NEW YORK, Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ernst & Young LLP today announced it is the recipient of their SAP® North America Partner Excellence Award 2013: "Top Services Partner – Growth." Awards were presented by SAP Americas (NYSE: SAP) during the SAP North America Field Kick-Off Meeting (FKOM) 2013, held January 22-24 in Las Vegas, to the top-performing SAP channel partners and SAP services partners in North America for outstanding contributions. "We are very proud to be selected by SAP as the leading services partner for growth in North America," said Greg Cudahy, principal and Advisory Services Performance Improvement practice leader, Ernst & Young LLP. "Our focus on aligning business issues with the SAP solutions that enable our clients to achieve their performance goals, is transforming industries. This award is a testament to a differentiated model for collaborating with SAP and our clients for outcome-centricity." Selected from SAP's wide-ranging North American partner base, nominations for the SAP Regional Partner Excellence Awards were based on internal SAP data. A steering committee composed of regional and global SAP representatives determined winning partners in each category according to numerous criteria. As the recipient of the Top Partner – Growth award, Ernst & Young has been honored as a leading partner in helping organizations drive growth and achieve their performance objectives. Winners will receive strong recognition from the SAP field for their accomplishments. Ernst & Young received the award during the SAP North America FKOM 2013, an annual gathering of SAP executives, SAP field employees and partners. FKOM is SAP's largest yearly sales meeting, intended to drive success during the upcoming year. Colleagues across the region gather to gain and exchange updated information on SAP's strategy, sales methodology, best practices, business growth opportunities and product innovations. This year's North America FKOM hosted more than 5,000 attendees from the U.S. and Canada. "A thriving partner ecosystem is central to SAP's success and partners like Ernst & Young are key drivers for our customers' success and for SAP's market reach," said Mark Milford, national vice president, North America Ecosystem Group, SAP America, Inc. "As a recipient of the SAP Regional Partner Excellence Award 2013: Top Services Partner - Growth, we recognize Ernst & Young's commitment and efforts in developing and growing its partnership with SAP, which has led to game-changing co-innovation and market expansion." Focused on optimizing investments in SAP solutions, Ernst & Young offers transformative services around finance, supply chain, and customer by identifying the technology opportunities that will make the biggest impact on business performance and by integrating competencies in tax, assurance and risk.