SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - July 13, 2010) -  Avanade, a business technology services provider, has been recognized by Microsoft as the 2010 Information Worker Solutions, Communications and Collaboration Solution Partner of the Year for the results Avanade delivered to its customer, the Telenor Group.

The Telenor Group is a global telecommunications market leader headquartered in Norway. The company has expanded into 13 countries and has more than 40,000 employees. The Way of Work (WoW) initiative is the reflection of a vision within Telenor that recognizes that connected people work smarter.

To connect Telenor's geographically dispersed employees, Avanade worked in close cooperation with the company to create a portal virtual workspace using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, Office Communication Server, and MS Outlook. The global collaborative infrastructure standard ensures employees across the company have access to companywide portals and dynamic virtual workplaces, which enable them to collaborate and share files and information. For example, users are now able to merge local and global news in multiple languages.

WoW is delivering measurable improvements based on the success criteria established by Telenor. This criterion included faster response times to new opportunities and customer issues, decreased cost and travel expenses, and a program that measures the reduced carbon footprint of the company and its employees.

The Partner of the Year Award reflects Avanade's continued commitment to extend the Microsoft platform and help global companies realize business results. Microsoft selected Avanade to receive this honor from more than 3,000 partner entries. Winners and finalists demonstrated significant customer impact, solution innovation, speed to market, deployment, and utilization of advanced features in Microsoft technologies over the past year.

"Avanade's work with Telenor to deliver innovative collaboration solutions is just one example of how Microsoft and Avanade effectively partner to deliver real business value to Avanade's customers around the globe," said Simon Witts, corporate vice president, Enterprise & Partner Group (EPG), Microsoft. "Avanade has demonstrated its dedication and willingness to take on these important business issues and help customers achieve results."

"Avanade is in the business of delivering world-class solutions that enable our customers to innovate and meet their business objectives," said Aziz Virani, executive vice president, global technologies and solutions, Avanade. "We are honored that Microsoft continues to acknowledge Avanade as a distinguished partner."

About Telenor ASA
Telenor is one of the world's leading suppliers of telecommunication services. The company has a strong presence in Central and Eastern Europe and Asia, and is a leader in mobile, broadband and TV services in the Nordic region.

The Telenor group is listed on the Oslo stock exchange, with its main offices in Fornebu, outside Oslo. It has over 150 years' experience in telecommunications, is ranked as one of the world's largest mobile operators, with 174 million mobile subscriptions on a global basis (as of Q4 2009), had an operating revenue of NOK 107 billion in 2009 (including Kyivstar), operations in 12 countries, and over 40,000 employees.

About Avanade
Avanade provides business technology services that connect insight, innovation and expertise in Microsoft technologies to help customers realize results. Avanade's services and solutions help improve performance, productivity and sales for organizations in all industries. The company applies Microsoft expertise from its global network of consultants, drawing on the right mix of onshore, offshore and nearshore skills, which together are designed to help deliver results faster, at lower cost and with less risk. Avanade, which is majority owned by Accenture, was founded in 2000 by Accenture and Microsoft Corporation and serves customers in more than 24 countries worldwide with more than 10,000 professionals. Additional information can be found at

Avanade and the Avanade logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Avanade Inc. Other product, service, or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. ®2010 Avanade Inc. All Rights Reserved. 

Contact Information:

Charlie Zaragoza
(206) 239-5893