HP honoured leading partners across the channel following a standout year of market growth, recognising excellence across print and PC portfolios in Australia.
Held at The Star in Sydney, Ethan Group took home the coveted HP Partner of the Year award, while also registering success in the PC Partner of the Year category.
From a print perspective, Cartridges Direct claimed Supplies Partner of the Year, with KS Computer Technology, Ingram Micro and RBC Group claiming transactional, distribution and commercial award honours respectively.
Moving into PC, NTT COM ICT Solutions shone as the leading Value Partner of the Year, while Computer Alliance was recognised for growth across SMB, Trident Computer Services across education and Synnex through distribution.
From an individual standpoint, Karen Pyke of Dicker Data was honoured as the leading distribution sales rep during 2017, while Jennifer Mathers of Data#3 claimed the partner sales rep honours.
“2017 has been a banner year for HP,” HP managing director of South Pacific Rob Mesaros told ARN. “We got back to doing what we do best: innovation; growth and disruption; and a focus on the future.
“This year HP became known for our premium and gaming ranges; our entry into the A3 market and expansion into 3D printing around the world; owning end point security; and inspiring a print renaissance through game-changing devices like the Sprocket.”
According to Mesaros, the “reinvention of HP” over the last two years has seen the tech giant go from “strength to strength”, evident through another round of strong global financial earnings, backed up by local market share results.
“Our company and our brand has never been better,” Mesaros added. “We couldn’t have done any of this without our channel partners, and this year we celebrate 50 years of partnership in Australia and New Zealand.
“An incredible milestone by any standards. We’ve been in each other’s corners for decades, and I’m thrilled to be here tonight to recognise all our partners and the hard work they put in every day, striving for our combined success. Together, we will continue to grow the business into 2018 and far beyond.”
HP Partner Awards 2017 - Winners
Supplies Partner of the Year - Cartridges Direct
Transactional Print Partner of the Year - KS Computer Technology
Print Distributor of the Year - Ingram Micro
Commercial Print Partner of the Year - RBC Group
Value Partner of the Year - NTT COM ICT Solutions
SMB Partner of the Year - Computer Alliance
Education Partner of the Year - Trident Computer Services
PC Distributor of the Year - Synnex
PC Partner of the Year - Ethan Group
Distribution Sales Rep of the Year - Karen Pyke (Dicker Data)
Partner Sales Rep of the Year - Jennifer Mathers (Data#3)
HP Partner of the Year - Ethan Group