Cisco has named its best-performing Australia/New Zealand partners of 2018, with a who’s who of channel partners scooping up awards at Cisco Live in Melbourne on Tuesday.
Before the awards took place, Cisco’s Australian channel chief Tara Ridley thanked partners for helping the vendor achieve 14 percent year on year growth, with recurring revenue in particular growing 43 percent.
Data#3 cleaned up with three awards, including those for customer experience, software and ANZ partner of the year.
Dicker Data won ANZ distributor of the year; Dimension Data picked up two awards: enterprise networking partner of the year and services sales partner of the year, while Optus, JB Hi-Fi, IBM Australia, Telstra, RIoT Solutions, Outcomex and Cohda Wireless all picked up awards for different business lines.
The full list of winners is listed below:
- Partner of the year – Data#3
- Customer experience partner of the year – Data#3
- Software partner of the year – Data#3
- Service provider partner of the year – Optus
- Enterprise networking partner of the year – Dimension Data Australia
- Collaboration partner of the year – Telstra
- Security partner of the year – Outcomex
- Data centre partner of the year – IBM Australia
- Distributor partner of the year – Dicker Data
- Ecosystem partner of the year – Cohda Wireless
- Services sales partner of the year – Dimension Data Australia
- Managed services partner of the year – JB Hi-Fi
- Meraki partner of the year – RIoT Solutions
During the awards ceremony, Cisco vice president of ANZ Ken Boal announced the ANZ Innovation Challenge, an opportunity for partners to win US$250,000
The challenge requires partners to develop an original and innovative solution using Cisco programmable technology. Boal said the challenge was designed to drive awareness and adoption of Cisco APIs and to encourage partners to create a new programmability business use case.
The winner will be eligible to participate in the global innovation challenge, where another US$250,000 will be up for grabs for the winner. Boal said that Cisco would still consider backing use cases of other partners as part of the Country Digital Acceleration program, which will see Cisco invest $61 million in digital transformation projects with government and industry customers over the next three years.
The journalist traveled to Cisco Live Melbourne as a guest of Cisco.