And the winners are ...
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.
Hardware Vendor of the Year
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Lenovo
Software Vendor of the Year
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
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
Enterprise Reseller of the Year
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
WINNER: David Chan (Cisco)
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Brett Kelly (Brennan IT)
WINNER: Fred Viet (Lenovo)
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Martin Sinclair (Distribution Central)
WINNER: Matt Rains (EMC)
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Alessandro Cardoso (Readify)
WINNER: Bernadette Jenkinson (Westcon Group)
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Kerry Soussou (WhiteGold Solutions)
WINNER: Hewlett-Packard Australia
HIGHLY COMMENDED: APC by Schneider Electric
HIGHLY COMMENDED: IBM Australia
WINNER: Matthew Drake (Symantec)
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Rob Partington (Cisco)
Vendor of the Year
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
Service Provider of the Year
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Cloud Plus
Software Developer of the Year
HIGHLY COMMENDED: VirtualOfficeWare
CHANNEL CHOICE AWARDS
DISTRIBUTOR: Ingram Micro
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