Data#3, Telstra, NEC win Cisco partner awards

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Data#3, Telstra, NEC win Cisco partner awards
Telstra's Nicole Doukas and Cisco's Simon Walsh

Cisco named its 2016 Asia-Pacific partner award winners Thursday morning Australian time, with Telstra, Data#3 and NEC representing Australia on the podium.

Telstra took the coveted 2016 ANZ partner of the year crown at the Cisco Partner Summit in San Diego. Fierce rival Optus Business had clinched the same award in Montreal last year.

Home-grown solutions provider Data#3 was named Asia-Pacific enterprise partner of the year, following up from its 2015 Australian software solutions partner of the year win at Cisco Live twelve months ago.

NEC Australia was honoured with the solution innovation partner of the year. At Cisco Live in Melbourne last year, the solutions provider had clinched the Australian award for innovation partner of the year while its consultant solution architect Arthur Thodis took out the solutions delivery excellence trophy.

The wins for the three Australian service providers top off Dimension Australia’s global award win on Wednesday Australian time, when Cisco anointed it the 2016 Asia-Pacific partner of the year.

Telstra, Data#3 and NEC Australia were all named as CRN MVPs last November, to recognise their versatility for customers and value to vendors.

[Entries for the 2016 CRN MVP awards close today. Enter now]

All up, 22 Asia-Pacific partner awards were handed out, with India and Japan leading the medal tally with four wins each.

The journalist travelled to San Diego courtesy of Cisco.

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