Data#3 was named HP Australia’s partner of the year during a ceremony at the vendor’s end-of-year gala dinner in Sydney last night.
The awards – HP’s first since splitting from Hewlett Packard more than a year ago – comprised 12 categories across PC, print, distribution and sales.
Data#3 also took home the PC partner of the year award, while one of the Brisbane-headquartered company's account executives, Sally Revie, was named top partner sales rep.
Ingram Micro was awarded PC distributor of the year, while Synnex won print distributor of the year. Kate Davis of Dicker Data was named distributor sales rep of the year.
The supplies partner award went to Enigma, Triforce took home the value partner award, and Centre Com was named SMB partner of the year. Computers Now was HP’s education Partner of the Year, while Landmark and Forum group took home print and channel managed print services recognitions, respectively.
Robert Mesaros, HP Australia’s managing director, said since splitting from Hewlett Packard late last year, the company had been working to restore partners’ faith in the company, make its PC line-up cool again and get its “collective mojo together again”.
The company has invested millions into this process, refreshing its PC line and even purchasing Samsung’s print business for US$1 billion.
“It’s been an incredible year of reinvention and an incredible year to be part of the ICT industry in Australia,” Mesaros said.
In addition to charting some of its goals in the PC and consumables space, the company also announced its second HP experience centre in Australia would open in Sydney next week. The first experience centre opened in Melbourne.
According to HP, the centre is a space designed to showcase the company's capabilities to industry partners, including personal and corporate systems, converged infrastructure and networking solutions.