Avanade and Accenture have just been named 2023 Microsoft Global SI Partner of the Year, for the 18th time!
Avanade + Accenture: 2023 Microsoft Global SI Partner of the Year!
Avanade and Accenture have been named 2023 Microsoft Global SI Partner of the Year. This is the 18th time that Avanade and Accenture received the Global SI Partner of the Year recognition from Microsoft.
In total, Avanade and Accenture received close to 120 Partner of the Year awards across various technology and country categories throughout their history, for helping clients transform their employee and customer experiences by creating and delivering leading-edge solutions using Microsoft solutions.
Both companies were also recognised with 17 other awards including Malaysia Partner of the Year and Singapore Partner of the Year.
Dynamics 365 Sales & Marketing Partner of the Year
Low Code Application Development Partner of the Year
Automotive, Mobility and Transportation Partner of the Year
Customer Experience Partner of the Year
Malaysia Country Partner of the Year
Singapore Country Partner of the Year
Germany Country Partner of the Year
Greece Country Partner of the Year
France Country Partner of the Year
Portugal Country Partner of the Year
UK Country Partner of the Year
Denmark: Azure Core: Cloud Infrastructure Partner of The Year
Finland: GSI Growth Champion Partner of The Year
Asia Pacific: Azure Data & AI Partner of the Year
Asia Pacific: Azure Infrastructure Partner of the Year
Singapore: Financial Services Industry Partner of The Year
Japan: Energy and Resources Partner of the Year
The companies were also named finalists in the following five categories: Retail & Consumer Goods Partner of the Year; Dynamics 365 Finance Partner of the Year; Dynamics 365 Services Partner of the Year; Security Compliance Partner of the Year; Business Intelligence Partner of the Year
The unique partnership between Avanade, Accenture and Microsoft truly enables us to do what matters for our clients – building more resilience in a world of continuous change, empowering employees to embrace new ways of working, strengthening customer experience and now, guiding them on their journey to an ‘AI-first’ world.
Being recognized as Microsoft’s Global SI Partner of The Year for the 18th time is a remarkable achievement that is only possible because of our people all over the world who, every day, bring unrivalled expertise, experience and insights to help our clients solve their toughest business challenges.
Avanade + Accenture Collaborates With Microsoft On AI
Avanade, Accenture and Microsoft recently announced an expansion of their close collaboration to help organizations adopt the disruptive power of generative AI, accelerated by the cloud, to fundamentally transform their businesses.
By tapping into the new Accenture Center for Advanced AI, with its deep focus on generative AI and large language models, and the new Avanade AI Organizational Readiness Framework, the companies can help their clients take advantage of generative AI for safe and responsible innovation at scale.
Over the past year, we’ve expanded our partnership with Microsoft by helping more clients transform their organizations through the adoption of data and AI, cloud, metaverse, sustainability and other technologies.
Together with Avanade, we take great pride in helping clients accelerate change to achieve new growth and value, and we look forward to an exciting journey forward with Microsoft.
– Chris Howarth, Senior Managing Director and Accenture Microsoft Business Group Lead
Combined, Avanade and Accenture now have more than 65,000 professionals dedicated to delivering Microsoft technologies.
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The WHO has convened an emergency meeting on the monkeypox outbreak that has spread to 56 countries!
Here is what you need to know…
WHO Convenes Emergency Meeting On Monkeypox Outbreak!
On 23 June 2022, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus convened an emergency committee meeting under Article 48 of the International Health Regulations to discuss the current monkeypox outbreak.
Chaired by Dr. Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele and Dr. Nicola Low, this emergency WHO meeting on monkeypox is only open to members and advisors of the Emergency Committee.
The findings of this emergency meeting would be conveyed to the Director-General of WHO, on whether the outbreak should be classified as a public health emergency of international concern, and also on potential recommendations on how to address it.
This meeting comes as an NGO called World Health Network (unrelated to WHO) issued a press release describing the current monkeypox outbreak as a “pandemic”, urging “immediate and effective action” from country and global health authorities.
This led to a bit of confusion, as their names and acronyms were similar (WHO vs WHN). To be clear, WHO has not declared a monkeypox pandemic.
Dr. Peterson Pierre has gone viral with his claim that getting the COVID-19 vaccine will void your life insurance.
Take a look at his claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Dr. Pierre : COVID-19 Vaccine Will Void Your Life Insurance!
People are sharing a video of Dr. Peterson Pierre, claiming that getting the COVID-19 vaccine will void your life insurance.
He quotes a court case in France, and claims that the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) said that life insurance policies may deny payment for people who die from COVID-19 vaccines.
Here is a transcript of his video for your reference. But feel free to skip to the next section for the facts…
So in France, there was an elderly, wealthy businessman who got a life insurance for millions of dollars. He got the COVID-19 vaccine and he died.
So the life insurance company is not paying out, because they decided that the COVID-19 vaccine is a medical experiment, and death from a medical experiment is not a covered entity.
Furthermore, even the judge says that the side effects from the vaccine are well known, they’ve been made public. There’s absolutely no way that this gentleman could not have known the side effects. He willingly chose to get the vaccine, and he died as a result, and because it was a choice, they’re calling it a suicide.
And suicides, along with deaths from experimental drugs, are not covered in life insurance.
I know what you’re thinking. Oh, that happened in France. That will never happen in the US.
I’m sorry to tell you but the American Life Insurance Council has also said that life insurance policies may deny payment if you die from the COVID-19 vaccine because they are experimental drugs.
There you go. This is something we thought might happen. We are seeing it happen. You might want to check your policy.
Dr. Pierre identifies himself as a doctor with the AFLDS – America’s Frontline Doctors.
AFLDS is a right-wing American political organisation that is well-known for creating and propagating COVID-19 misinformation.
