As part of the opening of the annual Cisco Live! event, Telstra and Dimension Data have run out as the key winners, picking up four Cisco A/NZ Partner Insight Awards each.
The awards, which recognise the achievements of Cisco's partners across three categories: innovation, leadership, and achievement.
“Our partners have always been, and will continue to be one of our main priorities as they are at the heart of our business model,” Cisco A/NZ's director, partner business group, Jason Brouwers said.
“We are committed to helping our partners grow their business, and are proud to recognise those who have achieved outstanding results."
Dicker Data was also awarded the best distributor marketing program in Australia and New Zealand in the partner marketing awards.
The nation's largest telco Telstra won Vertical Solution Innovation partner of the Year, and Cloud Partner of the Year while Telstra's GM of Cloud solution sales, Chris Losco, won Alliance Manager of the Year.
Telstra's GM of financial services, Lianne Cummins-Toi, won the Teaming Excellence award alongside Cisco's GM of sales, financial and professional services.
Dimension Data won the Community Contribution Award, and the Cloud Solution Excellence Partner of the Year award, while principal architect Lee Stafford picked up the Technical Excellence Award and Dimension Data Learning Solutions won the Learning partner of the Year Award.
Both companies have been a key part of Cisco's InterCloud multi-Cloud service provider initiative, which launched last year with a $1bn spend. It boosted that again in September by another $1bn, announcing another 30 partners globally.
Optus Business and NEC also picked up two awards each.
Optus Business got gongs for being Services Partner of the Year and Cisco Capital Partner of the Year.
NEC Australia's senior data consultant, Arthur Thodis picked up the Solutions Delivery Excellence Award, and the company's collaboration with Spark Digital in New Zealand (formerly Telecom NZ) garnered the Innovation Partner of the Year award.
Other key winners on the night included:
- Bridge Point Communications, Internet of Everything (IoE) Partner of the Year
- Data#3, Software Solutions Partner of the Year
- Contexti, Application Platform Partner of the Year
- Mercury IT, Small Business Partner of the Year
- iiNet, Smart and Connected Partner of the Year
- Harbour IT, Mid-Market Partner of the Year
- Ingram Micro Australia, Distribution Partner of the Year
“Each of our award winners have been singled out for showing exceptional initiative. Whether it’s delivering outstanding marketing programs, or bringing the best possible value for their Australian and international clients," Brouwers said.
“Personally, I would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners for their tenacity, innovation, customer service and technical excellence in their respective fields."