And the finalists are ...

ARN is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2015 ARN ICT Industry Awards. Competition was very  tough across the eight categories, with a new record of entries (460). It was a great result and nearly doubled the number of nominations from 2014. 
 
ARN was particularly impressed with the number of entrants in the new award category, Cloud, which attracted a host of players from across the channel vying to secure a place on the short list and to ultimately win the Cloud vendor, partner and best Cloud initiative awards. 
 
And a special thanks to all our judges for their time and enthusiasm.  
 
ARN would also like to congratulate - and thank - the many companies that entered but didn't make the final five. The competition was tight that many companies missed out by only one or two points. 
 
Finally, congratulations to all our finalists and we hope to see you at the Celebration Dinner on Thursday, September 10, at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney.
 

VENDOR AWARDS 

Hardware Vendor 
  •  IBM Systems Hardware 
  •  Fujitsu Australia 
  •  Lenovo 
  •  Cisco 
  •  EMC 
  •  HP 
 
Software Vendor 
  •  Acronis 
  •  Kaseya Australia 
  •  MuleSoft
  •  Citrix 
  •  VMware
  •  Adobe 
 
Specialist Vendor
  • Nimble Storage 
  • APC by Schneider Electric 
  • Enghouse Interactive 
  • SimpliVity 
  • Brother International Australia 
  • Veeam
 
Security Vendor
  •  Webroot
  •  ESET
  •  FireEye
  •  Cisco
  •  Kaspersky Lab
  •  Sophos 
 
 Networking Vendor
  • Juniper Networks
  • Huawei Technologies Australia 
  • Citrix
  • Ruckus Wireless
  • VMware
  • Aruba Networks 
 

DISTRIBUTOR AWARDS 

 Hardware Distributo
  • Dicker Data 
  • EMPR Australia 
  • Avnet Technology Solutions
  • Distribution Central
  • Ingram Micro
 
Software Distributor
  • Dicker Data
  • Avnet Technology Solutions
  • Distribution Central
  • rhipe 
  • Ingram Micro 
 
Specialist Distributor
  • Exclusive Networks
  • DPSA
  • Hemisphere Technologies
  • DNA Connect
  • NEXTGEN Distribution
  • Alloys 
 
Best Distributor Initiative
  • DPSA
  • Exclusive Networks
  • NEXTGEN Distribution 
  • Westcon Group
  • Distribution Central
  • Ingram Micro 

 

PARTNER AWARDS 

Enterprise Partner

  •  UXC Connect
  •  e-Volve Corporate Technology
  •  Optus
  •  Data#3
  •  Thomas Duryea Consulting 
 
 
 Mid-Market Partner 
  •  Kiandra IT
  •  Oriel Technologies
  •  Brennan IT
  •  Enablis (formerly Azzurri Communications Australia)
  •  ASI Solutions 
 
 SMB Partner 
  •  eNerds
  •  Surety IT
  •  Diamond ICT
  •  Extreme Networks
  •  XCentral 
 
 Best Partner Performance Initiative 
  •  mcr Computer Resources
  •  Advent One
  •  UXC Connect
  •  Ignia
  •  Staples Technology Solutions< 
 
 

COMMUNITY AWARDS 

Sustainability
  • Hewlett Packard Australia 
  • APC by Schneider Electric
  • Fujitsu Australia 
  • Toshiba Australia
  • Dell 
 
 Corporate Citizenship 
  • IBM Australia 
  • Intel Australia
  • EMC
  • Staples Technology Solutions 
  • SAP Australia 
 
 Channel Champion 
  •  Stephen Godbold, Readify
  •  Matt Codrington, Lenovo
  •  Kelly Davis, UXC Connect
  •  Darren Adams, Avnet 
 

PERSONAL INNOVATION 

Channel Manager
  • Penny Crafar, Microsoft
  • Murray Whitlocke-Jones, VMware
  • Daniel Campbell, Fujitsu
  • Sylvia Perez, Brother International Australia
  • Adam Boreham, Aruba
  • Leticia Zannier, rhipe 
 
Technical Excellence 
  • Dean Turnbull, eNerds
  • Chris Gascoigne, Cisco
  • Richard Kirby, Insight
  • James Cunial, NEXTGEN Distribution 
  • Daniel Djundjek, Distribution Central
  • Greg Ford, AppSense 
 
Management Excellence 
  • Ben Johnson, Dicker Data
  • Jules Rumsey, Cloud Plus
  • Peter Baker, DPSA
  • Phil Rickson, Ignia
  • Aaron Bailey, The Missing Link
  • Lee Welch, Ingram Micro 
 

HOMEGROWN INNOVATORS 

Service Provider
  • eNerds
  • Kiandra IT
  • Hosted Network
  • NEXTDC
  • Cloud Plus
 
ISV 
  • iasset.com
  • Megaport
  • InfoTrack
  • LiveTiles
  • Ignia

 

CLOUD 

Vendor 
  • Microsoft
  • Kaseya Australia
  • VMware
  • Adobe
  • Telstra 
 
Partner 
  • Kloud Solutions
  • Thomas Duryea Consulting
  • Data#3
  • UltraServe
  • HubOne 
 
Best Cloud Initiative 
  • Microsoft
  • VMware
  • Westcon Group
  • Telstra
  • Ingram Micro 
 

TELECOMMUNICATIONS 

Vendor 
  • Telstra
  • Mitel
  • Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise
  • ShoreTel
  • NEXTDC  
 
Partner
  • Optus
  • Anittel
  • Enablis (formerly Azzurri Communications Australia)
  • Red Telecom 
 
Best Telecommunications Initiative 
  • Vertel
  • Nexon Asia Pacific
  • Inabox Group
  • iBoss
  • iiNet 

 

-  Mike Gee, Editorial Director

Platinum Sponsors

  • Brother
  • Citrix
  • Distribution Central
  • DPSA
  • EMC
  • Google
  • HP
  • Huawei
  • IBM
  • Juniper Networks
  • Kaseya
  • Kaspersky
  • Lenovo
  • LogicNow
  • ShoreTel
  • Sophos
  • Symantec
  • vmware
  • WestconGroup

Gold Sponsors

  • Acronis
  • Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise
  • APC
  • AppSense
  • Autodesk
  • AWS
  • Checkpoint
  • Cisco
  • Dell
  • Dicker Data
  • DNA
  • Enghouse Systems
  • Exclusive Networks
  • FireEye
  • Fujitsu
  • GE Capital
  • Hemisphere Technologies
  • Ingram Micro
  • Intel
  • Kyocera
  • Microsoft
  • NextDC
  • Nextgen Distribution
  • Optus
  • Rhipe
  • SAP
  • Staples
  • Targus
  • Toshiba
  • Veeam
  • Webroot