Dimension Data, Optus and Telstra big winners at Cisco partner awards
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Dimension Data was one of the big winners at the Cisco Partner Insight and Partner Marketing Excellence Awards.
The company took home the Cloud Solution Excellence Partner of the Year Award and the Community Contribution Award, while the company’s Lee Stafford took out the Technical Excellence Award.
Dimension Data Learning Solutions was also named Learning Partner of the Year.
The awards, held ahead of Cisco Live, also saw Ingram Micro named Distribution Partner of the Year, while Dicker Data won Best Distributor Marketing Program. Data#3 was named Software Solutions Partner of the Year, with iiNet claiming Smart and Connected Partner of the Year.
The awards recognised 13 Australian partners across innovation, leadership and achievement. Four companies also received Partner Marketing Excellence awards, recognizing innovative and creative marketing programmes ‘that delivered outstanding business results in 2014’.
Optus also scored a clutch of awards, taking home Cisco Capital Partner of the Year, Services Partner of the Year and Best Revenue Marketing Program.
Telstra, meanwhile, claimed Vertical Solution Innovation Partner of the Year and Cloud Partner of the Year with Telstra’s Chis Losco named Alliance Manager of the Year.
Jason Brouwers, Cisco ANZ director of the Partner Business Group, says partners are, and will continue to be one of Cisco’s main priorities ‘as they are the heart of our business model’.
“We are committed to helping our partners grow their business, and are proud to recognise those who have achieved outstanding results,” he says.
“Each of our award winners have been singled out for showing exceptional initiative. Whether it’s delivering outstanding marketing programmes, or bringing the best possible value for their… clients.”
The full list of 2015 Cisco Partner Insight Award winners:
Learning Partner of the Year: Dimension Data Learning Solutions
Cisco Capital Partner of the Year: Optus
Business Services Partner of the Year: Optus
Business Application Platform Partner of the Year : Contexti
Cloud Partner of the Year: Telstra
Cloud Solution Excellence Partner of the Year: Dimension Data
Smart and Connected Partner of the Year: iiNet
Software Solutions Partner of the Year: Data#3
Community Contribution Award: Dimension Data
Internet of Everything Partner of the Year: Bridge Point Communications
Innovation Partner of the Year: NEC Australia
Innovation Partner of the Year: Spark Digital New Zealand
Small Business Partner of the Year: Mercury IT
Mid-Market Partner of the Year: Harbour IT
Vertical Solution Innovation Partner of the Year: Telstra
Technical Excellence Award: Lee Stafford, Dimension Data
Alliance Manager of the Year: Chris Losco, Telstra
Distribution Partner of the Year: Ingram Micro Australia
Teaming Excellence Award: Lianne Cummins-Toi, Telstra and John Kent, Cisco
Solutions Delivery Excellence Award: Arthur Thodis, NEC Australia
Partner Marketing Excellence Award winners:
Best revenue marketing program: Optus
Best vertical marketing program: Amcom
Best Cisco Powered marketing program: Data#3
Best Distributor marketing program: Dicker Data