Leading IT channel publication, Australian Reseller News, hosted its annual ICT Industry Awards last night which aim to recognise and celebrate channel excellence over the past year.
Cisco has always been a partner-focused organisation but over the past year we have significantly invested in and improved a number of our partner programmes and services, particularly in the mid-market and cloud.
This commitment to the channel saw Cisco named as a finalist in two vendor categories and three individual categories:
- Hardware Vendor of the year
- Best Emerging Technology Initiative (Collaboration)
- Personal Innovation in Sales Excellence: Nykaj Nair, Territory Business Manager, Cisco ANZ
- Personal Innovation in Technical Excellence: Andrew Babakhan, Technical Leader, Cisco Asia Pacific Technical Services
- Community Award for Channel Champion in Philanthropy: Rob Partington, Partner Account Manager in New South Wales, Cisco ANZ
At last night’s awards ceremony, Cisco was recognised as the winner in the category of “Best Emerging Technology” for our collaboration initiatives. Our Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS) caught the eye of the judges and in particular the way our local sales and marketing teams support partners and help them drive revenue with the solution. Cisco HCS is already helping a number of customers roll out collaboration in the cloud. The Tasmanian Government has rolled out the solution with Cisco partner, Anittel. Amcom, CSC, Gen-i, and Telstra have also announced that they are delivering collaboration-as-a-service powered by Cisco.
Cisco was also highly commended for Hardware Vendor of the Year. Programs such as the Partner Enablement Portal and improved and enhanced programs to support the mid-market further strengthened Cisco’s position as a partner-led organisation. Our sales and marketing teams here in the region have done a fantastic job of working with partners to implement these programs.
We are also exceptionally proud that three of our employees were shortlisted in personal innovation categories. In fact, Nykaj Nair, Cisco Territory Business Manager in South Australia, was highly commended for Sales Excellence after a great year which saw him work with partners to grow Cisco’s business in the commercial segment at a CAGR of 25%. Congratulations also, to Andrew Babakhan and Rob Partington for being shortlisted for Technical Excellence and Philanthropy respectively.
As the awards are judged by our peers and partners in the industry, they have a special significance for Cisco. Huge congratulations to all nominees, finalists and winners! It was great to see the Australian IT Channel out in force for what was a great night.
From left to right: Cisco’s Nykaj Nair, Anthony Miller, Ken Boal, Jason Brouwers, Linda Horiuchi, Andrew Babakhan, and Bud Kapoor.