HARMAN Connected Services, a division of HARMAN has won the 2015 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award for Intelligent Systems & Services (IoT) category.
The company was honoured among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technologies.
Dinesh C. Paliwal, Chairman, President and CEO of HARMAN, said: “The rapid growth of IoT and convergence of cloud, mobility and analytics is driving enormous opportunities across all areas of life. HARMAN is investing greater scale and depth in software and services to accelerate this innovation across all the markets we serve. This recognition from Microsoft is an endorsement to our vision of accelerating innovation for the connected auto, connected home and connected enterprise.”
HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets audio equipment for automotive, home, theater and other applications — as well as electronics for audio professionals. Through its newly formed Connected Services business, HARMAN partners with customers across manufacturing, healthcare, media, retail and consumer devices markets to accelerate their IoT platform development.
Phil Sorgen, corporate VP, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft Corporation, said: “This year’s award winners are among the most innovative and valuable our partner ecosystem has to offer. Therefore, it came as no surprise that HARMAN was named among that group as this year’s winners of the 2015 Microsoft Partner of the Year for Intelligent Systems & Services award. We applaud HARMAN on this achievement and for the outstanding value it continues to provide for our mutual customers.”
The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognise Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past year. HARMAN through its Connected Services Business, partners with Microsoft to help customers leverage device, cloud and data platforms to rapidly capitalise on emerging IoT business opportunity. Today, over 75 customers collaborate with HARMAN to deploy IoT solutions across key business scenarios, including remote monitoring, connected manufacturing operations, asset tracking, and fleet and facilities management.
To help customers accelerate their IoT led transformation, HARMAN has partnered with Microsoft to offer joint workshops for customers to help them explore and deploy Azure IoT and Cortana Advanced Analytics Suite.
Pradeep Rathinam, Head of Software Enabled Business, a business unit of HARMAN Connected Services, said: “We’re honored to be recognised for our IoT and cloud leadership for the fifth consecutive year, which highlights our close partnership with Microsoft to help our customers transform their business. We’re uniquely positioned to deliver differentiated experiences at an accelerated pace by bringing customers the best of hardware and software at global scale.”