Cisco Australia Receives IT Channel Industry Awards for Best Emerging Technology Initiative and Sales Excellence
The 2011 Australian Reseller News (ARN) IT Industry Awards were held last night at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney. The stellar event was a great representation of the Australian IT community with over 630 people in attendance. This installment of the annual awards was especially important as it was also a celebration of ARN’s 20 years in publication.
We were very excited this year as Cisco had more finalists for the awards than any other vendor, with three Cisco employees listed as finalists for Personal Innovation categories. Cisco was also a finalist in the Best Emerging Technology Initiative for our Cloud Managed Services Channel Program. Whilst Saurabh Mehta – Cisco Technical Leader and Jessie Cu – Cisco Technical Expert missed out on awards for technical excellence and customer service respectively, they can be extremely proud to have been named as finalists in these prestigious personal innovation award categories.
Kirsten Hunter, a Cisco Partner Account Manager, received this year’s ARN award for Sales Excellence. A veteran of the Australian IT channels industry for over 15 years, Kirsten has consistently achieved spectacular results with her partners over the years. This year she has blazed new ground with her partners in the managed services sphere. Her ability to understand the market dynamic, convert that into a market need and define the partnership value proposition has been paramount to the success of her partners and their customers. In Kirsten’s finalist video, she shares that the award means a great deal to her on many levels, including how Cisco has supported her move to a part time role after the birth of her daughter.
Cisco was also recognised for its Cloud Managed Services Channel Program, receiving ARN’s award for Best Emerging Technology Initiative. The program is squarely focused on enabling Cisco partners to fully take advantage of the innovation being made by Cisco in the field of cloud technology. Winning this award is a testament to Cisco’s public commitment that in alignment with our partner-led model, we will NOT compete with our partners by building, hosting or deploying cloud services ourselves.
Check out this photo of our excited and proud Cisco team from the glamorous evening. All in all a great night was had by all and we are already looking forward to next year!