We’re proud to name Cardinal Solutions Group the winner of the third annual Open Source on Azure Partner of the Year award. Cardinal Solutions was recognized for providing excellent open source-based solutions on Microsoft Azure, helping customers drive their digital transformations.

This year Microsoft acknowledged partners in 34 categories, celebrating partners’ core¬†competencies, including cloud technology, public sector, application development, and many more. The winners were selected from more than 2,800 nominations and 115 different countries.

Headquartered in Ohio, Cardinal Solutions is an expert in building, delivering and running comprehensive cloud solutions on Azure. Cardinal has extensive open source skills and a full portfolio of open source solutions, including Red Hat, Kubernetes, Mesos, Cloud Foundry, and Hadoop-based solutions.

“We are very grateful to be recognized as a Worldwide Partner of the Year,” said Brandon Ebken, Chief Technology Officer for Cardinal. “Open source is a first-class citizen on Azure, and has enabled cloud transformation for some of our most complex enterprise customers. Our team has worked with incredible focus on technical excellence and customer satisfaction, in a domain that evolves very fast. We’re truly humbled to be recognized as one of the best.”¬Ě

From IoT and DevOps to big data and analytics, Cardinal has been combing their open source solutions with Microsoft Azure to assist many customers with successful digital transformations. They have been a Microsoft Certified Partner since 2001, with certifications across a dozen Microsoft competencies.

We’d also like to recognize this year’s award finalists: Aztek (Israel), G&S Gestion y Sistemas (Peru), and T-Systems International (Germany). Their strong contributions have also been delivering great results for customers around the world.

I’m looking forward to celebrating the success of all of these partners at Microsoft Inspire next month! For more on this news, including a complete list of all the winners, check out the Microsoft News Center.