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ARN Innovation Awards 2018: and the winners are…

ARN Innovation Awards 2018: and the winners are…

Leading partners, start-ups, vendors, distributors and individuals honoured

ARN honoured the industry’s finest on a memorable evening for the Australian channel, recognising the achievements of a leading line-up of partners, start-ups, vendors, distributors and individuals.

Playing host to the most competitive line-up in the history of the Awards - following a record haul of 370 submissions - the highlights of the past 12 months were once again played out on the grandest stage, in front of over 680 of the country’s leading industry figures.

Hosted by Cal Wilson, the twelfth awarding of the channel’s finest set the stage for three ARN Hall of Fame inductees; Alex Gambotto; Felix Wong and Ken Boal.

Reflecting the health of the local channel, more than 70 partners and start-ups made the final shortlist in 2018, backed up by over 35 vendor organisations and over 15 distributors.

Since launching in 2007, the Awards has continued to celebrate and reward excellence across the Australian channel.

The revamped line-up recognised customer value and innovation, honouring the channel across nine categories - Start-up; Partner Value; Emerging Technology; Homegrown Innovators; Vendor Value; Distributor Value; Personal Innovation; Channel Choice and Hall of Fame.

ARN congratulates all winners, finalists and nominees, and thanks a judging panel comprising of over 170 of the industry’s leading influencers.


PARTNER VALUE

Enterprise

WINNER: Data#3
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Thomas Duryea Logicalis

Mid-Market

WINNER: ASI Solutions
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Missing Link

SMB

WINNER: eNerds

Customer Value

WINNER: ASI Solutions
HIGHLY COMMENDED: AC3

ASI Solutions wins this award for customer service excellence in providing a more flexible environment with help desk facilities and a complete outsourced solution for its client’s public access network. This involved a range of devices, specialised government software, Microsoft Azure, servers, printers and network management.

Collaboration

WINNER: Cloud Plus

Cloud Plus wins this award in recognition for the close collaboration work with Thomas Duryea Logicalis. The two organisations have a history of successfully delivering ICT solutions to major corporate and government clients, achieving a high rate of client retention and an ongoing pipeline of opportunities.


START-UP

Specialist

WINNER: GorillaStack

Customer Value

WINNER: Solista
HIGHLY COMMENDED: InfoTrust

Solista wins this award in recognition of their project work with education provider, Navitas. The project used both CrowdStrike and Splunk to meet the customer’s requirements in providing a proactive cyber resilience strategy. 

Company

WINNER: GorillaStack
HIGHLY COMMENDED: SixPivot

Entrepreneur

WINNER: Victoria Kluth - Araza

Victoria wins this award for founding Araza, a technology consulting organisation that specialises in cloud and digital transformation systems integration. In the past three years, Kluth has also started three new technology companies, Indigo, Open Sesame and 2186.


HOMEGROWN

Service Provider

WINNER: Tecala
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Cloud Plus

ISV

WINNER: Kiandra IT
HIGHLY COMMENDED: iasset.com

Export

WINNER: LiveTiles

LiveTiles wins this award in recognition of its suite of tools that help provide engaging, mobile-friendly corporate intranets, pages or portals without a line of code deployed over Microsoft SharePoint, Office 365 or the cloud - more than 500 customers are using LiveTiles to help build engaging custom experiences. 


EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

Cloud

WINNER: Data#3
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Cloud Plus

Data#3 wins this award in recognition of the public cloud-based solution it proposed for a major public infrastructure project for South East Queensland. Using Microsoft technologies, Data#3 set up the solution quickly and securely, providing enhanced collaboration tools, while enabling the authority to scale up or down as required, at a predictable cost.

Smart Technology

WINNER: Fujitsu

Fujitsu wins the award in recognition of its Digital Owl initiative that uses drones, video analytics and high performance computing to help identify and locate threatened species of plants in NSW bushland. The project has been trialed with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

Digital Transformation

WINNER: Bulletproof
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Outcomex

Bulletproof wins this award based on the digital transformation work it conducted for Spatial Services, a division of the NSW Department of Finance, Service and Innovation. The project provided a reliable solution that streamlined data ingest and validation, an audit trail and reduced errors, and provided lower infrastructure costs.

Internet of Things

WINNER: Smartsensor

Smartsensor wins this award in recognition for its work in being an end-to-end waste platform provider and building their own devices, platform and apps, bringing the latest in IoT communications technology and sensing to the waste management industry.

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