WHILE winning its third Australasian award this year, Axon has been dishing out its own accolades.
The integrator was named Symantec’s fastest growing enterprise partner of the year in Australasia at the vendor’s partner conference in Beijing, and presented Express Data and Datastor with supplier awards last month.
The Symantec trophy comes after Axon won similar awards from Microsoft and Citrix earlier this year, says account director Simon Goode.
“We were both surprised and pleased to win it - we have done a lot with Symantec in the last 12 months and have a good relationship with Symantec in general,” he says.
A tradition since 1998, Axon doled out its supplier gongs at its annual conference in Taupo at the end of October.
Express Data took out the prize, which was awarded to Tech Pacific last year, for the best overall performance in supplying product quickly, on time and on the day expected. Suppliers were evaluated on data from Axon’s accounting and stock control systems.
Datastor was rated highest for overall customer satisfaction in a questionnaire survey of Axon staff for the third year running.
“It means we are the best to deal with in terms of back-end systems, which covers stocking, quick turnaround of orders and responses to specials,” says Express Data national sales manager Paul Plester.
Meanwhile, delegates from Express Data, Tech Pacific, Axon, Computerland and Datacom attended Symantec’s first Asia-Pacific partner conference in several years in China at the end of October.
According to Symantec New Zealand business partner manager Natasha McLean, Axon won the enterprise partner award based on revenues.
“A range of awards were handed out and it was good seeing Axon taking this one,” she says.
McLean says the event was a good opportunity for Symantec to share its product and marketing strategies with its key partners in the region, and the company this year launched its Information Integrity message to partners, which is based on ensuring information is secure and available.
The next conference will be held in Japan, but McLean says it is too soon to tell whether more partners will be attending then. A meeting of Symantec’s Partner Advisory Council, on which Damien Toman of Computerland represents New Zealand, followed the conference.
“The council meets once a year to gather feedback from partners in the region to ensure they have a better experience in dealing with Symantec,” says McLean.