Microsoft recognizes outstanding contributions by suppliers


REDMOND, Wash. — June 9, 2016 — On May 19, Microsoft Corp. announced the recipients of the 2016 Microsoft Supplier Program (MSP) Excellence Awards. The MSP Excellence Awards recognize superior performance, exemplary service and innovation by suppliers that demonstrate what it means to be a preferred supplier at Microsoft. The purpose of the MSP is to build long-term relationships with a select group of strategic suppliers that create long-term value for Microsoft.

Winners of the 2016 MSP Excellence Awards were nominated by employees of Microsoft in various business units, MSP suppliers and Microsoft Procurement Professionals. An extensive panel of Microsoft employees and external judges selects all final awardees.

Award winners were based on excellence in a number of areas, including quality, value, service and innovation. Winners were announced during the 15th Annual MSP Summit on Microsoft’s main corporate campus in Redmond, Wash.

“I am pleased to recognize this year’s Microsoft Supplier Program Excellence Award winners for their exceptional performance,” said Mike Simms, general manager and chief procurement officer at Microsoft. “Our suppliers’ commitment to excellence, innovation and collaboration continues to impress us. The award recipients delivered high-impact results and contributed to the success of Microsoft. On behalf of Microsoft, I want to thank the award winners for their significant contributions and partnership as well as acknowledge all the nominees.”

Winners were announced in three categories: Supplier Diversity, Responsible Sourcing Leadership (Bridging the Opportunity Divide, Climate Performance and Impact Sourcing), and MSP Supplier of the Year; large, medium and small categories. Following are the 2016 winners and an overview of their excellent service delivery.

Amaxra: Recipient of the 2016 Supplier Diversity Award

Based in Washington state, Amaxra Inc. is a premier business management and technology solutions firm. Amaxra maximizes measurable business outcomes by focusing on customer needs and objectives, supporting or optimizing their business processes, and using tailored customer- and case-specific technology solutions that deliver business results.

As part of Amaxra’s core values, diversity is critical to developing its team and a crucial element in business success. Amaxra focuses on developing and promoting an inclusive culture to attract, develop and retain diverse talent.

As a certified diversity supplier (woman-owned since commencing business in 2007), Amaxra has benefited from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council status this provides in obtaining and developing relationships across a wide range of businesses, including Microsoft. As such, this is a goal that is also strong in Amaxra’s own purchasing commitment and using diversity suppliers wherever possible, including the consultants they hire for engagements.

Amaxra’s diverse spend in 2015 was 42 percent with a projected increase of 6 percent in 2016 across various diversity categories including women, black and Hispanic.

Techno Brain BPO ITES: Recipient of the 2016 Impact Sourcing Leadership Award

Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, Techno Brain Group is an African IT training, solution and business process outsourcing (BPO) company that provides innovative solutions to advance the way organizations do business. With operations in 19 African countries and 23 countries worldwide, Techno Brain provides industry-leading technology solutions to NGOs, government and private organizations globally. Techno Brain’s …read more