Cloud dominance captured much of the talk this year at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston. Microsoft's message to the more than 15,000 people gathered there July 7-11 was that channel partners will be at the forefront of propelling the transition across the finish line.
Here are 14 North American winners of Microsoft's Partner of the Year Awards. Some of them are legacy companies, partners that are contemplating the cloud or have recently made the conversion, while others are cloud native. But, all were chosen for using Microsoft technologies to deliver "innovative solutions during the past year that directly address customer challenges." They kicked off WPC 2013 with a victory lap before Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took the stage for his keynote speech on Monday, telling the crowd: "There's a place in this journey for everyone."
Here's a look at the winners.