And the winners are ...

The 2015 ARN ICT Industry Awards have been announced and presented at a glittering event at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney.

Attended by 680 ICT industry leaders, the 2015 awards were themed Carnivale, a celebration of the myriad of channel champions, talented professionals and high-achieving technology companies making a difference in the ICT industry.

Flamboyant samba girls and guys added a touch of South America to the occasion and, as usual, the night was a splendid celebration of the year that has been.

Hosted by Vince Sorrenti, the packed house loudly applauded and cheered for its favourites as finalists, highly commended and winners were announced.

This year, there were four inductees into the Hall of Fame: Insight’s Andrea Della Mattea, UXC Connect’s Ian Poole, NEXT DC’s Craig Scroggie and Brennan IT’s Dave Stevens. In following editions of ARN magazine we will present in-depth interviews honouring all four.

The speakers for the night were Microsoft managing director, Pip Marlow, 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: Lenovo
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Cisco

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

Specialist Vendor of the Year
WINNER: Veeam Software
HIGHLY COMMENDED: APC by Schneider

Security Vendor of the Year
WINNER: Webroot
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Cisco

Networking Vendor of the Year
WINNER: Huawei Technologies Australia
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Juniper Networks

DISTRIBUTOR AWARDS

Hardware Distributor of the Year
WINNER: Dicker Data
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ingram Micro

Software Distributor of the Year
WINNER: rhipe
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ingram Micro

Specialist Distributor of the Year
WINNER: NEXTGEN
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Exclusive Networks

Best Distributor Initiative of the Year
WINNER: Distribution Central
HIGHLY COMMENDED: NEXTGEN

PARTNER AWARDS

Enterprise Partner of the Year
WINNER: Data#3
HIGHLY COMMENDED: UXC Connect

Mid-Market Partner of the Year
WINNER: Brennan IT
HIGHLY COMMENDEDS: Oriel Technologies and Kiandra IT

SMB Partner of the Year
WINNER: eNerds
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Extreme Networks and Surety IT

Best Partner Performance Initiative of the Year
WINNER: UXC Connect
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Staples Technology Solutions

PERSONAL INNOVATION AWARDS

Channel Manager
WINNER: Penny Crafar (Microsoft)
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Murray Whitlocke-Jones (VMware)

Technical Excellence
WINNER: Daniel Djundjek (Distribution Central)
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Dean Turnbull (eNerds)

Management Excellence
WINNERS: Ben Johnson (Dicker Data) and Lee Welch (Ingram Micro)

Editors’ Choice
WINNER: Daniel Campbell (Fujitsu)

COMMUNITY AWARDS

Sustainability
WINNERS: Hewlett-Packard Australia and APC by Schneider Electric

Corporate Citizenship
WINNER: IBM Australia
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Intel Australia

Channel Champion
WINNER: Darren Adams (Avnet)

Editors’ Choice
WINNER: SAP

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AWARDS

Vendor of the Year
WINNER: NEXTDC
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Telstra and ShoreTel

Partner of the Year
WINNER: Optus Business
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Enablis

Best Telco Initiative
WINNER: Nexon Asia Pacific
HIGHLY COMMENDED: iiNet

HOMEGROWN INNOVATORS AWARDS

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

ISV of the Year
WINNER: iasset.com
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Megaport

Editors’ Choice
WINNER: Ignia

CLOUD COMPUTING AWARDS

Vendor of the Year
WINNER: Microsoft
HIGHLY COMMENDED: VMware

Partner of the Year
WINNERS: Kloud Solutions and Ultraserve

Best Cloud Initiative
WINNER: Microsoft
HIGHLY COMMENDED: VMware

Editors’ Choice
WINNER: Amazon Web Solutions

CHANNEL CHOICE AWARDS

SOFTWARE VENDOR: Kaspersky Lab
HARDWARE VENDOR: Hewlett-Packard
DISTRIBUTOR: Ingram Micro
PARTNER: Data#3

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Andrea Della Mattea
Ian Poole
Craig Scroggie
Dave Stevens

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