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HP Partner Awards: Outsourcery and Softcat take top prizes

Outsourcery (opens in new tab), a Manchester-based cloud service provider has been awarded the HP Most Innovative Service award for its application range, whilst Buckinghamshire-based IT firm Softcat (opens in new tab) took the HP Partner of the Year award for the second year running.

Announced at the HP Gold Partner Forum, this was the first time that the innovation award has been open to service providers. The event is held annually for HP partners that have been awarded the highest level of accreditation by the IT firm.

Outsourcery's cloud delivery model is based on HP Converged Cloud infrastructure, and provides businesses and organisations with a structure to improve communications and efficiency.

The company's flexible service range also works with Microsoft's business messaging service Lync and can help organisations build their own bespoke communications system, based on Outsourcery's Unified Lync development.

"Outsourcery has been recognised by HP for demonstrating true and successful technological innovation, critical in today's competitive and evolving market," said Nick Wilson, VP and MD of HP UK and Ireland.

Piers Linney, Co-CEO of Outsourcery added, "This is an incredibly proud moment for us as a company and a HP partner. To be recognised for our efforts as a company which strives to offer the best in cloud-based solutions is great, but to also be picked from a group of companies which have the highest accreditation at HP is a truly humbling experience."

Softcat is an IT reseller and licensing firm specialising in HP products.

"We are absolutely delighted with this," said Martin Hellawell, chairman of Softcat. "HP probably enjoys the best channel in the industry with the most established and largest number of partners. To be chosen as the best of the best for the second year in a row amongst such distinguished and well-respected competitors is very humbling.

"The award is testament to the great collaborative work that goes on every day between the teams at HP, Softcat and the thousands of joint customers we serve together."

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