Last night, NetApp ANZ held its third annual Partner Awards in Sydney, Australia, and had the opportunity to recognise twelve top performing individuals and businesses that have contributed to the exceptional operation of the NetApp channel.
Each one of our nominees have work alongside our teams daily to nurture NetApp customers across Australia and New Zealand and help them achieve their business outcomes. This year we recognised seven partners that have delivered cloud services, demonstrated excellence in service delivery and enabled customers to realise cost efficiencies and productivity through best practice, and five individuals who have demonstrated excellence with a number of awards dedicated to individual performance including Sales Excellence and Technology Excellence.
This year, we also introduced a brand-new award category at the individual level – Data Visionary of the Year. As coined by NetApp, the Data Visionary demonstrates outstanding thought leadership, solution design, evangelism of the data fabric, and has genuinely driven a new and innovative initiative around the use of data. This year Daniel Peluso, cloud product manager from Telstra, has been named the 2017 NetApp Data Visionary of the Year. I’m particularly impressed with Daniel’s drive to introduce Telstra Virtual Storage to the market so Telstra’s customers can realise the true benefits of the data fabric too. Congratulations Daniel!
The award winners for 2017 are:
- Converged Infrastructure Excellence – Outcomex
- Marketing Excellence – Virtual Machine Technology
- New Partner of the Year – Oreta
- Reseller of the Year: Gold – Diversus Group
- Reseller of the Year: Platinum or Star – Dimension Data
- Cloud Provider of the Year – Computer Concepts Limited and Telstra
- Global Systems Integrator of the Year – Leidos
- Data Visionary of the Year – Daniel Peluso, Telstra
- Alliance Partner Champion – Rob Gee, Dimension Data
- Sales Excellence – Rhys George, Arrow ECS
- Technical Excellence – Matthew Agoni, Diversus Group
- Hall of Fame – Chris Starsmeare, Diversus Group
2017 was certainly a great year for our partners, but it was also a milestone year for NetApp as a company, as we celebrated opening up our doors 25 years ago! Also in many ways, 2017 was a ‘tipping point’ for NetApp’s vision. Our employees, partners and customer really started to embrace the power of data and we’re excited to see what happens next year, especially as customers and partners build on these foundations, and use NetApp technology to take their businesses to the next level.
But what will 2018 mean for data? NetApp’s SVP and CTO, Dr. Mark Bregman, unveiled his 2018 CTO Predictions during NetApp Insight earlier this year, and while there is certainly a lot of excitement around the pace of technology innovation, it can be unnerving too for many of our customers. Just how do you embrace, adopt, and get ahead? Where do you start?
This is why last night’s Partner Awards night is such a special occasion to recognise the hard work and commitment that our partner community demonstrates. Being trusted advisors and helping customers put data at the centre of their organisation is paramount to any business in this digital era.
Congratulations to all the Award winners, I look forward to more success next year!