Sitefinity Picks Up Central and Eastern European Partner of the Year Award
Telerik (newssite) is doing a bit of celebrating. After all, it's not every day that Microsoft doles out their partner awards.

Recognizing Partners

Partners play a key role in Microsoft's strategy of world domination (just kidding... I think). And they have a huge partner base from which to recognize the best and the brightest.

On July 13th they will be celebrating their best partners from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) in Washington DC. Telerik, a provider of .NET tools and web content management, finds itself among this elite group.

Microsoft has announced the Central and Eastern Europe Partners of the Year. The finalists are among over 300 entries submitted by the partners themselves. According to Microsoft, they were chosen " based on their dedicated use of Microsoft technologies to provide solutions for their customers’ needs."

According to IDC, CEE partners generated over US$ 23 billion in revenues. The study says that for every US$ 1 that Microsoft made in the CEE last year, CEE partners made US$ 10.44, a very nice sum and a clear indicator of their importance to Microsoft.

ISV/Software Solutions Partner of the Year

Telerik has picked up the Partner of the Year award for ISV/Software. 2010 has been a busy year so far for the Sofia, Bulgaria based company. It has brought out a number of new solutions and enhanced some existing ones:

In addition they also saw their RAD Controls extended within the DotNetNuke from just the commercial editions to the community version as well.

To be selected by Microsoft for this prestigious honor clearly demonstrates Telerik's leadership role in the software market," said Vassil Terziev, Telerik CEO. "We are thrilled that Telerik has been recognized as a Microsoft Partner of the Year for our Sitefinity CMS product, as it underscores our commitment to providing outstanding innovation and value to our customers.”

If you want to see the full list of partners awarded, you can do that on Microsoft's new Regional Digital WPC site for the CEE.