Everything associated with AFLDS should never be trusted, until proven true. Yes, they are that bad.
Fact #2 : The Story Was Made Up
I traced the provenance of this story from a Greek website, to a right-wing, anti-vaccination German website, which claimed that the story was originally published by the family’s lawyer, Carlo Alberto Brusa, on his Facebook page.
However, Brusa’s Facebook page has ZERO post about any court case, going all the way back to 27 December 2020 – when COVID-19 vaccinations first kicked off in France.
As far as anyone can tell – this story was completely FABRICATED.
Fact #3 : There Was No Such Case In France
There are several articles and videos – all referencing the Greek or German website, which leads us back to Brusa. And yet, there is ZERO evidence :
that a French millionaire actually died from his COVID-19 vaccination.
that any insurance company refused to pay a life insurance policy, because the insured died from COVID-19 vaccination.
that any French court ruled that a death from vaccination is considered a suicide.
of any case or court document regarding the case
If a French court did indeed rule that dying from a COVID-19 vaccine is considered a suicide, it would have been HUGE NEWS with major legal implications, and covered worldwide!
These articles were first posted in January 2022, and more than 2 months later, no one else covered it except for a few small anti-vaccination websites?
That’s because it never happened.
Fact #4 : COVID-19 Vaccines Are Not Experimental
Dr. Pierre falsely claimed that the COVID-19 vaccines are experimental.
Fact #6 : COVID-19 Vaccine Will Not Affect Life Insurance
Dr. Pierre also falsely claimed that the American Life Insurance Council said that “life insurance policies may deny payment if you die from the COVID-19 vaccine because they are experimental drugs.”
First of all, there is no American Life Insurance Council. There is only the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI).
Secondly, the ACLI had earlier posted two statements refuting this ridiculous claim.
ACLI Statement Of 12 March 2021
A social media post appears to be behind the spread of entirely false information, suggesting a COVID-19 vaccine could be a factor a life insurer considers in the claims-paying process.
The fact is that life insurers do not consider whether or not a policyholder has received a COVID vaccine when deciding whether to pay a claim.
Life insurance policy contracts are very clear on how policies work, and what cause, if any, might lead to the denial of a benefit. A vaccine for COVID-19 is not one of them.
Policyholders should rest assured that nothing has changed in the claims-paying process as a result of COVID-19 vaccinations.
Policyholders should reach out to their life insurers, agents or financial professionals for their COVID-related questions. They will be happy to help.
ACLI Statement Of 16 September 2021
We said it before and, unfortunately, we must say it again because misinformation about life insurance claims and the COVID-19 vaccine continues to spread.
Policyholders should rest assured that nothing has changed in the claims-paying process as a result of COVID-19 vaccinations. Life insurance policies are very clear on how they work, and what cause, if any, might lead to the denial of a claim. A policyholder’s decision to receive or not receive a vaccine for COVID-19 is not one of them. Nothing has changed in life insurers’ claims paying process.
Policyholders should reach out to their life insurance companies, agents or financial professionals for their COVID-related questions. They will be happy to help.
In other words, insurance companies in the United States will not deny payment of a life insurance in the event someone dies from a COVID-19 vaccine.
These statements were posted MONTHS ago… so Dr. Pierre knowingly misled you about what the ACLI said. So I have to ask Dr. Pierre – why do you lie?
Fact #7 : It’s The Same In France + Around The World
Just in case you are wondering – insurance companies in France and around the world do NOT :
consider COVID-19 vaccines “experimental”
deny payment in the event someone dies from a COVID-19 vaccine
Insurance companies and associations worldwide have stated that COVID-19 vaccinations do NOT impact life insurance claims.
They also do not call deaths from getting a COVID-19 vaccine “suicide”.
Insurance Control and Resolution Authority of France (ACPR)
The conditions of the death of the insured have no effect on the payment to the beneficiary of the sums paid on a life insurance contract.
Exclusion clauses are provided for contractually…In practice, the risks targeted by the exclusions are not very diversified and, to our knowledge, no contract contains clauses which would make it possible to exclude as a cause of death, the aftermath and consequences of vaccination, or more generally of taking medical treatment, on the prescription of a doctor.
Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA)
Contrary to misinformation being shared online, receiving a COVID-19 vaccine will have no effect on the ability to obtain coverage or benefits from life insurance or supplementary health insurance.
The CLHIA is aware of misinformation that is being spread through social media claiming that individuals who get the vaccine will not be able to get life insurance or may be denied their disability or life insurance benefits. These claims are incorrect and have no basis in fact whatsoever.
Association of British Insurers (ABI)
There are some claims being made that having the Covid-19 vaccine will impact your life insurance cover. This is false.
Receiving a vaccination against Covid-19 will not impact your insurance cover, be it life insurance, private medical insurance or other forms of insurance.
Financial Services Council of Australia (FSC)
The Financial Services Council (FSC) is today reassuring Australians that taking a COVID-19 vaccine will not invalidate life insurance policies despite false rumours suggesting otherwise.
FSC CEO Sally Loane said the false rumours, which have been circulating on social media, incorrectly suggest the COVID-19 vaccine is an “experimental medical treatment” and therefore having the vaccine is a “self-inflicted injury” which could void life insurance policies.
“To be clear – the COVID-19 vaccine is not experimental treatment. Receiving approved treatment from a qualified medical professional at an approved medical facility is not a self-inflicted injury,” Ms Loane said.
“One of the main reasons why people hold life insurance policies is to provide peace of mind for themselves and their families. The FSC would like to reassure Australians that when they get vaccinated, their life insurance will be there for them, completely unaffected.
“This scare mongering is wrong, it is entirely inappropriate and it needs to stop immediately.”
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And please protect yourself, and your family, by vaccinating them against COVID-19!
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