture have been honoured as winners in seven global categories:

* Global System Integrator (GSI)

* Global Business Transformation – Copilot

* Global Industry –  Retail & Consumer Goods

* Global Industry –  Media & Telco

* Global Industry – Automotive, Mobility Transportation

* Global SAP RISE on Microsoft Cloud

* Global Dynamics 365 Sales – Customer Insights

Pam Maynard

Pam Maynard, CEO of Avanade, said: “This is an incredible honour, one that confirms our commitment to creating value for our clients. In addition to our record-breaking 19th Partner of the Year win and receiving more global industry wins and finalist recognitions than ever before.

“It’s notable to be named the winner of the inaugural Copilot Transformation award which highlights our close alignment with Microsoft on AI from the earliest days of Copilot’s development and deployment.

“As we look ahead to the opportunities offered by an ‘AI-first’, world, we will continue to leverage the expertise and insights of our global team to expand what’s possible with Microsoft technologies.” 

Chris Howarth, senior managing director and Accenture Microsoft Business Group lead, said: “Our recognition as Microsoft’s Global SI Partner of the Year for the 19th time underscores the exceptional value our partnership with Microsoft and Avanade delivers to our clients.

“By leveraging Microsoft Copilot and advanced generative AI technologies, we are not only enhancing our service offerings but also creating new opportunities for our clients to innovate and accelerate growth in their respective markets. This strategic focus empowers them to harness the full potential of their digital transformation, driving significant business outcomes.”

In Malaysia, Avanade has unveiled its first generative AI lab for Southeast Asia last year, following the launch of its first Malaysian Digital Innovation Studio in Kuala Lumpur located at the Tun Razak Exchange in 2022.