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2014 ARN ICT Industry Awards: And the winners are …

2014 ARN ICT Industry Awards: And the winners are …

This year's winners revealed at a glittering event in Sydney's Hilton Hotel

Piping in the guests

Piping in the guests

The 2014 ARN ICT Industry Awards have been announced and presented at a glittering event at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney.

Attended by 650 ICT industry leaders, the 2014 awards were themed Celebrating brave hearts – channel courage and triumph in the ICT industry, aptly named for the myriad of channel champions, talented professionals and high-achieving technology companies making a difference in the ICT industry.

There were kilts, tartans, bagpipes, even a haggis and some Robbie Burns to go with it, and, as usual, the night was a splendid celebration of the year that has been.

Hosted by Tony Squires, the packed house loudly applauded and cheered for its favourites as finalists, highly commended and winners were announced. But the most heartfelt moment came with the posthumous induction of NewLease co-founder and group managing director, the late Doug Tutus, to the ARN Hall of Fame.

Doug will be forever remembered as an entrepreneur, a charismatic leader of people and a visionary.

He was joined in the Hall of Fame by Intel’s Kate Burleigh, Infront Systems’ Allan King, and Microsoft Australia’s David Gage. In following editions of ARN magazine we will present in-depth interviews honouring all three.

The speakers for the night were a man who is synonymous with the channel, Hall of Fame inductee (2008) and Nextgen Distribution managing director, John Walters, and the president and publisher of ARN, Susan Searle.

ARN congratulates all the winners, the finalists and the nominees and thanks our more than 90 judges who gave so generously of their time.


The winners are:

VENDOR AWARDS Hardware Vendor of the Year
WINNER: Cisco
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Lenovo

Software Vendor of the Year
WINNER: Microsoft
HIGHLY COMMENDED: VMware

Specialist Vendor of the Year
WINNER: Kaspersky Lab
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Veeam Software

Cloud Technology Vendor of the Year
WINNER: Amazon Web Services
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Microsoft
DISTRIBUTOR AWARDS Hardware Distributor of the Year
WINNER: Dicker Data
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ingram Micro

Software Distributor of the Year
WINNER: Ingram Micro
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Avnet Technology Solutions

Specialist Distributor of the Year
WINNER: WhiteGold Solutions
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Nextgen Distribution

Best Distributor Initiative of the Year
WINNER: Nextgen Distribution
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Dicker Data tied with Avnet Technology Solutions

RESELLER AWARDS Enterprise Reseller of the Year
WINNER: Data#3
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ethan Group

Mid-Market Reseller of the Year
WINNER: Thomas Duryea Consulting
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Oriel Technologies

SMB Reseller of the Year
WINNER: The Missing Link Network Integration
HIGHLY COMMENDED: eNerds

Best Reseller Performance Initiative of the Year
WINNER: UXC Connect
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ethan Group

PERSONAL INNOVATION Customer Service
WINNER: David Chan (Cisco)
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Brett Kelly (Brennan IT)

Sales Excellence
WINNER: Fred Viet (Lenovo)
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Martin Sinclair (Distribution Central)

Technical Excellence
WINNER: Matt Rains (EMC)
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Alessandro Cardoso (Readify)

Management Excellence
WINNER: Bernadette Jenkinson (Westcon Group)
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Kerry Soussou (WhiteGold Solutions)

COMMUNITY AWARDS Sustainability
WINNER: Hewlett-Packard Australia
HIGHLY COMMENDED: APC by Schneider Electric

Corporate Citizenship
WINNER: Intel
HIGHLY COMMENDED: IBM Australia

Channel Champion
WINNER: Matthew Drake (Symantec)
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Rob Partington (Cisco)

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AWARDS Vendor of the Year
WINNER: ShoreTel
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Huawei

Distributor of the Year
WINNER: Brightstar Australia tied with Cloud Plus
Reseller of the Year
WINNER: Nexon Asia Pacific
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Blue Sky Telecom

Best Telco Initiative WINNER: BigAir Group
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Optus Business

HOMEGROWN AWARDS
Service Provider of the Year
WINNER: NEXTDC
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Cloud Plus

Software Developer of the Year
WINNER: HubOne
HIGHLY COMMENDED: VirtualOfficeWare

CHANNEL CHOICE AWARDS

VENDOR: HP
DISTRIBUTOR: Ingram Micro
RESELLER: Data#3

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Kate Burleigh
David Gage
Allan King
Doug Tutus

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