The 2013 ARN ICT Industry Awards were launched in true style at the Ivy Sunroom in Sydney with the annual Judges' Lunch.
A stellar line-up of ICT industry thought and business leaders gathered to hear ARN publisher and president, Susan Searle, and Intel director of regional sales and business development Asia-Pacific, Philip Cronin, speak, and to take the chance to network and catch up with, in many cases, old friends.
There was plenty of humour, a lot of chat, and a few beverages quaffed. It was a fitting kick-off to the 2013 ARN ICT Industry Awards which will be held at a Black Tie gala dinner on Wednesday, September 18, at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney.
The 2013 awards theme is A night of stars - celebrating a year of stars, aptly named for the myriad of channel champions, talented professionals and high-achieving technology companies making a difference in the ICT industry.
As with previous years, we are expecting a record number of entries this year across the 26 award categories. New this year is the Cloud Collaboration vendor award category, which is this year’s designated focus as part of the Best Emerging Technology Initiative.
The category focuses on Cloud-based technologies and services that are enabling businesses to reduce the cost of managing and maintaining IT systems.
Again this year, on the judging front, we have overwhelming support from the IT community and have appointed 82 judges on our panel: 22 from the distributor ranks, 25 from the vendor camp, 24 from the reseller community, and 11 from the telecommunications industry.
For full details visit the 2013 ARN ICT Industry Awards online.